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Simple Shamrock Shakes

Shamrock shakes are one of those things that are loved by many, specially since they only come around once a year!  The good news is that these green minty shakes are super easy to make, no matter what time of year it is.

shamrock shake recipe

Easy Shamrock Shakes

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A shamrock shake is really just a fancy green mint milkshake, and is simple to mix up at home.  There’s also a ton of variations you can make on a basic shamrock shake.

Let’s take a look at what a shamrock shake has in it, and how you can tweak it to your very own tastes.

Shamrock Shake Ingredients

You may be asking yourself, what are the ingredients in a shamrock shake, anyway?  As it turns out, this minty milkshake can be made with quite common items you may already have on hand.

shamrock shake ingredients

Let’s take a look at what is in a shamrock shake:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Milk
  • Mint!  Either peppermint extract or mint leaves
  • Green food coloring
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Whipped cream

That’s all there is to it!  The hardest ingredient to have around is probably the mint, depending on your usual habits.  Peppermint extract works very well and you may have it on hand from holiday baking, or you can use fresh mint leaves.

Healthy Shamrock Shake Ideas

There isn’t anything inherently unhealthy about this shamrock shake, but there are some ways to make it even healthier!

healthy shamrock shake

The biggest ingredient is your ice cream, so consider using an ice cream that is low in sugar, and made with simple ingredients.

Next is the milk.  If you’re health conscious, you probably have a preferred milk in mind, so use your favorite.  Things like skim milk or non-dairy milk work great in this recipe.

As you can see, there is no added sugar to a shamrock shake!  The sweetness comes from the ice cream and whipped cream.  Again, these are areas where you can use your favorite healthy products, or even omit the whipped cream all together.

Maraschino cherries are a fun way to decorate this shamrock shake, but you can use fresh cherries or even skip these too for your prefect healthy shamrock shake.

Keto Shamrock Shake Ideas

Now, let’s talk about making this shamrock shake keto!  This shake is so easy to make, and has such simple ingredients that we are almost there already.

keto shamrock shake

The biggest issue of course, is the ice cream, so be sure to use keto friendly ice cream.

Here are a couple of keto ice cream brands to look at:

You can even make your own Keto Vanilla Ice Cream!

The next big component of this recipe to switch up to make a keto shamrock shake is the whipped cream.  Be sure to choose a sugar free whipped cream, or a whipped cream with artificial sweeteners to keep it keto.

It is also simple to make your own whipped cream using one of these, or even an immersion blender!  When you make it yourself, you can control exactly how it turns out, and it is simple do.

Check out this great recipe for keto whipped cream!

How to Make a Shamrock Shake

Making a shamrock shake is super simple.  It’s just like making any other milkshake!

You can use a blender, or even an immersion blender with a bowl or pitcher.

Combine you ingredients and blend blend blend!

how to make a shamrock shake

Then, you have your options for garnishing.  We love to add whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

Want to spruce up that shamrock shake a bit more?

Consider drizzling with chocolate syrup or adding chocolate chips!

For an extra fun treat, considering serving them in fancy glasses like we do!

Yield: 4

Easy Shamrock Shakes {Copycat Recipe}

shamrock shakes copycat recipe

This fun shamrock shake copycat recipe is loved by all, and quick and easy to make! It makes four 4oz servings, and can easily be doubled!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream (any kind! Keto, sugar free, dairy free, etc)
  • 1/2 cup your favorite milk
  • 2 fresh mint leaves or 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 drop green food coloring
  • Maraschino cherries and whipped cream for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in the container for your blender. You can also use an immersion blender and a bowl or pitcher!
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy. If you like thinner milkshakes, add a bit more milk.
  3. Pour into 4 glasses and enjoy. Top with your favorite garnishes like whipped cream, marschino cherries, chocolate syrup, or chocolate chips or shavings.


This is a great quick and easy favorite! This shamrock shake recipe is easily tweaked to be keto by using your favorite keto ice cream, and sugar free whipped cream.

To make this healthier, choose your favorite options like low sugar low fat ice cream, and your favorite milk like skim milk or non-dairy milks.

To make this a real treat, serve in a fun milkshake glass!

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