The last time St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday was in 2012 – my last year of university and a full day of kegger hopping. It was also 25 degrees out and I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt…I highly doubt this Saturday will be the same temperature!
I am definitely not spending this St. Patrick’s Day the same way I spent it back in 2012, but I do plan on hanging out with friends and enjoying a few drinks…after all, I am like a quarter Irish.
If you too plan on celebrating the ‘feast of St. Patrick’ this Saturday, here are a few of my go-to tips for avoiding a hangover on Sunday.
1. As my mom says, “mix in a rinse cycle”. Hydration is key. Water is your friend.
2. Don’t forget the snacks. My go-to snacks when I’m having fun celebrations are: chips and dips, chips, chips and more chips. It’s all about the chips.
3. Try to stick to clear liquor – like vodka, tequila and gin. They contain fewer congeners (which are substances produced during fermentation that can increase the possibility of a hangover) than darker coloured liquor. And remember, although clear or lighter coloured liquor may be better…drinking too much of any alcoholic drink will still give you a hangover.
4. Ditch the sugary drinks – sugar + alcohol = bed the next day.
5. Remember, you aren’t as young as you used to be…you can’t drink as many beers as you used to be able to.
Okay, now I’m probably starting to sound like your mother…so let me leave you with a delicious St. Patrick’s Day cocktail recipe (it’s also a great hangover remedy). It’s not green, but it is garnished with green…
4 oz. Walter Craft Caesar Mix (it’s gluten-free and all-natural!)
1 oz. Vodka
Squeeze of lime
Walter Craft Caesar Rim
Garnish with celery
Simply rim your glass, stir together the Walter Mix and vodka, squeeze in some lime and pop in some celery. Easy as that!
…and, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!