Shamrock Shake

Green Week

Welcome to Day Three of Green Week!

Need something for dessert for your St. Paddy’s dinner? Today’s recipe may be just the ticket!  It’s been my secret little addiction lately.  I am not a McDonald’s fan.  In fact, about the only time I visit McDonalds is this time of year when the Shamrock Shake arrives for it’s limited yearly appearance.  A green, mint flavored shake.  Yum!


I decided that I needed to learn how to make my secret little addiction at home.  I did a little experimenting and I think I have found the secret ingredient.

For the first round I used mint flavoring (not peppermint,  I didn’t like peppermint) and green food coloring.  That worked good but it wasn’t quite just like the McDonald version.

I then made a trip to my local Cash & Carry (wholesale groceries) and I found a bottle of Green Mint syrup.  It is in with all the syrups you buy for coffee and Italian sodas.  I am happy to say that it tastes EXACTLY like the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake!

So my first choice is the Green Mint syrup and the second choice is mint flavoring with green food coloring.  They are both quite tasty!

The only other thing you need is some vanilla ice cream, milk and of course a little whip cream!

Some green sprinkles and a straw don’t hurt either.

My ratio of ice cream to milk was about 2:1.  It really depends on how thick or runny you like your shakes.  I used 2-3 Tbsp of the mint syrup.  When I used the mint flavoring I used about 1- 1 1/2 tsp and a couple drops of food coloring.  You can play around with the quantities depending on how minty you like things.

So no more drive thru at McDonald’s!  You can make your Shamrock Shake at home and you can do it all year long.  No more waiting for Shamrock Shake season to roll around.

Shamrock Shake
  • 2 C vanilla ice cream
  • 1 C milk
  • 2-3 Tbsp. mint syrup
  • or 1-2 tsp mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring
  1. Place ice cream, milk and syrup in blender and blend. Add more milk or ice cream to create your desired consistency.
  2. You may also adjust the flavoring to your taste.
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Funny that you are covering Shamrock Shakes since I was at McDonalds a couple of days ago and saw this on their menu. I had to ask them what flavor it was since I wasn’t sure flavor “Shamrock” was. Your’s look delicious by the way!

  2. Kelsey says

    Yessss!! I’ve been wanting to know the secret to this deliciousness since I had my first taste of one. :) Thank you.

  3. Megan says

    I just had my very first McD’s shamrock shake at the airport 3 weeks ago. I had no idea it was an annual offering. =)

    I have to tell you that I pinned this yesterday, & I don’t even know how many repins I’ve already had. So even though the comments section is quiet, there’s lots of interest! Thanks for sharing the “secret” recipe! =)

    • says

      Welcome to the world of Shamrock Shakes! Thanks so much for pinning the post – Pinterest brings a lot of traffic to my site so I really appreciate it.

  4. Anj says

    Amazing! It’s even better than McDonald’s. And, now I know how to make a “mint chocolate chip” shake like from Baskin Robins. Giving up dairy made my life very sad, when I couldn’t have either of those anymore. You have made my life in this moment! :)


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