What started as a way to pull in customers back in 1970, turned into a minty green craze! The Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s is pure nostalgia for me. I looked forward to getting one in March every year as a kid.
A couple years ago, when Scott and I were driving back to Cody from Denver, I decided it had been too long since my last shake and I wanted to try one again. I was a bit disappointed after just one sip. The flavor was different than I remembered, it was much sweeter with way too much of a mint kick. I actually couldn’t even finish it. Was this the end of the road for me and the Shamrock Shake? Saddened by the thought, I decided to make my own shake right here at home. The result…a light green vanilla bean shake with a hint of mint and a cherry on top!
St. Patrick’s Day is saved!
Ingredients for 2 shakes:
- 3 cups vanilla bean ice cream
- 1/4-1/2 cups whole milk, depending on how thick you want it
- 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (not peppermint)
- 6 drops green food coloring
Place everything in a blender and bland until smooth.
Pour between two glasses, top with whipped cream, cherries and sprinkles and enjoy!
For the whipped cream:
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whip the cream in a medium bowl until it just starts to thicken, add in the powdered sugar and vanilla and whip until stiff peaks form.
2 maraschino cherries
Green sprinkles (optional)