St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and we have a huge party every year. Our neighborhood had a giant parade followed by a block party, so it is really fun to set up tables of food on our front porch and meet everyone as they walk by. My sister and dad come down all the way from Pennsylvania every year. It’s totally worth the 7+ hour drive!
This will be our 4th St. Patrick’s Day in Norfolk, and I will never forget the first one. It was just after I moved down here, and Jeffrey had deployed a few weeks before (this was back when he was still in the Navy). I didn’t know anyone, and Jess randomly picked that weekend to visit from PA. Well, I remember saying to her, “Hey, I think there is a parade and some stuff going on for St. Patrick’s Day, but I don’t really know how big or fun it is. Maybe it is something we can do though?”
Little did we know that this neighborhood goes all out and it would become an annual tradition for us to celebrate! And since that first year, our dad also comes down to visit for St. Patrick’s Day every year too. It’s so much fun.
This year, I have a few people coming to the party who are pregnant, so I wanted to have some fun drinks they can enjoy too. I LOVE the colors of these rainbow fizzies, and they taste great too. I originally got the idea from this idea for rainbow water on Pinterest, but I think that my version is definitely more fun for parties.
Plus, I love that it uses fruit juice instead of food coloring in water. As they melt, the drink just gets more flavorful! But if you want, you could use some food coloring to really punch up the colors even more.
For the drinks you see pictured, I used cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, sour apple mixer, and blueberries frozen in ice cubes. Here are some other ideas:
- Red: cranberry juice, fruit punch, raspberries, strawberries
- Orange: orange juice, orange slices, orange soda
- Yellow: pineapple juice, lemonade, Mountain dew
- Green: sour apple mixer, limeade, grapes
- Blue/Purple: blueberries, blackberries
If your party is adults-only or you want to spike your own drinks, you could easily add in a bottle of clear alcohol. I would recommend vodka that has some kind of fruit flavor, like Pinnacle tropical punch or really any of the Pinnacle fruit flavors. They’ll give your drinks a kick and it will still be clear so you can see the rainbow colors.
One thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that some of these liquids will melt faster than others. You can see in my pictures that the “green” option I used, sour apple mixer, melted really quickly, and the pineapple juice also melted pretty quickly once the soda was poured. So if you want people to get the full effect, add the ice cubes to their glasses, then let them pour their drink over it, instead of doing it in a pitcher.
Cute rainbow drinks that are perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any summer time party.
- Fruit and juices in all the colors of the rainbow
- Clear soda (Spite, Sierra Mist, etc.)
- Freeze the juices include ice cubes. For the fruit, you can either freeze while pieces or fill ice cube trays with smaller pieces and then add water to freeze the fruit into cubes.
- Add the frozen juice and fruit to a glass in this order: purple/blue, green, yellow, orange, red (can do reverse as well) to create a rainbow.
- Pour soda over frozen cubes and enjoy.
For a grown-up option, add a shot of clear alcohol in a fruity flavor, such as Pinnacle fruit punch vodka.