It’s rather amazing to think about, but despite having heard about just how good Kelis’ milkshakes are since her legendary hit was released back in 2003, none of us have actually ever had one… until now.

Some of you out there may have questioned just what makes Kelis’ milkshakes so good, considering they have the ability to bring an entire gender to the yard in anticipation. But despite the fact that Kelis admitted last year that she had never actually made a milkshake before, the singer-songwriter has now shared the a recipe for the drink that kickstarted a pop culture phenomenon.

In anticipation of National Chocolate Milkshake Day on September 12th (which sadly doesn’t extend over to Australia), the musician has shared her recipe with the website¬†Refinery29.¬†Including a mix of chocolate ice cream, ginger beer, and cayenne pepper, we now know what the the secret ingredient is that actually brought all the boys to the yard, and it’s none other than Baileys Irish Cream.

Of course, astute viewers of Kelis’ famous music video may also be saying “Wait a second, wasn’t the milkshake in that video white? Wouldn’t chocolate ice cream result in a decidedly off-colour milkshake?” Of course, the answer to that is “well, yeah,” so you might need to suspend all disbelief in favour of allowing your tastebuds to go to town on this delicious piece of musical history.

Check the recipe for Kelis’ milkshake recipe below, courtesy of Refinery29, along with a video by the lady herself.

Kelis’ ‘My Milkshake’ recipe.


3 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur
8 oz Ginger Beer
4 scoops Chocolate Ice Cream
5 pieces Candied Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Chili Cinnamon Rim
Ginger Infused Whipped Cream for Garnish


1. Combine Baileys, ginger beer, chocolate ice cream, candied ginger and cayenne pepper in a blender with a cup of ice. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour mixture into glass with chili-cinnamon-sugar rim (1:1:1).
3. Top with ginger infused whipped cream and a piece of candied ginger.
4. Check the yard.

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