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Leprechaun lemonade is a sweet mixture of lemonade flavored with blue raspberry drink mix. It’s also how this electric green drink gets its color. This super-quick treat is a fun way to celebrate St. Paddy’s day with kids (or adults who want to hold off on the alcohol). Dress up the glass with colorful straws and a few green ice cubes and you’ll be feeling lucky without a green beer hangover.

Leprechaun lemonade starts with your favorite lemonade. You can buy a quart at the grocery store, make it from a lemonade mix, or make your own with fresh lemons and simple syrup. To the lemonade, add just a tablespoon of blue raspberry drink mix. The resulting drink will be a pale green, but feel free to up the ante with a few drops of green food coloring if desired. If you’re making this for a party, freeze some of the lemonade into ice cubes to float in each glass. A splash of club soda would make this festively fizzy!

Last-Minute St. Paddy’s Day Treats

As a parent of two small children, I’m always looking for simple, joy-filled ways to celebrate minor holidays without much effort. This year I set out to find quick and easy recipes that can be made with common grocery store ingredients for festive treats perfect for a classroom party or just a get-together with friends.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups

    lemonade

  • 1 tablespoon

    blue raspberry drink mix, such as Kool Aid

  • 5 drops

    green food coloring (optional)

  • Ice

  1. Combine the lemonade, drink mix, and food coloring if using in a pitcher and stir to combine. Chill for 1 hour before serving. Serve over ice in glasses.

Recipe Notes

Store leftover lemonade in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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