Enjoy a Boozy Shamrock Shake this St. Patrick’s Day! In this spiked milkshake, peppermint schnapps and Irish whiskey are blended with vanilla ice cream, served with a swirl of whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry on top! Recipe yields 2 to 4.

Boozy Shamrock Shake

I haven’t had a shamrock shake in years.

It used to be that every March I would run through the drive-through the moment they arrived on the menu at McDonalds. As a mint chocolate chip ice cream lover, their milkshake was everything to me. Until it wasn’t. I don’t know if I just got older or if they changed their recipe, but one day I just stopped ordering it. It tasted just kind of meh to me.

Something I’ve learned a long time ago is that homemade usually always tastes better than pre-made anything. And this boozy shamrock shake is no different. A handful of ingredients and 5 minutes is all you need.

Boozy Shamrock Shake ingredients

To Make A Boozy Shamrock Shake You Will Need:

  • peppermint schnapps
  • irish whiskey
  • heavy cream or whole milk
  • green food coloring
  • peppermint extract
  • vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream – for serving
  • maraschino cherries – for serving
  • gold sprinkles – for serving 

peppermint schnapps

Into your blender add 2 ounces peppermint schnapps.

Irish whiskey

And 2 and 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey.

heavy cream

Pour in 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk.

green food coloring

1 teaspoon green food coloring. Here you can either use store-bought or make your own. Colors may vary with natural food coloring.

splash of mint extract

And a splash of peppermint extract.

add vanilla ice cream

Add in 4 cups of full fat vanilla ice cream

blend until thick and creamy

Secure the lid and blend until thick and creamy.

Boozy Shamrock Shake

Cool, pepperminty and only with the slightest (and I mean slightest) hint of alcohol. It literally tastes just like an old school favorite from a certain fast food joint. But way, way better.

Boozy Shamrock Shake

Looking for a non-alcoholic shamrock shake recipe?

This non-boozy shamrock shake is incredible but if you want a milkshake with a little something extra, this is it.

Sip and enjoy! And always drink responsibly. 

Boozy Shamrock Shake

Enjoy! And if you give this Boozy Shamrock Shake recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Boozy Shamrock Shake

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Yield: 2 to 4 depending

Boozy Shamrock Shake

Enjoy a Boozy Shamrock Shake this St. Patrick's Day! In this spiked shake, peppermint schnapps and Irish whiskey are blended with vanilla ice cream, served with a swirl of whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry on top! Recipe yields 2 to 4.


  • 2 ounces peppermint schnapps
  • ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream, or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 1 splash peppermint extract
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream, see notes
  • whipped cream, for serving
  • gold sprinkles, for garnish
  • maraschino cherries, for garnish


  • In your blender add; schnapps, whiskey, cream, food coloring, a splash of peppermint extract and vanilla ice cream.
  • Secure the lid and blend until thick, creamy and smooth.
  • Divide among glasses, top with whipped cream, sprikles and a cherry.


I used a high quality brand for this. You can make your own of course, but it just wasn't in the plans for me. With that said, a container of ice cream is 48 fludi ounces, which is 6 cups. I used about 2/3 a container. I don't measure out 4 acutal cups, it would take forever.
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 464kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 138mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 37g