It’s April 1st, so what does that mean?

A new “Drinking with the Saints” calendar! If you haven’t picked up a copy of Michael P. Foley’s fabulous book yet, here’s the link:

And you can follow him on Facebook here:

March proved itself to be a bit of a challenge; Kevin and I believe that April is going to say “hold my beer” so let’s embrace our social distancing with a bit of levity…the saints are here to help us!

April 3rd, St. Mary of Egypt

350 years after the birth of Christ, a young prostitute from Egypt joined a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Looking for redemption? Nope. Looking for more customers! When she tried to enter the church she was repelled by an unseen force, felt extreme remorse for her slutty ways, and prayed for forgiveness. She promised she would change, and she is now the patron saint of penitents. To celebrate her sainthood, while giving acknowledgement to her sordid past, Michael has chosen the “Black Maria.”

1 oz coffee-flavored brandy

1 oz run

2 oz strong black coffee

1 ½ tsp simple syrup

Stir in a brandy snifter & add cracked ice

April 8th, St. Walter

Professor of philosophy, a Benedictine, and a bit of a rebel. But what is the main reason I’ve included him? HE’S THE PATRON SAINT OF THOSE SUFFERING FROM JOB-RELATED STRESS, AND WINEMAKERS! Could he be any more appropriate for this month?

The recommended drink to honor this gentleman is…WINE!

April 11th, St. Leo the Great

Our first pope to earn the epithet of “Great” this man was also nicknamed the “Scourge of God” when he stopped Attila the Hun from attacking Rome. According to one account, Attila saw a vision of Sts. Peter and Paul hovering above Leo and uncharacteristically retreated. Celebrate this Tuscan Lion with either a “White Lion” or a “Red Lion” the choice is yours!

White Lion

1 ½ oz light rum

1 oz lemon juice

¼ oz grenadine

2 dashes aromatic bitters

1 tsp powdered sugar

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake 40 times, strain into cocktail glass

Red Lion

1 oz gin

1 oz Grand Marnier

½ oz OJ

½ oz lemon juice

Sugar for frosting the rim

Pour all ingredients except sugar into a shaker filled with ice, shake 40 times. Strain into cocktail glass whose rim is frosted in sugar.

April 14th, St. Justine

This philosopher studied several different disciplines, until he met a mysterious man on the beach one day who convinced him that the Hebrews prophets were inspired by the Holy Spirit and that was the only way to go! Don’t you wish you were on that beach? Indulge in the next best thing, a “Beachcomber.”

1 ½ oz light rum

1 oz lime juice

¾ oz Cointreau

2 dashes Maraschino Liqueur

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake 40 times, strain into cocktail glass

April 17th, St. Anicetus

We don’t know much about this 11th successor to St. Peter, but this pope’s name means “unconquered” and it’s similar to “anise” so Michael thought “let’s go in that direction!”

Via Veneto

1 ¾ oz brandy

½ oz sambuca

½ egg white

½ oz lemon juice

1 tsp sugar

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake 40 times, strain into cocktail glass

April 21st, St. Anselm

A monk, and archbishop, and a theologian. Very accomplished; it’s no wonder that he is known as “Doctor Magnificus” so this drink is fitting:

Il Magnifico

¾ oz Tuaca (or any vanilla liqueur)

¾ oz orange curacao

1 oz cream

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake 40 times, strain into cocktail glass

PS You can make your own vanilla vodka by placing 1-2 vanilla bean pods (sliced lengthwise) in 750 ml of vodka. Let sit for 1 week.

April 23rd, St. George

Not every saint died a martyr (as opposed to what we were taught in Catholic school!) but this gentleman did. According to one legend, the Patron Saint of England was given poison that was made ineffective when he made the sign of the cross over it.

The “St. George” recipe below is not venomous, but you can certainly make the sign of the cross over it before imbibing. One can never be too careful!

1 ½ oz Hendrick’s Gin

½ oz dry vermouth

1 dash lime juice

3 olives, stuffed with blue cheese

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake 40 times, strain into cocktail glass, and garnish with olives on a spear – which, of course, represents St. George lancing the dragon. (You need to buy the book to know why St. George is known for slaying dragons!)

April 25th, St. Mark

Hmm, another martyr, perhaps the nuns were right? After being killed for spreading the faith, Roman Catholics were desperate for his remains. The Venetian merchants snuck his relics through a Muslim checkpoint by hiding them in pork. Clever? Morbid? You decide, and you can do so over a “St. Mark.”

¾ oz gin

¾ oz dry vermouth

½ oz cherry liqueur

½ oz grenadine

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until very cold, strain into cocktail glass

April 27th, St. Peter Canisius

St. Peter was the first Dutchman to enter the Society of Jesus, and as such let us show our admiration for this Second Apostle of Germany with a good Netherland beer. La Trappe or an Amstel it is!

April 30th, St. Catherine of Siena

I’ve saved one of my favorite saints for last for two reasons: 1) her feast day is on the last day of the month, and 2) she was the youngest of 25 children. You read that right.

I’m thinking, especially with all the home schooling going on in April, that parents feel like they have 25 children right about now!

St. Catherine’s parents wanted her to marry, and when she didn’t comply, they assigned her menial household tasks. She felt that during this solitude “God had shown her how to build in her soul a private cell where no tribulation could enter.” This divine lesson would become one of the themes in her most famous work, “The Dialogue of St. Catherine.”

We’ll celebrate getting through our month of solitude with a “Nuptial Cocktail” to honor St. Catherine’s marriage to Our Lord.

1 ½ oz gin

¾ oz kirsch

¼ oz orange curacao

¼ oz lemon juice

¼ oz orange juice

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake 40 times, strain into cocktail glass

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