Drinking with the Saints The Sinner's Guide to a Holy Happy Hour

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Drinking with the Saints

Raise Your Spirits and Toast the Saints!

Recipe for a liturgically correct cocktail: mix Bartender's Guide and Lives of the Saints, shake well, garnish with good cheer. Drinking with the Saints is a concoction that both sinner and saint will savor.

Michael Foley offers the faithful drinker witty and imaginative instruction on the appropriate libations for the seasons, feasts, and saints' days of the Church year.

  • A guide to wine, beer, and spirits, including 38 original cocktails
  • Lively sketches of scores of saints, from the popular to the obscure
  • Tips on giving the perfect toast and on mixing the perfect drink
  • Even includes drinks for Lent!

Pub crawl your way through the sacred seasons with this entertaining and useful collection of cocktail recipes, distilled spirits, beer, and wine for virtually every occasion on the Catholic liturgical calendar. One part bartender's guide, one part spiritual manual, a dash of irreverence, and mixed with love: Drinking with the Saints is a work that both sinner and saint will savor.

You may think you're savy on saintly drinking, but did you know:

  • Beer may have been invented by the ancient Egyptians, but it was perfected in medieval monasteries?
  • The méthode champenoise was invented by a Benedictine monk whose name now adorns one of the world's finest champagnes: Dom Pérignon. According to the story, when he sampled his first batch, Pérignon cried out to his fellow monks: "Brothers, come quickly. I am drinking stars!"
  • Whiskey was invented by Irish monks, who probably shared their knowledge with the Scots during their missions. Whiskey was first prescribed medicinally as a cure for "paralysis of tongue," and apparently it works: no Irishman since has ever been accused of having a paralyzed tongue.
  • Chartreuse, the world's most magical liqueur, was perfected by Carthusian monks and is still made by them. Only two monks at a time know the recipe.
  • The California wine industry began when Blessed Junípero Serra and his Franciscan brethren brought the first wine grapes to the region. And its rebirth in Napa County after Prohibition was thanks in large part to a chemistry teacher and LaSalle Christian Brother named Brother Timothy...
Format: Hardcover book
Product code: IC573265
Dimensions: 9.1" x 7.3"
Length: 487 pages
Publisher:
Regnery History
ISBN: 978-1-62157-326-5
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Written by Michael P Foley

Praise

This book is certain to reunite more than a few Catholics and Shakers. A well-researched and entertaining work--only the humor and the martinis are dry.
Philip Greene, cofounder of the Museum of the American Cocktail and author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion
Drinking with the Saints becomes an occasion (if not an excuse) to slow one's pace, savor a drink, and slip not into inebriation but a relaxed look at the saints.
Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., host of EWTN Live

Author

Michael P. Foley was born and raised in Southern California, went to school in Northern California, and did his graduate work at Boston College, where he earned his PhD in Catholic theology. Foley taught for three years at Notre Dame and then took a job in the Great Texts at Baylor University, where he has lived for the past ten years with his wife and six children.

His previous works include Ever Ancient, Ever New: Ruminations on the City, the Soul, and the Church; Wedding Rites: The Complete Guide to Traditional Vows, Music, Ceremonies, Blessings, and Interfaith Services; a translation of St. Augustine's Confessions; and the popular Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday?: The Catholic Origin to Just About Everything. Foley has also authored over 150 articles on subjects ranging from faith to film to Church history.