A Saint Patrick’s Day Drink with Fruit Shamrocks

Okay, I confess, I’m not actually Irish. But for this one day, I get a free pass, right? On Saint Patrick’s Day, we can all enjoy a bit o’ luck of the Irish, and the sweet treats that come with it. I discovered this insatiably adorable Saint Patrick’s Day drink garnished with fruit-shaped shamrocks. It’s fun, festive, and centers around apples and melon pieces which, in my mind, makes it a perfect after-school treat for the kids.

Saint Patrick's Day Drink

Saint Patrick's Day Drink

If you’re like me, you have cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes cluttering up a drawer in your kitchen, and chances are, one of them is bound to be in the shape of a shamrock. But if it’s not the right size that you need for this particular drink recipe, then check out Global Sugar Art. They’ve got cookie cutters for absolutely every occasion.


Saint Patrick's Day Drink

We played around with apples and melons, but you could also try pineapples or cantaloupe to get some fun contrasting colors that’ll pop in your drink. Each different type of fruit will shift the flavor a bit, but the fun part is just playing around until you find the right combination for your taste buds.

Saint Patrick's Day Drink

Aren’t they adorable? Just wait until you see these shamrocks floating in your drinks.

Saint Patrick's Day Drink

Saint Patrick's Day Drink

Now, for the drink itself – it’s super easy. Personally, I liked it with a little sparkling San Pellegrino instead of Sprite, but you can adjust the recipe to make it more or less sweet.


Saint Patrick's Day Drink

Saint Patrick's Day Drink

To start off, I added a few of my fruit cut-outs to the pitcher. Already, I’m loving the effect.

Saint Patrick's Day Drink

But you know me, I always love to add a little Sweet Nerd-something to my sweet treats. For this particular recipe, I rimmed the glasses with flavored, green sanding sugar.

I used a Green Apple flavoring from LorAnn Oils. Man, I can get so lost on their site just exploring all the different flavors. It’s a great place for inspiration. For color, you just can’t go wrong with AmeriColor.

Add a few drops from each bottle to a ziploc bag, then add the sugar and poke it around until it’s well mixed.

Dab the rims of your glasses with a damp paper towel or a lemon wedge, then dip them in the green apple sugar to get this sparkling sweet finishing touch.

Saint Patrick's Day Drink

Finally, because we all need to wear a little of that green (we don’t want to get pinched, right?) I suggest hitting up PartyCity and Etsy for some fun rings, sunglasses, and headbands.

Saint Patrick's Day Drink

Shoot us a picture of you or your kiddos with this Saint Patrick’s Day drink. You can tag us on Instagram or Facebook. We can’t wait to see!

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Saint Patrick’s Day Drink

By TheSweetNerd  

February 15, 2018


2 cups pineapple juice, chilled

2 cups San Pellegrino or Sprite (San Pellegrino will cut down on sweetness), chilled

2 cups green juice (punch or unsweetened drink mix like kool aid), chilled

2 cups water, chilled

3 apples, sliced 1/4" - 1/2" inch thick


Green sanding sugar

Shamrock cutters


1This drink is simply equal parts. Depending on the size of your pitcher, you may need more or less, but just keep your ratios the same.

2For your sliced apples, cut out shamrock shapes.

3For the melon, slice and cut out shamrock shapes, too, or make 10-12 melon balls. If you want this drink super cold, you can freeze your melon balls and they will act like ice cubes.

4Rim glasses with green sanding sugar by rimming your glass with a lemon wedge and gently pressing it into a bowl of sugar.

5If you do not have green sanding sugar, you can make your own by putting 1/4 c. clear sanding sugar, 1 drop of green food color (Americolor), and one drop of a flavor oil such as green apple (Loran's flavor oils) into a ziploc bag, mix around and you're ready to go!


Saint Patrick's Day Drink


  • Such a great post Cindy! Love the fruit shapes! Such a fun drink.

    • 7 years ago

      Thanks Mary Ann. This drink is bit on the sweet side, but certainly fun to dig into for St Patricks Day.

  • Kendall
    7 years ago

    I love how easy and fun this is! I’ll definitely be making it for my family on St.Patricks so they can say they’re wearing something green- in their tummies! ????

  • Tawny
    7 years ago

    You’re a genius Cindy!! I’m going to try and make it this weekend 🙂

  • Well this is fun!! The perfect St. Patty’s Day beverage! Such a treat!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      6 years ago

      Thanks Annie – I’ve so got St. Patty’s on the brain!

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