By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of non-alcoholic beverages that are suitable for St. Patricks Day due to their being "green" (in both coloring and in the use of their fresh ingredients). The recipes span a wide range of styles from thick smoothies to sweet shakes, light bodied juices, and various forms of mocktails and other virgin drinks that can be found as both savory or as desserts.
The focus is on drinks with all natural and healthy ingredients that are in-season or easily available from local grocery stores. Beverages have also been chosen for their smooth textures suitable for those with swallowing or chewing difficulties. All recipes also eschew refined sugars (some using natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup instead) with most of them being dairy-free as well. Most will require the use of a blender in order to achieve the proper consistency for their ingredients. Other helpful kitchen tools also include juicers, muddlers, and various forms of strainers.
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