Shamrock Shake
Shamrock Shake
5 from 4 votes
Embrace the luck of the Irish with a homemade Shamrock Shake. This delightful treat, a blend of vanilla ice cream and peppermint, is not just for St. Patrick's Day but a year-round indulgence. Enjoy the fun and easy process of making this nostalgic delight.
Shamrock Shake

Ever wondered what it feels like to sip on a touch of Irish magic? Well, look no further because I’ve got just the recipe for you: the Shamrock Shake!

Originating from the iconic golden arches, this beloved treat has found its way into home kitchens, offering a delightful twist on the classic milkshake. With its vibrant green hue and refreshing minty flavor, it’s perfect for bringing a bit of whimsy into your day.

Crafting your own Shamrock Shake might sound like a daunting task, but fear not, for I’ve simplified the process to make it accessible to even the most novice of home cooks.

Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or simply craving a cool, creamy indulgence, this recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. So, let’s dive in and discover the magic of homemade Shamrock Shakes!

Expert Tip: Adjust the amount of peppermint extract to suit your taste preferences; start with a small amount and add more gradually until you reach your desired level of mintiness.


Ice Cream Vanilla: The creamy base of our Shamrock Shake, vanilla ice cream adds richness and a luscious texture to the drink. It provides a velvety canvas for the other flavors to shine.

Milk: Milk serves to thin out the shake to the perfect consistency, ensuring it’s not too thick or too thin. It adds a subtle sweetness and enhances the creaminess of the ice cream.

Food Coloring Green: This vibrant ingredient gives our Shamrock Shake its signature emerald hue, evoking the spirit of the Irish countryside. It adds visual appeal and transforms the drink into a festive treat.

Peppermint Extract: The star of the show, peppermint extract infuses our shake with its refreshing, minty flavor. It lends a cool, invigorating taste that makes every sip a delight.

Whipped Cream: A dollop of whipped cream on top adds a touch of decadence to our Shamrock Shake, complementing the creamy base with its airy texture and hint of sweetness.

Expert Tip: Experiment with different toppings such as chocolate shavings, sprinkles, or crushed cookies to customize your Shamrock Shake.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve your Shamrock Shake in tall glasses adorned with colorful straws for a festive touch.
  • Garnish with additional whipped cream and a cherry on top for an extra indulgent treat.
  • Pair your shake with a side of chocolate chip cookies or mint chocolate brownies for a delicious dessert spread.

Expert Tip: For an extra chilly treat, freeze your glasses before serving to keep your Shamrock Shake colder for longer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make my Shamrock Shake thicker?

To achieve a thicker consistency, try adding more ice cream or reducing the amount of milk in the recipe.

Can I use a different flavor of ice cream?

While vanilla is traditional, feel free to experiment with other flavors like chocolate or mint chocolate chip for a unique twist on the classic Shamrock Shake.

Is there a dairy-free option for this recipe?

Yes, you can substitute dairy-free ice cream and non-dairy milk for a vegan-friendly version of the Shamrock Shake.

Can I make this ahead of time?

For best results, it’s recommended to make and serve the Shamrock Shake immediately to enjoy its fresh, creamy flavor.

Can I omit the food coloring?

While the green color adds to the festive appeal of the Shamrock Shake, you can omit it if desired. Just keep in mind that the shake won’t have the traditional vibrant hue.

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Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

by Nabeela Kauser
Embrace the luck of the Irish with a homemade Shamrock Shake. This delightful treat, a blend of vanilla ice cream and peppermint, is not just for St. Patrick's Day but a year-round indulgence.
5 from 4 votes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 2
Calories 375 kcal


  • 300 grams Ice Cream Vanilla
  • 200 ml Milk
  • 3-4 drops Food Colouring Green
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • Whipped Cream


  • 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!


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 colouring 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: 455mgFibre: 1gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 799IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 319mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Milk, Milkshake, Mint, Shake, Summer
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