Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, laddies. 😀
Saint Patrick’s Day is such a fun time of the year, and this week might be my favorite week of the ENTIRE year. At home we call it birthday week, because over the span of seven days, me, my dad, my sister, aunt, and cousin all have a birthday (my sister Lisa’s being the day of Saint Patty’s), so you can imagine it’s a fun time for a girl who loves to bake. As far as March 17th goes, I noticed that everybody raves over the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. Believe it or not, I tried one for the very first time a couple of weeks ago, and I was not disappointed. My only concern is the lack of “natural” in anything that comes from the McDonald’s menu, so naturally ( 😉 ) I made my own version. Trust me, it is not low in calories, but you can sleep well knowing that it does not contain pine tar and puppy’s tears. (I don’t think McDonald’s would actually do that, but it could be something close to it.)
I decided to make a tipsy version, as usual. But it’s very simple to cancel the hard and make it a soft drink (just substitute mint extract for the alcohol).
Now let’s get to it, boy-o.
- 3-4 cups of vanilla ice cream
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- 1 tsp of sugar (I had to make it as close to the McDonald’s flavor as I could without going overboard)
- 1 – 1.5 ounces (1 shot) of creme de menthe (or 1/2 tsp of mint extract for the alcohol-free version)
- 1-2 drops of green food coloring
- whipped cream and a cherry (optional…but I highly recommend it)
In a blender, combine the ice cream, heavy cream, sugar, creme de menthe, and food coloring until smooth and creamy.
*You could also make half of it green and half of it white, then swirl it together to make a cool leprechaun-y effect.
Pour into a nifty looking glass, and top it off with the whipped cream and cherry. (You can see mine is not quite as vibrant as the McDonald’s version, but if you’d like yours to be more green, just add a couple more drops of food coloring).
Um, whoa. That was only two steps. (How do you like that, Ciara?…she loves it when we 1-2 step.)
But really, that’s it. Two easy steps and some pretty simple ingredients. It’s cool, minty, creamy, and so appropriate for your St. Patty’s shenanigans. And the best part is, you can have this drink year round…why wait for March to come along? (Stealing McDonald’s customers one shamrock shake at a time).
Thanks for stopping by! If you want to see me embarrass myself with an Irish accent, you can watch my YouTube video down here. ↓
Let me know how you liked this recipe; I love getting your feedback. I hope you all have an exciting and happy Saint Patrick’s Day! And if you find that pot o’ gold, share it with your friends (I am your only friend).