Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

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Imagine a frosty, minty delight that captures the essence of the beloved Shamrock Shake, but without the limited-time-only hassle. Yes, you read that right! With our copycat recipe, you can enjoy this minty vanilla treat whenever the craving hits—no need to wait for St. Patrick’s Day or rush to the drive-through.

So, what goes into a Shamrock Shake? Forget the mysterious “Shamrock Shake Syrup” from McDonald’s. Our version calls for reduced-fat vanilla ice cream, light whipped cream, plus a touch of peppermint extract and green food coloring to work the magic. The result? A creamy, minty delight that’s sure to rival the original.

Here are some top tips to make your Shamrock Shake experience even better:

  • Minty freshness: Use peppermint extract for that classic flavor, but remember, a little goes a long way! Take it slow and steady while adding it to your shake.
  • Make it boozy: Want to add a grown-up twist? Go ahead and spike your shake with whiskey, vodka, Baileys, or crème de menthe for a fun kick.
  • Heavy cream or milk: While heavy cream makes the shake extra decadent, whole milk can also do the trick if you’re in a pinch.
  • Soften your ice cream: Let your ice cream sit at room temperature for a few minutes before blending to make it easier on your blender.

Now, about those different flavors: McDonald’s has offered variations like Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappés and Oreo Shamrock McFlurries. If you want to try your hand at the latter, swirl together chocolate shakes and Shamrock shakes for a delightful blend of flavors.

Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1


  • 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream about 1/4 cup each
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • Whipped cream and maraschino cherry for topping


  • Blend vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, peppermint extract, and food coloring until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream, and garnish with a cherry. Enjoy your homemade Shamrock Shake!

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