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How to Merry Make on St. Paddy's Day

I’m taking a little break from the Bartender Series to write about one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year.

If it isn't apparent from my About page...I’m not Irish. Not even a little bit. But like other non-Irish people in America, I enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day like one who hails from the Emerald Isle. I smile when I see kilted lads parade down the streets in NYC, I eat buttered soda bread, and I LOVE drinking Irish whiskey and Guinness and toasting with a hearty “Slainte!” on my lips.

I decided that this year, I was going to look up Irish toasts and recite one for each drink I consume on March 17th. Given that I'll likely have about 4-6 drinks (but who's really counting?), I need to keep these suckers as short as possible. Here’s my favorite one so far:

May you die in bed at 95, shot by a jealous spouse.

In addition to this, I want to learn the lyrics to an Irish song and sing it (silently to myself?) in an Irish pub. Don’t judge. Here’s my favorite chorus after listening to Irish pub punk music all day. I don’t know if that’s the official genre of music I was listening to but that’s what it sounded like to me so...

I’m still working on my brogue but I trust drinking will help me with these lyrics.

Oh, whiskey you're the devil

You're leading me astray

Over hills and mountains

And to Amerikay

You're sweetness from the Bleachner

And spunkier than tea

Oh whiskey you're my darlin’ drunk or sober

Oh whiskey you're my darlin' drunk

or sober.

As to what Irish whiskey I’ll be drinking that day….very hard to decide. I recently had Bushmills Black Bush and it was mighty good. After the initial snicker of ordering a Black Bush (yes, I am that girl in an Irish bar), I likened Black Bush to Jameson Black Barrel, a recent favorite of mine when at my local dive. At around the same price point, both are very approachable choices to celebrate good ol’ Paddy, having sweet, ripened fruit notes that go down smooth.

Like many others, I’m excited over the resurgence of Irish whiskey. It’s said that there will be over 20 distilleries in Ireland by 2020. Considering that the number of Irish distilleries were in the single digits before, this is amazing. Most are still pretty undervalued so take advantage of it before prices surge!

Whatever you decide to drink this week, take a stiff swig and remember that on St. Pat's Day, everyone’s a little Irish at heart.

I leave you with one last toast:

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,

The foresight to know where you are going,

And the insight to know when you have gone too far.