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The Best Non-Alcoholic Drink Ideas for St. Patrick's Day

Patty collects various recipes from past generations and is interested in early American history, the Civil War, and the 19th century.

Drinks for Everybody

Here I offer half a dozen timeless drink recipes that skip the alcohol. Some are healthier than others, but all include fruits and/or vegetables in tasty combinations.

At the annual St. Patrick Day party at the office or somewhere else, it is kind to avoid awkward situations by providing non-alcoholic drinks for non-drinkers. Not everyone drinks alcohol, but everyone likes to have fun and enjoy delicious beverages. If you prefer, you can spice up any of these recipes by adding an alcohol of your choice.

This green lemonade gets its color from mint, but green food coloring can do the trick as well.

This green lemonade gets its color from mint, but green food coloring can do the trick as well.

Here I offer half a dozen timeless drink recipes that skip the alcohol. Some are healthier than others, but all include fruits and/or vegetables in tasty combinations. Enjoy them any time of the year, not just on St. Patrick's Day!

Alcohol or Non-Alcoholic Drinks?

Some individuals are allergic to alcohol or become ill no matter how little alcohol they consume. Others have had a bad experience with alcohol or may be recovering alcoholics that have committed to not drinking. Some folks may refuse to drink simply to make a point of not being influenced by a crowd to do so.

In any event, many people have good reasons to refrain from using alcohol, so some non-alcoholic beverages should be available at every gathering.

Detox drinks can be delicious.

Detox drinks can be delicious.

Detoxifying Drink: The Other Green Lemonade

You can make your own lemonade or purchase frozen then add green vegetable coloring to it. You can make this healthy detoxifying drink if you have a juicer.

Ingredients (Makes Two Delicious Detox Drinks)

  • 1 Head of romaine lettuce
  • 6 Stalks or leaves of kale
  • 2 Sweet apples, like Fuji or Gala
  • 1 Whole lemon (if organic, you need not peel it)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, or to your taste

Instructions

  1. Process the vegetables and fruit in a juicer.
  2. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Notice that a juicer or blender can handle apples, kale, and celery.

Notice that a juicer or blender can handle apples, kale, and celery.

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Fruity Green Grape Sangria

For six servings of a bright-tasting refresher, try this awesome recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 quart bottle of white or green grape juice
  • 1.2 Cup of OJ or Tangerine Juice (I love the Tangerine)
  • I Quart of Lemon-Lime Sparkling Water
  • 1 Large Lime, sliced
  • Frozen Green Grapes instead of ice cubes!

Instructions

  1. Combine liquid ingredients in a punch bowl and add a few lime slices.
  2. Place frozen grapes into six tall glasses.
  3. Add the sangria and place a sliced lime on the rim of each glass. I hope you like this drink as much as I do!
Limeade, my favorite!

Limeade, my favorite!

Limeade: My Favorite Refresher

Limeade concentrate is easy to make and keeps well for later use.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of lime juice (the juice of 6 fresh limes)
  • 1.5 cups sugar and 1.5 cups water ( I use spring water), heated to dissolve sugar into a simple syrup.
  • Mix together well, or refrigerate both juice and syrup separately and mix when needed.
  • Store in your refrigerator or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tip: Before juicing 6 limes, roll them on countertop while applying some downward pressure to begin to break down the inner membranes. This will make juicing easier. Cut rolled limes in half crosswise, hold cut side up and squeeze juice into a bowl, thereby keeping seeds in the rind. If you want to get rid of the pulp, strain the juice.

Instructions

  1. Mix 1 Cup of the concentrate and 1 cup water.
  2. If too tart, add one more 1/2 cup water to the mix.
Alcohol-free Green Lantern

Alcohol-free Green Lantern

Magic Green Lantern

This recipe makes six drinks in iced tea or highball glasses.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup well-packed sprigs of fresh parsley or mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 cup cold water (I use spring water)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Club soda
  • Lime slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. Put all of the above ingredients, except the soda, into a blender.
    Cover and puree contents for 60 seconds.
  2. Strain the blender puree through a sieve into a glass or other transparent pitcher.
  3. Fill tall serving glasses 1/3 full of cracked ice and serve the beverage over and above the ice slightly (divide among the 6 glasses), adding club soda to fill the glasses.
  4. Garnish with a slice of lime on the rim of the glass.
Green Tea

Green Tea

Sage Tea: Hot or Iced

Simple green tea, hot or iced, will look green, but this recipe offers a different flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons loose black tea (if you can find loose white tea, use it for a greener coloring - open up two white tea bags)
  • A little green food coloring
  • 8 dried sage leaves
  • Sugar or honey

Instructions

  1. Place 6 cups water into a pot and bring to the boil.
  2. Next, remove pot from the heat, add tea and sage leaves, with a few drops of food coloring.
  3. Cover the pot with its lid and wrap a tea towel around the pan. Set it on the counter 10 minutes to steep the tea.
  4. Strain the beverage into a teapot and serve hot, with sugar or honey on the side; or pour unto tall glass that are 1/2 filled with cracked ice and garnish with a piece of fruit on a party-pik (offer sweeteners to guests).

Another Use for Green Tea: Green Tea Eggs

  1. Boil some eggs, cool them, and crack their shells all around without removing them. It's fine if you removed small parts of the shell here and there.
  2. Place the eggs into a wide mouthed jar of strong-brewed green tea, cover, and refrigerate overnight or for 24 hours.
  3. The peeled eggs will display green marbled designs and have the flavors of the tea.

Black tea and orange pekoe teas are fine for this as well. The eggs make an interesting party food.

A refreshing lime smoothie.

A refreshing lime smoothie.

Lime Smoothie

This refreshing recipe serves eight or so people.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Cups Orange Juice
  • 4 Scoops lime sherbet
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and chunked
  • 6 Tablespoons chopped mint
  • 4 kiwifruits, peeled and halved
  • 2 Cups crushed ice

Instructions

  1. Blend ingredients in a blender.
  2. Serve.

Mint Chocolate Shake

This recipe makes two milkshakes

Ingredients

  • 4 scoops mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 drop of peppermint extract

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients and blend in a blender.
  2. Pour into glasses with a sprig of mint and or whipped cream garnish.
  3. Add additional milk to the blender if a thinner shake is desired. You can also add some additional chocolate syrup if you like.

Green Means Food

To me, green means food and is not a color to wear. I just don't much like olive green, but I do enjoy Hunter Green or Kelly Green. I also admire bright greens in foods and beverages. It has my greatest respects in the world of cuisine.

"Green food" may conjure up nightmares for individuals that were forced into eating mushy salads and mushier canned green peas as children—or the menace that is canned spinach, which should be outlawed!

Popeye might still enjoy it straight from the can, but the contents simply cannot be the same item as that fresh green spinach in the market. In the can, it has the taste and texture is processed rope.

"Green food" can also speak to sustainability. A number of folks write about the gardens that they produce every year, sharing useful and fun tips with the rest of us here and in the world. I love gardens.

Here, green food will be a list of non-alcoholic beverages that are green in color and delicious. You can add beverage alcohol to any of them if you wish, although I've never tried alcohol in sage tea.

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS

Comments

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 18, 2015:

That fruity green grape sangria sounds really refreshing and delicious. All of the recipes sound really wonderful and a great alternative to alcohol. Thanks for the instructions and ingredients. Congratulations on the Hub of the Day award.

rebeccamealey on March 18, 2015:

Nice green drinks, and refreshingly different. Not to mention healthy. Thanks for these wonderful ideas. And congrats on HOTD!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 17, 2015:

Congratulations on the hub of the day! Looking at these drinks makes me thirsty. Thanks for sharing. HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!!!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 17, 2015:

I have more than a half carton of the mint choc chip ice cream; may try that! I have no hangups about alcohol as long as it is drank responsibly and in moderation but I do not drink because of medications I take which is probably why many people don't or can't. My mother use to love a sip of wine now and then which was very rare and about half a juice glass. It was only 3% alcohol and with a little green food coloring I bet could be made into a fun little St Patrick's Day drink to celebrate!

smcopywrite from all over the web on March 17, 2015:

i love to see positive hubs such as this one. there are literally thousands of alcoholic references for st paddy drinks. this is refreshing to say the least.

poetryman6969 on March 17, 2015:

You have a lot of great idea about how to make the day green. Voted up. I will take some green lemonade and some of those green eggs. And maybe some ham.

Meagan Earls from Michigan on March 17, 2015:

You have a lot of great suggestions here! Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub on non-alcoholic green drinks for St. Patrick's Day! Peace and Love to you!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on March 17, 2015:

Great recipes. I observed St. Pat's Day on Sunday, so I'll have to save these for next year. But wait, who says I can't have them anytime. On Sunday, I made a green dessert by adding green food coloring to vanilla pudding, pouring it into a graham cracker pie shell and topping with sliced kiwis. I could have used pistachio pudding mix, but I happened to have vanilla on hand. Congrats on HOTD. Well-deserved.

mySuccess8 on March 17, 2015:

Fruits and vegetables form the foundation of a healthy daily diet, being rich in vitamins, fiber, nutrients and water. Many people do not eat enough fruits and veggies, and you have well-presented another perfect way to eat more fruits and veggies through these great and delicious-looking non-alcoholic drink recipes. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

David Hunt from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 17, 2015:

I drink alcoholic beverages but I believe I'd much prefer one of your Lime Smoothies to a green-dyed beer. Love to see a 6-year-old hub make HotD! Quality and popularity, all in one package. Congratulations!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 17, 2015:

What a wonderful HOTD and Happy St. Paddy's Day to you! You gave so many great ideas for serving non-alcoholic drinks. I bookmarked this Hub. I love the idea of those eggs!

Voted this UP, etc. and shared, also Pinned.

Mary Craig from New York on March 17, 2015:

An Ever-green hub! Lots of ideas here for everyone. I love the tea used to color eggs, never heard of that one. As you've stated, not everyone drinks alcohol and its nice to have some tasty, alcohol free drinks.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on March 17, 2015:

Fascinating Hub - like the lemon smoothie . I think i'll give it a try . Congrats on HOTD !

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 17, 2015:

@aesta1, Venkatachari M and Molly Layton - It is good to see you all here! aesta1 - I'm going to have some limeade myself today. The Magic Green Lantern is a lot of fun for kids, Molly, so I think you event will be a hit with it.

When I was a restaurant manager, we put some food coloring in the lemonade dispenser on this holiday and always sold out - several batches of it when customers saw the green. It was a lot of fun.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 17, 2015:

Thanks for all the nice comments this St. Patrick's Day!

@pstraubie48 and sandeep15r, doris and me - These really are all very tasty and I hope you have a chance to try a couple. Thanks for the congratulations!

Whether these drinks will keep people away from alcohol is not known, but it's a good idea to have them around for people who don't drink or don't want to drink at a party. Happy Holiday!

Molly Layton from Alberta on March 17, 2015:

These look like wonderful recipes. I can't wait to try them out. I might save the Magic Green Lantern recipe for when I have an event involving kids.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 17, 2015:

This is awesome Patty. I wish I am celebrating St. Patrick's but maybe one of these drinks will do.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on March 17, 2015:

It's very interesting and useful knowledge shared by you. Avoiding alcohol and drinking healthy is a very good advice from you. Thanks for sharing such health conscious advices.

Mohammad Tanvir Ibne Amin from Dhaka on March 17, 2015:

varieties of test.....i like all but does it help to keep anyone away from alcohol ????

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 17, 2015:

Happy St Patrick's Day...quite a lovely collection of yummy drinks. Thanks for sharing and congrats on HOTD.

Angels are winging their way to you this morning ps

Sandeep Rathore from New Delhi on March 17, 2015:

Yummy :)

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 28, 2012:

Yes, one of my all time favorites!

moonlake from America on August 28, 2012:

This looks good and no alcoholic Limeade I love. Vote uP.....

dobo700 from Australia on June 19, 2011:

Sounds delicious, specially that limeade.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 11, 2011:

Mint shakes are pretty good and limeade is a year-round fave for me. Thanks!

steph on March 11, 2011:

I think I will try the mint shakes. Mauve I haven't sent invites yet.

Maryanne Maguire from Santa Monica, CA on May 31, 2010:

THese sound tasty! Need more of these for other occassions, too. GOod hub!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 25, 2010:

They're all good, but I like the limeade and the smoothie best.

Timmy on March 25, 2010:

hey im doing a project i was wandering if any body has ever actually tried any of these cause i'd like some advie on which is best to try.... thanks

Stoneage2010 on January 16, 2010:

really enjoyed reading :-)

Nate Kelley on January 08, 2010:

nice hub....

Organic Tea on March 17, 2009:

Very well-written and highly resourceful hub. Thank you for all the products.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 24, 2009:

2patricias - that's a nice comment to make; thanks!

Christoph - Limeade for me as well.

Everyone - thanks for all the nice comments ansd have a happy holiday with all sorts of drinks and foodss

ajcor from NSW. Australia on February 23, 2009:

Thanks patty - i have made the tea eggs and they are fun - I think mine were called 100 year old eggs - a name which didn't seem to put anyone off too much! cheers and thanks

Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on February 23, 2009:

mmmmmm. It'll be the limeade for me!

Wendy Iturrizaga from France on February 23, 2009:

Sounds delicious, specially that mint shake... mmm...

These are good ideas to offer to non-alcohol drinkers or for teenagers parties.

justmesuzanne from Texas on February 22, 2009:

Lovely ideas! I like the tea eggs, especially! :)

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on February 22, 2009:

When I saw the title of this Hub I thought 'what a sad idea - no alcohol on St Pat's Day' - then I read the Hub. Wow, Patty, I do have respect for you. Next time I give a party I will try much harder with the non-alcoholic drinks. What a good idea to provide something special and attractive to try to take away the stigma that some people attach to 'soft' drinks.

Thanks for a thought provoking Hub.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 18, 2009:

Thank you both - many people hope to make a difference and never know if they have. Community shows us how. Blessings to you both.

Anna Marie Bowman from Florida on February 18, 2009:

I am truly touched by all of the comments and support, and love I feel from everyone. I can't thank you enough, Patty.

Dottie1 from MA, USA on February 18, 2009:

Well spoken Patty. Your work has helped me and my family more than I can count. We thank you and appreciate your love and wisdom that penetrates through your words in all your hubs. :)

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 18, 2009:

Thanks, Dottie1 - I went over and read that Hub yet again, along with all the comments and I think it causes us consider tragedy and alternatives for the future. Meanwhile, we remember those that passed before and try to advise youth the best we can, knowing we cannot prevent every tragedy.

Cheers from me as well!

Dottie1 from MA, USA on February 17, 2009:

Sounds like that Mint Chocolate Shake is a winner!  The Lime Smoothie also sounds like one I would love to try! 

Patty, I was very touched by the reason this hub came into existance.  I think you would find my comment in Anna's hub of interest and why it led me to this hub.  Thank you Patty and Cheers to Anna's sister! 

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 17, 2009:

Thinking about Anan Marie's sister led me to share these recipes, but they are really tasty in any event. So let's drink to Anna's sister and Anna this year!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everybody!

Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on February 17, 2009:

drinks look good...a few I can add some booze to...Hee hee Nice Hub sweetie and Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on February 17, 2009:

Those drinks look great. I'll have to try some. I can't handle as much alcohol as I used to :)

Triplet Mom from West Coast on February 17, 2009:

Patty, yummy suggestions!! I like the mint chocolate shake idea sounds so cold and refreshing right now!

Anna Marie Bowman from Florida on February 17, 2009:

Some yummy recipes!! One of my favorite things to get around St. Patrick's Day are those shamrock shakes at McDonalds!!! Maybe I will try to make my own following your mint chocolate shake recipe!! It sounds delicious!!