shake up your holiday


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

McDonald’s shamrock shakes have such a following that people are delighted by their appearance on the fast food chain’s menu this time of year and mourn the loss of them each year just after the Irish holiday is over. It seems odd then, that I had never heard of this bright green, ice cream based beverage until we moved to NYC. It turns out that, despite the shakes being served up in some areas since the 1970s, these minty shakes weren’t nationwide until 2010. What was the hold up?!

the entire pint

I tried my first one as soon as I could just to see what all the excitement was about. They’re good, but I generally try to avoid all things McDonald’s, so I figured out how to make one at home. Sharing means caring and Alex was more than happy to sip along with me to make sure this version was minty enough and green enough to live up to the original! Now you can enjoy this minty treat all year long. Give it a try and let us know if you think homemade is even better in this case.

homemade “shamrock” shake
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makes one large serving

2 cups vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
8 drops green food coloring

Place all of the ingredients in the blender. Blend until the color has distributed evenly and the texture is consistent. Make sure not to over-blend or else it will help the ice cream melt and the shake will be too runny. Enjoy topped with whipped cream.


About Jessica

New Yorker, coffee addict, cook, blogger, baker of delicious things.
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