No matter if you’re Irish or not, most people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in one way or another. Whether you’re drinking a dark beer at the neighborhood pub, dye-ing your food green or making a full corned beef and soda bread meal, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate.
If you don’t know much about the history behind St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck! Liberty Tax has provided a resource to help us learn more about the essentials of St Patrick’s Day.
Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish dish, or so we think. Irish immigrants living in New York learned from their Jewish counterparts on how to save money. They substituted corned beef for their traditional Irish bacon to save a few dollars in their new living arrangements. Corned beef is made from a beef brisket, peppercorns, carrots, onions, cabbage and butter.
Another part of St Patrick’s Day is the beer. Consumed in large quantities, beer is essential to celebrating this holiday properly. And there is an art to it. Pouring the perfect pint is crucial when you’re drinking a dark Irish beer. The glass must be wider at the top than the bottom and you hold the glass at a 45 degree angle when pouring. Pour halfway to the harp on a Guinness glass and then stop, waiting for the beer to settle before pouring some more in the middle, allowing the head to come up half-millimeter above the glass.
Learn more in the infographic below!