Homemade Shamrock Shake


Minty Homemade Shamrock Shake Copy-Cat Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day – even better than the McDonald’s version!

Homemade Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick's Day

Call me extremely sheltered, but I just had my very first shamrock shake last weekend!  To shock you even more, it wasn’t even from McDonald’s….I recreated it at home.  Every year I say I need to try one from McDonald’s and then St. Patrick’s day comes and goes and I miss out once again.  I don’t tend to frequent fast food restaurants so that’s most likely the reason why I never get around to buying one.

I’m not Irish and I’m usually not a huge fan of mint-flavored desserts, BUT green is my favorite color when it comes to food (I know, I’m weird) so I absolutely had to try a Homemade Shamrock Shake out.  Not being Irish, this is best way I know how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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There are tons of copycat recipes on the web for a homemade shamrock shake and I experimented a lot with different versions to get it just how I like it.  I like to go heavy on the ice cream when it comes to milkshakes so that they are extra thick and more like the milkshakes you would get a restaurant.  In my opinion, there is nothing worse than  milkshake with too much liquid!

I love fun foods for holidays.  I think I will make this again this coming weekend…along with these Triple Layer Fudge Mint Oreo Brownies which have been one of my most popular recipes on this site since last year! You can also try out my Green St. Patrick’s Day recipes collection. I hope you give this a try. Your family will love it…

And get the fun straws I used here or the paper ones here!

Here is a step-by-step video I created to show you how easy this Homemade Shamrock Shake is to make at home!

Homemade Shamrock Shake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 large or 2 small shakes
Minty Homemade Shamrock Shake Copy-Cat Recipe for St. Patrick's Day - even better than the McDonald's version!
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. Stop blender to stir with a spoon if necessary to help blend ice cream.
  3. Pour into cups and serve with whipped cream and a straw. Enjoy!
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51 Responses to “Homemade Shamrock Shake”

  1. March 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM #

    Ahhh my mom is obsessed with Shamrock shakes and this looks DELICIOUS!

    • March 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM #

      Thanks, Kayle! I think she’ll love this version 🙂

  2. March 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM #

    I must be sheltered too, because I have never had one! Looks AMAZING! Will have to try for a festive treat!

    • March 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM #

      Good to know I’m not the only one!

  3. March 13, 2013 at 10:14 AM #

    Same here, I just tried one for the first time last week. I think it would be great to make one at home!

    • March 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM #

      Much cheaper and this way you can have them all year round!

  4. March 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM #

    Can you believe I’ve never had a shamrock shake before??! I love the homemade idea. Your recipe looks perfect for this coming weekend… if I weren’t going to a beach next week! I’ll have to make it post vacay/St. Pats Day for a treat 🙂

    • March 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM #

      A beach? I’m jealous! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one to never have had a shamrock shake before…

  5. March 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM #

    I’m sheltered right along with you, I’ve never had a shamrock shake either! I keep thinking I should stop on my way home (because there is a McDonalds in Penn Station), but then I think my evening run will be hampered with all that milkshake in my belly! I guess I’ll just have to make it at home!

    • March 13, 2013 at 1:29 PM #

      I really thought I was the only one to never have had one. Nice to know I’m not alone! 🙂

  6. March 13, 2013 at 2:34 PM #

    Mmmm, we love shamrock shakes! Homemade is even better. Yours are so cute, PINNED!

    • March 13, 2013 at 2:44 PM #

      Awww thanks Aimee!!

  7. March 13, 2013 at 3:35 PM #

    my best friend is IN LOVE with the shamrock shakes. I always tell her that there no way I can make them quite as good at home. Well, this changes things!! She is going to FLIP when I show her this Ashley!

    • March 13, 2013 at 3:58 PM #

      Thanks, Sally! I finally tried a McDonald’s one today, too! I have to say I kinda liked mine better 😉

  8. March 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM #

    What a great idea.

  9. March 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

    YESSSSSS. I seriously adore Mickey D’s Shamrock Shakes! They’re the bomb! As a kid, I’d remember stalking McDonald’s like, every day after school in late Feb/March to get a shake. They’re my fave! This is a total game-changer for making them at home — and breaking out my fat pants.

    • March 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM #

      Yeah, they are dangerously easy to make at home!

  10. March 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM #

    We made these at the office today. Absolutely delightful and perfect for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

    • March 15, 2013 at 4:05 PM #

      Awww yay! Thanks for reporting back, Trish! I’m so glad you liked them.

  11. March 18, 2013 at 2:48 AM #

    This looks awesome! I’ll have to make one soon. It’s never too late for a Shamrock Shake!

    • March 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM #

      I agree – they are good all year round! Thanks for visiting my page, Emily 🙂

  12. Erica E.
    March 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM #

    I made this last night for my husband and he loved it.

    • March 30, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

      Oh I’m so glad! Thanks for reporting back! I love to hear good feedback 🙂

  13. February 25, 2014 at 8:02 PM #

    Lime topping would work too. Recently discovered how great a lime milkshake/thickshake is!!

  14. March 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM #

    So fun. I am planning on a low carb version for my kids this month! 🙂

  15. March 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM #

    Yum! I love Shamrock shakes, but it’s too cold to drink them when they’re available. Yay for making them at home all year round!

  16. March 13, 2014 at 5:52 AM #

    Hmmm…looks delicious. I have never had a Shamrock shake before, but I think I’m going to have to change that! The kids would love this too 🙂

    • March 14, 2014 at 1:49 AM #

      Thanks so much, Catherine!

  17. February 27, 2015 at 7:08 AM #

    Yum! Pinned to my new St. Pat’s Day food & drink board.

  18. March 9, 2016 at 8:20 AM #

    You are not sheltered – I still haven’t tried a Shamrock Shake! So you’re definitely ahead of me in that department. Love this homemade version!

  19. March 9, 2016 at 8:26 AM #

    Ashley this Shamrock Shake looks simply perfect!!! Possibly my favourite childhood flavour 🙂

  20. March 9, 2016 at 9:25 AM #

    Whoa, this is weird. I was JUST thinking about how I’d never had a Shamrock Shake. And then I looked it up and saw the nutrition facts, which made me think maybe I wouldn’t try it after all. But then I saw this! So my first Shamrock Shake will probably be this recipe, too. Thank you!

  21. March 9, 2016 at 10:36 AM #

    I’m even more sheltered — I’ve never had one of these! Didn’t even know they existed, to be honest (yes, I live under a rock!). But now that I know about them, I gotta have one! This looks fantastic — thanks.

  22. March 9, 2016 at 5:24 PM #

    haha you can call me sheltered too then! Because I still have never had a shamrock shake!! I should totally just make it myself!

  23. March 10, 2016 at 7:47 AM #

    But everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Haha! We don’t go to fast food places very often either, Ashley…so I’m all about making this one at home. Sounds delicious! And maybe drinking this will help me find that wee pot o’ gold this year! 🙂

  24. March 10, 2016 at 10:22 AM #

    my mom has always loved McD’s shamrock shakes–this homemade version looks MUCH better, so don’t worry-you didn’t miss out!

  25. March 10, 2016 at 3:46 PM #

    Ashley – you are not the only one – I haven’t yet had a shamrock shake! Thinking I should jump on board with this luscious glass!

  26. March 10, 2016 at 8:49 PM #

    I was just thinking about this! Looks great – adore a good copycat/make at home recipe!

  27. February 24, 2017 at 8:03 PM #

    I like your version so much better than the Mc Donalds version which a 22 oz. cup has 820 cal, 23 gr fat, 1 gr trans fat, 18 gr protein, 135 total carbs 260 gr sodium , 0 fiber 115 gr sugar.

    My Shamrock Smoothie version
    2 scoops Life Shake ( protein)
    1 cup spinach
    4 oz vanilla yogurt
    1/2 tsp peppermint extract
    8 oz. almond milk
    367 cal. 7 gr fat, 6 gr fiber, 34 gr sugar, 30 gr protein


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