St. Patrick’s Day is a jubilant occasion worldwide, with the day bringing about fun get-togethers and parades to celebrate Irish traditions. Even the USA’s Major League Baseball teams jumped on the green bandwagon and wear green uniforms for the occasion. We’re here to help you do the same with your festivities with quick and easy green-colored and Guinness-infused recipes and gleeful activities to help you eat, drink and be merry on St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
A Kid-Friendly Snack: Shamrock Chips
You could go with classic St. Patrick’s Day green, or go wild with colour and make these amazing rainbow shamrock chips. With a shamrock cookie-cutter, food color and some uncooked tortillas, it’s a simple recipe. The kids will munch endlessly on this snack and come back for more.
The Main Course: Guinness Beef Stew with Potatoes
Frequently found on Irish pub menus, you can also make this hearty meal at home. The recipe infuses rich flavors from coffee beans and, of course, Guinness beer itself. While it takes about three hours to stew, the time is well-worth it to let the flavors simmer and the meat to tenderly fall apart.
A Hidden Lucky Charm Treat: Shamrock Cutout Pound Cake
Who doesn’t love surprises? This Shamrock Cutout Pound Cake is an Irish twist to a classic pound cake. It may look tricky, but the secret to a hidden lucky charm in your pound cake is rather easy to do. You’ll end up with two pound cakes, but the effort is well worth it to unravel the smiles from your guests (and, there is no such thing as having too much pound cake!).
St. Patrick’s Day Drinks
For Young and Old:
There’s almost an app to find everything, even the revolutionary Shamrock Shake Finder app to find the traditional McDonald’s favorite. Why not bring the recipe home and make it right in your own kitchen? Break out the milkshake glasses and whip some up for the family to enjoy.
Is mint not your flavor? Not to worry, this Leprechaun Lime Drink is a great concoction of citrusy lemon and lime flavors. The base starts off with lime sherbert, so it will be just a tad creamy but with all the right flavors (without defaulting to mint).
For The Grown-Ups:
While Bailey’s expands on their popularity with a release of strawberries and cream liqueur, their traditional Irish Cream flavor will always be a classic during St. Patrick’s Day. Using the Irish Cream liqueur, the Irish Hammer is a perfect nightcap to a delicious Irish meal. These shots are made with the Irish liqueurs, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Irish Mist, and a touch of Tennessee sass from Jack Daniel’s whiskey. A great accompaniment to pound cake (hint hint!) it also is a great balanced shot to enjoy alone.
If you are looking for an adult-equivalent of the Shamrock Shake, here is a milky cocktail that will do the trick. The cocktail can be enjoyed sip after sip throughout the night and is reminiscent of a Peppermint Patty.
While pumpkin spice latte days are behind us, Irish Coffee days are coming up. If the hours ahead of you on St. Patrick’s Day look a bit long, you can drink coffee the Irish way: with Irish cream liqueur and Irish whiskey. With some whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg, the day is looking much more cheerful for celebrating the holiday.
St. Patrick’s Day Activities
For the Kids:
This fun game is similar to Musical Chairs, with the exception that the chairs are now paper shamrocks. The rules are simple and the supplies are easy to create. Cut out four shamrocks large enough for several kids to stand on. Then spread them to the corners of the room. Start the music, which may festively be Irish folk music. Once the music stops, everyone scrambles to get on the shamrocks. Last person on the shamrock is out for that round and the last person standing is the winner.
The Shamrock Shake is a fun way to get adults and kids dancing (accidentally or on purpose). It requires green tissue boxes, panty hose and 20 ping pong balls (a set of these materials for each player). Wrap the panty hose around the base of the tissue box and tie it around the waist of each player. Then fill up the tissue box with the ping pong balls. The first person to “shake” all the balls out of the box is the winner (music for added fun is optional).
If you find yourself enjoying a good pint of Guinness or Irish whiskey drinks, why not add to the jovial ambiance with Irish drinking songs? Buzzfeed has curated a great list of 15 songs to sing with your friends as you swing your ales about.