St. Patrick’s Day

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Emily Stokes
I'm a lady who loves cheese, sour cream, & ice cream, but I recently became lactose intolerant. My key focus in recreating dairy recipes is taste, but I try to be as health conscious as possible. Some of my recipes are low lactose rather than dairy free. I'm also a writer, teacher, nanny, dog mom, housewife, native Yinzer, current Californian, and social organizer extraordinaire.

St. Patrick’s Day

Guinness Float with Dairy-Free Coffee Ice Cream

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Want to know something really cool? My brother Patrick came to visit me on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Wahoo!

California isn’t the best place to celebrate being Irish in America. I’d say it was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s the funnest place ever to drink green beer and go crazy. And on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is a little Irish.

But I’m so glad my brother came to California this weekend so I could try out this Guinness ice cream float! I needed someone to taste test, and Eric is not a beer drinker. This is definitely a recipe for the person who loves bold flavors. Strong coffee plus dark beer equals intense dessert.

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I know you are all going to hate me for this…but….it’s about 80 degrees here. Don’t be too jealous. It’s pretty awesome.

As I’m typing, there’s a kid’s pool party happening across the street. People are wearing sandals and shorts. We are soaking up this sun like it’s our job! Even sandals go away for the cold season in Silicon Valley, and though we can’t really tell if it’s summer or spring, we are happy to put them back on!

I’m happy to have this sunny warm weather because it means my little bro will fall in love with CA and will come to visit me again.

Also, warm weather means ice cream!

My ice cream maker sat on the shelf so long it had a nice layer of dust on it. It was time for some spring cleaning and ice cream making. 

An ice cream maker is necessary to make my dairy-free coconut coffee ice cream, but you could still enjoy a dairy-free Guinness Float this St. Patrick’s Day by substituting some store bought vanilla ice cream like SO Delicious Coconut Frozen Dessert Vanilla Bean. 

What’s that you say? You don’t like Guinness?! It’s okay. Put your coffee ice cream in a cup of coffee or some cola instead! Drink with a green straw. Or enjoy with one of those cute little shamrock cookies from Eat’n’Park. My brother brought them to me all the way from Pittsburgh, but you can order them online! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Guinness Float with Dairy-Free Coffee Ice Cream
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  1. 2 cans full fat coconut milk, chilled
  2. 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  3. 3/4 cups white sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 bottle of Guinness draught
For Coconut Coffee Ice Cream
  1. Add coffee and sugar to a medium bowl and mix together.
  2. Open cans of full fat coconut milk. Solid part should be at the top if fully chilled. Leaving the cream in the can, drain only the light liquid coconut milk into the bowl of coffee and sugar. Add vanilla as well. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Prepare your ice cream maker. Stir the coconut cream remaining in the can into the coffee/milk mixture until well blended. Immediately pour into ice cream maker. Let mix for 25-30 minutes. Freeze for 1 hour to harden or use soft.
For Guinness Float
  1. Scoop desired amount of ice cream into a tall glass.
  2. Slowly pour Guinness over top of the ice cream. Enjoy.
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Irish Bangers and Whiskey

These Irish sausages are a fun and simple option as an appetizer for your St. Patrick’s Day Party. I recommend using some Irish Whiskey, but whatever you have on hand will work great. Throw the ingredients together and walk away while they cook in the sweet whiskey sauce. Broil to make them crispy, transport in the Crock Pot, then serve them with toothpicks.

While I waited for the sausages to cook, I picked out my outfit for our couple’s St. Patrick’s Day Party. Unfortunately, I don’t have any fun t-shirts that say things like “Luck O’ the Irish,” or my personal favorite, “Patrick was a Saint, I ain’t.” But my family used to go all out for St. Patrick’s Day. We have a direct Irish heritage on my Dad’s side. Even my little brother’s name is Patrick. And Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the place to be on St. Paddy’s Day.

I’ve had some serious adventures on St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh. I went to a women’s private college called Carlow University–it was founded by Irish nuns. They have a sister university in Carlow, Ireland. I was on the dance team, and one year the student activities director asked if we would learn an Irish step dance routine and perform in the city parade. Of course we said yes, since it sounded like a fun opportunity.

Learning Irish step dancing was really fun, but the parade was a total misadventure. First, we almost missed it, because trying to get a bus to the parade route was impossible. Public buses of college students passed us by because they were so full. We were just standing on the side of the road, a group of young college girls in our green Carlow hoodies, all done up for a performance. Eventually, a party bus decked out in St. Patrick’s Day decorations and flashing lights saw us waiting and picked us up. Whoever was running the bus took us to the parade route with no charge, blasting crazy music the whole way there. That was pretty awesome.

Then the parade started and we danced our routine for a few miles in icy cold, slushy Pittsburgh weather, right in front of the truck transporting Punxsutawney Phil, the Groundhog. I remember my tennis shoes and socks being completely soaked through. My black pants were wet all the way up to my knees. We were cold and miserable, and to top it all off, the drunk college guys threw green beads at us yelling “Dance! Dance!” I vowed to never do that again, but it was one of those experiences you just can’t make up, filled with memories I’ll never forget.

I was able to save my shoes, but I haven’t been to a parade since. I hope you have a positive St. Patrick’s Day experience filled with green drinks and lots of luck. Enjoy this Irish Banger recipe along with my recipe for Roasted Potato Wedges. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


2 lb. Irish Bangers (16 links), separated
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup whiskey
1/2 packed brown sugar, plus more to sprinkle on top


1. Sear the sausages in a skillet with vegetable oil over medium heat until browned on all sides (about 10 minutes).

2. Let sit for five-ten minutes to cool down for cutting.

3. Cut sausages into 1/2 inch slices, perfect bite size pieces for appetizers. Add sausages to the Crock Pot and turn on low setting.

4. Mix together 1/2 cup whiskey with 1/2 cup packed brown sugar until blended but not dissolved. Pour mixture over sausage pieces in the Crock Pot and stir to coat. Slow cook for three to four hours.

5. You can serve them like this, or, to make them crispy, broil them. Turn off Crock Pot. With a slotted spoon, place sausages in a broiling pan, sprinkle with brown sugar, and broil for three minutes. Pour the excess liquid from the Crock Pot into a measuring cup. Add 1/8 cup of the whiskey liquid back into the Crock Pot and discard the rest.

6. Once sausages are browned, add them back to the Crock Pot with the small amount of liquid to stay warm. Transport them to the party and turn the Crock Pot on low to keep warm for guests. Serve with toothpicks.

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