Oh, the long awaited Saint Paddy’s Day is finally just around the corner. We know you’re a party junkie just like us, so we’re here to plan the best Saint Patrick’s Day you can possibly have – i.e. lots of booze and partying like there’s no tomorrow. Take a look below to get some ideas for how to do the greenest of holidays right. Who knows, maybe you’ll get lucky!
Step #1: Irish Coffee
Spice up your usual breakfast, subbing a delicious Irish Coffee for the traditional stuff. This drink is usually just a popular after-dinner drink, but today it’s more than necessary to start your day with a bang. Plus, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?
Here’s an easy way to make it first thing in the morning: Combine half a cup of good quality coffee, 1 healthy pour of of Irish whiskey and 2 spoonfuls of brown sugar in a mug and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Float 20ml of cold, fresh cream gently on top.
Sláinte! You’re locked and loaded.
Step #2: Choose your green attire
While back in the day in the 17th century men used to pin a shamrock to their lapels to show their Irish heritage during the rebellion against the English, nowadays a big part of Saint Paddys Day is to show the world you’re ready to par-tay. And what a better way than showing everyone that you now exactly what day it is with your head-to-toe green, perhaps questionable wardrobe? No one will be able to doubt that you’re in the spirit = no pinching!
Step #3: If you’re in Chicago, go check the green river miracle
A city’s tradition for over 40 years, the Chicago River turns green on St. Paddy’s Day. Unfortunately it’s not green beer, but an eco-friendly powdered vegetable dye, which takes several days to dissipate. Have you seen it? It’s not just any green, but the absolute perfect shade of Irish green a la “The Emerald Isle”. Several cities have tried to pull off the same trick unsuccessfully, so it’s truly a unique experience worth checking out if you’re in town. (The best viewing is from the east side of the Michigan Avenue, the west side of the Columbus Drive Bridge, or Wacker Drive (between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.) The action starts at 10am on March 15th so get your Irish coffee supplies the night before!
Step #4: Have a corned beef and cabbage feast
Everyone knows corned beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patrick’s Day food, even though it is rarely consumed in Ireland – yeah, that’s right. “The Irish immigrants brought it with them to the United States and it became sort of like a cult food,” says Darina Allen, the infamous Irish chef and respected cookbook author. Besides being delicious when it’s done the right way, it will get your body ready for all of that alcohol that’s head your way…and fast.
Step #5: Choose your party
This year, March 17th Saint Patty’s Day technically takes place on a Tuesday. Lucky for us, that means we have a long weekend to celebrate the date! In Vancouver, you can enjoy three days of heavy pub-crawling and club madness. Shamrock St Saddy’s Day Club Crawl takes you to four different hot clubs in town and hands you cool party favors. Be sure to dress in green! Cambies Bar promises you a hell of a party experience, taking you to different bars – each one with drink specials – starting from 5pm. FanClub hosts a wicked event with three of Vancouver’s all-time favorite Irish bands rocking from 2pm through till the wee hours.
Step #5: Let the drinking commence
We’ve gathered a few must-try drinks so you can make them yourself while preparing to head off to your favorite bar, or ask your ultra-talented bartender to make for you. “Irish spirit” does have a double meaning after all.
Guiness Extra Stout: Join millions of people in enjoying the renowned Irish beer brand. According to the company, over 10 million glasses of that delicious, heavenly, dark stout is consumed on a daily basis worldwide.
Green Beer: Your Saint Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a pint of the traditional green beer. Tip: despite popular belief, the easiest way to make your own is not adding green food coloring to your beer. Choose a light colored beer and add blue pigment instead. That way you can achieve the almighty shade of shamrock green you want.
Irish Car Bombs: First of all, if you order this cocktail in Ireland, you deserve a big slap in the face. Its name is a terrible reference to a dark period in Ireland back in 1989 when IRA planted a car bomb in a shopping district near Belfast, injuring dozens of people. But we know this is a very popular drink in America and it’s delicious, so we’re going stick to the theory that it’s just a very, very bad joke.
While we try to figure out a better name for it, why not have one? Here’s an easy way to make it: pour yourself half a pint of Guinness, enough to cover the height of a shot glass. In a shot glass, pour half an ounce of Jameson Irish Whiskey and half an ounce of Baileys Irish Cream. Drop the shot glass into the beer and knock it back like a champ. Repeat until drunk.
There is only one thing left to say: Go Irish or go home, little leprechaun!
Written by Carolina Galli