Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

5 from 2 votes
This recipe for a McDonald’s copycat shamrock shake is a superb minty flavoured treat. A quick and easy milkshake recipe that can be whipped up in minutes.
Shamrock Shake

If you haven’t heard of the shamrock shake, let me tell you what it is. It’s a seasonal shake sold by Mcdonald’s in the US, Canada, and Ireland.

Unfortunately, they aren’t available in the UK, but who needs McDonald’s when I can just make my own? Everyone will go crazy for this thick, creamy, and addictive milkshake.

The thing that makes this milkshake different to others is its trademark green colour. My youngest son’s favourite colour is green so when I first made this milkshake, I knew he would love it.

The green colour matches its minty flavour, but the actual colour is achieved through food colouring. Depending on whether you use gel or water-based food colouring the exact amount will differ.

The gel is more concentrated so you will end up using less. However, water-based food colouring is just as good. Just add a drop at a time until you reach the colour you want.

Originally the milkshake’s flavour used to be lemon and lime. However, over the years the recipe was developed, and the new shamrock shake now has a minty flavour.

If you’re a vegan, don’t worry! The milk can easily be replaced with cashew milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. The best of which is definitely the coconut milk because it will give you the creamiest texture, similar to one made with non-vegan milk.

I usually make my own homemade whipped cream with double cream and icing sugar. But you can keep it simple with store-bought. Just add a generous amount to the top of each milkshake and you are ready to serve!

If you are struggling to decide between a dessert and a drink, then this milkshake recipe is perfect. Unbelievably easy to make at home, these minty milkshakes are a fun way to celebrate with the kids.

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Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

by Nabeela Kauser
This recipe for a McDonald’s copycat shamrock shake is a superb minty flavoured treat. A quick and easy milkshake recipe that can be whipped up in minutes. 
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 375 kcal



  • In a blender, combine the vanilla ice cream, milk, green food coloring, and peppermint extract. Blend until smooth.
  • Taste the shake and add more peppermint extract as desired.
  • Pour the shake into a glass and top with whipped cream and a cherry if desired.
  • Enjoy your homemade shamrock shake!


Note 1 –  The density of ice cream and milk can vary based on the brand, which means that the weight to volume might be different. Also, the quantity of food coloring and peppermint extract could vary as per your taste, you can add more or less as per your preference.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 9gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 159mgPotassium: 455mgFiber: 1gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 799IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 319mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Milk, Milkshake, Mint, Shake, Summer
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