"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."
"In heaven there is no beer, that's why I drink it here..." I can already hear the Irish drinking songs played in every pub around the world. The sound of bag pipes, the Chicago River dyed green, the funny shirts with saying like "Kiss My Blarney Stones" or "Show me your Shamrock's!" I do love how this holiday seems to have taken on some Mardi Grad style hedonistic traits. How about that one friend everyone has that takes this day to wear a kilt, after a pint or 16 showing everyone he is a true Scotsman by lifting said plaid skirt.
"May you always have a clean shirt,
a clear conscience,
and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!"
This year however I implore you steer clear of the green beer and hostility. Spend the day with good friends and making new ones as well. Should you meet a fine young lass and wake up to find a horse tooth nag then by all means buy the little lady a proper cornbeef breakfast before sending her along her walk of shame.
"When we drink, we get drunk.
When we get drunk, we fall asleep.
When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.
So, let's all get drunk, and go to heaven!"
I have assembled here a few some traditional some not so much cocktails in the spirit of this oh so wonderful holiday.
"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."
2 oz. - Irish Whiskey
1 oz. - Apple Schnapps
Splash of Cranberry Juice
Splash of Cinnamon Schnapps
Rim glass with cinnamon sugar
Pot of Gold
1 oz. - Irish Whiskey
1 oz. - St. Germaine
Splash of Sour Mix
Top with Sprite
2 oz. - Vodka
1 oz. - Creme de Menthe
Shake over ice and strain!
Erin Go Bra - less!