Raise a Glass: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Sober with These Delicious Mocktails
St. Patrick’s Day is a day of celebration for the Irish and those who want to join in on the festivities. While many people associate this holiday with drinking green beer and whiskey, there are many who prefer to celebrate in a sober way. Whether you’re sober, a designated driver, or simply looking to enjoy some delicious non-alcoholic drinks, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll provide you with a range of options for non-alcoholic St. Patrick’s Day drinks that are sure to get you in the spirit of the holiday. From classic milkshakes to healthy green teas, we have something for everyone.
As we celebrate this day, it’s important to reflect on the history of the holiday. St. Patrick’s Day originated in Ireland as a religious feast day to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It was first celebrated in the 17th century and has since become a global celebration of Irish culture and heritage. While the holiday has evolved over time, with the addition of parades, parties, and green clothing, the spirit of the holiday remains the same. It’s a day to come together with friends and family, celebrates Irish history and traditions, and have fun.
But you don’t need alcohol to have fun on St. Patrick’s Day. There are many non-alcoholic drinks that are just as delicious and festive as their alcoholic counterparts. From creamy and sweet milkshakes to refreshing and hydrating green teas, these drinks are sure to get you in the spirit of the holiday. So, whether you’re staying sober by choice or by necessity, these non-alcoholic drinks will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style. So, put on your green gear, raise a non-alcoholic glass of cheer, and let’s celebrate!
Let’s start with the classic St. Patrick’s Day drink that you can find at McDonald’s every year – the Shamrock Shake. This minty green milkshake is made with vanilla ice cream, milk, and mint flavoring, and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. You can make a homemade version by blending together vanilla ice cream, milk, green food coloring, and a drop or two of peppermint extract. Serve it in a tall glass with whipped cream and a sprinkle of green sugar.
- 3 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp green food coloring
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
- Whipped cream
- Green sugar (optional)
- In a blender, combine the vanilla ice cream, milk, green food coloring, and peppermint extract.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the shake into a tall glass.
- Top with whipped cream and green sugar, if desired.
- Enjoy your homemade Shamrock Shake!
Note: You can adjust the amount of milk to achieve your desired thickness for the shake. If you prefer a thicker shake, use less milk. If you prefer a thinner shake, use more milk. Also, you can substitute the peppermint extract with fresh mint leaves if you have them available. Simply blend a handful of mint leaves with the ice cream and milk, and strain the mixture before serving.
Virgin Irish Coffee
While the original Irish Coffee recipe contains whiskey, we can make a non-alcoholic version by replacing whiskey with a strong coffee or espresso shot. Add some brown sugar and a splash of vanilla extract to sweeten the drink, and top it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. You can also sprinkle some cinnamon or nutmeg on top for extra flavor. This warm, cozy drink is perfect for a chilly St. Patrick’s Day evening.
- 1 cup hot coffee or espresso
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate shavings
- Cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
- In a mug, stir together the hot coffee or espresso, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
- Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on top, if desired.
- Sip and savor your delicious Irish Coffee.
Note: If you prefer a stronger coffee flavor, you can add an extra shot of espresso or use a darker roast coffee. You can also substitute the brown sugar with your preferred sweetener, such as honey or maple syrup. And if you want to make it extra fancy, you can sprinkle some cocoa powder or grated orange zest on top. Enjoy!
Sparkling Green Tea
If you’re looking for a refreshing and healthy St. Patrick’s Day drink, try making a sparkling green tea. Brew a cup of green tea and let it cool down to room temperature. Then, pour it into a glass filled with ice cubes and add some sparkling water or soda. You can also add some honey or lemon juice to taste. This drink is not only delicious, but also packed with antioxidants and hydration.
- 1 green tea bag
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup sparkling water or soda
- Honey or lemon juice to taste
- Ice cubes
- Steep the green tea bag in hot water for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bag and let the tea cool to room temperature.
- In a glass, combine the cooled tea, sparkling water or soda, and honey or lemon juice.
- Stir well and add ice cubes.
- Sip and refresh yourself with this healthy drink.
Note: You can adjust the honey or lemon juice amount to your preferred sweetness and tartness level. You can also add some fresh mint leaves or slices of cucumber for extra flavor and nutrition. Enjoy!
This light and zesty drink is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day brunch or lunch. To make it, muddle some cucumber slices and lime wedges in a cocktail shaker or a glass. Add some ice cubes, a splash of soda water, and a teaspoon of agave syrup. Shake or stir well, and strain the drink into a glass. Garnish it with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint. This drink is both refreshing and low-calorie.
- 4 cucumber slices
- 2 lime wedges
- 1 tsp agave syrup
- 1/4 cup soda water
- Ice cubes
- Lime wheel and mint sprig for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker or a glass, muddle the cucumber slices and lime wedges.
- Add the agave syrup and soda water, and stir or shake well.
- Strain the drink into a glass filled with ice cubes.
- Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint.
- Enjoy this light and zesty mocktail.
Note: You can adjust the amount of agave syrup to your preferred sweetness level. You can also substitute the soda water with tonic water or ginger ale for a different taste. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a glass and a spoon to muddle the ingredients. Enjoy!
Mint Julep Mocktail
The Mint Julep is a popular cocktail that is often served at Kentucky Derby events, but you can make a non-alcoholic version that is just as tasty. Start by making a simple syrup with equal parts sugar and water, and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Let it cool down and strain out the mint leaves. Then, muddle some more mint leaves in a glass with a dash of bitters and a splash of club soda. Add some ice cubes and the mint syrup, and stir well. Garnish it with a mint sprig and a slice of lemon. This drink is perfect for those who love the taste of mint and citrus.
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 dash bitters
- 1/4 cup club soda
- Ice cubes
- Mint sprig and lemon slice for garnish
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and mint leaves.
- Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and let the syrup cool down.
- In a glass, muddle some fresh mint leaves with a dash of bitters and a splash of club soda.
- Add ice cubes and the mint syrup, and stir well.
- Garnish with a mint sprig and a slice of lemon.
- Enjoy your refreshing and aromatic Mint Julep Mocktail!
Note: You can adjust the sweetness and mintiness level of the drink by adding more or less of mint syrup. You can also use different type of bitters, such as orange or grapefruit bitters, for a different taste. Enjoy!