Shamrock Shake Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

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Shamrock Shake Photo

I am not Irish, but I love St Paddy’s Day. When my kids were little, pesky little leprechauns started coming to our house in the middle of the night. They left treats for the kids, but also left our furniture rearranged or the magazines in the living room a mess. My kids started setting traps for the leprechauns, but have not caught any to this day. These antics have made St Patrick’s Day so much fun!

The other thing my family loves about this fun holiday is shamrock shakes. While we make sure to go to McDonald’s at least once during the Irish season to get this delicious green milkshake, my children beg me to make shamrock shakes at home. Of course, I comply.

Making your own shamrock shake is easy to do and costs very little. All you need is some ice cream, milk, mint leaves and sprinkles. I put the green sprinkles right in the shake so there is no need to use extra food coloring. I also use fresh mint leaves which give the shake a green color. Not all children like the mint in the shake, so it is easy to leave it out if you’d rather. Mint extract can also be substituted for the mint leaves.

Shamrock Shake Picture

I have made several shamrock shakes in the past few weeks. Today’s after school snack will be one of these shakes, and dinner will be a full Irish feast. We are going to a party and I won’t be doing any cooking. But I have made my share of Irish dishes in the past years on St Paddy’s Day. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t have to be St Paddy’s Day in our house to make a yummy dinner of corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker.  Cheesy beer bread or Irish soda bread go great on the side.

Of course, on St Paddy’s Day, there has to be dessert besides shamrock shakes. Irish potatoes are another one of my kids’ favorites. These are not real potatoes, but the dessert kind made with cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon.

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Shamrock Shake Recipe

  2 Servings


  • 1 cup Low Fat Milk, 2%, or skim milk for a thinner shake
  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 3-4 Mint Leaves, or 1-2 drops of mint extract
  • 3 tablespoons Sprinkles, green, divided


  1. Add the milk, ice cream, mint leaves and 2 tablespoons green sprinkles to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with remaining sprinkles.
  3. Pour into two glasses and serve with straws.


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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 2 shakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 192
Calories 401

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g
  Saturated Fat 9g
Sodium 124mg
Total Carbohydrate 48g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 43g
Protein 10g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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