Shamrock Shake Recipe

This McDonald’s copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe is spot on! Creamy and thick with just the right amount of sweetness and mint flavoring!

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 with whipped cream and sprinkles

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.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Milk: We prefer using whole milk for the creamiest texture and flavor.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: Any brand you like.
  • Mint Extract: For a hint of mint flavor.
  • Green Food Coloring: To give the milkshake a green color, but is also optional.
  • Whipped Cream: We like to add whipped cream to the top of our Shamrock Shake but it is also optional.
ingredients for making shamrock shake copycat recipe

How To Make A Shamrock Shake

This Shamrock Shake recipe is really very simple. It’s basically adding the ingredients to a blender and blending until smooth. If you’re milkshake is too thick, add another splash of milk to loosen the consistency.

It does help if the ice cream is slightly softened and not rock hard straight out of the freezer. Just about 5 minutes on the counter is all you should need.

vanilla ice cream being scooped into a blender

McDonald’s has been serving shamrock shakes since the 70’s and customers have been loving them ever since. These shakes are seasonal though, so you can only get them around St. Patrick’s Day.

Which is why we chose to make this copycat version at home, this way we can enjoy these McDonald’s treats whenever we want them. McDonald’s has their own shamrock shake syrup, but you can easily recreate that by using the mont extract and green food coloring.

The fun part about making a copycat recipe like this one at home is that you can switch up the ingredients any way you like. Change up the colors for different holidays or parties, or switch up the flavorings. You can even try having a milkshake bar with different color and flavors combinations!

green food coloring and vanilla ice cream in blender

Can You Add Alcohol To Shamrock Shakes?

For the adults, obviously, you can pour out the kids portions and then add some liquor 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 (will also add the green color, so you won’t need food coloring)
shamrock shake recipe with whipped cream and cherry

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shamrock shake recipe with whipped cream and cherry

Shamrock Shake Recipe

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

This McDonald’s copycat Shamrock Shake recipe is spot on! A creamy and thick milkshake with just the right amount of mint flavoring!



  • 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

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