Looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Try making your own homemade copycat McDonald’s shamrock shake! With just a few simple ingredients, it’s quick & easy.

Cool and creamy with a minty flavor, now you can enjoy Shamrock Shakes all year long!

Copycat Shamrock Shakes in glasses with whipped cream and cherries

What is a Shamrock Shake?

  • This cool and creamy mint milkshake is McDonalds’ annual shake to mark the St. Patrick’s Day holiday! They’re available for a limited time!
  • No need to wait for February or March when you can make this homemade shamrock shake recipe with just a few simple ingredients!
  • Four ingredients and a blender are all you need for this minty treat.
ingredients to make Shamrock Shake

How to Make a Shamrock Shake

  • Dairy Full-fat dairy like vanilla ice cream and whole milk will give the richest flavor, but you can substitute it with your favorite non-dairy (like coconut milk) or lighter versions. Switch to chocolate ice cream for a yummy change.
  • Peppermint – Use peppermint extract for the best flavor. Mint extract, a mix of peppermint and spearmint extract, also works.
  • Color Use green food coloring or gel food coloring to give your mint shake its signature green color.
  • Toppings – Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry.

Simply add the ingredients in the recipe below to a blender and blend. SO easy.

ingredients in a blender to make Shamrock Shake

Shake it Up!

Why should the kids have all the fun?

  • Stir in some oreo cookie pieces.
  • Make a grown-up version with an ounce of alcohol. Try Bailey’s Irish Cream, Peppermint Schnapps, crème de menthe, Irish whiskey, or peppermint-flavored vodka!
  • Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry! Add some green sprinkles if you have them.
top view of blended Copycat Shamrock Shakes

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Copycat Shamrock Shakes

These creamy shamrock shakes are light and sweet, the perfect treat for St. Patrick's Day!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 milkshakes
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  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract or more to taste
  • green food coloring
  • toppings optional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, or sprinkles for garnish


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Garnish as desired and serve immediately.


For a healthy-ish version, use vanilla frozen yogurt and swap the liquid for fat-free milk, and omit the whipped cream.
Spike this favorite with a splash of creme de menthe, Baileys, or vodka for a boozy treat!
5 from 17 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 562 | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 574mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 1169IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 375mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beverage, Dessert, Drink, Drinks, Party Food
Cuisine American
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adding ingredients to blender to make Copycat Shamrock Shakes and finished shakes in glasses and writing


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  1. Thank you for this recipe! Peppermint extract wasn’t quite right to me. I swapped it for mint extract, which has both peppermint and spearmint in it – goes with the green and tastes just right!