One of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is by sipping a Shamrock Shake. McDonald’s signature shake is the perfect treat for long study-sessions or a great excuse to venture off-campus. However, if dishing out money for milkshakes isn’t in your budget, or worse, your campus isn’t close to a McDonald’s, you’re in luck. With the right ingredients and a blender you can get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in your dorm room.
I have made this recipe several times before for me and my roommate, with much success as the recipe is almost too simple, and nearly impossible to mess up. It’s also much cheaper to make your own than buying one made to order, as the money you would spend on buying two of these shakes buys enough ingredients for at least four servings.
The only cooking tools you will need to make your own Shamrock Shake are a blender—which could be full size or a smaller model similar to the Magic Bullet—and a measuring cup. When you serve the final product, glasses, spoons and straws may be necessary as well, or you could waste no time and consume the shake straight from the blender.
- 2 cups of vanilla ice cream
- 1 ¼ cup of milk
- ¼ teaspoon of mint extract (NOT peppermint, you’ll throw off the flavor)
- Your choice of cream-based booze (Bailey’s, Kahlua, or Mint Schnapps recommended. Optional)
- 4-5 drops of green food coloring (optional)
- Put each ingredient in your blender.
- Replace the lid, blend ingredients together on high until the mixture is smooth.
When using the ingredients in this recipe to make your Shamrock Shake, the calorie count per serving comes in at approximately 600 calories. However, if you feel that this treat will put you on a slippery (but delicious) slope to gaining the freshman fifteen, or you’re plagued with lactose intolerance, with a few adjustments you can still enjoy a Shamrock Shake. By swapping dairy ice cream and milk for their soy counterparts, you can reduce the calorie count of your shake to around 450 calories.
Also, for those who are 21 and over, alcoholic additions to your Shamrock Shake can make it even more indulgent. Spicing up your shake with a cream-based liquor like Bailey’s or Kahlua or mint schnapps like Rumple Minze will no doubt take your shake to the next level. Try not to go overboard with the alcoholic add-ins, as this could lead to less productive study-sessions and a lower GPA. However, if you do find that drinking too much is having a negative effect on your life, there are alcohol rehab facilities that can help get you back on track.
Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and make your own Shamrock Shake in the dorms. Not only will you save money by making them yourself, but you’ll probably become the most popular person on your floor.