Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day


Many people probably do not think of Patricius, the Apostle of Ireland or the Patron Saint of Ireland, who is better known by his namesake holiday.  Unless you are interested in the religious or historical aspects of Saint Patrick, you are probably more concerned leprechauns, shamrocks, parades, green drinks, green foods, green clothing, lucky gold coins, and camaraderie.  This seems to sum up St. Patrick’s Day or St. Patty’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day, whichever you prefer.

We all have our special moments that we anticipate each St. Patty’s Day.  Personally, I look forward to the Shamrock Shake at McDonald’s.  The good news is that I have found recipes online so I can enjoy the shake any time of the year.  This recipe comes from Julie Elsdon-Height, Sober Julie Doing Life (www.soberjulie.com)

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If festively decorated bars and parties with lots of green alcoholic beverages is more appealing to you, here are a couple of options to consider. Drinking non-alcoholic beverages can be just as enjoyable and much safer. You can order any of the following drinks at most bars.

  • Arnold Palmer – iced tea and lemonade
  • Cinderella – Club Soda, grenadine, lemon juice, orange juice, and pineapple juice
  • Club Soda & Lime
  • Michelangelo – tonic water and orange juice
  • Muddy Water – cola and orange juice
  • Phil Collins – 7Up and lemonade
  • Roy Rogers – cola and grenadine
  • Shirley Temple – Sprite or 7Up and grenadine, sometimes orange juice
  • Virgin Daiquiri – daiquiri without liquor
  • Virgin Mary – Bloody Mary without vodka
  • Virgin Piña Colada – coconut cream and pineapple juice


Remember to include corned beef and cabbage or other delicious St. Patrick’s Day appetizers and meals, especially if you plan to drink alcoholic beverages.  Here are some great St. Patty’s Day recipes if you plan to cook at home.

I am looking forward to visiting Chicago one day to see the green Chicago River in person. This is an enjoyable event that does not have to include green alcoholic beverages.



  1. Do you feel the desire to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day because of all of the hoopla or do you celebrate for cultural or religious reasons?
  2. If you plan to attend parties or go to bars, will you consider ordering non-alcoholic beverages?  ___Yes ___No ___Other
  3. Do you think St. Patrick’s Day is more about economic gains for bars, retailers, manufacturers, and other businesses than it is a meaningful holiday? ___Yes ___No ___Other

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