Thursday, March 17, 2011
Guinness is Good for You
So rather than talk about what I won't be drinking, I thought I'd mention a bit about the mother of all Irish drinks...Guinness**. (And yes, I realize that Bailey's and whiskey and Bulmer's and all that are high on the list as well, but Guinness has some pretty awesome marketing going on.)
Still, I did learn that it was originally brewed in 1778, so it's been around for a bit. It's also made with the standard sort of hops and barley and a special little ingredient made from fish bladders. (NOM?) That's air bladders, btw, not urinary bladders. Kinda funky.
And yeah - I stopped by a pub at 10 am once or twice to take pictures, and the locals were already in there happily nursing a pint or two. Stereotypical, I guess, but apparently somewhat rooted in truth.
And then there's the commercials. Lots of commercials.
Like this one:
Yeah...just a bit sexist there. LOL.
And a link to the recipe even --> Guinness and Bailey's Cupcakes.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
**As an aside, the real mother of all Irish drinks? Poteen. Irish moonshine. Potatoe squeezin's. Illegal for centuries (since 1661), but continues to be distilled secretly anyway.
According to Wikipedia: "Traditionally distilled from malted barley grain or potatoes, it is one of the strongest alcoholic beverages in the world (renowned for its ability to get the drinker intoxicated the morning after drinking it by drinking water and thereby bringing the remaining ethanol back into solution)"
So. Um. Yeah. You can buy the stuff for real now, as there are now two official licensed distilleries in Ireland. Knockeen Hills, for example, produces a 180 proof version. (90% alcohol!)