St Paddy’s Dirty Dozen
“Thirst is a shameless disease so here’s to a shameful cure.”
It’s fair to say the Irish like a drink or three, it’s certainly not a reputation they shy away from. There’s old Irish gag we have been told several times by Irish barmen on our trips to the Emerald Isle; “What do you call an Irishman that doesn’t drink? A corpse”. It’s always told with a wry/proud smile as he waits for the perfect pint to settle
And yes, like our cousins across the water we’ll admit, we do like to partake of the odd “pint aff de Liffey Water”. Is it true Guinness tastes better in Dublin? Well we’ve also sampled it in Cork, Galway, Limerick and even north of the border in Belfast and yes, yes it does. Why? Who knows, the only thing we can state for sure is that standing in a pub in Temple Bar with a pint of the black stuff in your hand is something every man should sample at least once in his life.
But with St Patrick’s Day coming (March 17th) we thought it would be useful to create our own taste of Ireland with 12 Irish cocktails.
And if you have still yet to sample the legendary welcome of the Irish then whether it’s a stag party or not, get a group of mates together, football team, cricket club, colleagues, friends or just those who are devotees to black gold. Book a trip to Ireland and enjoy everything this fantastic country has to offer.
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How to Avoid a Hangover
- Before the Guinness… Eat something. Using fatty or carbohydrate rich foods (burger’s, pizza, oily fish) helps reduce acetaldehyde forming in your stomach which is believed to be the main cause of hangovers.
- During the Guinness… Alternate alcohol and water. Alcohol is a diaretic so it makes you urinate more which causes dehydration. This can actually liquid from the brain which causes the headaches. Taking water onboard during and after a drinking session helps keep you hydrated.
- After drinking… Sleep. It takes several hours for your body to metabolize alcohol because of the high sugar content, sleeping through the worst of the effects is a good solution. Wake up, drink some water and if need go back to bed until the world feels better. Do not attempt this if you have to get to work. Distracting yourself and keeping your mind busy also prevents you dwelling on your symptoms so if you can‘t sleep get busy.
Irish quotes on drinking;
“He’d step over ten naked women to get at a pint.”
“The devil invented Scotch whiskey to make the Irish poor.”
“Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbour. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him.”
“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”
“Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer – and another one!”
“An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.”
“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.” ― Alex Levine
“Oh, he occasionally takes an alcoholiday.” – Oscar Wilde