- Hardcover: 487 pages
- Publisher: Regnery History (May 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1621573265
- ISBN-13: 978-1621573265
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"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
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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!
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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)!
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.)
the production of drinks-gives a good account of religious interesting topics.
Given his intimate knowledge of the traditional calendar and its saints, seasons, cycles, feasts, fasts, and odd corners and curiosities, and given that he is a Catholic who proudly follows in the footsteps of such thoughtful wine-bibbers as G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, Dr. Foley's new book, Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner's Guide to a Holy Happy Hour, has the quality of something both delightfully surprising and utterly inevitable. In this beautifully-produced tome filled with saints' biographies, classic works of art, quips, quotations, and toasts, and drink recipes new and old, the extraliturgical celebration of the liturgical year has acquired a fantastic new resource. After all, if, as the Council reminded us, the liturgy is the beginning and the end, what about the middle? We should not forget the saints after we have left the church building, but bring them into our times of leisure and recreation as well.
While I would hesitate to recommend Drinking with the Saints for RCIA programs, as it might send the wrong signal, it is a must for all Catholics who appreciate these words of Scripture: "Thou dost cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen man's heart" (Ps 103:14-15). (As an aside, I can also recommend a book that is a kind of secular/scientific counterpart to Foley's, namely, Amy Stewart's The Drunken Botanist, which I have found both fascinating and entertaining, and which has often left me in a state of wonder at the bounty the Lord has left for us in his good creation.)
The publisher, Regnery History, offered me some data on the book, which I now pass along to you. In Drinking with the Saints the reader will discover:
* over 370 entries, covering all major holidays and feasts of the Catholic calendar;
* almost 350 cocktails, from forgotten classics to original creations
* a wide array of beers and ales, including ones made by monks
* hundreds of wines named after the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints
* the Catholic origins of whiskey, tequila, sparkling wine, and more
* everything you need to know about the drinking preferences of the saints (and believe me, they had their preferences!)
* Below are a few enticing photographs to whet the appetite. To read more, visit the book's page, which makes available, among other things, an app with searchable liturgical calendars, recipes, and indices.
Congratulations to Dr. Foley on this entertaining book, which should become a standard feature of Catholic households and their apostolate of hospitality for friends and strangers alike. Na Zdorovie! Prost! Cheers!
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.
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