Do Yourself a Favor and Make Your Own Boozy Shamrock Shake

updated May 1, 2019
Boozy Shamrock Shake
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Shamrock Shakes are back! And yeah, that’s exciting news and all, but you can’t ignore the fact that you have to actually leave your house to get one. First-world problem, I know, but sometimes I just don’t want to put on my normal functioning adult disguise (i.e., something besides pajama pants) and drive all the way to McDonald’s to indulge my sweet tooth.

Fortunately, Shamrock Shakes are easy to make at home and — bonus — you can load ’em up with booze since you don’t have to drive anywhere afterward!

If you’ve made a shake before, you probably won’t be surprised to see how simple this recipe is. If you haven’t made one before, well, you’re in for a wonderful life lesson! The trickiest part in all of this is probably finding the creme de menthe syrup, which is non-alcoholic. Look for it near the ice cream toppings at the grocery store.

Add more or less milk depending on how thick you like your shake. If you want to get really crazy, blend in chocolate syrup for a McLeprechan Shake, which is apparently some sort of legendary secret menu item at McDonald’s. Real talk: I don’t think employees are allowed to mix shake flavors, but it doesn’t matter — now you can blend your own at home!

Boozy Shamrock Shake

Serves 2

Nutritional Info


  • 2 cups

    vanilla ice cream, softened slightly

  • 3/4 cup


  • 1/3 cup

    creme de menthe syrup

  • 1/4 cup

    Irish cream

  • Whipped cream

  • 2

    maraschino cherries


  1. Put the ice cream in your blender. Add the milk, creme de menthe syrup, and Irish cream. Put the lid on and blend until smooth. Pour into two tall glasses — chilled if you like! Top each shake with a generous portion of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

Recipe Notes

  • Add more ice cream after the initial blend if you prefer a thicker shake.
  • To make a kid-friendly treat, simply omit the Irish cream.