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March 13, 2014


Jess Novak

A frothy form of liquid luck.

Read more about Beyond Green Beer: 15 Great Cocktails for St. Patrick's Day




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  • 1.5 Ounces Belvedere Vodka
  • Half-ounce lemon juice
  • Half-ounce simple syrup
  • Dash egg white


Combine all ingredients and dry shake to emulsify egg white. Add ice and shake vigorously. Fine-strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and discard.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving127




Vitamin C5mg9%


Folate (food)3µgN/A

Folate equivalent (total)3µg1%






Sugars, added10gN/A

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The Best McDonald's Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe Ever

Christmas has carols, cookies, trees, and more. Halloween has candy and costumes and tricks. Valentines Day has sweets and cards. But St. Patrick's Day? It has Shamrock Shakes. And while you can bake cookies, buy candy, or send affectionate notes any time of year, holiday proximity not actually needed, you can only get a Shamrock Shake from McDonald's in the days near St. Patty's Day. That is, unless you make a Shamrock Shake yourself.

"This tends to be a seasonal shake on the McDonald's menu," says chef and recipe developer Susan Olayinka of The Flexible Fridge, "but with this recipe, you can enjoy it all year around! The vibrant green color suits the upcoming spring season that awaits us!"

But hey, for the record, you don't have to wait until spring and St. Patrick's Day draw near to enjoy this McDonald's Shamrock Shake copycat recipe, nor do you have to shelve the recipe for the remainder of the year after March draws to a close. You can always leave out the green coloring and enjoy a delicious frozen treat untethered to the holiday.

"Theres something about the creamy, minty flavor that works so well in shakes," says Olayinka. "This one can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike."


There&rsquos only three essential ingredients for the recipe: low-carb vanilla ice cream, mint extract, and unsweetened almond milk. To get the optional green color, you can use either natural food dye or spinach powder.

I had some no churn keto ice cream in the freezer which made this a quick and easy treat to make. You could use store bought low-carb ice cream, but one made with artificial sweeteners wouldn&rsquot result in an all-natural shake.

I used two small scoops of vanilla ice cream that is probably around ½ a cup packed. I wanted the shake to be thick, but thin enough that it could be sipped with a straw.

Copycat McDonald's Shamrock Shake

The original Shamrock Shake is only available at McDonald's for a limited time (end of February through March) each year, but we'd drink it 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 its website: reduced-fat vanilla 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 Frappés and Chocolate Shamrock Shakes. To make the latter, we'd make one batch of chocolate shakes and one batch of Shamrocks, then swirl the two together. The reason: Adding chocolate syrup to the blender with the green shake turns the whole thing 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!

Finally the secrets behind the McDonald's best-selling Shamrock Shake have been revealed. Strangely, the bright green minty treat dates back to the 1970, and its story is based on charity.

The Shamrock Shake was developed in 1970, according to McDonald's. However, according to reports on, Harold Rosen, who owned a McDonald's in Connecticut, claims he invented the popular holiday drink in 1966.

The McDonalds website says, "It all began with a little girl, a football team, and a visionary doctor."

The Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill's daughter was diagnosed with leukemia and began treatment. The Hill family were camping out in waiting rooms in hospitals and saw other families doing the same. They realized that many families travelling long distances to visit their sick family members had nowhere to stay and could not afford hotel rooms. The Hill family did something about it.

Hill and his team decided to raise some funds. The team's general manager, Jim Murray, called a friend in McDonald's advertising and suggested the team on the next promotional push. It just happened to be St. Patrick's Day.

The Shamrock Shake raised enough money to buy a four-story house which was the first Ronald McDonald House Charity.


Terrible! Recipe called for way too much peppermint extract. Ruined the $$ ice cream.

This recipe is a joke, yes?

Too much mint. I doubled the recipe and the mint was over-bearing. Made it really gross and made my stomache a little upset. I added about 3/4 gal vanilla ice cream, 1tsp of vanilla, a bit of sugar (maybe about 3tbs), and an extra cup of milk to make up for the overwhelming mint. The adter taste was still awful, but it was bareable after that. I wish I had read the reviews before i ruined my shakes. :(

I added the whole tsp of peppermint extract as directed in the recipe, despite my misgivings. Big mistake. For the love of everything good, why does it call for that much peppermint? It tasted like an Altoids milkshake.

We've made this recipe for years, except now we make it with fat free frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, and no whipped cream

So fun! It's St Patty's Day! Lighten up people! Drink something yummy and minty and GREEN!

Geeze! All the obnoxious know-it-alls sure pounced on this poor, innocent recipe in a flash! And Kongstuffer wants to re-invent it altogether. Eeeeewwwww! if you don't like it just don't make it, people.

@kongstuffer Really. Ur suggestion is simply disgusting! . as the amount of peppermint extract of this recipe is. 1/2 tsp. is enough! . and @laurarkady: what is wrong with food coloring for kids. actually nothing.

. eeeewwwwww! I definitely will not be making anything like this ever! If you want a nice green shake --- make a green smoothie out of micronutrients and add some coconut milk to "cream" it up --This concoction will make you ill!

Avoid using food coloring, especially in recipes designed for kids. Instead, in this instance, blend a ripe avocado into the shake. Tastes just as good, has no artificial colors and is healthier!

Please, please, please, for the love of everything, do NOT add that much peppermint extract. I added that much the 1st time and almost puked it was WAY too much. Round 2, I added a little under 1/2 tsp. and it came out delish.

We love Shamrock Shakes as the dessert of the season and can’t wait for the limited time of year when it rolls around because it’s the start of all things St. Patricks day (and my favorite Corned Beef). This copycat recipe gets all the fun shake flavors with only a handful of ingredients you can skip the long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce, the drive-thru and the extra fast food you won’t be ordering!

This McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is all about keeping the classic flavors in check. I use classic vanilla ice cream (not vanilla bean or French) and I use mint instead of peppermint flavoring in the shake.

Shakes are the dessert you get to drink, but you don’t have to limit this one to after dinner! This bright, minty shake can also be served up nicely at a springy lunch, or, if you decide to add alcohol to the recipe, you can serve it at your next adults-only brunch. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Try some of your favorite add-ins to make it your own. Here are some ideas to get you started!

  • Chocolate! Chocolate and mint are an iconic duo! Adding a drizzle of chocolate syrup over the top.
  • Make it boozy! I like adding either vodka, whiskey or Irish Cream!
  • Two ounces of vanilla vodka per serving adds an extra hint of vanilla to the shake without dramatically changing the flavor.
  • Two ounces of bourbon per serving will take the shake into a mint julep direction and a bolder flavor profile.
  • Two ounces of Irish Cream per serving ups the rich and creamy factor of this ice cream delight.

Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Around St. Patrick's Day. it's easy to run to McDonald's to get a shamrock shake. But what do you the rest of the year when McD's isn't selling their iconic green ice cream treat? Answer: Make a copycat shamrock shake at home, obviously…

Get the same taste of the real thing with this easy-to-make recipe, which follows our old-fashioned milkshake recipe, then adds a little something extra to give it that shamrock shake look and flavor that we all know. It's an indulgent treat, so make sure to save it for a special occasion! While you're at it, why not make a copycat Big Mac to pair?

Makes 1 serving

Expert Tips for Making Shamrock Shakes

  • Booze: Absolutely, add some mint schnapps, vodka, cream de mint, or Bailey’s for an adult milkshake to adore.
  • Cookies: Blend up some thin mint or oreo mint cookies to your shake.
  • Healthier: Feel free to add dairy free, high protein or other ice cream substitutes.
  • Alternate ingredient: You can use almond milk or whipped cream if you are dairy sensitive.
  • Sprinkles: Indeed, a sprinkle of your favorite shamrock or green sprinkles will make these shakes extra festive.


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