Boozy Shamrock Shake

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Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a boozy shamrock shake! This festive drink is a boozy twist on the traditional favorite, combining creamy ice cream and peppermint schnapps for a delicious and indulgent treat.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional or vegan version, this boozy shamrock shake is sure to be the perfect way to celebrate the luck of the Irish!

Check out this Irish Pub Food page for even more delicious Irish food and cocktail recipes.


I originally shared this recipe February 2015. Updated March 2023.

Whenever I see a recipe that calls for peppermint extract, my brain sees peppermint schnapps!! Not for the alcohol content, but for the intense mint flavor. Not that I don’t enjoy the delicious kick that it adds to this adult milkshake!

Ingredients you will need

A can of coconut milk sitting next to a pint of coconut milk ice cream.
  • For the vegan option you can use homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk Ice Cream or store bought, and canned, full-fat coconut milk (make sure you shake the can before you open it).
  • For the traditional version use your favorite vanilla ice cream and whole milk.
  • High-quality peppermint schnapps will give you the smoothest flavor. I like 101 Peppermint Thunder, but there are many good options available.
  • A few drops of green food coloring gives you a nice, even color.
  • Whipped cream – this can be whipped coconut cream, rice whip, or regular whipped cream.
  • Green decorative sprinkles or shamrocks give it a festive look.

Be sure to check out the detailed printable recipe card below

Vegan Boozy Shamrock Shake topped with whipped coconut cream and shamrock sprinkles.

They say that a pictures says a thousand words, well I only needed that photo to say one…..Vegan! I have included instructions for both in the recipe card.

How to make a Boozy Shamrock Shake

Allow ice cream to sit out on the counter for 20 to 30 minutes to soften before using.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.


Pour into 1 large glass with 2 straws, or 2 smaller glasses and top with whipped cream and decorative sprinkles and a maraschino cherry.

A green shamrock shake in a goblet glass topped with whipped cream and green sprinkles.

Those decorative straws are really cute and great for photos, but they are completely useless to actually drink with!! Do yourself a favor and grab a real straw!!

Two Boozy Shamrock Shakes topped with whipped cream.

The best part about this drink, you don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day. You can make this fun cocktail anytime of year!

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Whipped cream topped boozy shamrock shake with shamrock straw and sprinkles.

Boozy Shamrock Shake

A boozy twist on the seasonal favorite combines creamy ice cream, milk, and peppermint schnapps into a creamy, delicious treat with vegan options!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green milkshake with peppermint schnapps
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson



  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream softened – or coconut milk ice cream
  • .33 cup whole milk or full-fat coconut milk in a can
  • mint green food coloring add as many as needed
  • 4 tablespoons peppermint schnapps I used 101 proof
  • whipped cream or coconut whipped cream
  • decorative sprinkles
  • maraschino cherries to garnish, if desired


  • Allow ice cream to soften on the counter for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into one large glass or divide between four smaller glasses. Top with whipped cream and decorative sprinkles. Serve with a straw


  • For a non-alcoholic version, substitute 1 to 2 teaspoons of pure peppermint extract, or use mint chip ice cream and omit the schnapps.
  • Adjust the thickness by adding more or less milk to achieve your desired consistency.


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 621IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. Glad you had this delicious drink to make up for the cookies 😉 Sounds like a tasty consolation prize! Found this deliciousness at Lou Lou Girls, thank you for sharing. Pinning!

  2. You have no idea how excited I was when I saw the word “Vegan”! I used to LOVE shamrock shakes, and who doesn’t love a good cocktail? I am totally making this this week. Thank you!

  3. Are you serious right now!? 🙂 This looks soo good. And I’m definitely going to check out some of those ice cream recipes too. Yummy! Glad I came across your blog!

  4. This is officially my favorite St. Patrick’s day recipe so far! I’m kinda glad your cookies didn’t work out so that it freed you up to make this instead. I am heading to the store TODAY to get some Bailey’s so I can “practice” this recipe a few times before St. Patrick’s Day (my kids had an entire week off due to snow days–I need this!). Thank you so much for linking up your recipe at This Is How We Roll Thursday.

  5. Love the color and the adorable shamrock sprinkles. Oh fun is the color of the punch, wow!! So great that you shared your experience with a failed recipe as well, thanks! 🙂

  6. This looks so yummy, I want to drink my screen! I would love it if you stopped by and linked up at Totally Terrific Tuesday!! Have a wonderful weekend! Pinned and shared!

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