Shamrock Shake Recipe

No need to hit the drive through, make this Shamrock Shake Recipe right at home! Our kids love these creamy, minty milkshakes for dessert or parties!

We love making copycat recipes at home – for dinner, too! Try these Copycat Totino’s Pizza Rolls instead of ordering pizza. Another family favorite is our Copycat Campbell’s Tomato Soup recipe, just like you remember except even better!

Shamrock Shake recipe in a glass with whipped cream

Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe

There’s nothing like the feeling when you hit the drive through and see that one of your favorite, seasonal menu items is back. These Shamrock Shakes are on the top of that list for me, and for my kids too.

So why not make a Shamrock Shake right at home, whenever you want one? I’m all about instant gratification so copycat recipes like this one are golden. Spike this festive milkshake for the adults and leave it virgin for the kids. Everyone wins.

How To Make A Shamrock Shake

This Shamrock Shake recipe is really very simple. All you need is vanilla ice cream, milk, green food coloring and mint extract. Of course, we like to garnish our shakes with whipped cream and a cherry, but that’s up to you.

vanilla ice cream being scooped into a blender for milkshake recipe

So, just wondering, have you ever made any type of milkshake at home before? The first time I made milkshakes for my boys I was literally floored by how much ice cream is used. Like, floored. So to make 2 good sized milkshakes for my kids I used almost a gallon of ice cream. I mean, it’s a lot.

But I guess we don’t make homemade milkshakes all the time so once in a while, it’s a great treat for dessert!

Add the food coloring and mint extract to the blender and then pour in the milk.

green food coloring to make shamrock shake recipe

Some recipes call for cream instead of milk, you can use that if you’d like but I think milk works just fine. Whole milk would be the best choice but obviously you can use whatever you have.

Blend up your Shamrock Shake until it’s smooth. Pour into tall milkshake glasses and top with whipped cream, sprinkles (if you like) and a cherry on top.

What Kind Of Alcohol Can You Add To Shamrock Shakes?

For the adults, obviously, you can pour out the kids portions and then add some fun to the blender. There’s tons of options as far as the booze goes, here are a few of our favorites.

  • Whiskey/Bourbon (perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day party!)
  • Rum, plain or flavored
  • Vodka, plain or flavored
  • Creme de Menthe
Copycat Shamrock Shake recipe from McDonald's

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Shamrock Shake recipe in a glass with whipped cream

Shamrock Shake Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x

Make your favorite Shamrock Shake right at home! Skip the drive through and blend up a few of these creamy, minty shakes – try them boozy for the adults, virgin for the kids!



  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 810 drops green food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • Whipped cream, cherries and sprinkles for serving


  1. Add the ice cream, milk, food coloring, mint extract to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a cherry, whipped cream and sprinkles.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: milkshake recipe, green milkshake, dessert recipe, dessert drinks, copycat recipes, shamrock shakes, mcdonalds copycat recipe, st. patricks day recipes

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