Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Guide

By KD Angle-Traegner / Last Update: March 2018

St. Patrick’s Day — named after Saint Patrick — is celebrated on March 17th. The saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century have been observed on this day by the Irish as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years.

Traditionally, Irish families would attend church in the morning and celebrate by dancing, drinking, and feasting on bacon and cabbage for the remainder of the day.

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 for us vegans, creating a fun-filled vegan version of the holiday has never been easier. Need help planning the perfect menu? Would you like some vegan cocktails? Perhaps a kickass vegan Irish t-shirt to wear?

I’ve got you covered.

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Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Shopping Guide

Are you looking for something to help spread the vegan message while looking cool on St. Patrick’s Day? These’ll help.

The saying Kiss Me I’m Irish is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. 

It’s a reference to the Blarney Stone. Kissing the Blarney Stone brings you good luck. If for some reason you are unable to kiss the stone, the next best chance of getting good luck is to kiss an Irish person.

I’ve decided to give the traditional saying a brand new vegan spin. Now you’ll get even more luck in this oh-so-fun Kiss Me I’m Irish & Vegan T-Shirt!

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

Note: Not interested in a white t-shirt? No problem! This shirt comes in 30 different colors. Shop now.


Natural DIY Green Food Coloring

Because everything is green.

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, food and drinks get their green color from artificial green food colors like FD&C Green No. 3 or Fast Green FCF. Sometimes the bright green color is a mix of yellow and blue — FD&C Yellow No. 5,  Tartrazine or FD&C, Yellow No. 6, or Sunset Yellow FCF mixed with FD&C Blue No. 1, Brilliant Blue FCF, or FD&C Blue No. 2 Indiotine — but most often it’s Fast Green FCF.

There are several significant things to understand about artificial food colors. First, they’re synthetics achieved through the wonder of chemistry and the industry of oil drilling. Secondly, artificial food colors have terrible side effects on human health that range from simple skin or eye irritants and hyperactivity in children to more complex issues such as being endocrine disruptors and lung irritants. Finally, artificial food colors are tested on animals such as mice, rats, bunnies, and beagles. It’s true. Animals are dying for unnecessary brightly colored food.

It’s time for a compassionate change.

How to Make Green Food Coloring

Homemade Food Coloring Tutorial | Your Daily Vegan

Whether you’ve ever made homemade food dyes before or not, you’ll be able to make green food coloring. There are two basic methods you can use and they’re both ridiculously easy.

The first method requires a juicer and a handful or two of green leafy vegetables. Begin by selecting the right green for the job. Choose greens with a neutral or slightly sweet taste like spinach, bok choy, arugula, or green curly kale for sweet recipes. For savory recipes, try red curly or dino kale, beet greens. All you have to do is wash and juice the greens. The result is green food coloring. One ingredient and done.

Note: Some people have said that they can taste the kale or spinach of the food coloring in the foods that have been dyed, but this has never been my experience. If you are concerned that your green food coloring will leave a “too green” taste to the foods it’s used in, simply use the apple juice method to sweeten things up. Use one part apple juice to three parts juice.

If you don’t own a juicer, no problem. The second method for making homemade green food dye uses matcha or green tea powder. Simply add to recipes to achieve the color you’re looking for. An even cheaper solution is to find a pre-made fresh-pressed green juice at the store. Choose the juice with the least amount of ingredients.

All Natural Green Food Dye - Homemade Food Coloring Tutorial | Your Daily Vegan

The green food coloring in the photo above was made using three parts green curly kale juice and one part fresh apple juice. I made a small batch of royal icing to show you how pretty the color turns out. The icing contains organic powdered sugar, organic corn syrup, and five drops of the green food color. The intensity can be adjusted — use yellow food dye for a spring green or blue to create teal for instance — just by changing the ratio of colors.

Are you interested in learning how to make a rainbow of other colors? Check out this Homemade Vegan Food Coloring Step-by-Step Tutorial.

Buying All Natural Food Dyes

Does the thought of juicing and mixing to create your own food dyes make you cringe? If you are short on time or would prefer to buy natural food colors, good news. India Tree has a full line of food coloring and sprinkles that are colored with vegetable juice or spices and contains no synthetic dyes. These are the food dyes and sprinkles that I use and I love them.

India Tree sells both vegan and non-vegan products. Be sure to check the ingredients before buying. Look for sprinkles made from raw sugar and carnauba wax which is made from the leaves of the palm plant. This India Tree Decorating Sugars Variety Set and this 3-pack of India Tree Natural Decorating Colors Set make a great starter set combo and are both vegan-friendly and free of artificial junk.


Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Have you been searching for tasty recipes to serve on St. Patrick’s Day? Here are a few vegan recipes that are easy to prepare.

Vegan Mint Matcha Shamrock Shake / Photo: Minimalist Baker

Breakfasts, Shakes & Smoothies

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

Vegan Shepard’s Pie / Photo: Simply Quinoa

Main Dishes

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

Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes / Photo: Strength & Sunshine 

Side Dishes

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



Beer & Cocktails

Does your favorite beer or liquor contain more than just alcohol?

Do fish bladders sound like something you would like to have in your wine or beer? How about gelatin, seashells, or egg whites? Brewmasters, winemakers, and distillers may include animal ingredients in their products directly, or they might use them in the processing or filtration.

Make sure your beer, wine, or liquor is free from animal ingredients by checking Barnivore — an extensive database of vegan spirits — or choose from the following easy-to-find brands perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

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
  • Guinness (Yes, it’s vegan now!)
  • 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 Whiskey Brands on Barnivore.

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

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, 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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