Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17th to honor the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick was a Christian deacon who inventively combined the native pagan religions with Christianity to convert the Irish.Though when thinking of Saint Patrick’s Day today few would know this was the actual history of the holiday. Nowadays outside of the color green the focal point of Saint Patrick’s Day is not religion for most, but often drinks. This is thought to have originated from the fact while Saint Patrick Day falls during the Christian season of Lent, fasting requirements were lifted for the holiday which led to feasting and celebration. Saint Patrick’s Day drinks of course then, fit right in with the festivities.
Probably the most common Saint Patrick day drinks are beer and whiskey. This could be due to both drinks being popular among the Irish. However outside of green beer and good ole’ Irish whiskey there are some creative saint Patrick day cocktail ideas out there.
Historically speaking, why do people drink on Saint Patrick’s Day?
Many suggest that the consumption of alcohol on Saint Patrick’s Day is a result of marketing ploys by alcohol companies. While this suggestion is entirely possible and it is likely that “Irish” type drink manufactures probably took advantage of the holiday, there is some small historical relevancy to the practice.
Saint Patrick’s Day falls during the Christian season of Lent which requires among other things, abstaining from alcohol and meat. Both of these requirements are lifted in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the day that Saint Patrick is thought to have died. Traditionally an Irish wake involves not mourning but celebration of the deceased’s life with dance, music, feasting and yes, drinking. In essence the practice of drinking on Saint Patrick’s Day is right in line with the true meaning of the holiday, to celebrate the life and deeds of Saint Patrick.
A Few Saint Patrick Day Drink Ideas:
*Green Beer (Actual green beer or a golden beer with blue food coloring)
*Irish Coffee (Coffee, Whiskey, Brown Sugar and Cream)
*Irish Eyes (Whiskey, Crème de Menthe, and Heavy Cream)
*Midori Sour (Sprite, Whiskey Sour Mix and Midori Mix)
*The Dancing Leprechaun (Whiskey, Scotch, Lemon Juice and Ginger Ale)
*Irish Car Bomb (Guinness Stout, Irish Cream and Whiskey)
*Dublin Handshake (Gin, Whiskey, and Irish Cream)
What makes a good Saint Patrick Day Drink?
Most Saint Patrick Day Drinks as you noticed from the short list above include Whiskey, Irish Cream or liquors and ingredients that lend the end result a green hue. This is why Crème De Menthe is often used. In the end you can cheat and turn any of your favorite cocktails or drinks into Saint Patrick’s Day drinks with a few simple drops of green food coloring.
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