St Paddy’s Day prep work….

From those awesome dudes at http://www.vbhappyhour.com

Ah the luck of the Irish is with us all.  Well on St Patrick’s Day it will be.  It is an annual feast day celebrating Saint Patrick.  While a public holiday in most parts of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day in the US, as in many other countries, is widely celebrated but not recognized as a national holiday.

St Patrick’s Day is so infamous that although it falls during Lent, if it does fall on a Friday, the rules of fasting and abstaining from meats are superseded by those of St Paddy’s Day as a day of a first class feast eating the finest meats.

So how do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the US?  We have parades of course.  It has become almost an art form.  Chicago, Boston, Savannah, and NYC have parades with some bringing in over 400,000 observers.  Some cities paint their rivers green like those in Jamestown, NY.  Others, like the ones on St Pat’s Board Alumni from Missouri University, paint 12 city blocks the color of the leprechaun; green.

But for those of us not going to parades it means house parties and backyard BBQs.  So what better to bring than some homemade green beer.  No, you are not going to make the beer; but you will make it green.  And it is actually pretty easy to do so.  Just add 5 to 6 drops of green food coloring to any light colored ale.   It does work with the darker brews like Guinness, but only 5 or 6 drops is going to turn it a pale yellow color and I don’t think I need to remind you of what that looks like.  The amount of food coloring it would take to turn a pint of Guinness green is the same amount it takes to turn your teeth green as well.  So, if you want to have your teeth match your attire be my guest.  But keep it simple, go with a light beer.

If green beer is not your thing or you want to impress your guest with some Irish drink making abilities try these cocktails:

Everybody’s Irish (at least today they are)

Ingredients:

2 oz Irish whiskey

1 Tbsp crème de menthe, green

1 Tbsp Chartreuse, green

cocktail olive for garnish

Preparation:

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

Shake well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with the olive.

For those of you who like to mix your holidays, here is a great St Paddy’s Day drink with a side of Cinco de Mayo.

Irish Cactus

Ingredients:

2 oz Irish cream liqueur

1 oz tequila

Preparation:

Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass with ice.

Stir.

All drink recipes were taken from http://cocktails.about.com No matter what you do this St Patrick’s Day make sure you do it safely and responsibly.

Erin Go Braugh!

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