Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe

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Say goodbye to waiting for the limited-time offering at fast-food chains and relish this copycat recipe year-round. Craft your minty masterpiece and savor the taste of St. Patrick’s Day whenever you desire!

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Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe

A Prelude to Spring with the Shamrock Shake

With the arrival of early spring, the world awakens with fresh, vibrant colors—green leaves, buds, and grass sprouting forth. These natural hues inspire the iconic green of our delectable Shamrock Shake, a testament to the Irish knack for celebration. This minty-fresh concoction captures the essence of joyous St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Our homemade Shamrock Shake stays true to the classic flavors, utilizing standard vanilla ice cream (not the vanilla bean or French varieties) and mint extract for that authentic McDonald’s-inspired taste. Crafting this delightful shake at home is a breeze, especially with homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and Whipped Cream.

How to Prepare the Shamrock Shake

Creating your Homemade Shamrock Shake is incredibly straightforward, leaving you wondering why you haven’t made it sooner. It’s as simple as combining all the ingredients and thoroughly mixing them. Here’s how:

  1. Step One: Measure out all the ingredients and place them in a blender.
  2. Step Two: Blend until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
  3. Step Three: Pour the shake into a tall glass, top it with whipped cream, green sanding sugar, and a cherry, and relish the delightful creation!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does a Shamrock Shake Taste Like?

This copycat version faithfully replicates the original’s taste—a creamy vanilla shake with a delightful minty profile. Some variations even incorporate chocolate, adding another layer of flavor.

Can I Use Peppermint Instead of Mint Extract? (Mint vs. Peppermint)

While many copycat recipes employ peppermint extract, it imparts a different, stronger minty flavor. To ensure an authentic McDonald’s Shamrock Shake experience, seek out mint extract online for a more genuine minty profile.

How Can I Make My Shake Creamier?

For an extra creamy indulgence, substitute the milk with heavy cream or half-and-half.

Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe

Key Ingredients in the Shamrock Shake

All the ingredients listed here are readily available at your local store. Many can also be made at home, allowing you to choose the homemade route.

  • Mint: We use mint extract, not peppermint extract, to capture the intended minty flavor profile.
  • Ice Cream: We prepared our own Vanilla Ice Cream exclusively for this recipe. Avoid custardy French vanilla ice cream or vanilla bean variations, as they may alter the specific flavor required for this copycat recipe.
  • Whipped Cream: In keeping with the homemade theme, we prepared our Whipped Cream at home. Alternatively, you can use regular store-bought whipped cream without compromising flavor.
  • Milk: Whole milk is the best choice, as it provides a thicker consistency with a richer milk flavor.
  • Food Coloring: Achieving the desired green hue is effortless—start with very small doses of green food coloring. We use green gel in this recipe, but liquid food coloring drops work as well. Natural varieties typically yield a lighter green color compared to the classic deep green hue.
  • Maraschino Cherries: Ensure the maraschino cherries are thoroughly dried before adding them to the shake to prevent any color bleeding into the whipped cream.
  • Green Decorating Sugar: Sprinkles serve as the perfect finishing touch for an authentic Homemade Shamrock Shake!

Shamrock Shake Substitutions

Feel free to make substitutions to cater to your preferences, although the flavor may differ slightly from the restaurant version:

  • Natural Food Coloring: Opt for natural green colorants available online. Keep in mind that they may not yield the vibrant green shade achieved with artificial options. Alternatively, add matcha powder or spirulina powder incrementally to the blender until you achieve the desired green hue. This might slightly alter the flavor profile, but it won’t be off-putting, especially if you’re accustomed to using these powders.
  • Dairy-Free: To create a dairy-free version, use coconut milk ice cream and coconut whipped cream.
  • Cool Whip: If you prefer Cool Whip over whipped cream, consider making our Homemade Cool Whip. It offers a thicker consistency compared to whipped cream, and the homemade version is healthier than its store-bought counterpart.
  • Lower Calories: For a low-fat and reduced-calorie option, use low-calorie ice cream and reduce the amount of whipped cream or omit it altogether.

How to Store Shamrock Shake

  • Serve: Shamrock Shakes should be enjoyed immediately after blending since they contain ice cream and tend to melt quickly. You can chill the mixture in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes before serving to prevent it from becoming overly frozen.
  • Store: Ideally, Shamrock Shakes are meant to be consumed immediately and should not be stored. If you do decide to store one, place it in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, blend the frozen mixture with a bit more milk to restore it to a drinkable consistency.
  • Freeze: Shamrock Shakes can be frozen, resulting in a treat similar to ice cream. They will remain delicious for up to six months. You can enjoy them straight from the freezer or blend them with some milk to return them to a shake-like consistency.

Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe


  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (not peppermint)
  • 9 drops food coloring
  • Whipped cream
  • Green sanding sugar
  • Maraschino cherries


  1. Measure the vanilla ice cream, milk, mint extract, and food coloring into a blender.
  2. Blend until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
  3. Pour the shake into a tall glass, top it with whipped cream, green sanding sugar, and a cherry, and savor your homemade Shamrock Shake!

Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe

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