It’s shamrock shake season! Shamrock Shake is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This minty milkshake is a yummy treat! Smooth, creamy, and oh, so minty! Simple ingredients like vanilla ice cream blended with mint flavoring, a few drops of green food coloring, and topped with a delicious whipped topping make this shake. The little candy shamrocks make it extra festive for this colorful time of year!

My favorite thing about this easy recipe is that it’s super simple to make and a great way to celebrate without making the trip to McDonald’s restaurants.

How do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day? We make a few blarney stones, color up these St Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages, make a few crochet shamrocks rainbow cupcakesgreen candy popcorn…. and do our fair share of St Patrick’s Day Crafts!

We hope these ideas make your day special for the whole family.

two tall glasses of shamrock shake with whipped cream and cherry on top from Skip to my Lou recipe
Doesn’t this look so delicious?

Each year, McDonald’s menus serve up their famous Shamrock Shake for a limited time. With my yummy homemade shamrock shake knockoff, you can now have this delicious shake anytime you like!

P.S. I recommend adding some whipped cream on top for a super creamy texture. Add a hint of chocolate syrup and chocolate chips for the best flavor if you have a sweet tooth. Honestly, this homemade version of Mcdonald’s mint-flavored milkshake is the perfect treat you can do with items bought in a regular grocery store.

Related: Ice Cream Pie with Oreo Cookie Crust

What is Shamrock Shake made out of?

The Shamrock Shake was first introduced in 1970. Can you believe the shake was first made of lemon-lime flavored with vanilla ice cream, lemon-lime sherbet, and vanilla syrup? I don’t think I would have been a fan. By 1973, the shake was merely a green-colored vanilla shake, eliminating the sherbet. Thankfully now, it is a minty flavor vanilla ice cream shake. I love mint. If you do too you might like these mint recipes.

Vanilla shakes can be heavy on calories, so below our shamrock shake copycat recipe, we put the nutrition information so you can adapt it to your specific needs. Add a little ice cream, use coconut milk instead of regular milk, or follow the original version as it’s a special day!

Shamrock shake Recipe

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 8 drops green food coloring
  • 1/8 teaspoon plain mint extract or amount for the richest flavor


Step 1

Put all of the ingredients in your blender.

shamrock shake from Skip to my Lou recipe in a blender
So yummy!

Step 2

Blend well and serve on your favorite glass.

shamrock shake from Skip to my Lou recipe pouring from a blender into a tall glass
What a tasty way to celebrate!

Step 3

Decorate with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

two tall glasses of shamrock shake with whipped cream and cherry on top from Skip to my Lou recipe
Your milkshake is all ready to be enjoyed.

You can also print the recipe to have it at hand:


shamrock shake
5 from 3 votes

Shamrock Shake

Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 8 drops green food coloring
  • 1/8 teaspoon plain mint extract or amount for the richest flavor


  • Blend well and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 696kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 847mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 1505IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 614mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Servings: 1
Course: Drinks

Finished Shamrock Shape Recipe

Now that your recipe is all done, it’s time to add extra details! We served it with a colorful straw but you can add chocolate sprinkles, lucky charms, or whatever you feel is best.

two tall glasses of shamrock shake with whipped cream and cherry on top from Skip to my Lou recipe
Doesn’t this look so delicious?

Green Candy Shamrocks

Green shamrocks are made by melting green candy coating and placing melted candy in a candy mold. Once hardened,  pop candies out and garnish your St. Patty’s Day treats. They are super easy to make and add a nice touch to cupcakes too!  I have a complete tutorial how I made candy stars. It will show just how to make candy toppers! They can be made for any holiday or occasion! All you need is a chocolate mold.

More Festive Recipes For St. Patrick’s Day:

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  1. Yum! Very nice presentation, too!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Stop by my blog to enter my Harney and Son’s “Irish Breakfast Tea” Giveaway. Just post a comment.

    Best Blessings, KJ

  2. I am new to this site but love all of your ideas! We will be making this for our dessert tonight and I am using the free cupcake toppers you had listed last week on the straws to make them more festive. 🙂

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  3. Looks delicious – my kids would love me to make these 🙂

    Happy St Patrick’s Day from N Ireland 🙂

  4. This will be on our menu! Sounds yummy and my mouth shouldn’t be watering at ice cream this early in the morning. Changing the shamrocks to a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie though. They are on hand and you can’t beat cookies and ice cream. Who am I kidding? You can’t beat anything and ice cream. Thanks for another wonderful idea.

  5. Thank you! My husband is going to L-O-V-E me for making this. He’s been flipping out because he looks forward to McD’s Shamrock Shakes every year and apparently they are at select locations this year. Those select locations being nowhere near us.

  6. ummm YES PLEASE! i’ll take one of those right now!! i’m drooling at my work desk… over my keyboard.. seriously!!! happy st. pattys day!

  7. That looks great! My kids tried one from Mc Donald’s the other day and one of them said it made his tummy sick. Apparently there was too much mint extract. Homemade sounds great though!

  8. Yum! I bet my boys would love these to go with our other St. Patty’s meal today!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi Cindy! What a great suprise for the kids to come home to after school today!!Thank you for another great recipe!! Love you in Milwaukee! Karen

  10. Delicious and the little candy embellishment is a great idea. I will be making this one tonight. Thanks!

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