Non Alcoholic St. Patrick's Drinks

I love to celebrate everything from the little occasions to the big occasions. I don't like to spend a lot of time or money doing it though.  As a busy mom the last thing I need is to add more to my "to do" list.  So, I like to find easy and inexpensive ways that we can celebrate.  These non alcoholic St. Patrick's drinks add the perfect touch to a family friendly gathering to celebrate all things green.

 

Ever since I got a Blendtec for my birthday 4 years ago I've been experimenting with all kind of fun drinks and smoothies.  Sometimes we like to try and recreate some of our family favorite drinks and other times I get ideas and have fun playing in the kitchen.  Today I am sharing two non alcoholic St. Patrick's drinks that my family loves.

 

The inspiration for this first drink actually stems from an Orange Julius drink.  I first heard of them when I took a foods class in 8th grade.  I thought they were ok tasting, but my husband LOVES them.  Since one drink costs at least $5 you can bet I was keen to recreate that taste at home for less money.

 

 

Then after I got that recipe perfected I thought, why not change it up a little for people (namely some of my kiddos) who don't like the orange juice flavor as much?  That is how I came up with the first of my nonalcoholic St. Patrick's Day drinks.

 

The second drink stems from having a mother (daughter and nieces) who are crazy about citrus flavored everything.  Also, it's fun to come up with festive drinks that match the color scheme of any given holiday.  You can never have too many non alcholic St. Patrick's Day drinks in my humble option.

 

non alcoholic St. Patrick's drinks

 

Without further ado, here are the recipes for both along with some notes for variations or blending methods.

 

Non Alcoholic St. Patrick's Drinks Recipes

 

Lime Julius Recipe

 

 

Ingredients

12 oz. limeade

2 c french vanilla ice cream

lime for garnish (optional)

 

Directions

1.  Measure the limeade into a blender

2. Add the vanilla ice cream

3. Blend on low until it is a smooth and then enjoy!

 

Notes:

If you don't have a blender you could always let the ice cream sit out for a few minutes to soften and then mix by hand with the limeade.  It's a more subtle lime flavor.  The consistency is also somewhat thinner than a shake so that you can drink it through a straw.  If you like it much thicker you can try decreasing the liquid to 8 oz or adding ice cubes to thicken it up.  It would also be delicious to add in some frozen raspberries or other fruit.

 

Lime Sherbet Recipe

 

 

Ingredients

8 oz limeade

4 oz. la croix sparkling lime water

2 cup lime sherbet

 

Directions

1.  Pour the limeade in.

2. Pour in the sparkling water

3. Add the ice cream.

4. Blend on low until everything is well mixed and the texture is smooth.

 

Notes:

Not only is this drink bright green it also has more of a lime flavor.  In my family the kids tended to like this drink more.  Again if you don't have a blender you can let the sherbet soften and then mix everything by hand.  You could also just try serving it with an ice cream scoop and the drink mix poured over the top.

 

Both of these drinks are so easy to make and are a fraction of the cost of what you will pay at any store that sells drinks.  I hope this inspires you and your family to have some fun celebrating  with these non alcoholic St. Patrick's drinks.

 

If you make these drinks or any other non alcoholic St. Patrick's drinks I would love to see pictures of them on Instagram with #peachtreedr or share your variations in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

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