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Copycat Shamrock Shakes


The 70s brought us some interesting fashion trends, questionable music and the McDonald's Shamrock shake. I've read that the original shake was lemon lime flavored, but I only ever remember the mint version.

Though they are available for a lot longer window than they were back then it seems like the shake machine is always down when I decide I want to get one. I've seen lots of copycat versions around, but the one we like the most is Nancy M's from Taste of Home.

I didn't go nuts with the food coloring, tinted the shakes just enough to make them festive. For a boozy grown up version, I omit the peppermint extract and use an ounce per shake of creme de menthe or peppermint Schnapps. Cheers! 

There's some debate in the house whether they should be served with the whipped cream and cherry or not. I get mine with, eat the cherry off the top and then stir the whipped cream in.  Tossing on some sprinkles is good too.


Copycat Shamrock Shakes

Copycat Shamrock Shakes


  • 2 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Green food coloring, optional
  • 2/3 cup whipped cream
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • Sprinkles, optional


  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in blender, plus food coloring if desired. Process until smooth.
  2.  Pour into glasses. 
  3. Top with whipped cream, cherry and sprinkles, if desired.


For boozy Shamrock shakes: Replace peppermint extract with 1oz creme de menthe and 1oz vanilla vodka.


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