Sláinte! St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get your green on and shake your shamrocks. While bagpipes and parades might be off the table this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate this good ol’ Irish holiday in style. Here are a few fun ways you can kick your St. Patrick’s Day up a notch.
Go classic with your beverage options
While Americans might grab a Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day, the holiday was actually a dry holiday up until the 1970s. In fact, Irish pubs were actually legally required to shut down for the day. If you prefer non-alcoholic Irish beverages, there are plenty of options to help you celebrate the holiday. Try your hand at a non-alcoholic Homemade Irish Cream or a peppermint hot chocolate. For folks who aren’t fans of mint, but love the look of a Shamrock Shake, make your own vanilla milkshake right at home and use some food coloring to green-up your drink! For an added crunch, dust your shake with some shamrock sprinkles or edible gold glitter.
Indulge in traditional foods
A cool thing about St. Patrick’s Day is that you can celebrate Irish heritage right at home while social distancing by indulging in traditional foods. If you’re like many people who have been baking up a storm during the pandemic and giving bread-making try, consider giving Irish soda bread a turn. Irish soda bread is a type of quick bread made with super-easy ingredients including buttermilk, flour, salt, and baking soda. Other traditional St. Patrick’s Day meals include corned beef and cabbage, which can be made either in a slow cooker or right on the stove.
Indulge in not-so-traditional foods
Traditional Irish foods make for great dinner options, but if you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday while indulging your sweet (or savory) tooth, consider cooking up some quirky snacks. Decorate green cookies with Lucky Charms, make some potato skins decked out in cheese and bacon, or make a rainbow snack mix. For a healthier snack option, cut up some orange and green peppers with a pot of gold in the form of garlic hummus. Not a hummus fan? Cauliflower and broccoli with a side of cheese dip works just as well.
Stream some Irish flicks
Another great way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day while socially distancing is by streaming Irish movies with the family. Kid-friendly Irish movies like The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea are awesome ways to spend time with the kids. For not-so-kid-friendly movies and shows, try giving Derry Girls on Netflix a go.
Dye your heart out
We mentioned earlier that adding green food coloring to a vanilla milkshake makes for a great alternative for fans of Shamrock Shakes, but not mint. While you’re adding food coloring to your shake, see what else you can dye green. Brewers on St. Patrick’s Day typically due their beer green, and food coloring can be added to an array of other treats to make meals and snacks more fun. If traditional Irish food isn’t your fave, add some green food dye to clover-shaped pasta salad or serve your family some green eggs and ham.
Serve up some themed cocktails
Speaking of food coloring, many people use St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse to indulge in their favorite alcoholic beverages. Give some of these wild drinks a try:
- The pickleback: A pickleback is a shot made up of bacon bourbon and green pickle juice in a salt-rimmed glass.
- The Midori lemonata: This cocktail has an Instagram-worthy color gradient. It’s also popular with fans of fruity cocktails because it tastes like melon lemonade.
- The cucumber gimlet: This drink is considered a gin classic but adds a splash of cucumber juice for a bit of fresh greenery.
If you’re not rocking an entirely green wardrobe, is it even St. Patrick’s Day? Slide into your favorite green leggings and draw on some green, white, and orange face paint. If you really want to stand out from the crowd, consider custom t-shirts, too! The demand for original, custom t-shirts has climbed in the last five years, and Cuztom Threadz offers a wide range of awesome custom t-shirts just for St. Patrick’s Day so you can rock this green holiday in style. Whether you’re the world’s tallest leprechaun or you’re looking for a drinking shirt, we have the custom t-shirts for you.
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