Everyone becomes a little bit o’Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.
Shamrocks, green foods, beer, and parades: these are the things that come to mind when March 17th rolls around and the celebration of St. Patty’s Day begins. But how did it all get
In 17th century Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was a religious feast day.
Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, is the nation’s patron saint and the inspiration behind our modern day St. Patty’s day celebrations. What started out as a religious celebration in Ireland eventually took on a different flavor centuries later in the United States. The first known celebration of St. Patrick’s day took place in the 1700s in Boston. Not long after, parades became a tradition after Irish Catholic members of the British Army held the first one in New York City. With the increase of Irish immigrants to the United States came even more St. Patrick’s day celebrations from Irish-Americans looking to celebrate their culture and religion. Because St. Patty’s day was not associated with the “old country”, the celebrations could bridge the pride of being Irish with the pride of also being an American. Soon, everyone joined in on the celebrations, whether or not they were Irish. Now, the 17th of March means shamrock-shaped cookies, corned beef, and an abundance of green beer.
Traditional St. Patrick’s day foods are not necessarily common in Ireland, such as the popular corned beef and cabbage served at many bars and pubs on the day. Other specialties for St. Patty’s day include soda bread, which is risen with baking soda instead of yeast, as well as Guinness. And of course, anything green, from a spinach salad to cookies to milkshakes allow everyone get in the spirit of the holiday no matter what they like to eat.
Enjoy this year’s St. Patty’s Day Perfect Sweet Treat Recipe!
Minty St. Patty’s Day Milkshake
Makes one large perfect St. Patty's milkshake that's perfect for sharing with someone special!
- 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 1/4 cup half and half (or milk)
- 5 drops of peppermint extract
- 5 drops of green food coloring
- whipped cream for topping
- maraschino cherry for garnish