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Homemade Shamrock Shakes for St. Patrick's Day

March 7, 2014

Kendra Vizcaino-Lico

It isn’t easy being green, except when you’re slurping down a shamrock shake. Every March, fast-food titan McDonald’s rolls out its much anticipated and long beloved St. Paddy’s themed shakes. The minty, green drinks are only available for a few weeks, and just at participating locations. The limited availability of the sweet sippers leaves many of the shake’s devotees without a tasty St. Patrick’s Day treat. We’ve developed recipes with some chocolaty, nutty, and boozy twists on the classic so you don’t have miss out on this seasonal sensation.

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Make your own homemade spin on the beloved fast food Shamrock Shake with this quick and easy recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 10 drops green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • 1 maraschino cherry


In a blender, combine the vanilla ice cream, milk, green food coloring, and peppermint extract, and process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour the shake into a glass and top with the whipped cream and maraschino cherry.

Other recipes to try: 
Chocolate-Mint Shamrock Shake
Shamrock Shake All Grown Up
Bailey’s Matcha Shamrock Shake
Nutty Shamrock Shake