Would you be surprised to know that St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many places around the world? Sure, it is very popular in the U.S. and in Ireland, but the holiday is recognized as a big party in more countries than any other national festival. Originally the day commemorated the saint, with celebrations being held as far back as the 1600’s. Read on to learn more about St. Patrick’s Day in some of our favorite spots in Europe. In the meantime, consider this newsletter to be your lucky four-leaf clover!
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St. Patrick’s Day in Europe
Regardless of where you spend the day, some things are universal: Wearing green; dancing; eating and drinking.
In the UK, Birmingham was one of the first cities in the UK to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The parade held in the city is one of the largest worldwide, just behind Dublin, Ireland and New York City.
Germany hosts a huge St. Patrick’s Day party in Munich, of course, where there is a large Irish community. Drinking is a big part of the day.
Dublin, Ireland is the where the party of all parties takes place! By sunrise, revelers are filling the streets, regardless of the weather. The parade starts at noon, but you’ll be too far back in the crowd to see anything if you don’t stake your spot two or more hours before. Before, during and after, they’ll be dancing in the streets.
Irish Coffee Recipes
Irish coffee at its most basic is made with hot coffee, whiskey, sugar and whipped cream. The drink is simple to make, so you can whip one up in just a few minutes. We included a list of fun ways you can jazz up your Irish coffee too.
- 1 cup fresh hot coffee
- 1 Tablespoon sugar (brown, white, or substitute maple syrup)
- 3 Tablespoons (1.5oz) Irish whiskey
- Cream, slightly whipped
- Using a footed mug, pour the hot coffee to about ¾ full.
- Add the sweetener, and stir to dissolve. Blend in the whiskey.
- Gently pour the cream over the top of a spoon held above the mug so it falls on top gently. Enjoy!
* Add a garnish such as a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg or shaved chocolate on top.
* Serve it on ice. Use a splash of cream instead of the whipped.
* Substitute Irish Cream liqueur for the whiskey.
* Substitute half-and-half for the cream.
* Add 2 teaspoons Crème de Menthe with the sugar and whiskey.
* Drizzle Crème de Menthe on the cream for a touch of green.
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