Never again will the Shamrock Shake be deemed “limited time only” – with this Creamy Mint Shake recipe you can make this refreshing dessert right at home!
Combining creamy vanilla ice cream and mint extract give this seasonal specialty an extra refreshing taste and flavor.
Ah, the tastes of spring. Rolling through the local McDonald’s drive thru during the month of March (aka shamrock shake season) only meant one thing, green mint shakes! Whether St. Patrick’s Day is one of your favorite holidays or not, this shake alone is a reason to celebrate!
I remember growing up, when our parents would let us try a spoonful of their after dinner grasshoppers at a fancy midwestern supper club. I was hooked on the minty flavor, only it was alcoholic. So we learned how to make our own kid-friendly mint shakes at home- sans the alcohol, of course!
Even though this minty beverages seems like a seasonal dessert, to us it’s a delightful treat all year round! They’ve even made an appearance at our New Years Eve parties, birthday celebrations or our family get together card parties.
These mint shakes also make an excellent cool down treat for the guys in the field during the hot summer months! They love this unexpected refreshing minty shake when they’ve been working in the sun all day. You can check out what else we serve our hard working farm crew here!
We all love the seasonal specialties to look forward too. When we were kids we could hardly wait for March to roll around so we could have a fish sandwich and a shamrock shake from the drive through.
These days are a little different and as prices increase, it’s nice to know we can still celebrate the season here at home. This recipe is delightful because you can bring it out any time of the year that needs a little refreshing dessert.
The green color can be added, but can also be left out, if you prefer. It’s more for looks and fun, so not necessary to the taste of the shake.
The combination of vanilla and peppermint extracts gets you as close to the drive through version as humanly possible and that was my goal! Add a few garnishments to go above and beyond and you’ll have yourself some serious seasonal memories!
Using good quality ingredients are key to this shake’s success. We use Watkins extracts and Kemps Vanilla Ice Cream and yes, it does seem to make a difference.
*You can also make it an Adult drink with the same creamy texture! See Recipe below!
Start a new tradition at St. Patricks Day supper by serving up these Cream Minty Desserts!
Adult version: add 3/4 oz. White Creme de Cacao Liqueur
Optional Garnishments for extra aesthetic and flavor
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