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5 Non-Alcoholic Drinks for St. Patrick's Day 2011

If ever there was a holiday that called for boozing, it would be St. Patrick’s Day, on March 17, 2011. In the pregnant state, however, green beer loses its luster, as does toasting in the name of Ireland. Thankfully, there are a bunch of non-alcoholic or mocktail drink recipes that will have your non-pregnant partner or friends green with envy. The best part? The kids can join in the fun.

Here are my five mocktail suggestions for a great non-alcoholic St. Patrick’s Day 2011.

1. Basil Lemonade. Epicurious has a simple, delightful recipe for the drink that uses a basil lemon syrup, which can also be the base of a gimlet. I’m a huge fan of herbs in my drinks, and lemon and basil naturally compliment each other with or without vodka.

2. Green Tea Mojito. The Kitchn has adapted an awesome recipe from Paul Abercrombie’s book Organic, Shaken and Stirred. A clever mix of green tea, lime juice, mint leaves and sugar make for a refreshing spin on the mojito. Just make sure you skip the white rum.

3. Cool Kiwi Mocktail. This one over at In-House Recipes is so simple you may find yourself falling back on it all summer long. You can also substitute simple syrup for sugar.

4. Coconut Keylime Momtini. If you like this mocktail recipe with coconut milk and limeade, you might just want to buy its source: Natalie Bovis Nelsen’s book, Preggatinis.

5. Green Non-Alcoholic Beer. OK, you might be able to stomach a little non-alky green beer, but you should probably leave the kiddos out of this one. Pick up a sixer of O’Doul’s Amber and bring out your green food coloring. Yes, a lighter beer would LOOK better with green food coloring, but trust me this one tastes better. Color to your ideal shade of emerald.

Anybody else got any good St. Patrick’s Day-themed mocktails or non-alcoholic cocktails out there?

Photo: Eustaquio on Flickr.

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