Recently, I got an email from my friend Alexandra. She was planning to make banana pudding for a party over the weekend and wondered if I thought it was a good idea to add some cardamom. I enthusiastically gave her two thumbs up, and then proceeded to obsess over the idea for the next few days. Banana and cardamom seemed like such a winning combination -- I knew there must be other ways to put it to good use. After some thought, and inspired in part by our Soda Fountain contest, I decided to try making a banana cardamom milkshake. Happily, it didn't disappoint. Feel free to adjust the cardamom to your taste, as well as the milk to ice cream ratio -- I went for a shake that's not too thick, reminiscent of a smoothie but richer. —Merrill Stubbs
1 large milkshake, or two smaller shakes
large banana, peeled
scoops good vanilla ice cream
Juice of 1/2 lime
Seeds from 4 cardamom pods, crushed
In This Recipe
Chill a tall glass. Blend everything together and serve with a wedge of lime or chunk of banana.