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

Updated on May 12, 2016
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Patty collects recipes from past generations among ethnic groups, the 13 Original Colonies, the American Civil War & the 19th century.

Refreshing Green Lemonade

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Mint LemonadeAdd a few drops of food coloring for a greener Lemonade, or make Limeade. See recipes below.
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Add a few drops of food coloring for a greener Lemonade, or make Limeade. See recipes below.
Add a few drops of food coloring for a greener Lemonade, or make Limeade. See recipes below. | Source

This Hub offers 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!

Green Lemonade, Anyone?

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Drinks For Everybody!

This Hub offers 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's party at the office or somewhere else, it is kind to avoid awkward situations when a host provides non-alcoholic drinks for nondrinkers.

Not everyone drinks alcohol and this is a for variety of reasons. The reason might be better health.

Superfood Greens

Kale is the modern superfood that is appearing in many healthy drinks.

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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 beverage alcohol, or may be 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 enjoining them to do so.

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

Others may refrain from drinking, because a friend or relative died from alcoholism, or was killed in an accident with a drunk driver. Whatever the reason, these people may be accommodated with good-tasting non-alcoholic beverages without a commotion being made over the teetotalers at the party.

One acquaintance of mine would attend parties, order a glass of juice or club soda or even ginger ale. and stick a fruit garnish in it so people would stop asking him why he did not drink. Come to think of it, in five years we worked together, he never told me, either.

Notice that a juicer or blender can handle apples, kale, and celery.
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De-toxifying Drink: The Other Green Lemonade

You can make your own lemonade or purchase frozen, and then add green vegetable coloring to it, or you can make this healthy De-toxifying Drink, if you have a juicer.

Ingredients For Two Delicious De-Tox 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

Process the vegetables and fruit in a juicer and serve.

Green Means Food

To me, green means food and is not a color to wear.

I just don't much like olive green, but 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 of monster salads to some individuals that were forced into eating mushy salads and mushier canned green peas as children. Or the menace of 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 Hubbers 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...

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Fruity Green Grape Sangria

For 6 servings of a bright tasting refresher, use these ingredients:

  • 1 Quart sized 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!

Combine liquid ingredients in a punch bowl and add a few lime slices. Place frozen grapes into 6 tall glasses, 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 Refresher

Limeade Concetrate - store in your refrigerator, or freeze for up to 3 months.

  • 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 refigerate both juice and syrup separately and mix when needed.

Limeade

To make limeade, use 1 Cup of the concentrate and 1 Cups water. If too tart, add one more 1/2 Cup water to the mix.

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.

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Some folks add sherbet.
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Magic Green Lantern

Ingredients for 6 drinks in iced tea or highball glasses.

  • 1 cup well-packed sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 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

  • Put all of the above ingredients, except the soda, into a blender.
    Cover and puree contents for 60 seconds.
  • Strain the blender puree through a sieve into a glass or other transparent pitchur.
  • 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.
  • Garnish with a slice of lime on the rim of the glass.

 

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Tea Eggs

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Tea Eggs can be made in many colors, depending on the tea used. Try green tea for green eggs.
Tea Eggs can be made in many colors, depending on the tea used. Try green tea for green eggs.
Tea Eggs can be made in many colors, depending on the tea used. Try green tea for green eggs. | Source
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Sage Tea - Hot or Iced

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

You will need

  • 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

  • Place 6 cups water into a pot and bring to the boil.
  • Next, remove pot from the heat, add tea and sage leaves, with a few drops of food coloring.
  • 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.
  • 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 Teas - Green Tea Eggs

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. Place the eggs into a wide mouthed jar of strong-brewed green tea, cover, and refrigerate overnight or for 24 hours. 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.

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Lime Smoothie

Serves 8

Blend the following ingredients in a blender and serve.

  • 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

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Mint Chocolate Shake

In a blender, combine the following ingredients and blend for 2 milk shakes

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

Pour into glasses with a sprig of mint and or whipped cream garnish.

Add additional milk to the blender if a thinner shake is desired. You can also add some additional chocolate syrup if you like.

© 2009 Patty Inglish

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      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!!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

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

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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

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

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      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

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      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!

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      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!

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      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!

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      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. :)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

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

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

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

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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      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.

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      justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

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

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

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

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

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      mmmmmm. It'll be the limeade for me!

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      ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

      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

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      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

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      Organic Tea 8 years ago

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

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      Nate Kelley 7 years ago

      nice hub....

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      Stoneage2010 7 years ago

      really enjoyed reading :-)

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      Timmy 7 years ago

      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

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

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

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      Maryanne Maguire 7 years ago from Santa Monica, CA

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

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      steph 6 years ago

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

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

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

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      dobo700 6 years ago from Australia

      Sounds delicious, specially that limeade.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

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

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Yes, one of my all time favorites!

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      Sandeep Rathore 2 years ago from New Delhi

      Yummy :)

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      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

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      Mohammad Tanvir Ibne Amin 2 years ago from Dhaka

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

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      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.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      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.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      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!

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @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!

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      Eileen 2 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

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

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      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.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      David Hunt 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      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!

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      mySuccess8 2 years ago

      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!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      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.

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      Meagan Earls 2 years ago from Michigan

      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!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      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.

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      smcopywrite 2 years ago from all over the web

      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.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      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!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

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

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      rebeccamealey 2 years ago

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

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      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.

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