Copycat Shamrock Shakes

It’s March, and if you’ve been to a McDonald’s in the past month youΒ  know what that means: Shamrock Shakes are back! I love those minty green shakes and always make sure to buy one before they disappear for another year. But last week I realized just how easy it would be to make my own! So this is my Works for Me Wednesday tip for you: make your own shamrock shakes! It really couldn’t be easier, and the minty creamy taste is wonderful.

*Note: The milkshake pictured above really was green.Β The setting sun and poor light combined with my feeling that eating the milkshake before it melted was more important than a good picture contributed to the issue.

Copycat Shamrock Shakes


2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 1/4 cups 2% milk
1/4 tsp mint extract
green food coloring


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.


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  1. i've never seen those shamrock shakes at mcdonalds! looks yummy though =)

  2. I've never had a shamrock shake but I'd love to make your version!

  3. Great idea! what a perfect spring treat!

  4. Oh!!! I love Shamrock Shakes! We RARELY – like once a year – go to McD's to eat. But my husband is always glad to oblige me one shamrock shake a year!!! Thanks!!! How silly of me to shell out $2-$3 bucks!
    Hopped over from WFMW. I will be back though – to my waist's detriment I'm sure!

  5. Love a minty shake! I bet you could also make it with a splash of Bailey's instead of mint for an Irish cream flavor!

  6. Love a minty shake! I bet you could also make it with a splash of Bailey's instead of mint for an Irish cream flavor!

  7. THANK YOU for posting this! I LOVE Shamrock Shakes and usually get one every year. I haven't stopped to get one yet this year, so just in case I forget, at least I can make my own!! πŸ™‚

  8. My daughter's favorite.

  9. Oh! My favorite March treat! Thanks for the reminder–and if I forget, now I can make my own!

  10. Oh boy. As if having a McDonalds right across the stret wasn't bad enough! I'm in trouble…

  11. ugh…*street* Sorry–I had to correct myself, I HATE typos!

  12. Nothing better than a minty shake!! I can see myself adding an oreo or two into the blender as well…I'm so naughty!! hehe

  13. Megan, I bet this shake is delish! Love mint over here πŸ™‚

  14. Shamrock Shakes are the best!!! Such a simple recipe. I will definitely be making this weekend!

  15. Is this St. Patrick's day or St. Patricia's day?


  16. High five for this make your own for sure!

  17. People seem to rave about this shamrock shake (as well as green beer) but I've never tried it (same for the beer)! I do love the flavor of mint though so I'm sure I'd love this.

  18. I haven't thought about a Shamrock Shake in 25 years. Wasn't there a Grimace and Hamburgular too? Am I dating myself?? I feel old. I think I'll go make myself a Shamrock Shake πŸ™‚

  19. Just the word shake makes me smile. πŸ™‚ I adore ice cream shakes of any and all flavors! I don't think I've had a McDonalds shake since I was a kid. I'm thinking it's time to change that and whip up one of these beauties!

  20. I look forward to those shakes every year!!

  21. Bless you! I've been looking for a recipe for these shakes. I go to McDonald's once a year just to get one, but I like the idea of making my own at home.

  22. OKay, am I a horrible person? I don't think I've ever had a shamrock shake!?! Aaah. I think I need to make these immediately!

  23. I'm with you, that shamrock shake is my secret vice around st. pattys day, but I should definitely make one at home! Then I could have one whenever I wanted! πŸ˜‰

  24. I haven't been to McDonald's in so long I didn't even know they served Shamrock Shakes! πŸ™‚

    It looks good, Megan..there is a slight green tint to it.

  25. i love that drink ! and now that you mention … it's been really long since I've been to McD!

  26. I saw the Shamrock Shake when my friends and I stopped at McDonald's for a bathroom break during our road trip this week, but I had no idea what it was! I bet your version is much more delicious, and I can't wait to try it out!

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