St. Patrick’s Day is famous for a variety of foods — and an equally interesting mix of alcoholic drinks. If your experience with St. Paddy’s Day extends primarily to corned beef and cabbage, you’ve got a whole new world of interesting libations waiting. First, of course is:
Bars are known for serving their beer green in the States, but true Irish like their beer thick and dark. Guinness, Ireland’s best-known “stout,” began its brewing cycle through Arthur Guinness in 1759. It was even given to new mothers in Dublin hospitals as a pick-me-up! Other beers include Kilkenny’s, Murphy’s Stout, and lighter beer goes down smooth: Smithwick’s. You’ll find snacks alongside your beer in America, but they don’t show up much in Irish bars, other than a pack or two of crisps.You’re there to drink.
If beer isn’t to your taste, there’s always cider on tap. Bulmer’s is the major brand found in hard cider. Yes, it’s made from apples. And it’s served by the pint, as well. Refreshing, and mildly alcoholic, by comparison.
This golden spirit goes down with a rush. Whiskey was first distilled by Irish monks a thousand years ago; in fact, the name is based on the Gaelic uisce beatha. (Uisce means “water.”) Whiskeys come in blended form, or as single malt or grain, matured in wooden barrels that contribute to the flavor. Popular Irish brands include Old Bushmills, Tullamore Dew, and one of the best: Jameson’s. The taste is much smoother than American bourbons (thank the aging process)…and the higher price reflects it. In spite of that, whiskey imports to America are up approx. 77% in the past few years — overall sales have jumped more than 17%.
- Freshly brewed coffee (the stronger, the better)
- ¾ ounce of Bailey’s Irish Cream
- Whipped cream
and there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships, are friendships,
And may they always be.”
“Here’s to you and yours,
And to mine and ours,
And if mine and ours ever come
Across you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours,
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours. “
“May the winds of fortune sail you,
May you sail a gentle sea.
May it always be the other guy…
who says this drink’s on me.”