St. Paddy's Day Secret Menu Items: McDonald's McLeprechaun Shake, Starbucks Shamrock Frappuccino

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Happy St. Patrick's Day. This evening is all about the green beer and corned beef and cabbage. But some of us have jobs to go to that require thinking and motor skills. That means that we'll have to save the Irish whisky and Guinness for later and head over to McDonald's or Starbucks for a little Saint Patrick's day non-alcoholic refreshment.

Sure, you can order a Shamrock shake, that frosty green beverage that comes around this time each year. But, you know what's better than the minty sweetness of a Shamrock shake? Adding chocolate, which is basically what a McLeprechaun Shake is, thanks to hackthemenu.com.

See also: My Shamrock-Shake Obsession: When a Food Fixation Doesn't Pay Off

And if you're celebrating at Starbucks, check out the Shamrock Frappuccino, one of the thousands of "secret" variations on classic coffee drinks at Starbucks (check out many more at starbuckssecretmenu.net).

Here's one thing to remember when ordering "secret menu" items. Don't order by name -- just ask for the beverage by (nicely) offering up the exact recipes below. Then, enjoy your custom green beverage!

Starbucks Shamrock Frappuccino

Start with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino and ask your barrista to add the following:

peppermint syrup (1.5 pumps tall, 2 pumps grande, 2.5 pumps venti)

classic syrup (½ pump tall, 1 pump grande, 1.5 pumps venti)

matcha powder (2 scoops tall, 2.5 grande, 3 venti)

McDonald's McLeprechaun Shake

When you order, ask for half and half of a Shamrock shake and chocolate shake.

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