I said I wasn’t going to do a St. Patrick’s Day recipe.

This blog has been here 2 years without an Irish-inspired dessert on it.  I let March 17th come and go each year without pulling out the green food coloring.  Mainly, because, well, I’m not Irish.  Do they check your ID and look for an Irish last name before they let you order green beer at a bar?  I’ve always had a suspicion.

There isn’t a drop of Irish blood in this house, though you’d never know it because our wine fridge is full and the liquor cabinets are busting at the seems.  All the more to bake with, my little pretties!

Somehow, I have lived my life not knowing what a Shamrock shake was.  I watched Mr. Dessert For Two’s eyes light up when he saw an ad for one at the Golden Arches in LA last weekend.  This guy usually shuns all processed food, so I was shocked by his excitement.  Well, he eats ice cream by the gallon, so maybe I shouldn’t have been.

If you liked my Cherry Pie Milkshake, you’ll love this shake, too.

It took me a while to come around to minty flavors.  When I first met Mr. Dessert For Two, he told me he loved a good peanut butter and mint jelly sandwich.  The thought of that sandwich haunted me for months.  I’m happy to report that I’m embracing mint (sans peanut butter) just as warmly as he does right now.  But this shake, this shake is something else.  It’s not just minty—it’s also vanilla-y.  I use pure vanilla bean paste because a friend gave me a bottle as a gift and I am in love with it.  Substitute double the amount of extract if you don’t have it on hand.

And the white whiskey?  Oh man, are we fans of moonshine.  That’s all I’ll say, considering it’s not quite legal everywhere.  I have a few more moonshine-laden desserts up my sleeve.  Stay tuned.

Yield: Makes 2 shakes (about 4 cups)

Shamrock Shakes

Shamrock Shakes

The perfect drink for St Patrick's Day

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6-10 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups vanilla bean ice cream, slightly softened
  • 2 shots of white whiskey (also known as moonshine), optional


  1. In a blender, add the milk, food coloring, peppermint extract and vanilla bean paste. Add the ice cream and blend until smooth.
  2. Stir in the white whiskey before serving, if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 862Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 37gProtein: 9g

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