It’s St Patrick’s Day this weekend, and trust us, it’s not just the Irish who are out to celebrate! St Paddy’s Day is celebrated all over the world so we thought we have a look at the day that has become a firm favourite on peoples’ calendars.
When is St Patricks Day? Every year, St Patrick’s Day occurs on the 17th March, and is one of the last celebrations of winter before the Spring Equinox on the 20th.
What happens on St Patrick’s Day? You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate this day – it is celebrated all over the world with parties, festivals, parades, and a lot of drinking down the local pub!
Why do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day? It is actually a little morbid – it is thought to be the date that St Patrick died. The day was originally a holy and religious day for Catholics, but it has since turned into a day to celebrate Ireland as a country.
Who is St Patrick? Ironically Patrick was born in England! However, Irish pirates kidnapped him when he was 16 (sounds like a fairy tale adventure story!) and taken as a slave to Ireland where he was forced to work as a herdsman. In a dream, he heard voices telling him to escape, so he managed to evade his captors and flee. Patrick was ordained as a priest and began his mission of converting Ireland to Christianity. He was appointed as a bishop of Ireland (sometime around 431 AD) and spent the rest of his life spreading the Christian message.
When did alcohol become a big part of St Paddy’s Day? St Patrick’s Day was pretty tame in the beginning. As it was celebrating his life as a saint, it was regarded as a religious holiday so pubs were closed in Ireland on March 17 until the 1970s. It was the Americans who bought about the St Paddy’s Day drinking culture! Celebrations grew when more Irish immigrants began moving to the US, and with no pub ban on the 17th March (unlike Ireland), celebrations got wilder! There is a debate over when the first St Patrick’s Day parade took place but it has been traced back to New York in 1762 and continues on today.
It is the drinking we are going to focus on today, except we are putting a (slightly) healthy twist on it. Introducing our favourite veggie cocktails!
- 35ml vodka
- 75ml freshly juiced pineapple juice
- 5ml freshly juiced kale juice
- 10ml fresh lemon juice
- 5 basil leaves (muddled in the glass)
- 35ml coconut water
- Shake all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, and strain over ice into a glass. Sip and relax!
As inspired by Belvedere Cocktail recipe featured in Huffington Post.
Cucumber Mint Gin Coolers
- 170ml gin
- 1 cup of cucumber cut into chunks, plus extra for garnish
- 12 mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- Soda water
- In a blender combine the cucumber chunks, mint leaves, sugar and lemon juice.
- Puree until you have a smooth mixture.
- Fill two glasses with ice and divide the gin between the glasses. Fill the glasses to 2/3s full with the cucumber puree.
- Top with the soda and stir well.
- Garnish with cucumber chunks and mint leaves. Sit back, put upyour feet and relax!
As inspired by Heather Christo’s recipe.