Shake things up at home


If you’re like some of my family members, you go running to those lovely golden arches when the popular Shamrock Shake is back in town. They won me over for a while, until the fast-food joint tried to make their shakes more nostalgic, by adding whipped cream and a cherry on top. I’m not sure if the added sweetness of the cream sent my glucose rating into overdrive, or if something chemically changed with the recipe, but either way, my palate was not pleased.

That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands, and create a homemade mint shake that is definitely comparable to the original.

What you need:

  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon mint extract (more or less depending on your mint tolerance)
  • 6-8 drops of green food coloring

What you do:

  • Add all ingredients in a blender or a milkshake maker, and voila!

Those four ingredients are the basics in every Shamrock Shake recipe you will find, although the proportions might be different. My basic rule of thumb is to follow the directions and then add ingredients to taste.

The result: you have a tasty, minty shake without leaving the comfort of your home. In fact, I think homemade shakes trump the mass-produced ones anyway. The consistency is less perfect, which is what a nostalgic milkshake from a diner should taste like. Plus, it’s a fun hands-on activity that anyone can enjoy. To me, that’s worth more than waiting at the drive-thru, and, you can have it year-round!

If you want to make an event out of it for the kids, you can always use fun malt glasses or diner-style straws and have them add some funky toppings. That way, they can use their imagination and you can enjoy your favorite treat at the same time. Sip up!

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