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Pineapple & Lime Ice Cream Sodas

by Jennifer Wieland
Pineapple & Lime Ice Cream Sodas

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St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is known for its drinks, adult drinks that is. So while the adults are getting tipsy celebrating St.Patrick’s Day to the fullest extent why not make a drink for the kids so they can partake of the festivities too? I remember as a kid every time we went out to a restaurant that my parents would let us order Kiddie Cocktails (a.k.a. Shirley Temples) and we just loved them! We always felt like we were so grown up with our sophisticated drinks in hand complete with fancy toothpick with cherries and sometimes an orange wedge on it. Continuing with that idea, my mom and grandma would always make a big punch bowl full of some sherbert punch drink just for the kids at family get-togethers. Fast forward to me and I have continued this tradition with my own kids right up to yesterday afternoon with a new one.

Yesterday we woke up to another bout of ice and snow and after being stuck half in the driveway and half out in the street for almost an hour my hubby decided to brave the streets and walk to the train and I just decided to keep the kids home from school. Since the kids and I were confined to the house I decided to make them an early St. Patrick’s Day treat. I made them very green, very yummy, Pineapple & Lime Ice Cream Sodas. These were a yummy sweet drink and the kids really loved how green they were, particularly my 6-year-old whose favorite color is green.

Now, while the green color does lend itself to St. Patrick’s Day, this can certainly be made for birthday parties, Easter, Christmas or for any old reason during the hot summer months.

Pineapple & Lime Ice Cream Sodas

Pineapple & Lime Ice Cream Sodas
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1003 calories
254 g
0 g
2 g
9 g
0 g
1972 g
30 g
190 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1003
Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 30mg
Total Carbohydrates 254g
Dietary Fiber 17g
Sugars 190g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 packet Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid
  2. 1 ltr. Green River Soda
  3. 4 c. pineapple juice
  4. 1 tub of lime sherbert
  5. 1 tub of pineapple sherbert
  1. In a large pitcher combine the Kool-Aid packet, Green River and pineapple juice. Stir to combine. In tall glasses scoop 1-2 scoops of each flavor into each glass and then pour enough liquid over the top to reach the top of the glass. Serve and enjoy.
  1. This can also be made in a punch bowl. You would just combine all of the liquid ingredients in the bowl and then scoop the sherbert into the punch bowl. As it melts you will get a foamy top to the punch.
  2. For those of you wondering what Green River is it is a lime soda. It is a very, very green soda and you can substitute a lemon-lime soda for it if you can't get any.
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St. Patrick’s Day

by Jennifer Wieland

St. Patrick’s Day is a major holiday in Chicago. People here gear up for it and there are weeks of festivities leading up to it. There are numerous parades and pub crawls heading into March 17th. Heck, we even dye the Chicago River green to celebrate it! Now that just screams commitment to a holiday.

Most people celebrate the holiday with Guinness, Jameson Whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream and corned beef and cabbage. Since i have a house full of little ones though my pub crawl days are long since gone. So instead I have done some quick and easy St. Patrick’s Day recipes using a classic Chicago favorite as the base.

If you are from Chicago, have lived here or maybe even visited then you are familiar with Green River Soda. It is a green, lime soda that came into existence at the start of prohibition. During the days of soda fountains in the Midwest it was second only to Coca-Cola. Today, I have made a slush drink and cupcakes with it.

Green River Soda

Green River Soda

I made a Green River slush for the kids. Complete of course, with mustache straws. This can also be made into an adult drink my adding a shot of alcohol.

Green River Slush

Green River Slush

Green River Slush

1 c. ice
2 scoops lime sherbert
1 scoop pineapple sherbert
3/4 c. – 1 c. Green River Soda

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until slushy.  Serve in a glass/cup with a straw.

Now onto the cupcakes. Although it is hard to tell the frosting does have a light green color to it. You can always add food coloring if you would like a stronger color.

Green River Cupcakes

Green River Cupcakes

Green River Cupcakes

1 box of yellow cake mix
3 large eggs
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 c. Green River Soda
Green food coloring

Preheat oven to 350° and line two cupcake pans with liners.

Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix on low until combined. Increase speed to medium and mix for two minutes. This will be a very fluffy batter.

Fill liners 2/3 of the way full and bake for 18-22 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Green River Lime Buttercream

1/2 c. Green River Soda reduced down to 1/4 c.
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
1 tbsp. half & half
zest from 1 lime, may use half to reduce flavor

In a small saucepan pour the 1/2 c. Green River Soda and bring to a low boil. Continue the low boil until it has been reduced to 1/4 c. of liquid and the carbonation is gone. This will take about 15 minutes. Pour into a heat safe bowl and place in freezer to cool to room temperature.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter on medium-high for 2-3 minutes. Stir in half of the powdered sugar until combined. Add in the rest of the powdered sugar and stir until combined . With the mixer on low pour in the reduced Green River Soda. Beat for 30 seconds on medium speed. Add in the half & half and beat on medium-high for a minutes. At this point the frosting will have a very mild citrus flavor to it. You can leave it as is or add the lime zest in pinches and mix until you reach the desired lime strength.

Use to frost cupcakes.

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