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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day and All it's Glory!

So tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. If there ever was a need for people to have a reason to drink here is your day filled with green beer, lucky clovers and cheers the whole day through. So prior to the day itself I figure I should give you all a little guidance to help you to a great St Patrick's Day.

Step 1: A Brief History
St. Patrick's Day is a religious celebrated Internationally on March 17th. Named after the patron Saint of Ireland St. Patrick. A couple quick notes here... Patrick was not his original name at birth and he was never given a surname. During this time surnames where not used. He was born between 387 and 390 in Scotland as Maewyn Succat and died between 461 and 464 in Ireland of natural causes. Yes this means that the patron saint of Ireland was not born an Irishman but instead a Scott. You can bet to this day those cheeky Scottish have fun with that tid-bit. Pope Celestine the first gave him the name "Patercius" or "Patritius" at the time he made him a bishop and sent him as a missionary to Ireland.

His father and grandfather were deacons in the Church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest. In 432, he again said that he was called back to Ireland, though as a bishop, to Christianise the Irish from their native polytheism. Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. After nearly thirty years of evangelism, he died on 17 March 461, and according to tradition, was buried in Ireland parts unknown. Although there were other more successful missions to Ireland from Rome. Patrick endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish Church.

Step 2: Eat, Drink and Be Merry!
The official dinner of St. Patrick's Day is the boiled corn beef and cabbage dinner. Why? Who really cares... Long story short it has a lot to do with the Irish immigrants carrying forward a inexpensive meal from the days of the great potato famine.

Alright here is my sweet spot. I have a few ideas for drinks on this merry day outside of the traditional pint of Guinness, Shot of Irish whiskey and lets not forget green colored Bud Light. Like my Grandfather says "Light beer is like washing your feet with your socks on. Just makes no damn sense." So here are a few ideas and yes most of them are green.

The Shamrock Shake
1 oz. - Bailey's
2 oz. - Potatoe Vodka
1 oz. - Dark Cream de Menthe
1 oz. - Cream
Shake over ice and strain
Rim the Martini glass with green sugar

Shamrock Smoothie
2 oz -Melon Liqueur
1/2 oz - Triple Sec
Splash of Blue Curaçao
Juice of 2 limes
Shake over ice and strain
Use a cookie cutter to cut lime wheels into shamrocks

Shamrock Shooter
2 oz - Melon liqueur
1/2 oz - Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz - Irish cream liqueur
Chill and strain into a shot glass

Irish Blond Martini

2 oz. - Irish Whiskey
3/4 oz. - Blue Curacao
1/4 oz. - Sherry
1 Dash of orange bitters
Shake over ice and strain
Garnish with a flamed orange peel

Irish Pride Cocktail
3 oz. - Green Crème de Menthe
3 oz. - Amaretto
2 oz. - Lemon juice

Irish Gold
2 oz. - Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz. - Peach Schnapps
Splash of orange juice
Lime wheel for garnish

NEVER EVER order a "Irish Car Bomb" on St. Patrick's Day. This day is meant to be a holy day and free from the violence between the catholics and protestants that is well documented over the years.

Step 3: What the hell does "Erin Go Braugh" Mean?
This is a phrase used to express allegiance to Ireland, loosely translated to "Ireland Forever!"

Step 4: More Cheers!
Here are a few cheers to go hand in mouth with the day.

To Saint Patrick:

"Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again."

To Ireland:
"Here's to the land of the shamrock so green,
Here's to each lad and his darlin colleen,
Here's to the ones we love dearest and most.
May God bless old Ireland, that's this Irishman's toast!"

To Drinking:
"May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!"

To Luck:
"May you have all the happiness
and luck that life can hold—
And at the end of all your rainbows
may you find a pot of gold."

Step 5: Be safe!
For God and St. Patrick's sakes please DO NOT Drink and drive!

Happy St. Patricks Day!


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