Happy St. Patrick’s Day all! In Western culture, it’s all about green beers, Irish coffees and raucous fun, but who was Saint Patrick?
Considered the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick was actually born in Roan Britain in 386 A.D., and his real name was Maewyn Succat. Not a big fan of his name he decided to go mainly by Patricius, but he went by many different names during his life. Although his father was a deacon in the early Christian church, St. Patrick himself wasn’t much of a believer. What made him convert to Christianity down the line you may ask? Well, Niall of the Nine Hostages who was to become a King of all Ireland at the time had him captured and sold into slavery when he was only sixteen. He remained as a shepherd in Northern Ireland for six years, and during that time he found comfort in the very faith he had previously denounced.
While he remained in the North, he became more familiar with the culture and the language. He eventually escaped and fled south where a ship was waiting for him. It was destiny. Unfortunately, almost as soon as he arrived back in Britain, he was captured again as he remained to be an easy target. He was brought to France this time, and during his time there, Patricius learned all about monasticism. Once he made it back to Britain, he continued to dive even deeper into his faith. He claimed to have had a vision that told him to bring Christianity to Ireland, whereas the Irish people were mostly pagan during that time, so that’s exactly what he set out to do.
There are a lot of legends that follow St. Patrick. One being that he led the snakes out of Ireland. The story goes that St Patrick had set out to fast for 40 days on the top of the mountain now known as Croagh Patrick. As he came down after finishing his fast, he saw snakes gathering in front of him, then he began to chase them into the sea and banished them forever. From that day forward, there were no snakes to be found in Ireland. In some text, the snakes are seen as symbol of the druids, who were a group of shaman-like high priests that were mostly pagan during this time. In driving out the snakes, St Patrick is driving out the druids and in doing do, emphasizes the triumph of Christianity over paganism. And, side note: As far as shamrocks go, they symbolize the holy trinity.
Now that we’ve thrown a little history at you, what are your St Patrick’s Day traditions? Do you go all out with an evergreen wardrobe? Or are you more about the party favors? (Don’t pinch us please.) However you choose to celebrate, here are a few of our St. Patty’s Day bestsellers!
Remember: Have fun, always drink responsibly, and pretty please use a ride sharing service this St. Patty’s Day! Sláinte!
The Galway Girl - bright and lively treat, the Irish Slammer features none other than Tullamore Dew, as well as amaretto and Aperol. This fiery redhead is topped with blood orange soda for easy sipping, and boy does she deliver!
The Irish Slammer - A bright and lively treat, the Irish Slammer features none other than Tullamore Dew, as well as amaretto and Aperol. This fiery redhead is topped with blood orange soda for easy sipping, and boy does she deliver!
The Irish Madien - Inspired by one of the most famous St. Patty's Day celebratory cocktails of choice, the Irish Coffee, the Irish Maiden is spun with (you guessed it) Tullamore Dew whiskey, cold brew, creme de cacao, brown sugar and mole bitters, and is bound to put an enhanced type of pep in your step!