Shamrock Shake is a creamy, minty milkshake that is perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day parties, or any fun summer celebrations. You can make this copycat McDonald’s shake boozy or keep it non-alcoholic. Either way, your guests will love it!

Shamrock Shake is a creamy minty milkshake that is perfect for your St. Patrick's Day parties, or any fun summer celebrations. You can make this shake boozy or keep it non-alcoholic.

This copycat Shamrock Shake recipe tastes like the beloved McDonald’s version that’s only out for a limited time each year. Now you can have this gorgeous and minty Shamrock Shake anytime you want. Best of all, it’s easy to make and takes just minutes!

For another great ice cream recipe, check out my easy Banana Split Dessert or try this amazing Snickers milkshake.

You’ll need these ingredients and tools

  • vanilla ice cream (I like Haagen-Dazs ® best!)
  • whole milk
  • mint extract (not peppermint or you’ll have a candy cane shake!)
  • green food coloring
  • Creme de Menthe (optional – add for a boozy Shamrock Shake)
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur (optional – add for a boozy Shamrock Shake)
  • fresh mint leaves

How to make Shamrock shake

We love this Shamrock Shake recipe any time of the year, but of course especially around St. Patrick’s Day. While you can certainly hop over to McDonald’s for the original version, making milkshakes at home is a fun activity that kids can participate in.

  1. Place the ice cream, milk, mint and vanilla extracts, and green food coloring (and liquor if using) in a blender and pulse on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into glasses, serve, and enjoy!

Quick tips

  • Stick with whole milk or even cream rather than low-fat.
  • Try to find mint extract. Lots of copycat recipes call for peppermint extract because it’s easier to find but it won’t taste the same.
  • Use more milk if you want a thinner milkshake (or more booze!).
  • For a dairy-free version of Shamrock Shake, try this Ultimate Vegan Shamrock Shake.
Overhead photo of a green shamrock shake in a clear glass.

Why we love this Shamrock Shake recipe

  • it’s so easy and delicious
  • this Shamrock Shake can easily be adjusted to a Boozy Shamrock Shake for adults
  • it’s pretty and you could adjust the colors to make some red and then layer it for a Christmas treat

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Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe

Shamrock Shake is a creamy minty milkshake that is perfect for your St. Patrick's Day parties, or any fun summer celebrations.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 oz Crème de menthe (optional)
  • 2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream (optional)
  • Green food coloring – to your desired color
  • Whipped cream (garnish)
  • Maraschino cherries (garnish)
  • Fresh mint leaves (garnish)

Instructions 

  • Place the ice cream, milk, mint and vanilla extracts, green food coloring, and liquors (if using) in a blender and pulse on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into glasses, garnish with whipped cream and cherry, and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g, Calories: 470kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 190mg, Potassium: 522mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 46g, Vitamin A: 965IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 354mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Calories: 470
Keyword: milkshake, shamrock shake copycat
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