Celebrated every March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day welcomes gallons of green beer and Irish whiskey cocktails. The unique Irish culture is celebrated with parades, parties, great food, and of course, lots of booze. However, fun, tasty mocktail alternatives exist for those looking to lay low on drinking.
So, if you feel like you’re in a pinch when all your friends chug down gallons of beer on one of the largest parties of the year, we’re here to help you join in on the fun but without the booze.
Fortunately, the rise of the sober curious trend has sparked an ever-expanding list of non-alcoholic drink options. We hope our list of festive mocktails will make it a little easier to say no to iconic Irish whiskey shots topped with whipped cream.
7 Mocktails To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Guilt Free
The best mocktails for St. Patrick’s Day are green and Irish whiskey-inspired. They include green margaritas, honeydew-basil “nojitos”, cucumber mocktails, virgin bailey, Irish whiskey sour, and cold brew Irish coffee. All you need to do is replace the alcohol with NA spirits from Lyre’s, CleanCo, Seedlip, and more.
Skip the Guinness and Jameson shots and enjoy one of our mocktails to enjoy St. Paddy’s Day without the dreaded morning hangover. Our list ranges from bright green drinks that match the occasion to traditional copycats and delicious, fun mocktails.
Green Margaritas are the perfect way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. Enjoy sipping a shaken or stirred margarita with an Irish touch. You can whip up this mocktail with only four ingredients.
There are fantastic non-alcoholic tequila options to choose from such as CleanCo’s tequila alternative, with its fresh agave vibes.
- Add 10 to 12 drops of green food coloring to salt and gently mix until all the salt is green.
- Rub the glass’s rim with a lime slice and dip the glass into the green salt.
- Shake 2 ounces of non-alcoholic tequila, 1 ounce of lime juice, 1 ounce of grenadine, and simple syrup with ice.
- Fill a glass with ice, pour, and enjoy. You can add lime wedges for garnish.
Honeydew-basil nojitos are refreshing non-alcoholic mojitos perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The honeydew melon introduces a subtle sweetness to the mocktail. The aromatic basil leaves finish it with a vibrant, earthy touch.
- Combine 8 ounces of non-alcoholic rum such as Ritual Zero Proof Rum, ½ cup of lime juice, ½ cup of basil leaves, and ¼ cup of granulated sugar in a large pitcher. Mix the ingredients using a muddler to ensure most of the sugar is dissolved.
- Blend 2 pounds of honeydew cubes in a blender or food processor until smooth and puree through a fine-mesh sieve; discard the solids. And add the melon juice to the pitcher.
- Rub a lime wedge around the glasses’ rims and dip them in superfine sugar.
- Fill your glasses with ice and add the juice mixture. Add a splash of carbonated water for a hint of fizziness, and top the glass off with melon balls or spears.
- Serve immediately.
Green Cucumber Mocktail
A green cucumber mocktail is refreshing, tangy, and green – perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. It contains fresh cucumber, lime juice, mint, ginger, and a single tot of non-alcoholic gin.
In our booze-free version, we ditch the gin for Seedlip Garden 108. Its grassy, vegetable flavors add a refreshing non-alcoholic spin to cucumber mocktails.
- Add 1 sliced cucumber, 2 limes juices, ¼ cup mint leaves, 1 cup water, and 2 tablespoons of thyme simple syrup to a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour the mocktail mixture through a fine mesh sieve and pour the strained liquid into a Collins glass or pitcher; discard any pulp.
- Add the club soda and gently stir the mixture.
- Fill glasses with ice, pour the drink, and garnish with thin cucumber slices, mint sprigs, or lime wheels.
Virgin Baileys Mocktail
A virgin bailey is a perfect drink for Irish cream liqueur lovers when going alcohol-free on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s rich, milky, and oh-so-sweet.
We love adding a shot of Spiritless Kentucky 74. It is crafted to taste like bourbon, offering a classic note of charred oak, vanilla, and dark caramel.
- Blend one shot of cooled espresso, ¾ cup of coconut milk, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, ½ teaspoon cocoa powder, 2 drops vanilla extract, and a shot of alcohol-free whiskey in a blender and 1 tablespoon light cream on low until combined.
- Serve over ice, and add whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup to garnish.
Irish Sour Mocktail
A whiskey sour is a classic cocktail recipe. If you are a fan, our booze-free Irish sour mocktail is a recipe worth trying for St. Patty’s Day.
Substitute Jameson whiskey for Lyre’s American Malt and white vermouth for Lyre’s Aperitif Dry for a delicious Irish Sour with no regret. Lyre’s American Malt captures the essence of classic bourbon with vanilla and nutty notes, while the Aperitif Dry lends distinct, contemporary flavors of citrus, anise, and fine herbs.
- Place 2 ounces of Lyre’s whiskey, ¾ ounces of Lyre’s vermouth, 1 ounce of grapefruit or lemon juice, ½ ounce of simple syrup, and ¼ ounce of grenadine in a shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain into a glass.
- Add 2 dashes of orange bitters and a splash of club soda, and enjoy.
Cold Brew Irish Coffee
Magic happens when you take strong coffee, whiskey, heavy cream, and a dash of simple syrup and mix! This year, you can enjoy this creamy, heavily caffeinated concoction without the boozy kick.
Free Spirits The Spirit of Bourbon is our favorite. It is a rich, oaky, caramel-kissed bourbon alternative.
- Combine 4 ounces of strong chilled coffee, 1 tablespoon of simple syrup, 2 ounces of non-alcoholic whiskey, and 1 ounce of heavy cream in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake the mocktail vigorously for 30 seconds and strain it into a pint glass filled with ice cubes. Top your cold brew Irish coffee with whipped cream for a deliciously indulgent topping.
There’s no need for FOMO on St. Patrick’s Day or any other special celebration. Enjoy sipping on the best mocktails on your night out, or treat your friends to a special drink at home – without the hangover as an extra bonus.