Copycat Shamrock Shake

Copy Cat Shamrock Shake

Let me preface this post with a statement regarding milkshakes. It was not my intention to post two milkshake recipes in a row. Truly. But I remembered, last minute, that St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday. You see, I’m not Irish and so typically don’t care about celebrating the big green holiday. But I was writing a piece about St. Patrick’s Day goodies and so, here we are. They were too good not to share. And I’ve got something special – sentimental – planned for Monday. That left only today. And so here we are. Two milkshake recipes in a row. Really, are you complaining? I mean, it’s a milkshake.

A minty, green milkshake. And the green color is about the only thing the Shamrock Shake has to do with Patty’s Day. Unless I’m blithely unaware of some mint-Ireland correlation. Either way, the Shamrock Shake makes an appearance once a year and is basically flipped out over. I was never a huge fan until this year. Mint is ok and I’ll toss a handful into a mojito, of course. But a sudden urge for a serious thick milkshake left me ordering a Shamrock Shake. And then, true love happened.

I doubt I’ll order one out again, only because it took less time and money for me to make one in my kitchen. Seriously. The amount of time it takes to drive over to the Golden Arches is at least ten minutes without traffic. This took me less than five and I didn’t even have to leave the house and brave the cold. As with any milkshake, cater this to your thickness preference. I basically want to be almost unable to suck my milkshake through a straw. Some people prefer them thinner. If that’s the case, add a bit more milk. And of course, the most important element is the food dye. You can’t very well have a Shamrock Shake without it being green, right?

What are your Patty’s Day plans? Anything fun or exciting? Have we moved past the era of cheap green beers?

Copy Cat Shamrock Shake
Recipe type: desserts, holiday
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Serves: 2

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • ¼ tsp. mint extract
  • 8 drops green food coloring

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Mix well until fully combined.


6 thoughts on “Copycat Shamrock Shake

  1. I”m not going to complain about two milkshakes in a row! :-) After all, can you really get too many milkshakes. This one looks great and is perfect for St. Paddy’s day! Great post!

  2. This was what St. Patrick’s Day was all about for me growing up, and I’d much rather make my own at home! This looks delicious, Kim — wish I had one now. :)

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