All the delicious flavor of the St. Patrick's Day treat enjoyed at home! This Homemade Shamrock Shake takes only three ingredients to make, and it tastes just as good as the original version from McDonald's.
All year long, I eagerly await for one thing: Shamrock Shake season.
If you've never tried one before, please run — not walk — to your nearest McDonald's and order one right away. They're available for a limited time each year around St. Patrick's Day, and trust me when I say they are absolutely delicious.
That being said, I probably shouldn't be going to McDonald's every week. So, I decided to try making my own version of the classic shamrock shake, and I'm so happy with how it turned out.
Without further ado, let's get those blenders ready and whip up this delicious treat to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
What You'll Need
Here's a quick overview of some of the ingredients and tools needed to make this shake. The full recipe can be found at the bottom of the post!
- Vanilla ice cream - Any brand of vanilla ice cream works here, so choose your favorite to use for this recipe.
- Whole milk - I personally love to use whole milk when making this milkshake, but feel free to use whatever type of milk you prefer.
- Peppermint extract - The most important part of the recipe! Pure peppermint extract packs a punch, and you can easily buy a bottle of it at the grocery store or online.
- Green food coloring - While food coloring isn't technically required to make this recipe, it makes the milkshake so fun and festive. I typically like to add in a few drops of green food coloring (or a mix of yellow and blue food coloring) before blending everything together.
- Blender - Any blender will work for this recipe, but I'm a big fan of this professional blender from Ninja.
How to Make This Recipe
This recipe couldn't be more simple to make! Here's all you need to do:
- In a blender, combine the vanilla ice cream, whole milk, peppermint extract, and a few drops of green food coloring. Blend until the mixture is smooth and you've achieved your desired shade of green.
- Pour the shake into your desired glass and serve. To take the milkshake to the next level, top it with a bit of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!
Tips for Making This Shake
Here are some of my best tips to get a perfect shake every time:
- Double the recipe if you're serving a crowd. The recipe below yields only one shake, so if you want to serve several people, I recommend doubling (or even tripling) the recipe. On the recipe card below, you can easily double or triple the recipe by hitting '2x' or '3x.'
- Use high-quality ice cream to get the best milkshake. When it comes down to it, the quality of the ice cream will determine both the flavor and the texture of the shake. Opt for the best ice cream you can find at the grocery store!
- The richer the milk, the richer the shake. I personally like to use whole milk when making milkshakes because it has so much flavor.
Common Questions About This Shake
This classic St. Patrick's Day treat is made with vanilla ice cream, whole milk, peppermint extract, and green food coloring. It's best enjoyed topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry!
I prefer to make this recipe using vanilla ice cream and whole milk, so it does contain dairy. However, you can easily substitute in non-dairy ice cream and plant-based milk if preferred.
How to Store & Freeze
To freeze: While this recipe is best enjoyed fresh, it can be frozen and enjoyed later. Simply store any leftover milkshake in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months, then defrost in the fridge before consuming.
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