Vegan St. Patrick’s Day

« LAST UPDATE: 10 March 2022 »

PUBLISHED: 9 March 2015

Are you planning a Vegan St. Patrick’s Day celebration? You’ve come to the right place.

First, I’ll show you how to create your very own green food dye because everything is green for this holiday.

Next up, recipes galore! Whatever type of vegan St. Patrick’s Day recipes you’re looking for, they’re bound to be here. Savory or sweet, this guide has them.

Finally, we’ll discuss what alcohols are vegan-friendly. I’ve even thrown in a few cocktails to try at home.

It’s everything you’ll need to celebrate the greenest day of the year.

QUICK FACTS

» Category: Holiday Guides
» Minutes to Read: 21
» Recipes to Try: 35

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day

PUBLISHED: 9 March 2015  »  LAST UPDATE: 10 March 2022

Are you planning a Vegan St. Patrick’s Day celebration? You’ve come to the right place.

First, I’ll show you how to create your very own green food dye because everything is green for this holiday.

Next up, recipes galore! Whatever type of vegan St. Patrick’s Day recipes you’re looking for, they’re bound to be here. Savory or sweet, this guide has them.

Finally, we’ll discuss what alcohols are vegan-friendly. I’ve even thrown in a few cocktails to try at home.

It’s everything you’ll need to celebrate the greenest day of the year.

QUICK FACTS

» Category: Holiday Guides
» Minutes to Read: 21
» Recipes to Try: 35

 

DIY Green Food Coloring

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

A jar of green food coloring sitting on an outstretched palm.

Homemade green food dye / Source

Artificial Food Colors Are Everywhere

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. Did you know that artificial food colors undergo animal testing to ensure their safety as a food additive?

It’s true.

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

How to Make Green Food Coloring

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.

Easy to make, homemade green food 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 for a better, plant-powered rainbow.

Shop for Green Vegan Food Coloring

Would you prefer to buy green vegan food dye? No problem.

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

Disclosure: These two options contain affiliate links I earn from qualifying purchases. See my Affiliate Policy for more details.

Color Kitchen Food Colors from Nature

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 beautiful 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 good starter pack.

McCormick Nature’s Inspiration Food Colors

By far, these colors are the cheapest and the most widely available. The powdered colors come in a pack of three colors which you can mix for a variety of colors.

I bought this McCormick Nature’s Inspiration Food Colors pack when I made these unicorn sugar cookies. Just look how vivid the colors turned out!

 

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Cravable vegan recipes perfect for the holiday.

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Main Dishes

  1. Vegan Cabbage Rolls
    The Minimalist Vegan
  1. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
    This Healthy Kitchen
  1. Quick Kale Soup
    Veggie Desserts
  1. Vegan Corned Beef
    The Hidden Veggies
  1. Vegan Colcannon Soup
    V Nutrition

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Side Dishes

  1. Mashed Carrot & Parsnips
    Healthy Seasonal Recipes
  1. Irish Potato Farls (Irish Potato Bread)
    Unconventional Baker
  1. Colcannon Puffs
    Fatfree Vegan Kitchen
  1. Traditional Irish Soda Bread
    Strength & Sunshine

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Shamrock Shakes

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Main Dishes

A pot of stuffed cabbage leaves

1. Vegan Cabbage Rolls
The Minimalist Vegan

A serving of shepherd's pie

2. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
This Healthy Kitchen

A bowl of kale soup

3. Quick Kale Soup
Veggie Desserts

A plate of vegan corned beef

4. Vegan Corned Beef
The Hidden Veggies

A serving dish and single servings of vegan colcannon soup

5. Vegan Colcannon Soup
V Nutrition

Bowl of hearty vegan Irish stew

6. Vegan Irish Stew
Thyme & Love

Bowl of vegan corned jackfruit and cabbage
Two halves of reuben sandwich stacked on top of each other
A plate of corned seitan and cabbage

9. Corned Seitan and Cabbage
Robin Robertson

10. Shepherd’s Pie
Make it Dairy Free

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Side Dishes

Cabbage salad in a bowl
A serving of Irish Colcannon

2. Traditional Irish Colcannon
Strength & Sunshine

Potato & leek pancakes stacked on top of each other and topped with avocado and sprouts

3. Potato & Leek Pancakes
Simply CeeCee

A plate with a slice of green Irish soda bread and jam on it

4. Green Irish Soda Bread
Lands & Flavors

Two loaves of Irish potato bread on a pan
A serving dish with mashed carrot and parsnips

6. Mashed Carrot & Parsnips
Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Two loaves of Irish potato bread on a pan

7. Irish Potato Farls (Irish Potato Bread)
Unconventional Baker

Plate of food featuring colcannon puffs

8. Colcannon Puffs
Fatfree Vegan Kitchen

A loaf of Irish soda bread

9. Traditional Irish Soda Bread
Strength & Sunshine

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Shamrock Shakes

Two glasses of shamrock shakes
Shamrock shake with whipped topping

2. Shamrock Shake
Intentionally Eat

Two glasses of vegan mint shamrock shakes sitting on a table.
Two glasses of shamrock shake with red and white striped straws

4. Green Shamrock Shake
Well and Full

A shamrock shake with whipped topping
Large shamrock chip shake in a glass mug with whipped topping and a straw

6. Shamrock Chip Shake
Veggies Don’t Bite

Two shamrock shakes in glasses with striped straws

7. Vegan Shamrock Shake
Loving It Vegan

Tall glass of shamrock shake with whipped topping and a cherry
Shamrock Shake with chocolate and mint on top

9. Shamrock Shake
Detoxinista

 

Drinks & Cocktails

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

People toasting each other with beer

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 most beer and wines’ vegan status.

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.

Whiskey

  • Black Velvet
  • Jim Beam
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey

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

Make Your Own Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail

If something premade doesn’t tickle your fancy, try making your own very vegan St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. I gathered up a few recipes to help inspire you.

  1. Vegan Baileys Irish Cream
    Spabettie
  1. Boozy Shamrock Shake
    Plant-Powered Couple
  1. Vegan Irish Coffee
    Kitchen Treaty
  1. Vegan Baileys Almond Milk Liqueur
    My Pure Plants
  1. Vegan Whiskey Sour
    The Edgy Veg
  1. Old Fashioned
    Minimalist Baker

Final Thoughts

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 Uber, call a friend, or call your mom.

All it takes is one accident to change lives. It’s not worth it.

Drink Responsibly.

People toasting each other with beer

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 most beer and wines’ vegan status.

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.

Whiskey

  • Black Velvet
  • Jim Beam
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey

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

Make Your Own Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail

If something premade doesn’t tickle your fancy, try making your own very vegan St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. I gathered up a few recipes to help inspire you.

Three glasses of Bailey's Irish Cream
Boozy shamrock shake in a glass with a metallic straw

2. Boozy Shamrock Shake
Plant-Powered Couple

Glass of Irish coffee sitting on a tea towel

3. Vegan Irish Coffee
Kitchen Treaty

Glass of vegan Baileys
A hand pouring a whiskey sour drink in a glass

5. Vegan Whiskey Sour
The Edgy Veg

Someone pouring an Old Fashioned cocktail

6. Old Fashioned
Minimalist Baker

Final Thoughts

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 Uber, 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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