Don’t wait for McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes, when you can make this copycat recipe at home all year long!

A Shamrock Shake is a creamy minty milkshake — and now you don’t need to “get them while they last” because you can make your own!

Shamrock Shake with whipped cream and cherries

What is a Shamrock Shake?

Shamrock shakes were first introduced to the public in 1970 by McDonald’s and they quickly became an annual holiday must-have.

This milkshake is sweet and creamy, minty (think chocolate chip mint ice cream without the chips), and just the right shade of green. They usually come out late February on McDonald’s menus for a limited time about 3 weeks before St. Patrick’s Day.

Now, you can make your own at home!

ingredients to make Shamrock Shake


Shamrock shakes only take 4 ingredients and 1 step, but the add-ins and toppings are endless!

DAIRY The traditional recipe is made up of vanilla ice cream and milk, and it comes with optional whipped cream.

For a healthy-ish version, use vanilla frozen yogurt and swap the liquid for fat-free milk, and omit the whipped cream. The results will still have that bright mint flavor. Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder and no one will know they’ve got a little nutrition in them!

FLAVORING Peppermint extract is made from pure peppermint and mint extract is a combination of both spearmint and peppermint. Either will do, but full peppermint extract is preferred.

COLOR Green food coloring adds color and really puts the shamrock in the shake!

ingredients in a blender to make Shamrock Shake

How to Make a Shamrock Shake

This super easy St. Patrick’s Day treat is festive and delicious!

Make this recipe the same way you’d make a milkshake. Simply combine all ingredients (per recipe below) in a blender until smooth.

Make it Boozy

Spike this favorite with a splash of alcohol for a boozy treat! Mix in one of the following:

  • creme de menthe (you may want to reduce the mint extract)
  • Baileys Irish cream
  • peppermint schnapps
  • vodka

top view of Shamrock Shake in a blender

Top o’ the Morning Toppings

  • Add generous amounts of whipped cream, green sprinkling sugar, and maybe some mini chocolate chips.
  • Make chocolate shamrock shakes by adding chocolate syrup
  • Green food gel coloring will work, but because shamrock shakes are a paler shade of green, a few drops of green food coloring will work the same.

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Shamrock Shake with whipped cream and cherries
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Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe

These light & creamy Shamrock Shakes are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 milkshakes


  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract or more to taste
  • green food coloring
  • toppings like whipped cream, cherries, & 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!
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Or to leave a comment, click here!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 562 | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 1169IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 375mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Dessert, Drink, Drinks
Cuisine American, Irish

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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!