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Boozy Shamrock Milkshake Recipe

A creamy vanilla milkshake made with alcohol, a hint of mint, and topped with fluffy whipped cream (and a cherry of course) sounds like a decadent dessert only reserved for a McDonald's drive-through in March.

Luckily, I've replicated the famous chain restaurant's seasonal shake, and given it a much-needed adult upgrade. I'm not going to lie -- the McDonald's Shamrock Shake is pretty tasty, but for 82 grams of sugar and 680 calories per 16 ounce serving, I'll gladly pass. Plus, the famous fast-food joint doesn't have a liquor license in the US, and I prefer my milkshakes with a kick.



Since I love taking any opportunity to turn a seasonal recipe into something boozy, I recreated the famous shamrock milkshake, and added green creme de menthe and vodka. I skipped out on adding any more additional food coloring  -- I figured the green dye in the crème de menthe was enough artificial coloring for one recipe -- but you can gladly add a few drops of the green stuff for a more dramatic color.



I also found the mint taste of the crème de menthe was minty enough for me, but you can add in an extra drop or two of mint extract if you like yours extra minty. Too much mint for me, and it starts to embark on Rumple Minze territory -- aka the bane of my college bar existence. 

Unlike its full-fat counterpart, I lightened the recipe by using low-fat ice cream, skim milk and light whipped cream. And I must say, it was de-lish. Probably not something I should have consumed at 11:30 a.m., but I very much enjoyed it, and look forward to enjoying a few more before St. Pat's. 

Add some green sprinkles on top for a delicious, festive treat everyone will love for St. Patrick's Day -- anyone over the age of 21, that is.  

  • 2 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream (I used Turkey Hill light)
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 2 jiggers vodka (I used Absolut)
  • 2 jiggers crème de menthe
  • Whipped cream
  • Marishcino cherry
  • Green food coloring (optional)
  • Mint extract (optional... not to be confused with peppermint extract, which tastes toothpasty)
  • Green sprinkles and fresh mint leaves for garnish


Scoop ice cream into blender (I used my Magic Bullet). Add milk, crème de menthe, vodka and green food dye and mint extract, if desired. 

Blend until smooth. Pour into desired glass, and top with whipped cream and cherry. Add green sprinkles and mint leaves for garnish. 

Makes: 1 shake



P.S. - How cute is that gold-and-white striped straw? I got a pack of patterend gold and white paper straws in stripes, chevron and stars (looking forward to the Fourth of July!) from Pink Rose Cottage on Etsy. Highly recommend!

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