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9 Non-Alcoholic Irish-Themed Beverages for St. Patrick's Day

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Beth is a homemaker and professional author. She lives with her family close to the scenic Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

Lemon Mint Infusion is a simple and refreshing "pick me up" beverage

Lemon Mint Infusion is a simple and refreshing "pick me up" beverage

St. Paddy's Day Drinks Without Alcohol

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, a day when the whole world is Irish!

Traditionally, this is also a day when the adults celebrate with a good stout mug of ale or beer or an after-dinner Irish liqueur.

But for those of us who don't drink much, or at least want to wait until the children are asleep in bed before partaking, it is a welcome idea to have some beverages available that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

With this in mind, I'm sharing my personal collection of non-alcoholic Irish-themed beverages. They are all easy to make and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

And if you're like me and have kids who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, these beverages are pretty non-messy for the beginning little beverage maker.

Note regarding mint leaves or mint extracts: Mint should never, ever be boiled or otherwise cooked as this can separate the mint resin and heighten the properties to an undesirable level. Also, always wash fresh mint leaves before using.

1. Lemon Mint Infusion

Lemon Mint Infusion is a simple, refreshing “pick-me-up” beverage.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 quart warm water
  • ½ cup tonic water
  • 2 cups lemon slices
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Preparation

  1. Add warm water and tonic water to large jug or pitcher.
  2. Add sugar and stir well.
  3. Bruise mint leaves gently with hands and add to mixture.
  4. Add lemon slices to mixture.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for at least two hours.
  6. Pour over ice and serve.
Emerald Isle Tea

Emerald Isle Tea

2. Emerald Isle Tea

Emerald Isle Tea is a smooth tea with a "dry" flavor.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can frozen lime-aid mix*
  • 4 tablespoons instant sweetened tea mix
  • 2 teaspoons tonic water
  • ¼ teaspoon real ginger kitchen extract
  • Lime slices

Preparation

  1. Prepare lime-aid in large pitcher.
  2. Gently add instant tea mix, tonic water and ginger extract.
  3. Stir well but not hard.
  4. Pour into glasses, garnish with lime slices and serve.

* If lime-aid mix is unavailable, you may substitute frozen lemonade mix, and make green with 6-10 drops of green food dye.

Shamrock Whang! Smoothie is an Irish twist on a smoothie.

Shamrock Whang! Smoothie is an Irish twist on a smoothie.

3. Shamrock Whang! Smoothie

The Shamrock Whang! Smoothie puts an Irish twist on popular smoothies!

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lime sherbet
  • 1 cup plain frozen yogurt
  • 2 ounces pear juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon spearmint extract
  • 2 tablespoons grated chocolate
  • Mint leaves

Preparation

  1. Combine sherbet, yogurt, pear juice, lime juice, sugar and spearmint extract.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into glasses, garnish with grated chocolate and mint leaves.
  4. Serve.
This drink is named for the shillelagh, the traditional Irish walking stick.

This drink is named for the shillelagh, the traditional Irish walking stick.

4. Shillelagh

The Shillelagh is a light beverage with a rich flavor, named for the traditional Irish walking stick of the same name.

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces of peach juice
  • 1 cup sliced raspberries*

Preparation

  1. Pour the lemon juice, peach juice and powdered sugar in a shaker, and shake well.
  2. Strain the mixture over crushed ice.
  3. Garnish the drink with raspberries.

* If raspberries aren’t in season, you can substitute with strawberries.

The Irish Fairy is a simple and light beverage

The Irish Fairy is a simple and light beverage

5. Irish Fairy

An Irish Fairy is a light and very simple drink to make, perfect for a child's first attempt at beverage making!

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce blueberry juice
  • 2 ounces pear or apple juice
  • 3 ounces soda water

Preparation

  1. Stir the juices together in a tall glass.
  2. Add the soda water and serve.
The Irish Garden Angel is a rich beverage with vitamin power

The Irish Garden Angel is a rich beverage with vitamin power

6. Irish Garden Angel

The Irish Garden Angel is a rich beverage with vitamin power!

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Large bottle V8 V-Fusion juice*
  • Jug of carbonated water
  • Redi-Whip or similar canned spray whipped cream
  • Crushed ice
  • Cinnamon powder

Preparation

  1. Pour the V8 V-Fusion over ice into glasses until about ¼ full.
  2. Pour in carbonated water, leaving about a half-inch between the top of the drink mixture and the rim of the glass.
  3. Top with the whipped cream, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

* If you prefer, you can substitute sweet potato juice for the V8 V-Fusion.

A frothy fruit drink

A frothy fruit drink

7. Banana Leprechauns

Banana Leprechauns are refreshing, frothy drinks using bananas.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ripened bananas
  • ½ teaspoon mint extract of choice
  • 5-8 drops green food dye
  • 2 cups cubed ice

Preparation

  1. Peel and slice bananas, put into blender and blend until bananas are a smooth consistency.
  2. Add the mint extract, green food dye and ice.
  3. Cover blender and mix all ingredients into a fine puree.
  4. Pour into glasses and serve.
  5. For a “sparkling” touch, fill glasses only ½ way and then pour in carbonated water to top.
The Moon o'er Erin is an after-dinner coffee drink

The Moon o'er Erin is an after-dinner coffee drink

8. Moon o'er Erin

The Moon o'er Erin is an after-dinner coffee beverage.

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of black coffee
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup*
  • 1 drop wintergreen, spearmint or peppermint extract
  • Sprig of mint
  • Vanilla ice cream

Preparation

  1. Brew coffee and allow to come to room temperature.
  2. Pour cooled coffee into individual cups or glasses.
  3. Stir in the maple syrup and mint extract.
  4. Fold in ice cream or dollop a large spoonful over coffee mixture and serve.

* Liquid Bailey's Irish Creamer can be substituted for the maple syrup if preferred

Shamrock Milk is a thick and delicious beverage treat!

Shamrock Milk is a thick and delicious beverage treat!

9. Shamrock Milk

The Shamrock Milk is my personal favorite non-alcoholic Irish-themed beverage! It is thick, yummy, and nutritious—and our kids love it!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups prepared and set pistachio pudding
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • Dash of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Finely grated nuts or fruit slices

Preparation

  1. Put pistachio pudding, coconut milk, almond extract, salt and lemon juice into blender and fold well.
  2. Add ice and blend mixture until it reaches a slushy texture.
  3. Pour into glasses, garnish with grated nuts or fruit slices and serve.

Comments

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on July 13, 2012:

williwatson, thank you for reading and commenting, and hope you enjoy the Shillelagh!

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on July 13, 2012:

dwachira, they really do quench the thirst, particularly on a hot day :)

williwatson from Cleveland on July 13, 2012:

"Shillelagh" on the way to fulfill my thirst.

williwatson from Cleveland on July 13, 2012:

This hub is definitely for me, Thanks Beth!

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on July 13, 2012:

Wow!, am suddenly thirsty, i would really like to try Shamrock Milk. Thanks.

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on May 03, 2012:

Marntzu, thanks much and hope you enjoy them :)

Marntzu on May 03, 2012:

going to have to try a few of these, they look delicious.

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on March 05, 2012:

Feenix, awesome! I sure hope they enjoy them, and happy St. Patty's to you my friend :)

feenix on March 05, 2012:

Hi, Beth,

I am printing this one out and taking a load of copies to my next Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. No kidding.

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on March 04, 2012:

Alastar, thank you on both counts :)

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on March 04, 2012:

Will, glad to hear that. And thanks very much :)

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on March 04, 2012:

With Will on that sentiment Beth. Awesome list and mix directions for non-alcoholic Irish drinks. Know just the peeps to turn these on to.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 04, 2012:

I'm in Arizona, and we have very few tornadoes, and they're always minimal. I'm glad you are OK!

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on March 04, 2012:

Will, we were under tornado warnings all Friday night, and while the wind was fierce the storms here never turned into a tornado. But out near the middle of TN where my older son lives they had one touch down about five miles from their home. We feel very fortunate everyone stayed safe, though. Thanks much for asking! How did your part of the country fare?

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 04, 2012:

I hope the tornadoes missed you!