St. Patrick’s Day is a three-century tradition of church by day and merriment by night. We’ve bastardized the original intent of the holiday, filling it with colored beer and cheap shots. But is this so wrong? Just in case, here’s how to make your own lucky charm and drink to it.
St. Patrick’s Day is a three-century tradition of church by day and merriment by night. Melting pot that we are in the good, ol’ RVA, we’ve bastardized the original intent of the holiday, taking it to a green gutter filled with colored beer and cheap shots. But is this so wrong? Maybe. Just in case, here’s how to make your own lucky charm and drink to it.
Grow your own Shamrock
What you’ll need:
- Peat pellets
- Clover seeds
- Lidded tray, casserole dish, or seed starter tray (you can buy a combo kit at the hardware store that includes peat pellets)
- Soil-filled flower pot
Germination is the name of the game. Soak the peat pellets in water for a day. Place in the tray. Press clover seeds (red or white clover works well) into the peat pellets, gently, so the seeds are nestled in the now fluffy peat. Sprinkle with a little potting soil. Cover and keep damp in a warm, sunny spot and wait for signs of green. Once the seeds have germinated, remove the cover and pot the peat pellets. Continue to keep the plant moist and warm and wish. Though most of your seedlings will have three leaves, you might get lucky with a fourth.
Named in honor of Irish-Americans who can swing the political pendulum—makes a good eye-opener.
- 1 shot Irish whiskey
- 1 shot each tomato juice and beef bouillon
- Worcestershire, hot sauce, celery seed and pepper to taste
Pour over ice and shake. Strain and serve straight up.
Erin Go Bragh-less
Named for an American lass who wished she had a little Irish in her.
- 1 shot Irish Mist
- Splash of Pernod
- Dash of Orange Bitters
Serve all ingredients on the rocks and fill with freshly squeezed orange juice. Green food dye optional.
Daniel Day Delicious
A mix of the English and the Irish, named for the lugubrious Irish sexpot in “My Left Foot.”
- 8 oz each Guinness and Harp
- ½ oz each Irish Cream liqueur and Irish whiskey
Mix and serve in a pint glass.