The OG Shamrock Shake is only available at McDonald’s for a limited time (end of February through March) each year. But we’d drink these any day of the year. So we created our own.
What does it taste like?
Minty and very creamy. These are the ingredients McDonald’s shares on their website: vanilla reduced fat ice cream, whipped light cream, and “Shamrock Shake syrup.” ? Instead of the syrup, we use peppermint extract and green food color. Warning: A little bit of the extract goes a lonnngggg way.
Can you add alcohol?
Is that even a real question? YES! McDonald’s doesn’t offer a boozy version, for obvious reasons. But when you make this at home, you can add as much as you want. You could use plain or flavored vodka. Marshmallow vodka could be kinda genius…
Do I need ice cream?
As with all good milkshakes, yes, ice cream is key. You could go the way of the fast food chain and opt for a reduced fat pint. But we went all out with regular vanilla ice cream PLUS a little bit of cream. It makes the milkshake extra decadent and special. Milk can be substituted in a pinch.
Are there different flavors of Shamrock Shakes?
In the past, McDonald’s has offered Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappes and Chocolate Shamrock Shakes. To make the latter, we’d make one batch of chocolate shakes and one batch of shamrock, then swirl the two together. Adding chocolate syrup to the blender with the green turn the shake an ugly shade of green-brown. (Though it’d still taste delish.)
Looking for something a little more boozy to celebrate with this year? Try our Irish Floats on for size!
- 3 large scoops vanilla ice cream (about 1/4 c. each)1/4 c.
- heavy cream1/2 tsp.
- peppermint extract6
- drops green food coloring
- Whipped cream, for topping
- Maraschino cherry, for topping
- In a blender, blend vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, peppermint extract, and food coloring until completely smooth, then pour into a glass.
- Top with whipped cream and a cherry before serving.