Shamrock Shake with Real Mint

Have you had McDonald’s Shamrock Shake?  I remember getting so excited for March when I was a kid just so I could get one of those neon green, minty shakes.  I was recently reminded of this annual tradition and figured it would be easy enough to replicate the recipe at home, though slightly better for you.  I used my favorite Turkey Hill vanilla bean ice cream (because I’m a nut for those little vanilla bean flecks), a little pure mint extract, some milk and a few leaves of fresh mint.  Sorry McD’s, my version is better.  I went for a cleaner, more authentic mint flavor.  Sure, it’s not bright green, but it’s just as refreshing.  These come together in no time at all.  Literally, I made these live on air on Rosie on the House in two-mintues flat.

Shamrock ShakeWatch as Blaise and I whip one up for you and discuss those pesky Leprechauns!

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If you’re planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in full effect not only will these be a great dessert option, but you can use up your leftover corned beef and cabbage in this pasty recipe.  I wish you all the luck of the Irish and a happy St. Patty’s Day!

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Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake with Real Mint

  • Author: Joanie Simon
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


A refreshing real-mint version of McDonald’s classic Shamrock Shake.



  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract
  • 46 mint leaves
  • whipped cream


  1. Combine ice cream, milk, extract and mint leaves in a blender and blend on high until a smooth shake consistency forms.
  2. Serve immediately topped with whipped cream and additional mint sprigs for garnish.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

*Original recipe by Joanie Simon (