Homemade Shamrock Shake
March 17: Feast Day of St. Patrick
McDonald’s offers the Shamrock Shake at select restaurants for a limited time only during a few weeks in February and March to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. But if we want to slurp up a smooth, mint flavored, light green colored ice cream dessert, we make our own Shamrock Shake at home to enjoy any time of the year. Get in a green mood and make a festive food like this easy homemade Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick’s Day.
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- ¾ – 1 cup milk
- ¼ – ½ teaspoon mint extract
- green food coloring
- whipped cream
- green sugar or shamrock-shaped sprinkles
- maraschino cherry (red or green)
In a blender, combine the ice cream, milk and mint extract. Put a few drops of green food coloring to get the desired shade of green for the shake.
Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass. Generously swirl whipped cream on top. Optional: Garnish with green sugar or shamrock-shaped sprinkles and a maraschino cherry. Insert a straw and serve immediately.
- McDonald’s debuted the Shamrock Shake in 1970. It was a lemon/lime sherbet instead of today’s mint flavored ice cream shake.
- That Irish elf sitting by our homemade Shamrock Shake above is Lucky the Leprechaun, mascot of General Mills’ Lucky Charms cereal.
- Search our blog for more Irish-inspired or green-colored recipes to make in observation of the Feast Day of St. Patrick.