St. Patrick's Day Beverages

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner! The time of year that everyone wears green and consumes a large amount of Irish alcoholic beverages. A time of year that everyone goes leprechaun hunting and speaks in a classic Irish accent. It comes every year, on March 17th, and every year it provides people with a sense of joy and a variety of activities to do. One of these activities involves St. Patrick's Day drinks. Although the Irish cultural and religious holiday is often associated with alcoholic beverages there are a variety of unique and tasty drinks to enjoy in the dead of March that do not contain alcohol. Below are two recipes that are a great fit for the day dedicated to Saint Patrick.

First up is the Shamrock Smoothie. Everyone loves a good smoothie and a green smoothie is even better! It looks healthy, is healthy and tastes delicious. It is also incredibly easy to make. All it requires are a few ingredients and a blender. In a matter of minutes you'll have a full, fresh and tasty glass of a St. Patrick's Day Smoothie. The ingredients are as follows. 

St. Paddy’s Day Shamrock Smoothie

1 banana

1/4 of an avocado

1/2 c. full fat coconut milk

1-2 drops of peppermint extract

1/4tsp. vanilla

1 handful of spinach

First, cut up the banana and avocado into little chunks. Then combine the fruit and the 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk in a blender. Add the few drops of peppermint extract, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and a handful of spinach. Blend on high until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and enjoy! 

Another recipe that is a must around St. Patrick's Day is the Shamrock Shake. Indeed, we all know the signature Shamrock Shake from McDonalds. However, sometimes it’s more convenient, and healthier to say the least, to make it yourself. The Shamrock Shake is easy to make, only requiring a handful of ingredients and ten minutes to prepare. It’s perfect for a student who doesn't have a lot of time but still wants to enjoy the Irish holiday. Ingredients for the Shamrock Shake are as follows. 

Shamrock Shakes

2 cups of vanilla ice cream 

1 1/4 cups of 2% milk

1 teaspoon of mint extract

9 droplets of green food colouring

2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup 

2 tablespoons of whipped cream 

To start combine the ice cream, milk and mint extract in a blender. Then, proceed to add the green food colouring and blend the mixture until smooth. Drizzle the chocolate syrup into a tall glass and then pour some of the mixture into the glass. Top with the whipped cream and enjoy!

These two classic St. Patrick's Day recipes are just a few of the delightful beverages to enjoy in the month of March. It may not be St. Patrick's Day yet but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a refreshing Shamrock Smoothie or dive into a chilling Shamrock Shake.