Since it’s almost summer and way past spring and the sun has only shone for approximately 4.6 seconds since March 21st and there is so much water pouring from the sky that I’ve inflated an inner tube and decided I’m going to float to the nearest island, I’ve officially declared it milkshake time.

Nectarine milkshake time. With mint. Nectarine and mint. Sound weird? I know. It’s not. Just ask Bath and Body Works. They make soap with that scent.  Foaming soap. The best kind of soap.


A soap so deliciously smelly that it coerced me into going to the store and finding nectarines on sale. Mint wasn’t on sale. Do you know what fresh mint looks like in April in Pittsburgh? When it’s supposed to be warm and sunny and scented with hyacinths but instead looks like death and drear and everything gray? With a snowflake thrown in for good measure?

Mint looks likes it had a rough night. One too many hits of the bottle if you ask me.  It’s black and blue and brown and wilted and shriveled and looks like it’s been stepped on. What’s worse? Dirty, old mint or that I made a milkshake based on suds?


But since this is my favorite soap scent, I made the oddball milkshake after searching for pretty mint all day long. And since you’re my favorite person (yes, you!), I made it for you. I love you so much that I whirled it up first in the case that it tasted like utter crud… just so you wouldn’t have to drink it. And I would suffer through every last slurp vowing to never wash my hands again.

But luckily for us it tasted delightful; fruity and minty and fresh and invigorating. And luckily for human kind, I will continued to wash my hands.

Maybe if I had friends you wouldn’t have to be subjected to my weirdness? Just a thought.

Nectarine Mint Milkshakes

serves 2

2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream

4 nectarines, chopped

10 mint leaves, chopped

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a blender and whirl until smooth. Garnish with additional mint and chunks of nectarine.

Wanna be my friend? I’ll bribe you with cookies.

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105 Responses to “Nectarine Mint Milkshakes.”

  1. #
    Allison — April 18, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    I love that you got the idea from soap! How great! I mean, if it smells good, chances are it would taste good too right?


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    Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) — April 18, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    “Foaming soap. The best kind of soap.”

    HAHA I love you!!


  3. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 18, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    Great flavor combination, Jessica! You are so creative.


  4. #
    Jesse — April 18, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    what an interesting combination of flavors, sounds exactly like spring to me!


  5. #
    Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife — April 18, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    mmm that looks fabulous-thanks for a great recipe :)


  6. #
    Katie — April 18, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    I can’t even tell you how badly I want this milkshake (and to be your friend) right now.


    • Jessica — April 18th, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

      You are my friend!! :)


  7. #
    Lisa {smart food and fit} — April 18, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    Makes me think of summer. We got a few inches of snow, so this milkshake will take me away to the beautiful thoughts of summer. :)


  8. #
    Anna — April 18, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    You think mint and chocolate chips would work? I love the combination of those two flavours but I’m not sure how it would taste…


  9. #
    Lauren — April 18, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    Yummy! I just started a new recipe blog. I would love feedback from anyone!


  10. #
    Sunnysidemom — April 18, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    LOL….I am the cookie monster, so you are talkin’ to the right girl! ;) The shake sounds really good btw!


  11. #
    Marie Baars — April 18, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    Once I tried to grow mint on my window sill in a tiny little pot. It died, but that could be because I planted it on January 25th. Apparently winter is not its “prime growing season”. :)
    This looks delish! I think somebody said something about a peach Bellini relative? I could definitely go for that today!


    • Jessica — April 18th, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

      Sounds like something I’d do… :)


  12. #
    Maria — April 18, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    LOVE this shake flavor!


  13. #
    Serena — April 18, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    Very interesting combo- I love that scent at B&B Works!
    Since I do have some leftover nectarines that I am afraid will go to waste and I just bought a sprig of fresh mint…. I think I’ll go for it :)


    • Jessica — April 18th, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

      Let me know if you like it!


  14. #
    Katrina — April 18, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    I am so freaked out by this that I HAVE to try it. It’s a must.


  15. #
    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather — April 18, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    This looks great! You are braver than most. I’d be willing to drink that… And be your friend :)


  16. #
    Erin — April 18, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    Oh no! My husband and I are moving to Pittsburgh in June from sunny Santa Barbara, CA.

    I just started following your blog and I LOVE it! You are making me very nervous about the move though – I don’t do so well in dreary weather.

    Your milkshake looks so pretty and yummy. I vote for more recipes based on Bath and Body fragrances!

    Cool Citrus Basil
    Coconut Lime
    Black Raspberry Vanilla
    Mango Mandarin
    Cucumber Melon
    Brown Sugar Fig

    I think you’ve really got something here!


    • Jessica — April 18th, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

      Mmmm I think you are right! Don’t worry, Pittsburgh usually isn’t very dreary… but it gets really hot and humid!


  17. #
    Angela @ MyPinkyToes — April 18, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    I love nectarines! I must try this! (Your photos of it make it look delicious as well!)


    • Jessica — April 18th, 2011 @ 9:57 pm



  18. #
    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — April 18, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    What a cool, refreshing combo! I’ve never even tough combining nectarine and mint – brilliant!


  19. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — April 18, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    This looks delicious and has me craving milkshakes in this 40 degree weather!! And you are totally right about the soap–foam for the win! lol


  20. #
    Jenny — April 18, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    Beautiful photos! That’s cool how you were inspired by scented soap:)I definitely want to make a milk shake or smoothie soon!


  21. #
    sarah (sarah learns) — April 18, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    this looks amazing!! i would NEVER have even smelled that combo at b&bw let alone make food with those flavors!! i’m glad you’re creative!


  22. #
    Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having — April 18, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    This sounds awesome! I love mint in smoothies for breakfast, I’ll have to add it to milkshakes now too!


  23. #
    Alexandra — April 18, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    Nectarine/mint and apple/mint are very popular juice combos in Poland actually. When I was there visiting family in the summer people would always have it.


    • Jessica — April 18th, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

      Awesome! Never knew that.


  24. #
    Loran — April 18, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    That milkshake looks amazing. Also, where did you get those glasses?? I love them!


    • Jessica — April 18th, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

      Pier 1! Thanks – I love them too! They are 100% recycled glass.


  25. #
    Jolene ( — April 18, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    I wanna be your friend!!!! I would kill to have you cook for me!


  26. #
    marla {family fresh cooking} — April 18, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Girl, these shakes are so fun and pretty. You are so sweet to make sure they are good enough for us.


  27. #
    Tracy @ Commit To Fit — April 18, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    Love milkshakes! It has been a really long time since I have had one sans protein powder :) I think it is time!


  28. #
    Allison Day — April 19, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    After reading how much you love the nectarine/mint combo, I kind of really love the “Nectarine Mine Milkshakes” typo that you made in the recipe title. It’s like your subconscious is saying “Mine, all mine!” You should totally keep it like that. ;)


    • Jessica — April 19th, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

      LOL! I definitely did not see that until just now. Freudian slip? ;)


  29. #
    Rachel — April 19, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

    Where is the friend sign-up sheet?…and cookies!


  30. #
    Bex — June 24, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    Stopped into Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale and found the Nectarine Mint soap. LOVE. Now I must make these milkshakes…


  31. #
    Jasmine Brown — June 17, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    I Loved yur recipe and it was very clever but just get to the point all those details got me confused and were a waist of time i dont need to know about your experience at bath and body works i just wanna make some peach milk shakes next time before my guest leave and yur details slowed me down just some advice from a person who wants some milkshakes :)


  32. #
    Cathy Domroe Axford — November 22, 2012 @ 3:20 am

    Greetings from a very hot n sultry Perth Western Australia where we have just gone into our stonefruit season and Mmmmmm the nectarines at Empowers look lovely there’s plenty of mint nice n fresh too we will make this very tempting mistake and enjoy it thankyou for the recipe bye for now all you in the US have a wonderful thanksgiving…



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