It’s been 95 or so years since the Intoxicating Liquor Act, introduced in 1927, banned alcohol on Good Friday in Ireland. But recently, the country has relaxed its laws towards the sale of alcoholic beverages on this religious day. The primary reason for this relaxation is tourism.
David Stanton, Junior Justice Minister, said, “Tourism makes a much greater contribution to our economy (than when the act was brought in), and this is particularly true during holidays, such as the busy Easter period. In addition, changing demographics and increasing diversity in our population have led to a reduction in traditional religious practice. Taking all these factors into consideration, the Government considered that it was an opportune time to have an examination of the Good Friday restrictions.”
What is Good Friday?
On Good Friday, Catholics the world over are required to fast, but fasting is only applicable to solid foods, which means that you are allowed to consume liquids, including water, sodas, or other beverages, such as beer and other types of alcohol. Good Friday comes just before easter, and on this day, Christians recall and show their regard for the day on which Jesus was crucified. And to commemorate this sorrowful day, adherents fast, during which they can eat a full meal, which can include meat and two smaller meals that shouldn’t contain any meat. Liquids like coffee, juices, milk, tea, and water can be abundantly drunk. And while alcoholic beverages are allowed, they are not seen as ideal drinks to be had.
Best boozy beverages if you plan on drinking this Good Friday
There are many alcoholic drinks that a person can consume on Good Fridays, depending on their preferences. Here is a list of the best ones, most of which, excluding margaritas, have tolerable alcohol content.
1. Red wine
A classic red wine is always a favorite the world over. It uses dark-colored grapes, which are crushed and then fermented, and its alcohol content varies between 12% to 15%. Red wine also potentially provides health benefits due to the antioxidants it contains. Although, be sure to drink in moderation because alcohol in excessive amounts can be dangerous.
2. Craft beer
The craft beer scene is exploding, and with good reason. Entrepreneurs are now experimenting and constantly trying to innovate to bring the best and most creative beers to the market. Plus, having a craft beer is a great way to impress your friends because it makes you look hippy and cool.
3. White wine
White wine uses varieties of white grapes that are pressed to create must. This must is then clarified and fermented at low temperatures for several days. White wine is perfect for days when you just want to sit back and relax while watching TV.
Margarita is a cocktail that contains lime juice, triple sec, and tequila. While Good Friday is not a time to be partying, this party drink can be had in the comfort of your home with a few friends.
5. Traditional beer
With so many beer varieties available in the market, you can pick and choose according to your whim. The best part about beer is that it takes time for you to start feeling tipsy, which means that you can enjoy it over long conversations with your friends. So, invite a friend or two over and bond over your favorite beer.
For people that are abstaining from booze
If you’re not drinking alcohol this Good Friday, you still have plenty of other beverage options to keep you filled and happy.
1. Fruit juices
Freshly squeezed fruit juices are heaven, especially with the approaching summer months. Not to mention, they are full of the vitamins, minerals, and water that your body craves. With a fast on Good Friday, your body can get depleted of essential nutrients, and fruit juices are the best way to replenish them.
2. Tea and coffee
All the caffeine addicts out there definitely need their daily dose of tea or coffee to stay mentally alert. Plus, these hot beverages provide great comfort and coziness. Have regular cups of either tea or coffee while you’re going about your day for that extra boost and kick.
Sodas are sugary beverages that aren’t all that great for health, but an occasional drink won’t do much harm. They are great for when your body is craving something sweet or when there is no other drink that you would prefer drinking instead. Energy drinks, sometimes confused with sports drinks, are sodas because they are also sugary and carbonated beverages.
Loaded with calcium, milk is great for your bones. Plus, it’s a refreshing drink, especially if it is cold on a warm day. Luckily, nowadays, you can find many flavored milk, including chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, which are ideal if you don’t like the taste of plain milk.
5. Sports drinks
Sports drinks contain the necessary electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, along with fluids, glucose, and sometimes B vitamins, which are essential for the body, especially after strenuous physical activity. They increase your energy and allow you to hydrate and absorb nutrients. But, while sports drinks are great after a long workout, for regular consumers, they are just sodas and fill you up with sugar.
Plain and simple water is the best beverage for hydration, especially if you are planning to drink alcohol, which is a dehydrator. You can drink glasses of water throughout the day to feel refreshed and energetic. In fact, water is so important that you won’t be able to live long without it. It’s important for our biological processes as everything from digestion to nutrient absorption, blood flow, and basic cell processes depend on it.
On a spiritual day, Catholics like to make the most of Good Friday with remembrance, prayer, and restraint. While there is no limit to how much you can drink, you should always have alcoholic beverages in moderation because when consumed in excess, they can lead to all kinds of problems.
I am a passionate beer connoisseur with a deep appreciation for the art and science of brewing. With years of experience tasting and evaluating various beers, I love to share my opinions and insights with others and I am always eager to engage in lively discussions about my favorite beverage.