St. Patrick’s Day 2018 occurs on March 17. It is observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years.
St. Patrick’s Day History
Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In modern mythology surrounding Saint Patrick’s most well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.
On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
So what began as a religious feast day has of course evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture. Some of the biggest are in US cities like Boston, New York, and Chicago where they die the river green. Inevitably on this day of celebration, we’re all just a little bit Irish and partake in the observance – some more than others… In light of that you might want to try some of these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails.
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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails
A few ideas to make your evening enjoyable.
We all know this favorite. Maybe you’ve had it this morning already… Its just your favorite, hot strong coffee with Irish whiskey or Irish cream, topped with whipped cream.
There are a few Jade Cocktail recipes out there, we grabbed one from mixthatdrink and their article features two. Mix up white rum, green creme de menthe, Cointreau and lime juice. See the recipes.