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Easy and Delicious Shamrock Shakes (McDonalds Copycat)

These Shamrock Shakes are not only festive but they are super delicious too! A McDonald’s copycat, this minty milkshake will be an instant favorite!

The Ultimate Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the excitement for shamrock shake season grows! It’s that wonderful time of year when minty milkshakes become the talk of the town. But why wait in line at McDonald’s when you can create your very own homemade shamrock shake?

This easy recipe for a delicious minty green shake is perfect for those who love the classic McDonald’s Shamrock Shake but want to try a homemade version. With simple ingredients like vanilla ice cream, whole milk, peppermint extract, and green food coloring, this mint-flavored milkshake is a creamy delight that can be whipped up in no time.

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and what is better than celebrating this fun holiday with some amazing treats? Today I’ve got an easy milkshake that is super popular at McDonalds.

This milkshake gets so much attention because it’s so good! It also helps that the Shamrock Shakes are only available for a limited time so people love the exclusivity of it all.

Why This Recipe is Awesome for St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a homemade shamrock shake is a delightful tradition. This homemade version of McDonald’s classic mint milkshake brings the festive spirit right into your home. The combination of mint and vibrant green coloring embodies the essence of the holiday, making it a festive and fun treat. Plus, it’s a great substitute for those who miss the McDonald’s version when it’s not available.

Good news! You no longer have to wait for March to make these awesome shakes, you can make them all year long with this super easy recipe!

You won’t believe how easy these awesome mint milkshakes are, and you likely have all the ingredients in you fridge and freezer.

What ingredients do you need for this easy shake?

  • vanilla ice cream
  • milk
  • peppermint extract or 2 fresh mint leaves Green food coloring
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Whipped Cream

Where should I serve these Mcd’s Shamrock MilkShakes?

A St. Patrick’s Day party would be super fun, or even just for having fun at home! As I mentioned before, this is a super easy recipe that can be made anytime you have the craving! A warm summer day is perfect for this kind of drink!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I make this shake dairy-free? A: Absolutely! Substitute the whole milk and vanilla ice cream with alternatives like almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk, and use a dairy-free whipped cream. These substitutes are a great way to cater to those with dietary restrictions without compromising the creamy texture.

Q: Is there a non-alcoholic version for kids? A: Yes, this recipe is naturally kid-friendly. It doesn’t include any alcohol like the boozy milkshake versions, making it perfect for the whole family. For a fun twist, you can add Oreo cookies or chocolate chips to turn it into an Oreo Shamrock McFlurry!

Q: Can I add extra flavors? A: Definitely! Feel free to experiment with chocolate syrup, mint syrup, or even a scoop of chocolate chip ice cream for a chocolate mint shake twist.

Why This Recipe Works

The secret to the perfect homemade shamrock shake lies in its simplicity and the quality of ingredients. Using real vanilla ice cream and whole milk creates a rich, creamy texture that’s hard to beat. The peppermint extract provides just the right amount of mint flavor without overpowering.

The green food coloring brings in the festive color, making it visually appealing. All these elements come together to create a delightful shake that rivals any fast-food restaurant version.

Here are some more fun St. Patrick’s Day Recipes to try:

Easy and Delicious Shamrock Shakes (Mcd's Copycat)
Yield: 1 shake

Easy and Delicious Shamrock Shakes (Mcd's Copycat)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These easy Shamrock Shakes are perfect for St. Patrick's Day or anytime! Made with vanilla ice cream, mint and whipped cream, it will become an instant favorite!


  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

  • 1⁄2 cup milk
1⁄4 tsp peppermint extract or 2 fresh mint leaves
  • Green food coloring
Maraschino Cherries

  • Whipped Cream


  1. Add ice cream, milk, mint, and one drop of food coloring to a blender
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Pour into glasses
  4. Add whipped cream and a cherry 
  5. Enjoy 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 499Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 101mgSodium 218mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 2gSugar 51gProtein 11g

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