Light(er) and Boozy Shamrock Shake

March 5, 2014

Let’s reflect back 2 years, to the year when I got a sunburn on St Patrick’s day.  It was a glorious 70+ degree day in central Michigan and we sat out on my friend’s apartment’s lawn, enjoying the sunshine for hours with a couple of day beers.  Flash to present day when we’ll be lucky to reach 7 degrees.  Regardless of the weather, all March long I day dream about creamy, minty, green milkshakes.  And since we’re talking St. Patrick’s day, might as well throw in some booze too, right?

Light and Boozy Shamrock Shake

Not to keep whining about it, I really needed this extra boozy milkshake to get over all of this snow.  I’ve already started day dreaming about warm vacations I could take — something I normally reserve for November — and I think I might give in.  Any suggestions?  I normally head to Florida to spend a day or two at Disney and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter before taking a cruise, but I think it might be time to branch out.  Vegas is always fun, but I’ve found that this is an expensive time of year to travel there and I want to keep it pretty affordable.  Any suggestions?

Light and Boozy Shamrock Shake

If I’m planning a vacation, I better keep my boozy milkshakes light, right?  True there’s vodka and ice cream in this shake, but I really want to consider it mostly banana.  It’s still not a drink-all-day kind of beverage, but it’s way better for you than a drive-through shake even with the alcohol.  I used coconut milk ice cream (actually, I used So Delicious gluten free cookies ‘n cream) and unsweetened almond milk for a vegan treat.

Light and Boozy Shamrock Shake
Serves: 1

  • 1½ frozen bananas (see note)
  • ⅓ c ice cream of choice (I recommend vanilla or cookies and cream), vegan, light, or regular
  • 3 shots unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 1 handful ice cubes
  • 1 shot vodka
  • 1 shot green Crème de menthe

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. Taste and add additional ice, milk, or ice cream to achieve desired texture.

To freeze bananas: Peel and cut in half. Place in a plastic bag with minimal air and place in freezer. Cut into smaller pieces and pre-portion to freeze faster.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: Whole Recipe


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    lauren Mar 15, 2014

    Mmm vodka! This sounds great! Yeah we’re supposed to get snow this St. Patrick’s Day lame. I’m ready to pack my bags and get out of dodge, I’m done with winter!

    ashley Mar 10, 2014

    I need about five of these today LOL Love the boozy addition 🙂

    Joanne Mar 07, 2014

    I think we are getting some sunshine here this weekend…not up to the 70s, but more like…upper 40s. I’ll take it.

    And I’ll take one of these shakes! I refuse to get a shamrock shake because UGH MCDONALDS…but one of these, I could down in no time.

    Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch Mar 06, 2014

    Oh how badly I wish we had a few rays of sunshine! I need a few 75 degree days to lay in the sun! Love your shake the colors gorgeous and perfect for St. Patricks day!

    Erin | The Law Student's Wife Mar 06, 2014

    Oh how I remember that warm St. Paddy’s day here in the north! I’m going to sip this shake and dream of sunny days.

    cookingactress Mar 05, 2014

    1. ughhh 70 degrees sounds like HEAVEN 2. mmmmmm this shake looks tasty enough to almost make me get over how chillyyy it is!

    The Domestic Rebel Mar 05, 2014

    I am alllllll about the booziness of this shamrock shake, giiiirl! You know me so well 😀

    cheri Mar 05, 2014

    Sign me up! looks great!

    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl Mar 05, 2014

    I am a lover of Shamrock Shakes even though it’s been a long time. I’d love to try this healthier (and stronger!) version!