This copycat shamrock shake recipe is like finding the pot o’ gold at the end of a rainbow!

Thick and creamy, minty and refreshing, shamrock shakes are as much fun for kids as the grown-ups (boozy shamrock shake, anyone?) plus they cost a lot less “green” to make! You be the judge as to whether this recipe is just as good as the McDonald’s version, or maybe even better!

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A Minty Milkshake Treat!

  • Why wait for seasonal McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes to come out when you can make a homemade copycat version any time of year with fresh and real ingredients?
  • Copycat shamrock shakes are a super fun and easy recipe to make for a party or a sleepover because they only take 4 ingredients and a blender! They’re also extra refreshing on hot summer days!
  • Mix and match ingredients to get new milkshake creations every time! Make a minty chocolate shake with chocolate ice cream and chocolate sprinkles on top!
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Ingredients and Variations

Dairy: The best shakes are made with real dairy and full-fat ingredients like vanilla ice cream and half-and-half. But for those who can’t do dairy, freeze canned coconut milk into cubes and blend with any dairy-free frozen dessert. This combination has the full flavor and creamy texture of a shake. Opt for a dash of vanilla protein powder for even more vanilla flavor and a nutrition boost!

Green and Minty: Pale green or dark green, either way – there’s no shamrock without a dash of green food coloring! Mint extract is where the magic happens! Start with the amount in this recipe and add more if desired.

Extras: A dollop of whipped cream on the top is the final touch! Green sprinkles, chocolate shavings, or crushed Oreo cookies are delish in a shamrock shake! Got grownups? Then spike shamrock shakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream, Jameson’s Whiskey, or some rum that’ll make those Irish eyes twinkle! Top with a maraschino cherry before serving.

How to make a Shamrock Shake

  1. Layer the ingredients in the order of the recipe (see recipe card below) in a blender and puree for up to 1 minute.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream before serving.
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Tips For The Perfect Milkshake

  • Avoid over-mixing the milkshake so the air stays in and the mixture doesn’t get flat and dense.
  • Add mix-ins after blending, including alcohol.
  • Freeze any leftover shamrock shake into ice cubes and make fresh milkshakes or add them to smoothies!

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Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe

This velvety smooth, cool and minty treat is so delicious and easy to make!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Holly



  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 5 drops mint extract
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • whipped cream optional, for garnish


  • Combine ice cream, half and half, mint extract and food coloring in a blender and puree for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Pour into glasses.
  • Top with whipped cream if desired.


  • Add any mix-ins after blending.
  • Freeze any leftovers into ice cubes to add to fresh milkshakes or smoothies!
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 569kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 1210IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 366mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American

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