Shamrock Shake

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Shamrock Shake season is upon us! Our cool, minty shake is even creamier and more delicious than the fast food version and you can make it all year round!

A mint green Shamrock shake in a clear glass topped with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry, and a straw.

What is a Shamrock Shake?

A Shamrock Shake is a delicious dessert served at McDonald’s for a limited time around St. Patrick’s Day. The official ingredients, courtesy of McDonald’s website, are vanilla soft serve, shamrock shake syrup, and whipped light cream. We are huge fans of this shake, but it gets pricey to buy for the whole family, so we figured out how to make them at home! This copycat recipe is easy, uses simple ingredients, and it also tastes just like the original, if not better!

A mint green Shamrock shake in a clear glass topped with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry, and a straw.

Ingredients in a Homemade Shamrock Shake

  • Vanilla Ice Cream – The quality of your Shamrock Shake will depend on the quality of your ice cream. Because of that, we like to use a super creamy vanilla ice cream as the base.
  • Milk – Just a little bit of milk gives these shakes the perfect, smooth texture you can drink through a straw! Use whole milk for the best results.
  • Mint Extract – It took a lot of trial and error to get just the right amount of mint flavoring. Too much can make it taste like toothpaste. Additionally, too little mint and the mint flavor gets lost in the vanilla. Trust us on the amounts of mint extract (see recipe card below).
  • Green Food Coloring – Since you are only adding a little bit of food coloring, you can use liquid or gel food coloring. When I am baking cakes I like to use gel, but either is okay for this recipe.
  • Optional Toppings – I like to top my Shamrock Shakes with whipped cream and also a maraschino cherry. You can also top them with chocolate sauce, Andes mints, Oreo cookie pieces, or green sprinkles!
A mint green Shamrock shake in a clear glass topped with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry, and a straw.

Variations

You could turn this St. Patrick’s Day treat into a delicious and easy dessert for any time of year! Serve them with green and red sprinkles at Christmastime, or use red food coloring to create a delightfully pink Valentine’s Day dessert. Turn it into a chocolate mint shake by adding chocolate syrup at the bottom of the glass before pouring the shake, then drizzle with more chocolate syrup. Delicious!

Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

This year, McDonald’s came out with a new way to enjoy your Shamrock Shake – the Oreo Shamrock McFlurry! It has all the delicious taste of a Shamrock Shake, but blended with crushed Oreo cookies. I haven’t tried one yet, but they sound amazing. Both the Shamrock Shake and the Oreo Shamrock McFlurry came out at the end of February.

Low-Calorie Version

If you are counting calories, then we have a low calorie version as well. Make your Shamrock Shake with low-fat vanilla ice cream (we love Dreyer’s Slow Churned), fat-free milk, and a bit of real sugar. A McDonald’s small Shamrock Shake has 530 calories, and a large is 820 calories. With those changes, this recipe is 393 calories per serving.

More Irish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re looking to create an authentic Irish feast to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish this year, then try a few of these favorite recipes:

How to Make a Shamrock Shake

A mint green Shamrock shake in a clear glass topped with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry, and a straw.

Shamrock Shake

5 from 3 votes
Shamrock Shake season is upon us! Our cool, minty shake is even creamier and more delicious than the fast food version and you can make it all year round!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Irish
Servings 2

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth in consistency.
    Ice cream, milk, mint extract, and green food coloring in a blender
  • Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream and sprinkles, a chocolate mint, or a maraschino cherry.
    A mint green Shamrock shake in a clear glass topped with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry, and a straw.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 393kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 9gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 412mgFiber: 1gSugar: 62gVitamin A: 806IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 319mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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    1. We just tried to make it taste exactly like the one from McDonalds and that’s what it took! But you can definitely leave it out or use a substitute like stevia!

  1. 5 stars
    Shamrock Shakes are the best. It so great to be able to make these year round with your recipe. My daughter is enjoying them and I’m glad I don’t need to go to McD’s to buy them anymore.

  2. 5 stars
    Shamrock Shake sounds so good right now! Its the perfect comfort food anytime of the year. Your recipe looks really delicious. Going to make mine with whipped cream topping.

  3. 5 stars
    My husband and daughter are big mint lovers (I’m more of a chocolate fan) We all loved this shake I make it now for more than just St Patrick’s Day.