First of all, I had a real confusion about shakes and smoothies and the difference between them. My research enforces the point that shakes are heavier and thicker than smoothies, even though they sometimes may use similar ingredients. Smoothies are normally yogurt or juice based, but may use ice cream and milk as well, while shakes are ice cream or milk based. Smoothies also use lots of crushed ice. How do you differentiate between smoothies and shakes?
My strawberry smoothie uses milk, ice, strawberries and some sugar.
15 - 20 strawberries, hulled
1 1/2 cups milk
Sugar, to taste
2-3 cups crushed ice
Sliced strawberries, for garnish
Put strawberries and milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Add sugar and blend again. Add required amount of ice and blend again. Don't over blend to melt the ice. You need the flakiness of crushed ice, which gives the illusion of a thick drink, keeping the smoothie itself very light.
Serve in a glass garnished with sliced strawberries.