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posted: 02/16/21

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This Shamrock Shake tastes just like the original, but skip the line at the drive through and make it at home! It’s so easy!

Grab some vanilla ice cream, milk, and mint extract and let’s make everybody’s favorite McDonald’s Shamrock Shake!

two tall tumblers filled with shamrock shakes, topped with whipped cream and a cherry

If there is one thing that my husband will pick over and over again to splurge on, it is ice cream. And milkshakes make him weak in the knees. It is easy to forget how simple they are to make at home, but they come together in a snap!

This time of year, one of his favorite things is the Shamrock Shake at McDonald’s! But you only need four ingredients to make them at home! Making them at home is a great way to save money and also control calories and portion sizes.

What is a Shamrock Shake?

Shamrock Shakes are the iconic mint flavored milkshake sold at McDonald’s leading up to St. Patrick’s Day every year. When it first debuted it was lemon lime flavored and made with green sherbet. It has transformed into the delicious shake made with vanilla ice cream and mint flavoring we love today.

shamrock shake recipe being poured into a glass tumbler

How Do you Make a Shamrock Shake?

Grab your blenders, this is an easy one!

  1. Combine milk and ice cream in the blender. We start with less milk than is called for so you can get the thickness you are looking for.
  2. Add in mint and food coloring. Finish it off with a little mint extract and some green food coloring.

Serving Size

This recipe will make two big milkshakes. I think this is the perfect amount for an after dinner treat for a whole family.

Mint vs. Peppermint Extract

You will notice that this recipe calls for mint extract. Please do not substitute peppermint extract. They are not the same thing.

Mint is what we use to make Mint Chocolate Brownies. You can think of peppermint as more of a candy cane flavor. We use it in my Chocolate Peppermint Bark.

pulled back view of two tumblers filled with shamrock shake, topped with whipped cream and cherries

Kick it up a Notch

If you really want the true McDonald’s Shamrock Shake experience and it is the middle of June, you can go there and buy some of their ice cream and come home to make this. It will be even closer to the real deal!

Variations

If you are looking to change things up, I have two suggestions:

Other St. Patrick’s Day Treats

If you are looking for other treats to make in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, try some of these:

close up overhead of a tumbler filled with McDonald's shamrock shake, topped with whipped cream and a cherry

FAQ

What flavor is a Shamrock Shake?

The iconic flavor you get in this milkshake comes from the combination of vanilla ice cream and mint extract. As mentioned above, be sure not to substitute peppermint extract.

What type of milk do you use?

I always use skim milk with this recipe. But you should feel free to use whatever milk you have on hand. Start by adding 3/4 of a cup and add more until you get the desired consistency.

What vanilla ice cream do you use?

You should use your favorite brand of ice cream. It will play a roll in the thickness, so again, start slow with the milk.

If you make my Shamrock Shake or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

two tall tumblers filled with shamrock shakes, topped with whipped cream and a cherry
5 from 1 vote

Shamrock Shake

Serves: 4 small shakes
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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Shamrock Shake tastes just like the original, but skip the line at the drive through and make it at home! It's so easy! 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract
  • 9 -10 drops green food coloring

Instructions

  • Put the ice cream, green food coloring, and mint extract in a blender. Add about 3/4 cup of milk, and begin blending, adding more milk until you get the desired consistency.
Calories: 150kcal (8%) Carbohydrates: 17.7g (6%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 7.9g (12%) Saturated Fat: 4.9g (31%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.1g Cholesterol: 32mg (11%) Sodium: 64.5mg (3%) Potassium: 167.7mg (5%) Fiber: 0.5g (2%) Sugar: 16g (18%) Vitamin A: 335IU (7%) Vitamin C: 0.8mg (1%) Calcium: 110.9mg (11%) Iron: 0.1mg (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
two tall tumblers filled with shamrock shakes, topped with whipped cream and a cherry

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  1. Nancy says

    Can you use Creme de menthe instead of the extract? I think I would need more of the liquor, than the extract, but wow that would be extra special.

    • Lisa Longley says

      We actually have a boozy version of this on our sister site! You can find the Boozy Shamrock Shake here.

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