Linda Sarhan has been a freelance writer and researcher for 20+ years and has a B.A. in English and creative writing.
Non-Alcoholic Drink Options for St. Paddy's Day
St. Patrick's Day is known for its parties, green beer, and cocktails. However, did you know that there are several non-alcoholic drink recipes out there that will help you get into the spirit of the holiday without drinking any alcohol at all?
Having non-alcoholic drink options during a holiday where drinking is one of the main pastimes is a great idea for children and overall family fun. It is also perfect for those who have decided to be a designated driver to help their friends or family get home safely. Festive non-alcoholic drinks can help any non-drinkers feel that they are also a part of the holiday celebration.
1. Shamrock Shake
This is always a delicious treat for both the young and the old. Whether you are just looking for a festive shake or a way to bond with the family, the Shamrock Shake is quick and easy to make.
- 3 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream (the green one)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract (for added minty flavor or just omit)
- 1/8 teaspoon green food coloring
- measuring spoons
- measuring cups
- drinking glasses or bottles
- Add the mint chocolate chip ice cream to a blender. Then add the milk. Depending on how good your blender is and how thick you want your shake, you may want to add more or less milk.
- Add the peppermint extract. You can omit the peppermint extract if you like. It just gives the minty flavor a boost.
- Add the green food coloring to give it a richer green coloring.
- Blend and serve.
Keep in mind that you can alter this recipe by choosing a different, light-colored ice cream. Many people prefer to use vanilla ice cream, instead. Others have used vanilla chocolate chip, as well. The choice is yours.
2. St. Patrick-tini
While some adults may be enjoying a St. Patrick's Day version of a martini, here is a delicious jello recipe that the kids would love or anyone who isn't into drinking on St. Patrick's Day.
- 2 large packages (6 oz each) of green Jello
- 1 packet of unflavored gelatin
- 4 cups boiling water
- 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
- martini glasses
- mixing bowl
- cocktail toothpicks
- Prepare the Jello mixture by adding the green Jello, unflavored gelatin, and the boiling water. Mix well.
- Add the ice cream to the mixture.
- Pour the St. Patrick-tini mixture into martini glasses and place in the refrigerator until set. The ice cream will float to the top during setting.
- To garnish, you could put one or two green grapes (instead of olives) on a cocktail pick and place it in the St. Patrick-tini. Then serve.
3. Emerald Champagne Mocktail
Perhaps you feel left out during all of the St. Patrick's Day toasts because you prefer, for whatever the reason, not to drink alcohol on St. Patrick's Day. Well, the luck of the Irish is on your side. There is a recipe for a champagne mocktail that will allow you to enjoy the party without getting blitzed. This is great for designated drivers, alcoholics avoiding alcohol consumption, and even children.
- 5 oz. of sparkling white grape juice, chilled
- 1 oz. of Torino's non-alcoholic creme de menthe
- whole slice of lime (optional)
- edible green or gold glitter (optional)
- champagne flutes
- First, make sure that the sparkling white grape juice is chilled.
- If you would like to rim the glasses with edible green or gold glitter, chill the champagne flutes and use a lime slice to moisten the rim. Next, pour the edible glitter on a plate or in a rimmer and turn the glass upside down with a slight twist to fully cover the rim of the glass.
- Pour the sparkling white grape juice into the flutes.
- Add the creme de menthe.
- Garnish with a slice of lime. Now you have a festive St. Patrick's Day drink that tastes similar to champagne without all of the alcohol. Cheers!
4. St. Patrick's Day Float
St. Patrick's Day parades are always fun. How about amping up the festivities by enjoying a St. Patrick's day float not only in the streets but in your glass, as well?
- lemon-lime carbonated beverage
- green food coloring
- vanilla ice cream or lime sherbet
- drinking glass
- ice cream scoop
- straw and/or spoon
- Pour the lemon-lime carbonated beverage of your choice into a glass.
- Add green food coloring. You could also substitute the green food coloring for Torino's creme de menthe if you like.
- Stir gently to create a beautiful green color.
- Top with a scoop of ice creme.
5. Over the Rainbow
Where are we told to find the leprechaun's pot of gold? Over the rainbow and at the end your luck will abound with riches beyond your imagination. There is a website, called I am a Honey Bee, that came up with a simple and quite colorful drink idea that is would be perfect to implement this tale for St. Patrick's Day.
- food coloring
- lemon-lime carbonated beverage
- ice trays
- small cups for mixing
- spoon or stirring straw
- drinking straw
- clear drinking glasses
- First, you will need to make the colorful ice cubes. To do this, simple pour some water into the small cups you will use for mixing the color. Add a few drops of food coloring, each cup with a different color and stir. Refer to the chart to the right for mixing colors to create new colors.
- Next, you can use a straw to lift the colored water by sticking the straw in the water and putting your finger over the top hole of the straw. Slowly release the liquid by slightly lifting your finger allowing air to flow throw the straw pushing the colored water out into the ice cube tray. Personally, I just pour directly from the cup instead of using the straw method.
- Allow each colored ice cube tray to completely freeze in the freezer.
- Once frozen solid, add different color ice cubes to a clear drinking glass. Finally, pour your favorite lemon-lime beverage over the ice cubes and serve.
- You could also use different colored flavors of Kool-aid, as well.
- If you do not want to use a carbonated beverage, simply use water or a clear sports drink.
- Consider making jello cubes instead of ice to pour your lemon-lime carbonated drink over.
6. St. Patrick's Day Punch
If you are looking for something simple and easy to serve to a crowd of party-goers, consider making up large batches of St. Patrick's Day punch.
- 1 gallon of Hawaiian Punch Green Berry Rush
- 2 liters of lemon-lime carbonated beverage
- whole sliced limes (optional)
- punch bowl
- punch glasses
- serving ladle
- Add ice to a large punch bowl.
- Pour in the Hawaiian Punch Green Berry Rush.
- Pour in the 2 liters of lemon-lime carbonated beverage.
- Gently stir with a ladle.
- Garnish with thinly sliced limes. You can also place a whole lime slice in each punch cup to pour the punch on top of.
Note: Increase or reduce the recipe to fit your party needs.
Even More Ideas
- Best Non-Alcoholic Drink Ideas for St. Patrick's Day
Avoid awkward situations at your St. Patrick's Day Party with these wonderful non-alcoholic drinks for your nondrinking friends. In fact, everyone will likely be pleased by a few of them. Add alcohol if you like.
© 2015 Linda Sarhan
Deborah Minter from U.S, California on March 21, 2018:
Good tips! I like the green colors... This St.Patrick's day, I used spirulina and kiwis to make things green.
Dianna Mendez on March 18, 2018:
I want one of each! What a wonderful post for the holiday.
John Albu from Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102 on March 16, 2015:
"Cute" is definitely the right word to describe these drinks! Nice ideas though, cheers!
Melissa Reese Etheridge from Tennessee, United States on March 04, 2015:
These are some spectacular ideas. Thank you for sharing.
M. Winters from United States on February 28, 2015:
What cute drinks. I especially love the rainbow ice for kids.