Entertaining on a Budget: St. Patty’s Mocktails

Last week we featured our favorite beverages for boozing it up on St. Patty’s day. But this week, we thought, what about those who don’t chooze to booze? The answer: soda and mocktails!
First up, consider stocking your shelves with festively colored Jones Soda and Izze. Get the Green Apple Jones Soda and the Sparkling Pear Izze.

Of course, you can make non-alcoholic versions of your favorite drinks, But we find that mocktails taste better because they don’t taste like they are missing something. Here are some fabulous mocktails that will taste delicious and you can make with simple budget-friendly ingredients. Note: Each recipe serves one. Multiply for multiple people.

The St. Patty

2 scoops of lime sherbet
2 oz of orange juice
Splash of grenadine
Blend and enjoy. We’ve often thought adding some coconut juice to this would be superb. Try it and let us know.

The Not-So Irish Coffee
This delicious drink is fun to make hot or cold.

4 oz. coffee
2 oz. cream
1/4 oz. chocolate syrup
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add strong coffee, cream, cinnamon and chocolate syrup. Shake and strain into a tumbler. Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Fresh Green Grape Mocktail

12 seedless green grapes
4 oz white grape juice
4 oz cold sparkling water
Freeze the grapes until they are hard. Then combine about 10 frozen grapes and the juice in a blender and blend until smooth and thick. Then add the grape mix to your glass and add sparkling water. Stir and garnish with some frozen grapes or a sprig of mint.

Faux Beer (Except Tastier)

2 oz half and half cream
2 oz root beer
Splash of chocolate syrup
Coke
Mix all the ingredients except the Coke in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in a highball glass or icy beer mug then enjoy.

What are your favorite mocktails? Let us know.