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How can you make your own Shamrock Shake at home? Simply follow these instructions if you’re ever suffering from St. Patrick’s Day withdrawal symptoms:


If you have the supplies for a vanilla milkshake, plus extra essentials for baking, you have basically all you need to make the shake yourself. However, there are lots of ways to update the Shamrock Shake — including a little boozy treat for the adults. (Because why drink green beer when you can drink an alcoholic, and green, milkshake?) Click ahead for tips and recipes on how to make the Shamrock Shake at home.

Step 1: Perfect the Vanilla Milkshake

If you can make a vanilla milkshake, you’re more than prepared to make a Shamrock Shake at home. All you need is vanilla ice cream and milk to make the base.

Step 2: Add Peppermint Extract

Peppermint extract goes a long way, remember, so don’t overdo it in your vanilla milkshake. When adding the ingredients to a blender, add the peppermint extract for a creamy mint treat. Our best proportions for a shamrock shake:

2 cups vanilla ice cream

¾ cup of milk

¾ teaspoon peppermint extract

Step 3: Add Food Coloring

As the final touch to your Shamrock Shake, add up to eight drops of green food coloring. (Remember, like peppermint extract, it’s a potent ingredient — so don’t overdo it.) Blend all ingredients on high speed until smooth, and you’re good to go. (Whipped cream and a maraschino cherry not included.)


Of course, if you’re not an aficionado of McDonald’s minty invention (follow the above link for its history), there are certainly other spirits more than suitable for remembering the holiday:

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