Shamrock Shake recipe. Boozy version for adults and a non-alcoholic version for the kids. This tasty drink is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.Jump to Recipe
Shamrocks. Green glitter. Four-leaf clovers. I love St. Patrick’s Day. I grew up in a little town called Emmetsburg, Iowa. With a population of barely 4,000, the town was still conceited enough to call it the “Sister City of Dublin.” As you can tell, our founder was Irish.
Despite being a small town, there is a parade every year. Green beer overflows mugs. Kids gather along the parade route to gather candy. There is a 5K. For a small town, they put on a good celebration.
To help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve whipped up Shamrock Shakes. If you’re an adult, feel free to include the Bailey’s Irish Cream. If you’re making this for the kids, skip that.
If you like this, you might also like the Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt. Also be sure to check out the “St. Patrick’s Day & Mint” page!
P.S. You might be interested to know I have a fabulous printable St. Patrick’s Day Binder on sale in my shop. It’s over 130 pages of planners, games, decor, and more.
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If you like the glass mug the shake is in, you’re in luck. I got “L” for “Landsberger”, but you can get whichever letter you want. Click here >>>Glass Beer Mug with Pewter Crest <<< to see the one I got. Just do an Amazon search for your letter. (I suggest copying the title, put your letter in, paste in the search bar). Sorry, I tried to get a search to show all the letters, but Amazon wasn’t cooperating.
For the rainbow sprinkles, don’t worry. You don’t have to buy 6 different bottles!
• Get the combo pack <<<click there<<< that includes red, yellow, green, and blue
• Then buy the orange sprinkles and purple sprinkles separately.
Lastly, you can find the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock straws <<< by clicking there.
History of St. Patrick’s Day
As a history major, I love knowing about the history of holidays. Even when that holiday has turned into a secular celebration that is focused on green beer!
St. Patrick’s Day is (obviously) a celebration of the saint named Patrick. March 17th is the anniversary of his death, which is believed to have taken place in 461 A.D. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish.
St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century. He was kidnapped at the age of 16 and traveled to Ireland as a slave. He escaped. However, he returned in 432 A.D. with the purpose of converting the Irish to Christianity.
St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in Ireland since the 9th or 10th century. Lenten prohibitions (such as against eating meat) were dispensed with for the day. The Church officially started celebrating the holiday in 1631.
However, it was emigrants to the United States that turned it into a largely secular holiday. In 1601, in St. Augustine, FL, a St. Patrick’s Day parade took place. This was followed by Boston in 1737 and New York in 1762.
As the centuries have passed, the holiday has expanded to include a river dyed green, everyone wearing green, corned beef & cabbage, and green beer. And it now includes a free printable St. Patrick’s Day treasure hunt!
- 3 C. mint chocolate chip ice cream
- 1/2 C. milk
- 1/2 C. Bailey's Irish Cream ONLY FOR ADULTS
- 1/4 tsp. mint extract
- 5-10 drops green food color
- Sprinkles- all colors of the rainbow optional
- Place all ingredients into blender.
- Mix on high for one minute or until to desired consistency.
- Pour into glasses. Carefully sprinkle various colored sprinkles to make a rainbow (optional).
I have to admit my husband was out to sea (with the U.S. Navy) when I made these Shamrock Shakes. I couldn’t drink both shakes…but I made a good try at it!
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