Vegan St. Patrick’s Day

By KD Angle-Traegner / Last Update: February 2020

If you’re looking for information about celebrating a vegan Vegan St. Patrick’s Day; you’ve come to the right place.

St. Patrick’s Day — named after Saint Patrick — is celebrated on March 17th. Observed for more than 1,000 years, the Irish view it as a religious holiday to celebrate the saint’s sacred feast day and the anniversary of Patrick the Saint in the fifth century.

Although not a legal holiday anywhere in the United States, celebrations including prominent displays of the color green, feasting, copious consumption of alcoholic beverages and cocktails, and parades are had throughout the country.

Luckily, celebrating a vegan St. Patrick’s Day has never been easier. Need help planning the perfect menu? Would you like some vegan cocktails?

Let me show you how.




DIY Green Food Coloring

Because everything is green on St. Patrick’s Day.

A jar of green food coloring sitting on an outstretched palm with a white background.

How to Make Green Food Coloring

Green is the official color for St. Patrick’s Day.

Stores pack their shelves with green hats, glasses, beads, cups, and t-shirts. Bars serve up mugs of green beer and other green-hued cocktails. Grocery stores serve up green frosted cookies, cakes, and cupcakes with impossibly cute green sprinkles on top.

Green, green, everywhere you look. Generally speaking, these food and drinks get their colors from artificial food colors.

I am not a fan of artificial food colors.

These toxic chemicals masquerading as food are possible through the wonder of chemistry and the industry of oil drilling. Studies have shown various adverse health effects from ingesting them. And, did you know that artificial food colors undergo animal testing to ensure their safety as a food additive?

It’s true.

Relatedly, animal testing sucks and can yield dangerous results when physicians treat patients using medicine based on the results of these studies.

Artificial Food Colors Are Everywhere

Every time a holiday approaches, the artificial colors go on sale. Magazines, blogs, and videos feature impossibly cute and creative treats made with a variety of unnatural colors achieved through the magic of artificial colors.

There’s a better way; make bright, vivid colors at home.

A Better, Plant-Powered Rainbow

Look at those colors! Yellow, red, purple, green, and even blue. Easy to make, these colors come from everyday ingredients found in your fridge or pantry. Trust me, it’s not complicated or expensive.

Click here for the full step-by-step homemade food coloring tutorial.

Buying Vegan Food Dyes

Here are a few dyes that are colored with vegetable juice or spices, and contain no synthetic dyes.

Color Kitchen Food Colors from Nature

This brand started popping up at my local markets, so I picked up a few packets to test out on my favorite sugar cookies. I’m a fan.

First, the colors come packaged in individual packets, which means I don’t over-buy. Second, the colors mix easily and create beautifully, even colors. I don’t even mind that they’re more pastel than bright. Lastly, they’re budget-friendly. Here’s a 10-pack, Color Kitchen Food Colors from Nature, that makes a perfect starter pack.

McCormick Nature’s Inspiration Food Colors

By far, these colors from McCormick are the cheapest and the most widely available in mainstream grocery stores everywhere. These plant-based powdered colors come in a pack of three colors (Sky Blue, Berry & Sunflower), which you can mix for an infinite amount of color options. And I know this is a small thing, but I really like how they’re packaged in resealable dry powder pouches. That makes for easy storage, and more importantly, easy re-use.

I bought this McCormick Nature’s Inspiration Food Colors pack for these unicorn sugar cookies, and I love how vivid the colors turned out. I would absolutely buy these again.

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Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Cravable vegan recipes perfect for the holiday.

Two glasses of vegan mint shamrock shakes sitting on a table.

Vegan Mint Matcha Shamrock Shake / Photo: Minimalist Baker

Vegan Breakfast Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Vegan St. Patrick's Day Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Vegan Shepard’s Pie / Photo: Simply Quinoa

Vegan Main Dish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Two bowls of rosemary thyme mashed potatoes sitting on a light green tablecloth.

Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes / Photo: Strength & Sunshine 

Vegan Side Dish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Vegan St. Patrick's Day Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Vegan Dessert Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Drinks & Cocktails

Does your favorite drink or cocktail contain more than just alcohol?

Can Vegans Drink Beer, Wine, or Spirits?

If you’re unfamiliar with vegan foods, it might surprise you to learn about animal ingredients hiding in your favorite beer or wine. Some beer and wine go through a clarifying process that uses animal products such as isinglass (fish bladders), egg whites, or gelatin. And because alcohol is commonly exempt from labeling requirements that other food products have, these ingredients are rarely listed on the packaging.

Luckily, there’s an easy-to-use website for that. Without a doubt, Barnivore is the go-to website to check the vegan status of most beer and wines.

Thankfully, you can find vegan-friendly beer, wine, and liquor at almost any store. Especially important for those wanting to celebrate a vegan St. Patrick's Day!

Here are a few popular brands that are suitable for vegan imbibers.

Vegan St. Patrick's Day Beers & Stouts
  • Barney Flat's Oatmeal Stout
  • Harvest Moon Paddy’s Irish Stout
  • Harvest Moon An Irish
  • George Killian’s Irish Red
  • Michelob Irish
  • Rogue Irish Lager
  • Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout

Find more options by visiting vegan beer on Barnivore.

  • Black Velvet Whiskey
  • Jim Beam Whiskey
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey

Find more brands by visiting vegan-friendly shiskey brands on Barnivore.

Make Your Own Vegan St. Patrick's Day Cocktail

A plea to all vegan imbibers: Go, have fun. Meet up with friends. Dance with people and have a good time. When you are ready to leave, don’t drink and drive. Plan ahead. Get a designated driver, call a cab, get an uber or lyft, call a friend, or call your mom. All it takes is one accident to change lives. It’s not worth it. Drink Responsibly.

Vegan St. Patrick's Day Recipes / Your Daily Vegan

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