Shamrock Shake Recipe

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5 from 1 vote
This Shamrock shake recipe can be made year round, not just around St. Patrick's Day. So, if you want a dupe for your favorite shake, try this.
Prep: 4 minutes
Total: 4 minutes
Several Shamrock Shakes with a white dish of cherries on the side

This Shamrock shake recipe can be made year round, not just around St. Patrick’s Day. This recipe has only 3 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to whip up! It’s creamy, minty and utterly addictive. So, if you want a dupe for your favorite fast food shake, try this.

Several Shamrock Shakes with a white dish of cherries on the side

What is a Shamrock Shake?

Wondering, “What is a Shamrock Shake?” This minty concoction is a McDonald’s speciality. It makes a brief appearance on their menu during the weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Then it’s gone for 365 days.

The shake is a frozen, minty treat that has a festive green color. This copycat recipe is a lifesaver for those of us who adore a cool minty shake all year long. Simply throw it all in a blender and then you are ready to enjoy! Yay!

When was the Shamrock shake introduced? Find out here.

  • 4 Minutes: So quick and easy.
  • Easy Ingredients: Only a few ingredients and all readily available.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone loves a cool minty treat.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, meat free, dairy free, etc…

What You Need to Make this Minty Shake

Shamrock shake ingredients

Ingredients

  • vanilla ice cream
  • milk
  • mint extract or 2 fresh mint leaves
  • Green food coloring
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Whipped Cream

Equipment

How to Make Shamrock Shake – Step by Step

Shot of Ice cream whip cream and cherries, a picture of mint and finished shake
  • In Blender: First, add ice cream, milk, mint, and one drop of food coloring to a blender Blend until smooth.
  • Pour: Second, pour into glasses.
  • Garnish: Lastly, add whipped cream and a cherry.
two shamrock shakes on a wood board with bowl of ice cream and cherries on front

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Common Questions About This Recipe

CAN I SUBSTITUTE MINT ICE CREAM IN PLACE OF VANILLA?

Definitely, take it up a notch with Mint ice cream. It will only enhance the minty flavor.

CAN I ADD CHOCOLATE TO A SHAMROCK SHAKE?

Put a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top to add some chocolatey goodness.

CAN THE SHAKE BE MADE THICKER?

Try using heavy cream in place of milk. The added fat from the cream will help thicken the shake.

CAN I USE PEPPERMINT EXTRACT?

Of course you can use it, however the true flavor should be a mint extract which is a blend of several minty flavors.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH RECIPE?

If you are making this for St. Patrick’s day, I have compiled 19 ST PATRICK’S DAY DESSERTS, just for the occasion.

Two shakes on a black counter with a side of mint and a cherry on a spoon

Expert Tips for Making Shamrock Shakes

  • Booze: Absolutely, add some mint schnapps, vodka, cream de mint, or Bailey’s for an adult milkshake to adore.
  • Cookies: Blend up some thin mint or oreo mint cookies to your shake.
  • Healthier: Feel free to add dairy free, high protein or other ice cream substitutes.
  • Alternate ingredient: You can use almond milk or whipped cream if you are dairy sensitive.
  • Sprinkles: Indeed, a sprinkle of your favorite shamrock or green sprinkles will make these shakes extra festive.

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Several Shamrock Shakes with a white dish of cherries on the side

Shamrock Shake Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This Shamrock shake recipe can be made year round, not just around St. Patrick's Day. So, if you want a dupe for your favorite shake, try this.
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Servings: 2 servings
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract or 2 fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 drops Green food coloring
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Whipped Cream

Instructions

  • Add ice cream, milk, mint, and one drop of food coloring to a blender Blend until smooth
  • Pour into glasses
  • Add whipped cream and a cherry

Expert Tips

  • Booze: Absolutely, add some mint schnapps, vodka, cream de mint, or Bailey’s for an adult milkshake to adore.
  • Cookies: Blend up some thin mint or oreo mint cookies to your shake.
  • Healthier: Feel free to add dairy free, high protein or other ice cream substitutes.
  • Alternate ingredient: You can use almond milk or whipped cream if you are dairy sensitive.
  • Sprinkles: Indeed, a sprinkle of your favorite shamrock or green sprinkles will make these shakes extra festive.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 516IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 1mg

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