McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is one of their best-known menu items. This minty ice cream treat makes an annual appearance for St. Patrick’s Day. If you wanted to make one yourself, you can do so any time of year now.
how to make a shamrock shake

This ice cream drink is so easy to make. You just need a couple of ingredients. Some recipes online I have seen ask for mint extract. That is pretty good to use, but if you use a food-grade, quality mint oil, the flavor is well incredible. You could also use milk, but I promise if you use half-and-half, you are going to have one rich and creamy milkshake.
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Before starting this recipe I like to let my ice cream sit out on the counter for a few moments. This way it is a little softer and will blend more easily. You may want top your shake with cookie crumbs, such as Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, or even a sprig of mint if you want to make this look fancy.

homemade McDonald's shamrock shake with whipped cream.

McDonald's Shamrock Shake

Make your own McDonald's Shamrock Shake at home with this easy copycat recipe. Enjoy a delicious mint milkshake any time of the year.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: McDonald's Recipes, Mint, Mint Milkshake, Shake, Shamrock Shake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 649kcal


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 4 drops mint extract
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream


  • Allow ice cream to soften for about 10 minutes so it will be easy to blend.
  • Combine the ice cream, half-and-half, mint extract, and food coloring in a blender.
  • Blend for about 30 seconds or until well combined.
  • Pour the milkshake into a glass and top with whipped cream. Serve immediately.



If you want to go dye free, just omit the green food coloring. It tastes the same, it just won’t be green.


Calories: 649kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 604mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 1385IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 401mg | Iron: 0.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Mary R

    5 stars
    I like to add a little bit of Triple Sec to the Grasshopper. It just gives it a little more richness in flavor. I have also used Creme de Cocao instead of Baileys although you don’t use quite as much as you do with the Baileys

    • stephaniemanley

      Thanks for your skilled suggestions at drink making. I am definitely going to try some of your suggestions. These sound simply amazing.

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