Photo Credit: PavoneI remember the first time I laid eyes on a Shamrock Shake from McDonald's. My class was on a field trip and had stopped for lunch. Kim ordered one and brought the green concoction to our table. I was a bit dubious. What might a green shake taste like? Why, minty deliciousness, that's what.
I've been hooked ever since.
Every March, sometimes February if I'm lucky, I've tracked down a Shamrock Shake or three. Mostly in honor of St. Patrick's Day, which is my favorite holiday. All right, mostly because they are obsession-worthy. Why else would there be a Shamrock Shake website solely devoted to helping people track down the shake no matter where they live?
Sadly, I learned a couple of weeks ago from a friend that TN McDonald's do not carry our favorite minty treat. How would I face March without a Shamrock Shake?
When life hands me lemons, I whip up my own Shamrock Shake recipe. And just in case the shakes are scarce in your area too, I'm sharing it with you.
Leigh's Shamrock Shake**
2 cups good vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk (less if you like a thicker shake, more if you like a soupier shake)
1/4 t. green food coloring
1/2 t. vanilla
1/4-1/2 t. peppermint or mint flavoring (creme de menthe would be amazing!)
Blend and enjoy!
Feel free to play with the flavoring amounts, as well as the amount of green. I found this to be perfect for my tastebuds. Part of McD's Shamrock Shake is the chemical-ness of it all, which I could not replicate here. This is definitely a "healthier" version of the seasonal treat.
**I'm sure other versions of this recipe exist but I came up with this one on my own. Start with a simple milkshake base and start mixing your flavors. Maybe I'll take on the Egg Nog Shake come Christmas.
If you're a lucky duck with access to Shamrock Shakes, how many have you had this season? I'd like to live vicariously through you.
What do you do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?