Make your St. Patrick’s Day extra cool and refreshing with this copycat shamrock shake recipe!

Everyone is Irish when it comes to enjoying this minty green beverage!

copycat shamrock shake in a clear glass with a straw

What is a Shamrock Shake

  • Fun and frosty shamrock shakes are green milk shakes that put smiles on every face. It’s the perfect party treat!
  • Budget friendly for families. Why buy from restaurants, when you can make your own at home?
  • Homemade means you know everything that goes into your shakes. Use fresh, preservative and filler free ingredients!
  • Customize for fun and flavor! Add sprinkles, chips, crumbled cookies or drizzles of chocolate or caramel!
  • Add shamrock shakes to your St. Patrick’s day festivities, along with Lucky Charms marshmallow treats! Adults can get in on the action with minty Irish flag shooters.
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Ingredients & Variations

Ice cream – Full fat vanilla ice cream forms the foundation of this creamy shake. Good substitutes include pistachio, or cookies and cream.

Milk – Whole milk will make your shake thin enough to drink through a straw. You can make it extra rich and creamy with half & half or even heavy cream added in.

Mint Flavoring – This recipe calls for a combination of peppermint & mint extracts. You could use just mint alone, which includes mild spearmint, and peppery peppermint. But for that extra bite, use peppermint too! Select natural versus imitation extracts for the best flavor, and adjust the quantity to taste.

Variations – Toss mini chocolate chips into the blender, or cookies. Drizzle the top with chocolate sauce and garnish with a maschino cherry or a Lucky Charms marshmallow! And don’t forget to include the adults in the fun! Use crème de menthe in place of the extracts for a boozy shamrock shake or DIY Irish cream in place of the milk.

copycat shamrock shake in a clear glass with a straw and a towel beside it

How to Make a Shamrock Shake

Easy shamrock shakes are ready to enjoy in minutes!

  1. Measure out all the ingredients into a blender as directed in the recipe below.
  2. Turn on high and blend for 30 seconds, or until mixed.
  3. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream or a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
copycat shamrock shake in a clear glass with a straw in the glass

Tips for a Creamy Milkshake

Full fat ingredients will make your shake extra rich and creamy! Fold in some whipped cream for a fluffy shake.

For a dairy free shake, use coconut ice cream and oat milk, which has a thicker, creamier consistency than almond or soy milk.

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Other Tasty Drinks!

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Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe

Homemade Shamrock Shakes are so delicious and can be easily modified by adding mint chocolate chips, caramel bits, or Oreo cookies – the possibilities are endless.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Author Candace



  • In a blender or bullet blender, add ice cream, cream, extract, and food coloring. Mix about 30 seconds, until smooth.
  • Pour into glass and garnish as desired.


  • Use full-fat ice cream and real cream for a rich and thick shake.
  • Real peppermint & mint extract is preferred over imitation extract, but both will do the trick if that’s what you have on hand!
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 689 | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 2000IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 305mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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