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Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner's Guide to a Holy Happy Hour Hardcover – May 4, 2015
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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
From the Back Cover
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!
Top Customer Reviews
By the way, all reviews so far, save one, are right on the money accurate. The other reminds me of the way David Letterman used to have movie reviews delivered by particular specialists, e.g., an electrician reviewing The Verdict and finding the lighting completely wrong. Foley's point in the introduction has to do with sizing your drinks - a cocktail used to be a small affair - and not what Cary Grant was drinking in North by Northwest. Nit-Pickers be dashed (with bitters)! Foley knows his drinks (and his saints)!
One word of caution (besides the obvious caveats): Foley's research is extensive. While he works in many standards and new recipes with old ingredients, occasionally his recommendations might require special order.
And finally, in the name of full disclosure: Mike Foley is a personal friend. I am acknowledged in the book and received a copy from the publisher. But don't let that keep you from buying and loving it!
On a side note. Take this little book with you to Mass. Drinking with the Saints makes for great spiritual reading. It certainly helped me get through some horrid music during the Offertory. I was reading the section on St. Gregory the Great (of Gregorian Chant fame) when Hail Mary/Gentle Woman began. This little tome certainly numbed the pain.
Where'er the Catholic sun doth shine,
There's music and laughter and good red wine.
At least I've always found it so.
And cocktails and fine beer, too,
May Our Lord be e'er with you!
(Begging the pardon of the late Belloc.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quality book! The layout is great.
I promote it on The Catholic Man Show, a local Catholic Radio Program.
I like the book. I really do. However, I am completely disappointed the organization of the entire book.
This book follows an outdated calendar of feast days. Read more
First off, this kind of book helps to back up the beliefs of on-fire Christians, which is that Catholics love to sin. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Child of God
So I hear about this crazy book on Catholic radio about saints and booze...right up my alley; so I buy a copy. This is now our go-to gift and it has been a big hit... Read morePublished 1 month ago
I just want to say that I can't remember when I've had so much FUN with a book before. The stories of the saints are brief and well written. The drink recipes have been delicious. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. O'Neill
What an absolutely wonderful book. Great fun to read and full of fascinating information. I am not even drinking these days because of family obligations that don't permit much... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julia E.