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Skip the Drive-Thru and Make Homemade Shamrock Shakes!

Easy Mint Shamrock Shake

yield: 2 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 10 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream (about 4 scoops)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 drops green food coloring *optional
  • Optional topping idea: whipped cream & green sprinkles

Directions

1

Using a kitchen blender, blend together ice cream, milk, vanilla extract, mint extract, and food coloring, until smooth.

2

Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Enjoy!

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homemade shamrock shake recipe

Looking for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day dessert?

Then you’ve gotta try this easy DIY Shamrock Shake recipe! Grab your favorite vanilla ice cream and some mint extract and let’s whip up a fast milkshake using your blender!

This tastes just as great, in our opinion, as the popular drive-thru version and you can affordably make them at home for the entire family!

shamrock shake ingredients on the counter

Hip Recipe Tips:

    • Start with only a couple drops of peppermint extract because it’s powerful stuff! I’d use 1/4 teaspoon or less according to taste.
    • If your family is made of serious ice cream fans like us, check out this highly-rated stainless ice cream scoop that we love. I bought it as a birthday gift for my husband and it’s pretty great!

scooping out ice cream into blender

blending ice cream, extract, and milk in blender

holding shamrock shake with green sprinkles


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Easy Mint Shamrock Shake

yield: 2 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 10 MINUTES

Creamy mint shake that is perfect for a yummy treat on St. Patrick's Day.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream (about 4 scoops)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 drops green food coloring *optional
  • Optional topping idea: whipped cream & green sprinkles

Directions

1

Using a kitchen blender, blend together ice cream, milk, vanilla extract, mint extract, and food coloring, until smooth.

2

Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Enjoy!

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blended shamrock shake in cups

Creamy minty milkshake perfection!

Homemade milkshakes are the best. I loved making my Shamrock Shake recipe at home with my kids! It has actually turned into a fun tradition for us throughout the years, and my kids ask about this shake every year.

homemade shamrock shakes


Want another festive idea? Try these cute and easy Shamrock Pretzels!

Join The Discussion

Comments 38

  1. Karla

    Looks delicious! I love that it’s simple to make. The only thing I need to get is the mint extract.

  2. Karla

    That’s a blender you mixed the ingredients in, right?

    • Cinthia

      Looks like my ninja blender!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes, that is a Ninja blender.

  3. Lisa

    Yum and super cute presentation! Where can I find the green striped straws? Thank you!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks! Straws and cups from the cooking store Sur La Table but I’ve noticed most craft stores carrying them.

      • Lisa

        Thank you! 🙂

    • emiliekoch

      I saw them in the dollar bins at Target! They had a huge variety here in Delaware! Good luck! They really make the drink look so authentic!!

  4. Jessy

    Love shamrock shakes! Am I the only one that thinks there is a hint of lime flavor in them though?

    • Mrs. Howard

      Yes Jessy. There is a hint of lime. I’ve been making my own Shamrock Shakes for years and everyone always says how close they are to Mc D’s. I don’t like how they changed the way they make them (with whipped cream and the flavoring isn’t fully mixed in and the cherry on top)…Like the old saying goes, don’t fix what isn’t broken. Anyway, I mix up a sugar syrup made from Lime Kool-Aid, sugar and a bit of water and add that into the shake ingredients. Gives it that nice green coloring too! 🙂

      • LisaMarieRose

        Mrs Howard, do you put this into vanilla ice cream?

  5. Maria

    That looks so pretty! I love making a version of the shamrock shake with fresh mint and shaved chocolate.

  6. k3llyb

    No one’s up in arms about this taking money out of McDonald’s pockets? 😉

    • Katie

      I’m sure not and I work there!

    • Jessica

      They’re always out of the specialty shakes in my area, so I have a feeling it doesn’t matter much.

  7. Audra

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    • Audra

      Sorry about that- my 17 month old was playing with my phone. Didn’t expect him to actually hit post!

      • Wanda

        TOO FUNNY:))

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        I think it’s code for ‘make me this mom’ lol 🙂

        • Audra

          I wish I could. But he is allergic to dairy.

          • Deanna

            They have many different options of ice cream that are none dairy.

    • lynn

      As a mom that made me laugh

  8. Deb

    I have made a couple of your recipes and loved them! My husband raved about your sweet and sour chicken -he told me to make sure I saved that recipe!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s so nice Deb. Thanks!

  9. Heather C.

    Mint Toriani syrup works well too!!

  10. Julie

    I just made these and they taste just like a shamrock shake. Thanks Lina for posting this recipe. Me and my husband was just talking the other day about getting a shamrock shake from mcdonalds and now I can make them a home for a lot less. thanks again

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh yay! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Tracey

    I just made them too and my two kids are lovin them…. Thanks!

  12. Nancy

    That looks good! My son has been craving a Shamrock shake! Thanks!

  13. Linda

    Not trying to be picky but there’s a difference between mint extract and peppermint extract. The recipe lists mint, but the “hip tips” says peppermint. A true shamrock shake is made with mint. While the peppermint will taste good too, it’s more of a candy cane flavor.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ok sure- I’d use your preference 👍 thanks!

    • jen s.

      I would prefer mint extract but unfortunately it’s hard to find in the stores. Looks like I’ll be using peppermint! Hate the lime version from McDonald’s.

  14. Lmb

    Can’t wait to try this and the ice cream scoop. I’ve ordered the gorilla cutting boards and the drying rack for my sink that you posted and we ❤️them! Especially the drying rack. Use it everyday, the quality and function are great!!!! Keep up the great posts👏

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s fun to hear! Thanks so much ❤️

  15. Amy

    I’ll have to try these. Something about McDonalds ice cream always makes me so sick but I used to love the Shamrock shakes when I was young!

  16. Rachel F.

    Those glasses are adorable! Where are they from?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      They were originally from a grocery store named Fry’s. You can buy a similar set here.

  17. subtextology

    Need to know where those glasses came from, too! Love!

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