5 Mocktail Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2018

Looking for healthy and fun St. Patrick’s Day drink ideas? We’ve got five great recipes that can help you get the party started.

St. Patrick’s Day offers so many opportunities to celebrate. If you’re hoping to flaunt your green without the alcohol, you could just have mint or basil-infused water. But if you want to up the excitement, we’ve compiled a list of non-alcoholic smoothies and mocktails to get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. All the recipes you’ll find here contain fewer calories and better nutrition than the same old traditional cocktails, and yet they retain all of the fun.

1. Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

If you’re a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream or minty mochas, this green smoothie is just the ticket to get your St. Patrick’s Day off to a healthy start. Created by coach and holistic nutritionist Molly Cutler, this recipe is low in sugar.
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 large handful spinach
1/4 cup mint leaves
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 frozen banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 scoop organic vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs and more for sprinkling

  1. Blend on high for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Top with cacao nibs.

2. Green St. Patrick’s Day Oat Smoothie

Photo courtesy of Erica Nonni
Photo courtesy of Erica Nonni

Looking for a treat with some deep Irish roots? Well, you may want to give this green oat smoothie a try. A popular breakfast for centuries in Ireland, oats are gluten-free whole grains that are high in beta-glucan fiber and antioxidants. And with the added bonus of mango and avocado, this “shamrock shake” from Erica Nonni for Flahavan’s Oats is sure to give you all the energy you need to march in a St. Patty’s Day Parade!
1/2 cup Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal
1 cup chopped mango
1/2 medium avocado
Juice of 1 lime
3 ounces coconut milk

  1. Add all ingredients in a blender (add coconut milk last).
  2. Blend until smooth. Add additional coconut milk if the shake is too thick.

3. Pot of Gold Smoothie

Another oat-based recipe, this Pot of Gold Smoothie from Alice Williams of Honestly Fitness makes a fun party treat. Top it with fresh mango and serve in a small Mason jar or pot.
1/2 cup oats, soaked overnight (soak in milk or water for at least 6 hours)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 frozen bananas, sliced
Juice of 1/2 fresh lime
1/2 cup spinach

  1. Blend all of the ingredients.
  2. Top with fresh chopped mango.

4. Matcha Mule

Taking advantage of the bright green color of ground matcha, this non-alcoholic adaptation of an Irish mule from Kevin Gregory of AllDay Industry is the perfect party drink for the designated driver. And if you’re looking for something a little lighter than a smoothie, this fizzy mocktail is just the ticket.
1 tablespoon matcha powder
3/4 ounce simple syrup (can be replaced with honey or maple syrup to taste)
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
5 ounces ginger beer
1 piece crystallized ginger (for garnish)
1 lime wedge (for garnish)

  1. Combine matcha powder, simple syrup, and lime juice (in a classic copper Moscow mule mug if you have one)
  2. Stir to fully incorporate the matcha powder
  3. Add ice and ginger beer
  4. Stir again, garnish, and enjoy!

5. There’s a Smoothie in My Coffee

Photo: Melissa Eboli
Photo: Melissa Eboli

This healthy play on an Irish coffee from Melissa Eboli of Via Melissa is the perfect pick-me-up for the post-party clean-up!
Instead of replacing your caffeine with whisky and cream, this smoothie fills in fruit, protein, and just enough chocolate to nix the need for coffee.
If you don’t have chlorella in your cabinet (um, who does?) you can probably nix it and it’ll still be delicious.
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1/2 cup ice
1 cup vanilla coconut milk
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
2 teaspoons flax
2 teaspoons chia
2 teaspoons chlorella
4 drops mint flavoring
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

  1. Add all ingredients into blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Tip: Add wet ingredients before powders to avoid clumping.

Whether you’re looking for a healthy alternative to traditional Saint Patrick’s Day beverages, or just something to mix up the party, these smoothies and mocktails will be just the ticket.