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Such a quick and easy way to celebrate St. Paddy's Day with the kids - love the sherbet version at the end of the post!

St. Patrick’s Day Treat: Rainbow Drinks

I love celebrating the holidays with my kids – they have such a knack for getting excited about each and every one! But that doesn’t mean I want to stay up all night frosting cupcakes.

Simple but special treats that take under 5 minutes to prepare are much more up my alley. Here’s Janssen with a great one…

Last year, I made some of that rainbow jello that’s floating around on the Internet to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It looked great, but it took hours to make (because it had to set between each layer).

My girls ate about two bites and then were done with it. A week later, I finally just threw it away.

This year for St. Patrick’s Day, I’m going with this rainbow drink instead. It looks just as pretty (or even prettier!) than the rainbow jello, and it takes all of five minutes to assemble

Rainbow fruit soda -- so fun and festive for St. Patrick's Day! Definitely trying this out for my kids.

Plus, my girls are fruit fiends, so there’s no question it’ll be scarfed down. Along with some shamrock cinnamon toast, it’s the perfect festive breakfast.

You’ll need:

  • Clear glasses or bottles – you can buy glass milk bottles at craft stores or follow this tutorial for making your own from up-cycled Starbucks frappuccino bottles.
  • Fruit in red (strawberries or raspberries), orange (mandarin oranges, clementines or mango), yellow (bananas, starfruit, pineapple), green (grapes, pears, apples), blue (blueberries), and purple (grapes)
  • White grape juice or clear soda, like 7-Up or Sprite (probably want to stick to the juice for breakfast).

Rainbow fruit soda -- so fun and festive for St. Patrick's Day! Definitely trying this out for my kids.

First, cut your fruit into bite-size pieces.

Rainbow fruit soda -- so fun and festive for St. Patrick's Day! Definitely trying this out for my kids.

Starting with the purple fruit, layer your fruit in even amounts, finishing with your red fruit.

Rainbow fruit soda -- so fun and festive for St. Patrick's Day! Definitely trying this out for my kids.

Slowly, pour the soda over the top of the fruit (I found it best to pour about an inch into each bottle, then circle back and do another inch in each one to keep it from overflowing). Serve and enjoy.

A few variations:

  • Alternate layers of fruit with layers of sherbet (for example, swap out the green fruit for some lime sherbet or the strawberries for some raspberry sorbet).
  • Instead of making individual cups of it, make one large glass pitcher. It looks gorgeous on the table.
  • Skip the liquid and just give your child a fork or spoon to eat the fruit instead.
  • For a fun activity, set out all the fruit and let your child assemble their own rainbow.
  • Make this into an adult drink with the addition of some sparkling white wine.


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Janssen is a former librarian and avid reader who is always maxing out her library card. She now stays at home with her two-year-old daughter (with another girl on the way) and blogs about books for readers of all ages, her favorite recipes, and parenting adventures at Everyday Reading.

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Kristine N. March 14, 2014 at 8:37 pm

What an adorable and easy treat! And it’s pretty healthy if you stick to grape juice! I think I might try this with my son, and use sparkling grape juice or apple cider. The fizz makes the drink look so festive. Thanks!


cheryl March 16, 2014 at 1:34 am

Why not use soda water?


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