Around St. Patty’s Day here in Philadelphia, there’s a HUGE bar crawl that goes through the city.
It starts at like, 9am or something ridiculous and everyone basically gets on one of many school buses that drive from bar to bar, dropping off drunk patrons and then picking them up later.
Actually a great idea since it keeps people from drinking and driving, but it’s one wild weekend. I did it once.. okay, I admit, I joined in a few times and ended up ready to go to bed around 2pm in the afternoon… I’m quite the lightweight.
Not to mention, one year our bus did somehow end up lost in a bad part of town and I was questioning whether I was the intoxicated one, or my driver was.
People wear matching green T-shirts (like you can see in the photo to the left – I’m the one FARTHEST to the left in the back-, yep, when I had dark hair), we eat lots of yummy breakfast before heading out, and there’s tons of music, photo opportunities (and ones that prob shouldn’t be saved), and of course, fun!
But this year I will be celebrating in the Happiest Place on Earth, low key style (the way I actually prefer it) with my honey, Mickey Mouse, Minnie, and I’ll of course be wearing my green.
Though, I don’t want you to feel left out so I made a few simple St. Patrick’s Day treats and came up with a few simple party ideas you could use just in case you wanted to have some friends over…
Luck ‘o the Irish Ice Pops
Since the Zoku came out… before anyone had ever even heard of it, I wanted one. But I didn’t get one right away. I asked for it a few times, but everyone thought it wasn’t cool or they didn’t know why I would want one.
Why WOULDN’T I?
So I finally got one this past Christmas and this is the first time I’m ever using it. Sad, but I’ve been BUSY! Not to admit, I was a little intimidated by all the amazing pops you see out there.
I decided to make Luck ‘o the Irish pops in green and gold colors for St. Patick’s Day, though if I could, I would go back and make ones that looked rainbow colored too with perhaps brightly colored gatorade instead of the natural fruit juices I used that didn’t have artificial coloring…
This is what I used:
- Fruit Punch – the fruit punch I used was a natural fruit punch so it didn’t have a bright red color and was more gold/yellow like a Pot ‘o Gold!
- Orange Pineapple Juice
- Apple Juice
- Green Kool Aid
- Blue Gatorade – this came out very light blue so it almost looked green
- Grape Juice – again this was a natural fruit punch so it didn’t have a bright purple color
You could do this with a Zoku or just take a really long time and use a regular pop maker and just wait for everything to freeze. I set my Zoku on something so it was tilted and would make the rainbow colored lines tiled too!
Regardless of how bright the colors are, they were still delicious…
Now moving on to my favorite St. Patrick’s Day drink… warm and delicious–
*Image by Chekhter
Dairy Free Irish Coffee
- 1 8oz cup of coffee
- 1oz Jameson Irish whiskey
- 1tsp brown sugar (I always like a little sugar to sweeten my whiskey, I know, I’m weird)
- Dairy Free Whipped Cream – check out GoDairyFree.com for a TON of amazing dairy free whipped cream options!
As for decorations, why make any? Just top all of your Irish Coffees with adorable little cinnamon shaped Shamrocks. All you have to do is print out this Shamrock Template, cut it out, and hold it over your drink as you top with cinnamon!
You can either use an Xacto knife and cut out the dark part of the clover and sprinkle cinnamon in the middle OR cut the clover out and sprinkle the cinnamon around the edges…
The same thing can be done with sprinkles or drizzled chocolate on top of your freezie pops! Enjoy!
I know I’m a little early for St. Patrick’s Day since it’s not until next weekend, but I wanted to make sure I got you some ideas in time for the big day (and if you were celebrating a little early).
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!