Shamrock Martini

Being that St. Patty's Day is in just a few days, I have been hearing a lot of people raving about "Shamrock Shakes" from McDonald's.  I remember having one as a kid, and thinking it wasn't THAT good...maybe a little more mint?  I guess I was a bit snobbish in that I preferred a grasshopper malt to one of those any day!  But hearing about the shakes so much, I remembered how refreshing the combination of mint and creamy vanilla could be, and I had the urge to make something using those flavors.   Instead of a shake or malt however, I decided on a cocktail, fit for St. Patty's Day.  I used a vodka base, with coconut for creaminess.  I am not a huge fan of artificial flavors in my own creations, so creme de menthe was not included, but instead a bit of real peppermint extract, and vanilla agave syrup to sweeten.  It was wonderful!  So smooth, and just the right amount of mint to be refreshing!  And festive as well, since I decided to decorate the rim with cute little green sprinkles!  So much better than green beer as far as I am concerned!  Here is the recipe if you would like to experience the drink for yourself!

Shamrock Martini
Makes 1


  • 4-6 large ice cubes
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • a few drops natural green food coloring
  • 4 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 oz vanilla bean syrup*



  1. In a martini shaker add the ice, vanilla, mint, vodka, coconut milk, and syrup, and place top on shaker.
  2. Shake until well blended.
  3. Pour through a strainer into a chilled martini glass, and serve!


*Vanilla Bean Syrup: Combine 1/2 cup boiling water, 1/2 cup maple syrup, one vanilla bean (slit), and stir until agave nectar is dissolved.  Let sit until cool, then remove the vanilla bean and pour into a container.  Store in the fridge.

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

  1. March 15, 2011 at 22:01

    Wow!! I must say, I have never been really into celebrating St. Patrick's Day. But... now all of the sudden, I am!! I am so making this on Thursday!! :)

  2. March 15, 2011 at 22:21

    If those are on the menu I could be Irish for a day.

  3. March 15, 2011 at 23:20

    Oh this is so fun! Great addition to the party! Thanks for sharing!<br /><br /><3Marea @TheFoodieFixx

  4. March 16, 2011 at 03:48

    Wow, that's crazy delicious! I'm in love with this cocktail... brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

  5. March 16, 2011 at 04:54

    This sounds great and it looks so festive! I love the addition of coconut milk. I have to say, I've never heard of a McDonald's Shamrock Shake--where have I been? lol Anyway, I would totally rather have this!

  6. March 16, 2011 at 12:08

    So beautiful, Amy! Love how you garnished the rim :)

  7. March 16, 2011 at 17:31

    LOVE this cocktail!<br /><br />It is absolutely adorable to look at and I really like that you incorporated your own vanilla bean agave syrup.<br /><br />Thanks for the recipe!!

  8. March 17, 2011 at 14:25

    Mint and coconut? Sounds fantastic. Love the trimmings and wish I could just reach into the screen for a sip! Looks warming and refreshing...

  9. March 17, 2011 at 21:25

    I just so happen to LOVE this idea! A refreshing drink now that it's getting much warmer around here. Thanks!

  10. March 20, 2011 at 21:49

    Ive only ever tried a mint shake from mcdonalds once and thought the same thing. This drink on the other hand, sounds like its right up my ally.

  11. January 22, 2014 at 03:41

    Your recipe is featured here:<br /><br /><br /><br />Cheers

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