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shamrock shakes in glasses on a surface

Shamrock Shakes

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  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


Homemade Shamrock Shakes taste just like the minty milkshake from McDonald’s, but you can make them without ever having to leave home (and you know exactly what’s in them). Whip up these ice cream treats any time the craving hits.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whole or 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract*
  • 8 to 10 drops green food coloring (gel or liquid)
  • Whipped cream, for topping
  • Maraschino cherries, for topping


  1. In a high-powered blender, combine ice cream, heavy cream, milk, mint extract and food coloring. Mix until completely smooth, thick and creamy.
  2. Divide mixture between two glasses. Top as desired with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Serve immediately.


  • *Mint extract will give you the most similar flavor comparison to the McDonald’s version, but it can be harder to find than peppermint extract. You can swap mint extract for peppermint extract in this recipe, but note that the flavor will be different.