Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Curt’s Cocktail Corner: Here’s an Irish one for ya


Ohhhhh St. Patty’s day. What a glorious and debaucherous day. 

Today, my sister emailed me her Ancestry chart telling her what her ethnic background is, and if we are in fact siblings… the results should be the same for me.

Well, according to these results, I am in fact a white man (I already knew this) with mostly English and Scottish blood in my veins.

BUT… I am apparently 19% Irish, and because today is what it is, I am going to embrace this newfound heritage and have one or two pints of Guinness with a cheeky Jameson or five. 

But first, before that, what is the significance of today and how did it come about?

I feel like every year I re-learn what St. Patrick’s Day is actually all about and I shall repeat this tradition once again and try to pass this knowledge along to you. 

Hold on one second while I google it…

Wikipedia tells me it started because “the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and, by extension, celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.” 

“Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe [a social visit that involves dance and music] and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.”

So there ya go! I guess the wearing green thing is still true! That’s kind of nice!

Well enough googling things and blabbering… 

It’s Friday! Here’s a traditional Irish drink for you.

Here’s how to make an Irish Boilermaker:


  • Jameson
  • Beer (dealer’s choice)
  • Green food dye


  • Pour a beer in a pint glass
  • Add two drops of food colouring (any more and your teeth will be green for days)
  • Pour Jameson into a shot glass
  • Drink them both separately or just throw that shot right in that beer!
  • Have someone consensually give you a smooch if you are like me and recently discovered a sliver of Irish heritage

As always, drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive!

Curtis Blandy

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