Homemade Shamrock Shake

Minty Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day!

Homemade Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick's Day

Call me sheltered, but I just had my first shamrock shake last weekend!  And 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.  I don’t tend to frequent fast food restaurants so that’s probably why I never get around to buying one.

I’m not Irish, 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 it out.  Not being Irish, this is best way I know how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

There are tons of copycat recipes on the web for homemade shamrock shakes, and I experimented a little 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.  In my opinion, there is nothing worse than liquid-y milkshakes!

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!

I hope you give this a try. Your family will love it…


*makes one large shake or 2 small/medium shakes

2 cups vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup of milk (I used skim)
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
8 drops green food coloring


Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend on high speed until smooth.Stop blender to stir with a spoon if necessary to help blend ice cream.Pour into cups and serve with a straw.
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
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39 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!


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