Drinks to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

March 10, 2020

The Irish know how to celebrate! While Canadians do pour a few drinks on Canada Day, our national occasion pales in comparison to the worldwide recognition of St. Patrick’s Day. 

Whether you’re heading out to the local pub, planning a St. Patrick’s Day party or you just want to get into the mood before March 17th rolls around, we’ve compiled a list of some ways to toast the patron saint of the emerald isle. 

st patricks dayWhy do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day? 
As the name suggests, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Saint Patrick, the best-known of all the saints of Ireland. He was born in Great Britain and brought to Ireland as a slave. He eventually escaped those who held him, and returned to Great Britain. However, shortly after that, he had a vision of the Irish people calling out to him, so he returned as a missionary to serve the people. 

He died March 17th 461 A.D., and that date has evolved over the centuries to become the day we now know as St. Patrick’s Day.

guinnessSt. Patrick’s Day was originally commemorated as a feast. On this day, Catholics were allowed to disregard the alcohol and food restrictions of lent to join in on the celebration, which is how St. Patrick’s Day first became associated with raising a glass.   

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish culture, history, and traditions, and it’s marked around the world. 

Naturally, the way to give a nod to Ireland’s history is to serve Irish beverages!

Assemble an Irish Beer Tasting
Guinness is a favourite of many who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day year after year. Guinness is an authentic Irish beer; the company, originally called St. James’s Gate Brewery, was founded by Arthur Guinness in Dublin, Ireland in 1759. 

The most iconic of the Guinness beers is the Guinness Draught. Its unmistakable dark color, thick foam, and smooth, creamy taste are what Guinness fans love. Guinness Draught was developed in 1959 in celebration of 200 years, after Arthur Guinness has signed a 9000-year lease. 

jameson whiskeyYou can find Guinness in cans at your local Calgary Co-op Wine Spirits Beer store. Serve it alongside other classic Irish beers, like Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, the American-made Finnegan’s Irish Ale in your Co-op walk-in beer cooler.

Pour Yourself a Dram
Next to beer, Irish whiskey is one of the most iconic Irish drinks. Choose an Irish whiskey like Jameson and serve it straight, or add a splash of cranberry and have it on the rocks. Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey is a great bottle to bring along as a housewarming gift if you’re attending a St. Pat’s party. Of course, if you want to have a little whiskey on hand for yourself, Co-op Premium Irish Whiskey has all the depth and flavour, while keeping a little more change in your pocket.

Mix Up Something Green
The colour green has become a symbol for the day due in part to Ireland’s nickname, the ‘Emerald Isle’. That’s why we make green drinks too. This unique drink has recently made it onto lists of popular Irish beverages, and it’s called the Fat Frog. It mixes blue mixer like Koolaid or blue raspberry juice with and Bacardi orange cooler and Smirnoff Ice cooler to turn the drink green. You can also easily make a non-alcoholic version for the kids using blue and orange juices or sodas and some Sprite.

irish creamNever Go Wrong with Bailey’s Irish Cream
There’s always a good time for Bailey’s Irish Cream, and more so on St. Patrick’s Day! This versatile spirit is great solo on the rocks, in any number of creamy cocktails, poured over ice cream, or added to a milkshake or coffee. You should always have a bottle of Bailey’s on hand, since it’s a crowd pleaser, and if you don’t, Ireland’s national holiday is a good excuse to re-stock the bar.

Serve a Shamrock Smoothie 
Some of us are trying to be healthy, but we still want to get in on the fun! A green smoothie can be a festive way to join the party, while still meeting our diet goals. There are several different recipes, but our favourite mixes lime sherbet, frozen yogurt, pear and lime juice, and fresh mint. Garnish with mint leaves. You can also do some straight up green juice by blending or juicing cucumber, parsley, celery, spinach and ginger.

Whether you’re toasting St Patrick with a traditional Irish beverage, or marking the day in a healthy way, everyone can get in on the fun with these drink ideas. 

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Calgary Co-op's World of Whisky store sells some of the rarest and most expensive bottles of scotch in the world.

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Craft Beer from Across the Globe

Craft Beer from Across the Globe

There’s no denying that craft beer has exploded in popularity over the past five years.

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Easy Make-Ahead Party Cocktails

Easy Make-Ahead Party Cocktails

PUNCH ROMAINE As served in First Class on the RMS Titanic1egg white1 ounce white rum1 ounce white wine1/2 ounce simple syrup1/2 ounce lemon juice1 ounce...

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Big Boots Brew Day

Big Boots Brew Day

Did you know that brewing beer was at one time a woman’s job, not a mans? In fact, in ancient Egypt beer was traditionally brewed...

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Co-op's Iron Sommelier

Co-op's Iron Sommelier

It's time to break out the bubbly at Co-op. Mike Roberts, Co-op's Sommelier Manager was the overall winner at the city's annual Iron Sommelier Competition,...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Tasty Tequila Drinks

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Tasty Tequila Drinks

Cinco de Mayo - or the fifth of May – is a celebration to commemorate the Mexican army’s 1862 victory during the Franco-Mexican War.

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Whiskies - What are the Differences?

Whiskies - What are the Differences?

Calgary is now home to one of the most unique whisky retailers in North America.

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Unique World of Whisky Store Opens in Downtown Calgary

Unique World of Whisky Store Opens in Downtown Calgary

It’s the first of its kind on Canada and was nearly three years in the making.

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You Can Escape the Winter Blahs

You Can Escape the Winter Blahs

You Can Escape the Winter Blahs

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Discover the World of Gluten Free Beers

Discover the World of Gluten Free Beers

Gluten free has typically meant that beer was no longer an option.

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Stout to Lager: A Quick Guide to Beer Styles

Stout to Lager: A Quick Guide to Beer Styles

Confused about all the different types of beer? This is an easy guide to a couple of the common types.

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How to Pair With Beer

How to Pair With Beer

Learn a little bit more about how to cook and pair different foods with beer.

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More Than Just a Pirate's Spirit

More Than Just a Pirate's Spirit

Rum has long been known as the spirit of the Caribbean Islands and Latin America and is one of the most enjoyed and loved spirits...

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Warm Up on a Cold Day

Warm Up on a Cold Day

Sipping on a warm coffee cocktail at the end of your day, or after a great meal is one of life's decadent pleasures.

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All About Spirits

All About Spirits

We love to raise your spirits.There are endless possibilities for enjoying the offerings of the world.

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Some Classic Gin Cocktails

Some Classic Gin Cocktails

Mixologist and bartenders the world over have been making some of our most beloved cocktails with this juniper infused spirit since the original cocktail era...

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