St. Patrick’s Day has arrived, and we can begin to celebrate an age old tale, of a young Welsh boy who was captured, and sent to Ireland, to become a slave. After escaping, he returned years later to spread the word of God. Fast forward 2000 years later, as Ireland’s Patron Saint, we continue to celebrate the brave young man. But why do we celebrate this holiday with alcohol? And can our personality really affect our choice of drink?
According to drunkenhistory.com, Saint Patrick introduced whiskey to Ireland, using it to teach lessons from the Bible. The tale suggests that Patrick was given a short measure of whisky, and he used this as an opportunity to teach generosity. Patrick told the innkeeper that the devil resides in his cellar, causing his greediness, which made him cheat people of their drink. To banish the devil, and redeem himself, the innkeeper had to fill each cup until it overflowed. Therefore, it became custom to drink a ‘full measure’, known as “Pota Phadraig – Patrick’s Pot”, or “Drowning the Shamrock”. However, nowadays, people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking a pint of Guinness (or anything that takes your fancy really), and dropping a Shamrock lapel into the empty glass of the evening’s last drink.
But the question is, what does your St Patrick’s day brew, say about you?
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