Guinness, Brilliant! Kiss Me I’m (not) Irish!

Another milestone date will be upon us soon.  And it is because of that date that I changed the “cocktail of the week”. I figured that with St Patrick’s Day around the corner, I would suggest a drink fitting of the occasion. …as if there is a drink that is not fitting for the day!

An Irish blessing:

“May you always have…
Walls for the winds, A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire, Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.”

Yes, ’tis the day when everyone becomes Irish…for 24 hours, or as long as they can stand on their own…everyone feels like a “Lucky Charm”.   There will be parades…and celebrations…music…and corned beef…goofy hats…and, of course the obligatory “KISS ME I’M IRISH” paraphernalia.

And while I do not think anyone really knows a lot about the individual whose day we celebrate, Patrick (the Saint, not Marie’s father), I don’t think anyone really cares much either…unless it is a requirement to answer a question about him prior to having that first shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey at about 7:00 AM.

So, here are a few questions and answers for you to help you get ready for the big day, even tho’ you may not remember it…kinda like Mardi Gras for some of you!

Questions…(don’t worry they are True or False so you got a 50/50 shot):

  1. Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave.
  2. In Newfoundland, St Paddy’s Day is a public holiday.
  3. The color associated with the day use to be orange.
  4. This day is one of the “Holy Days of Obligation” for Roman Catholics.
  5. St. Patrick gave a “sermon” that drove all of the snakes out of Ireland.

Okay, here are the answers…but the first rules are: For every incorrect answer you take a chug of green beer or a shot of Jameson’s.  If you get all five incorrect, make sure you are not driving.  If you get all five correct, congratulations, you are probably already chugging green beer anyway.

Answers:

  1. True, Patrick was born in Britain, as a pagan of all things.  Here he was abducted and enslaved by Irish marauders, under their leader, Niall of the Nine Hostages.
  2. Again, True. It is also a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Labrador.
  3. False…but it wasn’t always green either.  The color Blue is the color that used to be associated with this celebration.
  4. The only Obligations associated with this day are to Have a Good Time…Kiss Me I’m Irish…Enjoy green beer…and wear something green (or be real original and tell people “I am wearing something green…you just can’t see it”. Duh…if that line works, let us know).  So for those of you who have already started to celebrate, the answer is False.
  5. This is actually a legend believed to be False.  Of course, no snakes were ever native to Ireland, and some people think this is a metaphor for the conversion of the pagans.

So, how did you do?  Oh, nevermind.  Either way it doesn’t matter.  Have a drink, and put on some U2 or Dropkick Murphys.

Another association with St Patrick’s Day, as well as most other days of the year is Guinness.  My choice of beer, although technically it is classified as a “stout”.  InIreland…the birthplace of James Joyce, Bono and Guinness…I have heard that if you give blood, you might expect to receive a pint of Guinness to help you get your strength back.  I will admit, it is an acquired taste for most folks.  But despite the rich taste it has, and creamy consistency, it is actually lower in calories than a lot of light beers…by the ounce.  And while I do not suggest pouring it over your breakfast cereal…although I am sure at least one of you have made a similar attempt… per ounce, it is lower in calories than Skim milk.  Here is something interesting I got out of the book “Three Sheets” by Zane Lamprey:

Calories per ounce:

  1. Bud Lite           9.2
  2. Guinness     9.9
  3. Budweiser     12.1
  4. OJ                     12.5
  5. Skim Milk      16.3

As I said, it is not something that everyone enjoys…but I do.  So instead of just putting a Guinness down as my “Cocktail of the Week”…I took the next step.  I looked for a cocktail that had Guinness in it.  Not an Irish Car Bomb…which I am sure most of you know how to make ( Pint of Guinness, shot glass half filled with Jameson Irish whiskey and half filled with Baileys Irish Cream, drop shot glass in the pint of Guinness…drink in one downing) No, this cocktail of the week is a pretty unique drink that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy…not tequila either!

The cocktail this week is an Irish Booty.  (the Booty part is a nod to the rum that goes in it…like a Pirate’s booty or loot…Yo-Ho-Ho and a bottle of rum…but you can nod to whatever Booty you like).   I really doubt if it is something you would want to order up at your favorite pub this March 17th, you might end up waiting a long time for it, or you might be just shown to the door…especially if the bar-keep is Irish and you ask for an Irish Booty!  But I found it surprisingly good.  It takes away a little of the “bitterness” that some leprechauns associate with Guinness…and actually creates what I perceived as an even smoother drink…although a bit sweet.  So as the Irish say, just about any day of the year…SLAINTE (SLAWN-chuh, “to your health”)  And here is a toast for ya’…

“May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.”

IRISH BOOTY

  1. 6 ounces of Guinness (if using the canned draught version that is popular in the states, open the can and let it sit for a little bit)
  2. 1.5 ounces of a Spiced Rum
  3. .5 ounces Tawny or White port
  4. .5 ounces simple syrup
  5. Add all of the ingredients in a shaker and shake for just a few seconds, 5-8 should work fine.
  6. Pour into a beer glass…not chilled, you never pour Guinness into a chilled glass…a pilsner glass works well
  7. If desired, garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon…or not.

There ya go.  Decadent, perhaps.  Rich, a little.  Smooth, probably.  Good to drink after giving blood or after giving birth…uh, hmm, not sure about that.  But I will have another…yeah, I think it is that good.

And you will probably have another also.  Maybe another Irish Booty, or another green beer, another Guinness, or just “another” on March 17th.

But, if you have one too many “another”, I have heard that the Irish also created a wonderful hangover remedy…the Irish Coffee…sugar and caffeine rush to interrupt the crash from the booze…you will feel great until you crash again…from the remedy!!!

Be safe this March 17th.  Be loved.  And, what the hell, be Irish so you can wear one of those silly “Kiss Me I’m Irish” buttons or shirts.  But remember…

“May your blessings outnumber, the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”

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