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

Patty collects recipes and gadgets from the past and is particularly interested in early American history and all Indigenous Peoples.

Drinks for Everybody

Not everyone drinks alcohol, but everyone likes to have fun and enjoy delicious beverages. There are many reasons some folks abstain—and whatever the reason, providing non-alcoholic beverages at a gathering is always a good idea. 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.


  • Detoxifying Drink: The Other Green Lemonade
  • Fruity Green Grape Sangria
  • Limeade: My Favorite Refresher
  • Magic Green Lantern
  • Sage Tea: Hot or Iced
  • Lime Smoothie
  • Mint Chocolate Shake

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!

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


  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.

Grape sangria

Grape sangria

Fruity Green Grape Sangria

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


  • 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!


  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 is my favorite!

Limeade is my favorite!

Limeade: My Favorite Refresher

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


  • 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 the 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 the juice into a bowl, thereby keeping seeds in the rind. If you want to get rid of the pulp, strain the juice.


  1. Mix 1 Cup of the concentrate and 1 cup of 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.


  • 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


  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.


  • 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


  1. Place 6 cups water into a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Next, remove the pot from the heat, and 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 into a 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 remove 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.


  • 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


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

Mint Chocolate Shake

This recipe makes two milkshakes


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


  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 respect 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