Back in December, I posted about my love of peppermint and I’m following up that post with this Shamrock Shake knock-off. Last week, I had a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s for the first time ever and while I enjoyed the minty flavor, the shake was so cloyingly sweet and suck-your-cheeks-in thick that I couldn’t finish the small size I purchased. And just like virtually any restaurant dish you make as a knock-off at home, this shake was [I'm sure] healthier than the original version. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not deeming anything made with ice cream healthy, but by making this shake at home, you eliminate all of the chemicals that restaurant shake contains. Use whatever kind of milk you have on hand, pick up some of your favorite mint ice cream or make your own, and get your Irish on!
2 cups mint ice cream
1/3 – 1/2 cup milk, half and half, or heavy cream
2 tbsp Crème de Menthe liqueur
Green food coloring or gel (if desired)
Chocolate mint cookies, for garnish
In a blender, blend ice cream, 1/3 cup milk, Crème de Menthe, and a couple drops of food coloring/gel (if using) until smooth. Add more milk to reach desired thickness. Serve with crumbled chocolate mint cookies. Yields 2 small shakes.