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A glass of cool, refreshing shamrock shake on a white drink coaster with a hand about to lift up the glass.

Shamrock Shake

  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Total Time: 5 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 (1.5 Cup) Servings 1x


This luscious shamrock shake is a copycat McDonald’s recipe. It’s rich and refreshing, with a creamy satisfying mouthfeel. The perfect green minty drink for St. Patrick’s Day.


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Shamrock Shake

  • 1 pint (16 ounces) vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon green gel food coloring

Optional Toppings

  • Whipped cream
  • Green candy sprinkles
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Chocolate sauce


  1. In the container of a high-speed blender, add vanilla ice cream, milk,  peppermint extract, and green gel food coloring. Blend briefly until smooth – about 30 seconds.
  2. Divide the milkshake between 4 small glasses, or 2 large glasses. If desired, top each drink with a generous dollop of whipped cream, green candy sprinkles (or edible gold stars), and a stemmed maraschino cherry.


How to make a dairy-free shamrock shake: Swap the ice cream and milk for non-dairy options. As a substitute for vanilla ice cream try using full-fat (canned) coconut milk – freeze it in ice cube trays. For a dairy milk replacement, try almond milk or soy milk plus vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Use a natural green food coloring. Top the shake with coconut whipped cream.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Shamrock Shake, McDonald's Shamrock Shake, Shamrock Shake Recipe, Homemade Shamrock Shake