A homemade copycat version of the famed fast food Shamrock Shakes. Add a little booze for an adult kick!

Shamrock Shakes

Back in December, I posted about my love of peppermint with this grasshopper pie 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 copycat 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 – even soy, oat, or almond! Pick up some of your favorite mint ice cream or make your own, and get your Irish on!

And might I also suggest adding a bit of crunch with some crumbled up Thin Mints or even chocolate wafer cookies? I know as well as you do about that stash of Girl Scout cookies you have in the freezer you’re hiding from your partner. Or you know, yourself!

Shamrock Shakes

Shamrock Shakes

Yield: 2 small shakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Shamock Shakes are super easy to make at home and require nothing more than a blender, milk, and mint ice cream. Forget the drive-thru and make your own!


  • 2 cups mint ice cream
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk, half and half, or heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp Crème de Menthe liqueur (optional)
  • Green food coloring or gel (if desired)
  • Chocolate mint cookies, for garnish


  1. In a blender, blend ice cream, 1/3 cup milk, Crème de Menthe (if using), 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.


adapted from Not Without Salt

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