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Shamrock Shake

Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with our delightful recipe for Shamrock Shake! This iconic green treat is a beloved favorite during the festive season, and now you can recreate it at home with ease. Made with creamy vanilla ice cream, refreshing mint flavor, and a splash of green food coloring, our Shamrock Shake is sure to bring a touch of luck to your day. Whether you’re indulging in it as a sweet treat on St. Paddy’s Day or satisfying your cravings year-round, this homemade Shamrock Shake is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Let’s shake things up and dive into this delicious recipe!

In this recipe, we’ve captured the essence of the classic Shamrock Shake found at fast-food chains, but with a homemade twist that’s even more delicious. By using simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen, such as vanilla ice cream, milk, mint extract, and a hint of green food coloring, you can whip up this festive treat in no time. Plus, making it at home allows you to customize the flavor and adjust the sweetness to your liking. Whether you’re a fan of the original Shamrock Shake or looking to try it for the first time, this homemade version is sure to delight your taste buds and become a favorite go-to treat. Let’s shake things up and get ready to enjoy the luck of the Irish with our homemade Shamrock Shake!

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

We all know and love McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes! In fact, if you are like me, you may get them several times a week when they are on the menu! If this is you, I have some great news because this Shamrock shake is the perfect McDonalds Copycat! 

You no longer have to wait for it to be on the menu around St. Patrick’s Day because you can enjoy it every day of the year with this recipe.

Shamrock Shake

For more festive St. Patrick’s Day treats try our St. Patrick’s Day Marshmallow Pops and our St. Patrick’s Day Crack!

Shamrock Shake

What Is The History Of The Shamrock Shake

The Shamrock Shake has a storied history dating back to the 1970s. It was originally introduced by McDonald’s as a limited-time seasonal offering to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The shake’s iconic green color and minty flavor quickly became associated with the holiday, making it a beloved tradition for many. Over the years, the Shamrock Shake has garnered a cult following, with fans eagerly anticipating its return to McDonald’s menu each year. Its popularity has led to various spin-offs and homemade versions, further solidifying its status as a cherished symbol of St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Today, the Shamrock Shake continues to be a beloved treat enjoyed by people of all ages during the holiday season.

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What will I need to complete this recipe?

You will need the following ingredients:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream 
  • Whole Milk 
  • Peppermint Extract 
  • Food Safe Green Food Coloring 

You will need the following supplies:

  • Blender
  • Two Tall Serving Glasses or Milkshake Glasses
  • Measuring Cups in Various Sizes 
  • Measuring Spoons in Various Sizes 

How to Make Shamrock Shakes

  • Blend all ingredients with a blender until smooth.

Shamrock Shake
  • Pour into 2 tall glasses and garnish with your favorite toppings!
Shamrock Shake

Tips & Tricks

  1. Use Quality Ingredients: Opt for high-quality vanilla ice cream and fresh mint extract to ensure the best flavor in your Shamrock Shake.
  2. Control Color: Add green food coloring gradually until you achieve your desired shade of green. Remember, a little goes a long way!
  3. Add Whipped Cream: Top your Shamrock Shake with a generous dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat.
  4. Garnish Creatively: Get creative with toppings! Consider garnishing your shake with green sprinkles, chocolate shavings, or a maraschino cherry for added flair.
  5. Experiment with Flavors: Customize your Shamrock Shake by adding additional flavors such as chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, or crushed cookies for a delicious twist.
  6. Blend Smoothly: Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy, making sure there are no lumps or chunks of ice cream remaining.
  7. Chill Glasses: For an extra frosty treat, chill your glasses in the freezer before serving your Shamrock Shake.
  8. Serve with a Straw: Provide sturdy straws for easy sipping and enjoying every last drop of your delicious Shamrock Shake.
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We do not recommend storing your milkshake for later. You will want to enjoy this right away. 

Shamrock Shake

Can I make this Shamrock shake dairy free?

You can make this shamrock shake dairy free if you prefer. You will want to use coconut milk ice cream or another non-dairy ice cream. You will also want to replace the milk with another non-dairy option. This may change the flavor and texture of your Shamrock Shake a bit. 

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Can I add alcohol to the Shamrock shake? 

Yes, you can add alcohol to this shamrock shake if you prefer. Add  1 oz of Crème de Menthe or rum. Here is the perfect Boozy Shamrock Shake recipe for you to enjoy.

Shamrock Shake
shamrock shake
Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Shamrock Shakes are a creamy flavorful shake that is ready in just 5 minutes. It is the perfect combination of vanilla ice cream and mint to create a perfect mint-flavored milkshake to enjoy! Enjoy it on St. Patrick’s Day or any day you are craving a mint treat.


  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 10-12 drops food safe green food coloring
  • Garnishes:
  • Whipped cream
  • Mint
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate Syrup


  1. Blend all ingredients with a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 tall glasses and garnish with your favorite toppings!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 634Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 2gSugar: 66gProtein: 15g

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