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  • Published: 21 June 2018

March is a month full of fun. Not only does it mark the end of winter but it is also the month to celebrate one of our all time favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day. I’m Chelsea Dobbie, the Ranch’s Special Events Correspondent and  World Traveler from Australia and I’m here to give you the low down on this very green and very special holiday. Today I’d like to review some St. Patrick's Day facts as well as give you some alcohol-infused insight about the holiday’s traditions. Here at The Ranch, it’s safe to say we love cultural traditions and look for any excuse to have a good time, especially when it includes a bit o’booze. This is why we even have a slot game dedicated to Irish culture, Lucky Irish... Play today in order to see if you can win your own pot of gold! 

Sip on these Paddy Day Facts 

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We’re sure you’re aware of how this St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular holiday in both Ireland, as well as the United States. St. Paddy’s is meant to honour the life and teachings of good ol’ Saint Patrick. This day normally begins with a good fry up, to hold your stomach down in preparation for the afternoon festivities, and an even better parade. Get together with some mates, wear your favorite green shirt and let’s get to fact sharing. 

Did you know that Paddy’s Day is also celebrated in my neck of the woods? That’s right, mate, Australia also knows how to turn its city streets green. I’ve been known to partake in a few Paddy Day celebrations while sippin’ on a nice Guinesses or two. Speaking of, did you know that globally, those celebrating run up an impressive bar tab? That’s no shocker, to be fair. A 2012 estimate stated that the amount of beer spent on Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations reached up to 245 million bucks (USD, naturally)! Now, that’s what I call a party! No one celebrates Paddy’s Day like the Irish, they even made it a national holiday but I must say, I’m also pretty impressed with the Paddy Day traditions they have over in the states. Chicago has been dumping 40 tons of green dye in the Chicago River since 1962! It’s a spectacle!

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Make sure to mention a few Irish toasts while celebrating on March 17th, my favorite is “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out”. This toast embodies exactly what Paddy’s Day is all about and why it became so popular; what’s better than laughs, grogs, and a whole lotta green?

The Irish are known for their love of drinking, whether it's whiskey or beer, there's always plenty to cheer. On that note, we bring you a second toast perfect for the occasion, “May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!". Ah, what’s not to love about that sentence’s simplicity? Sometimes we just need to focus on life’s basic pleasures

The last of the St.Patrick's Day facts we will discuss is quite curious because it involves pinching. It is tradition to pinch someone who isn’t sporting green on this festive day. Although we know it’s all in good fun, we urge you to only touch individuals who you know personally… Unless you consider yourself a prankster, of course. So, what do you say we get in the drinking (and winning!) spirit by cracking a few cold ones and taking Lucky Irish for a few spins (Check your email for ALL weekend bonuses, this Friday to Sunday!)?

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Sip & Share a Lucky Cocktail

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Now that you know a bit more about Paddy’s Day, it’s time to begin the celebrations with one of our favorite Irish themed drinks, the Frisky Whiskey. This appropriately named cocktail packs a punch and will have you step dancing in a matter of minutes. The ingredients needed for this drink include 1oz of Michael Collins Irish Whiskey, Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur, and Orange Juice (preferably fresh squeezed), ¼ oz of simple syrup, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters. Add all these ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Give the concoction a few good shakes, and strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Trust me, this drink is a surefire way to keep the rager going!

 

Although not a cocktail but an amber fluid, Guinness is also a must have drink on this very green holiday. The Irish stout is the most consumed beer and drink of choice on St. Paddy’s Day. So much so that, it’s estimated that about 3 million pints of this magic brew gets consumed on the holiday, as opposed to the 600,000 pints Americans go through on a typical day. Want a drinking tip? When pouring your Guinness, make sure to tip the glass and hold it at about a 45 degree angle when pouring until it is almost (about ¾) full, then let the beer rest before filling it to the brim. Red Stag’s got you, follow these instructions and you’ll most definitely have the perfect pint.

Now that you know what St. Patrick’s Day is all about, how about you grab some corn beef and cabbage and get out there to win?! After all, this is the luckiest day of the year, and you’d be just foolish not to take advantage of that! Share some drinks, toast to life and put on your best green outfit while cheersing to Saint Patrick. Don’t forget to stay safe, and have a golden time while you celebrate this ace of a drinking holiday!

Make sure to channel your Irish luck and catch the winning spirit by visiting our website and spinning to win on Lucky Irish - Check your email for bonuses and coupon codes, available from March 16th - 18th! Each day, you’ll have the chance to select your deposit amount in order to receive a deposit bonus + free spins on Lucky Irish, just in time for the luckiest time of the year! Hats off to those who dub themselves “winners”, welcome to the club!

Find your Pot of Gold Today!

Chelsea Dobbie.