This simple zombie milkshake is a great addition to your Halloween recipe list. Made with a green mint milkshake and chocolate syrup swirls, this drink is delicious and fun.
This monstrously good green milkshake is thick and flavorful. Add a swirl of chocolate syrup for a unique look. The chocolate syrup adds that "dirty" look we expect from a rotting corpse.
My family adores this delicious mint chocolate milkshake, and I'm sure yours will too. It's thick, flavorful, and so much fun, thanks to the added food coloring. Enjoy your monster milkshake in time for Halloween!
This milkshake recipe is a holiday specific variation of my Homemade Shamrock Shake. For more milkshake recipes, make sure to check out my Banana Oreo Milkshake, Chips Ahoy Milkshake, Brownie Milkshakes, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shake.
Why This Recipe Works
- This recipe for a zombie shake is as simple as it gets. Made with just 5 ingredients and a few short minutes of your time.
- Each batch makes a tall glass full. You can easily divide it into two smaller 8-12 ounce cups though.
- You can make it whenever you want! This quick and simple frozen beverage isnt JUST for Halloween. Feel free to make it all year long! Mint and chocolate are classic flavor combinations worthy of showing off all year long.
Vanilla ice cream- You will need vanilla ice cream as the base for this recipe. Use reduced-fat, nondairy, or even vanilla frozen yogurt, and it's sure to turn out deliciously.
Milk- This is what thins down the consistency, so it's easier to sip.
Mint extract- Make sure to use MINT extract and not PEPPERMINT because there's a big difference, and we do not want to taste candy canes in this drink.
Green food coloring- This is optional and can be omitted if you don't like food coloring, but the green color gives this shake its "traditional" coloring.
Whipped cream- For garnish on top, you may wish to use some whipped topping.
Chocolate syrup- This will be swirled around in the cup to look nice and will also add a nice chocolate touch to our minty shake.
Pink sanding sugar- This is optional and sprinkling it on top of the whipped cream will look like zombie brains. You can make your own sanding sugar by mixing granulated sugar and a tiny amount of food coloring together in a bowl or ziploc baggie. (It's about ¼ cup sugar to 1 drop of color).
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make zombie milkshake with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Add the vanilla ice cream, mint extract, and milk to a blender.
Blend on high speed until smooth.
Add in the green food coloring.
Blend and continue to add color (if needed) until your desired green hue is achieved.
Pour your chocolate syrup into your drinking mug.
Pouring it in at a 45-degree angle and aiming for the sides of the glass will give you a nice swirled or dripping look.
Add your milkshake to the prepared drinking glass.
Top with whipped cream and pink sanding sugar (if desired).
Serve immediately. Enjoy!
The best part about making this recipe at home is that you can customize this shake recipe to fit your own needs.
To make the drink healthier
You can make this a healthy zombie shake recipe by using frozen yogurt and almond milk instead of full-fat ice cream and whole milk. Choosing ingredients with fewer fats and sugars will make this drink a bit healthier so you can feel better about enjoying it.
To make the drink boozy
For the adults-only, you can make this shake with alcohol by adding in some vodka. I would recommend sticking with plain vodka or something like vanilla-flavored vodka since it will blend in better with the drink. Irish baileys cream may also taste good in this drink.
🍴 Recipe Tips
Milk. I recommend sticking with whole milk when possible as it will help you to achieve a creamier consistency with your shake but any milk will work just fine (including half and half as well as non-dairy milk alternatives).
Mint extract. You will need mint extract for this recipe but peppermint extract also tastes really good in these shakes (in fact, that's my favorite variation..but I LOVE peppermint).
Food coloring. You can use liquid or gel-based food coloring and you can use as much as you want to achieve your desired hue of green. We used 6 drops of liquid green coloring but gel-based will be much stronger in color and you may need less to achieve a nice green consistency.
I like the idea of taking a dry erase marker and making a zombie face on the glass before filling it up with this Halloween milkshake recipe to make it look even more awesome.
I like to use frozen vanilla yogurt instead of plain vanilla ice cream in many of my smoothie or milkshake recipes and notice no taste difference (just slightly healthier). You can use plain yogurt from the fridge for this recipe if desired but the recipe will probably need less milk and be considered more of a smoothie than a milkshake.
More Halloween Recipes to Try
- Halloween Mummy Dogs
- Bloody Vampire Bite Cupcakes
- 2 Ingredient Cinnamon Roll Intestines
- Peanut Butter Jelly Spider Sandwiches
- 2 cups Vanilla ice cream ($0.58)
- ½-¾ cups Milk ($0.18)
- ¼ teaspoon Mint extract ($0.02)
- 2-4 drops Green food coloring ($0.05)
- 2 Tablespoons Chocolate syrup ($0.13)
- Whipped cream for garnish
- Pink sanding sugar *optional
- Add the vanilla ice cream, mint extract, and milk to a blender.
- Blend on high speed until smooth.
- Add in the green food coloring.
- Blend and continue to add color (if needed) until your desired green hue is achieved.
- Pour your chocolate syrup into your drinking mug.
- Pouring it in at a 45-degree angle and aiming for the sides of the glass will give you a nice swirled or dripping look.
- Add your milkshake to the prepared drinking glass.
- Top with whipped cream and pink sanding sugar (if desired).
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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