Shamrock Shakes


Learn how to make a shamrock shake at home with vanilla ice cream, mint extract, and green food coloring for a fun St. Patrick's Day treat. This recipe has become a tradition in our house. The kids love it, and so do I.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins

Enjoy a minty springtime favorite all year long with this copycat Shamrock Shake recipe!

What Is a Shamrock Shake?

The Shamrock Shake is a seasonal dessert that is famously sold at McDonald's during March to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Introduced in 1970, the shake originally had a lemon-lime flavor. It is still vibrant green, but it is mint-flavored these days.

Shamrock Shake Ingredients

These are the six simple ingredients you'll need to make this top-rated copycat Shamrock shake recipe:

· Ice cream and milk: Like many milkshakes, this Shamrock Shake starts with vanilla ice cream and milk.
· Mint extract: Mint extract gives the shake its signature minty freshness. It packs a powerful punch, so use the extract sparingly.
· Food coloring: About nine drops of green food coloring will dye your milkshake a gorgeous emerald hue.
· Chocolate syrup: Drizzle chocolate syrup inside the glass for an impressive presentation.
· Whipped cream: Top the Shamrock Shake with store-bought or homemade whipped cream.
· Decorating sugar: A sprinkle of green decorating sugar is the perfect finishing touch.

How to Make Shamrock Shakes

Making a Shamrock Shake at home is as easy as 1-2-3. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect.

1. Blend the ice cream, milk, extract, and food coloring in a blender.
2. Drizzle inside of the glass with chocolate syrup.
3. Pour the shake into the glass, then top with whipped cream and sugar.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is perfect with my homemade ice cream and I intend on making it for many upcoming events," says Ian Miller. "I found that if I use my homemade mint ice cream, it was one of the most delicious desserts I've ever consumed."

"To make it more of an adult beverage, I only put in a cup of milk and ¼ of Baileys," says sab1HI. "Everyone loved it. Will definitely make it again!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream

  • 1 ¼ cups milk

  • ¼ teaspoon mint extract, or more to taste

  • 9 drops green food coloring

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon green decorator sugar, or to taste


  1. Blend together ice cream, milk, mint extract, and food coloring in a blender until smooth.

  2. Drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside of 2 tall glasses; pour shake into the glasses. Top with whipped cream and green sugar.

    close up view of Shamrock Shakes garnished with cream in glasses

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

412 Calories
19g Fat
53g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 412
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 45g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 350mg 27%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 534mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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