Recipe: Homemade Shamrock Shake

There's no shame in getting seasonally green with this festive St. Patrick's Day treat

Though the popular fast-food chain shake gets lambasted for many reasons-way too many ingredients, a not-found-in-nature green color, grams of sugar reaching triple digits-there's still plenty to love about the frozen, slushy treat.

Not that this version doesn't have sugar. And that green tint doesn't come from spirulina or celery juice: We're sticking with the ice cream carton for this one. Pistachio ice cream adds even more creamy texture, and together with mint extract makes a springy flavor combination. There's no excess green food coloring in the recipe (we pick and choose our battles), but if the color isn't for you, feel free to use au naturel pistachio ice cream. And just be sure you're not reaching for peppermint extract, which tastes like mouthwash.

After a spin in the blender, all you need to do is top the glass with lightly sweetened whipped cream and grated chocolate (because why not?). The tequila is optional but recommended, because shamrock shake > green beer when it comes to getting seasonally tipsy.

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Shamrock Shake
5 from 28 ratings
There's no shame in getting seasonally green with this take on the popular St. Patrick's Day treat.
Prep Time
Cook Time
Total time: 5 minutes
  • For the Whipped Cream
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon mint extract
  • For the Shake
  • ¼ teaspoon mint extract
  • 2 cups pistachio ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ ounce semisweet chocolate
Optional Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons tequila (optional)
  1. Make the whipped cream: In a large bowl or mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat all of the ingredients until stiff peaks form.
  2. Make the shake: In a blender, combine the mint extract, ice cream, milk and tequila if using, and blend until frothy.
  3. Pour the shake mixture evenly into 2 tall glasses and top with the whipped cream. Use a Microplane to shave the chocolate on top and serve.
Calories per Serving 606
Total Fat 42.6 g
Saturated Fat 26.2 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 151.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 47.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
Total Sugars 43.7 g
Sodium 758.4 mg
Protein 10.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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