Put Down the Mug: 21 Green Drinks for St. Patrick's Day That Aren't Beer

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matcha-mint milkshakes with shamrocks
Photo: Carson Downing

St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to party in the middle of March. There's no better time to sip a green drink. From nonalcoholic drinks like smoothies and mojito mocktails to boozy beverages like margaritas and more, here's a showstopping lineup of delicious St. Patrick's Day drink ideas.

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Mint Matcha Milk Shake

matcha-mint milkshakes with shamrocks
Carson Downing

Combine matcha powder with mint chip ice cream and almond milk for a slightly healthier version of your favorite seasonal mint shake. We used a shamrock cookie cutter (from $2, Etsy) to create the adorable matcha powder shamrock that sits on top of a dollop of whipped cream. Matcha tea has a number of health benefits, and also includes caffeine so we don't recommend making these shakes as a bedtime snack!

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Honeydew-Basil Nojitos

Honeydew-Basil No-Jitos
Blaine Moats

Fill sugar-rimmed glasses to the brim with fresh basil leaves, lime juice, and sweet honeydew melon. Slice into spears or use a melon baller ($11, Target) to make perfectly rounded honeydew balls for a green St. Patrick's Day drink garnish.

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Celery Tonic

Celery Tonic
Andy Lyons

This green cocktail recipe gets big flavor from a trio of bold ingredients. Celery, lime, and gin make for one unique (and delicious!) St. Patrick's Day cocktail.

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Cucumber Gin and Tonic

Cucumber Gin and Tonic
Andy Lyons

Floral, fizzy, and totally on trend, this cucumber gin and tonic is the perfect party drink for St. Patrick's Day. Elderflower liqueur gives the traditional cocktail a crisp twist.

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Matcha Green Tea Latte

Matcha Green Tea Latte
Matthew Clark

Who says St. Patrick's Day drinks need to be boozy? Wake up the festive way with these creamy matcha lattes. Serve these non-alcoholic St. Patrick's Day drinks up over plenty of ice.

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Classic Margaritas

Classic Margaritas
Andy Lyons

Where there are margaritas, there's a party. A pitcher of classic lime margaritas is sure to bring a little green to your St. Patrick's Day festivities. Pick Triple Sec or another liqueur of your choice.

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Kiwi-Pineapple Smoothies

Kiwi-Pineapple Smoothies
Blaine Moats

Start your St. Patrick's Day off right with a good-for-you green smoothie. A colorful assortment of fresh produce—kiwifruit, pineapple, banana, and spinach—gives this drink its natural sweetness.

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Minted Cucumber Nojitos

Minted Cucumber No-Jitos
Blaine Moats

Time to pucker up! This minty St. Patrick's Day mocktail features a double dose of lip-smacking lemon: a squeeze of lemon juice and icy-cold lemonade. Slices of cucumber make a refreshing (and green!) garnish.

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Minty Lime Refresher

Minty Lime Refresher
Cameron Sadeghpour

A small splash of green creme de menthe—an Irish bar staple—goes a long way in this rum-infused cocktail. Make this thirst-quenching drink extra bubbly by topping it with carbonated club soda. Use mint sprigs for garnish.

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Pineapple-Spinach Smoothies

Pineapple-Spinach Smoothies with sliced banana
Brie Passano

Start your St. Patrick's Day with a refreshing pineapple smoothie. The drink gets its green hue from fresh spinach and its creamy texture from Greek yogurt. Top the finished drink with a sprinkle of chia seeds.

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Avocado Smoothie

Avocado Smoothie
Andy Lyons

Fill your blender to the brim with the creamiest of combinations: smooth avocado, yogurt, and banana. Add in a cup of OJ to perk up this fruity St. Patrick's Day drink.

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DIY Mojito

Mojito
David A Land

The beauty of this lime-green mojito? It's personalized by you! Be your own mixologist for this St. Patrick's Day mixed drink by choosing your favorite flavor of rum, then pick between fresh mint or basil leaves for garnish.

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Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Grilled Pineapple Margarita
Con Poulos

Turn up the heat on your St. Patrick's Day party with a spicy cocktail! This grilled pineapple margarita gets its green coloring from a mix of jalepenos, cilantro, and lime, while a garnish of fresh grilled pineapple balances out the spice.

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Melon-Basil Prosecco Sparklers

Melon-Basil Prosecco Sparklers
Matthew Clark and Hannah Bigot

This St. Patrick's Day drink idea gets plenty of sparkle from bubbly prosecco. Top each glass with fresh mint and melon for a light and sweet green cocktail.

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Honey-Ginger Limeade

Honey-Ginger Limeade
Andy Lyons

Kick up your heels for this jalapeno-studded St. Patrick's Day drink. The wee-bit-spicy limemade also features fresh ginger and a drizzle of honey to sweeten things up. If you're having a holiday gathering, serve this one in a cocktail pitcher ($14, Walmart).

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Avocado Margaritas

Avocado Margarita
Hannah Bigot

Nothing says celebration like a marg. These creamy green margaritas are the perfect drink for St. Patrick's Day. Spice up your party with a chile-salt garnish.

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Kale Daiquiri

Kale Daiquiri
Blaine Moats

This frozen daiquiri is proof that alcoholic drinks can be healthy—or at least, healthier! To make it, blend tender kale leaves (be sure to skip the bitter-tasting stems) with rum, simple syrup, lime juice, and ice for a cocktail that's appropriately colored for St. Patrick's Day.

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Lemon-Cucumber Refresher

Lemon-Cucumber Refresher
Jason Donnelly

Light rum and fresh lemon never tasted so good. Try the refreshing duo in this invigorating St. Patrick's Day cocktail featuring cucumber and homemade simple syrup.

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Easy Being Green Smoothie

Easy Being Green Smoothie
Blaine Moats

Make a green drink the whole family will love! Kiwifruit, honeydew, and fresh mint bring delicious flavor and perfectly green hues to this surefire St. Patrick's Day smoothie.

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Celery Juice

Celery Juice
Dera Burreson, Ryan Krull

Fresh celery juice has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Skip the expensive bottled versions and make your own at home. This healthy St. Patrick's Day drink is ready in just about 10 minutes.

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Spring Green Smoothies

Spring Green Smoothies with asparagus garnish
Jason Donnelly

Without the garnish, you'd never know these smoothies have a full serving of vegetables inside! Our spring green smoothie combines asparagus, spinach, green grapes, and kiwis for a tasty green drink that's packed full of vitamins.

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