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Be Responsible on St. Paddy’s Day

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I thought I would take a different approach to blogging about St. Paddy’s Day. In the past, I’ve talked about its significance and what it means to me. But this year, I thought I’d focus on why most of us look forward to it: drinking!

With St. Paddy’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, you’ll likely plan on a day-long party with your friends and/or significant others. And by no means am I against you drinking! It’s Saturday, go out, paint the town black. Just be responsible and have a plan. Ensure you have a designated driver, and have someone watch out for you in case you end up doing something you wouldn’t normally do when you’re sober.

I do want to stress on having a D.D. You can be sure the police will be out on full force, and you wouldn’t want to wake up with a criminal record. If you know you’re going to go all out, leave your car at home, use Uber or whatever your poison is to get home. It might seem like a hassle, but it will be totally worth it. Oh and…

Honor Thy Bartender

Mike_Fisher (2 of 4) Seriously. Wherever your watering hole happens to be, please nice your barkeep. They’re going to be overworked. Tip them well, and if you happen to be unlucky enough to be cut off, don’t argue. They’re not being mean, they’re just doing their job and making sure the law doesn’t get involved. I was a bartender for a few years, and I remember having to work a St. Paddy’s Day. It was one of the most stressful days as a bartender, and I almost passed out from constantly ringing orders. I even got a mouthful when I cut a few patrons off, or refused to serve them because they showed up at my bar already intoxicated. So please, please, love thy bartender this St. Paddy’s Day.

So stay safe this St. Paddy’s Day, and be sure to have a pint of the black stuff. It’s not St. Paddy’s Day without it!

Cheers!

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St. Paddy’s Day Drink Idea: Black Velvet

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Ah St. Paddy’s Day is upon us again. Time to dress up in green, don the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirts, drink green beer til we pass out and can’t remember a thing the next day until we gape in horror at the pics on social media.

Well forget the green beer this Friday (as well as overdoing it). Instead, why not try a Black Velvet. What is it exactly? It’s a half alcoholic cider, half Guinness. Go to any British or Irish pub, and ask the barman for one, and you won’t be disappointed. What kind of cider should you get? I recommend Strongbow like the one in the photo. Strongbow is a British cider, which is not too sweet but rather tangy. But why a British drink when we are honoring an Irish saint? Well, believe it or not, but St. Patrick was actually British and was brought to the Emerald Isle by pirates. So as he was Irish with British roots, wouldn’t it be nice to have a drink with the same nationality mix? I think it would!

Don’t plan on hitting the pubs this St. Paddy’s Day? Not a problem! This drink can be enjoyed at home. Just follow these easy steps:

What you will need
– a tall can of Guinness
– a tall can of Strongbow or other cider
– a pint glass stored at room temperature
– a tablespoon

  1. Fill the glass halfway with cider, and allow the fizz to settle
  2. Hold the tablespoon over the glass, and pour the Guinness onto the spoon so it will cascade into the glass to be mixed with the cider. It is important to pour the Guinness slowly so it trickles into the glass. The idea is so that it does not directly mix with the cider, but rather it should sit on top of it.
  3. Allow the surge to settle, then serve.

As with pouring a regular pint of Guinness, you want to make sure there is a good head on top. The one I poured is rather mediocre. Ideally, you want the head to be an inch thick.

So give a Black Velvet a go this St Paddy’s Day, and as always enjoy responsibly.

 

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Celebrate the Irish

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An endless sea of green can be found everywhere today – clothing, beer, even rivers. The perennial busiest drinking day of the year where everyone is eager to raise a pint and join in the good craic. While it is great to pay homage to St. Patrick himself, today let us celebrate the good people of the green, white and orange. Being half Irish myself (and darn proud of it), I reflect on all the adversity and achievements of the people of my motherland.

There are more Irish living outside of Ireland than inside. Due to economic woes back home, they have had to leave their country behind and start anew in foreign lands. In their new homes, they work tirelessly to make a better life for themselves and their families. They also contribute greatly to their new homes.

The Irish possess strong hearts and fight until the end. This is part of what won their independence from Britain after centuries of conquest. During the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Irish soccer team were remembered for their last-minute game-tying goals against Germany and Spain. Even though the Irish exited the tournament, they left their fighting spirit mark.

Ireland has produced great writers of the world in the names of Jonathan Swift, William Butler Yeats and James Joyce. We also have current famous celebrities like Colin Farrell, Bono and Pierce Brosnan – all of whom hail from the Emerald Isle.

St. Patrick’s Day of 2016 is a special one as it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, which was the start of Ireland’s long road to independence from the United Kingdom.

So while you are wearing green today, take a moment to remember what they Irish have endured and accomplished over past centuries. And if you are going to celebrate with a drink, forget drinking green beer. Have a pint of Guinness, or as the Irish call it, “the black stuff”.

So slainte to all and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

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