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St. Patrick's Day Treats

The Cravory delivers three spectacular seasonal flavors in honor of St. Patrick's Day, all of them laced with booze. What's not to love? With renditions of Salted Caramel Guiness, Irish Coffee and Baileys and Mint in cookie form, the drinks themselves become afterthoughts. Baileys and Mint was our favorite, with a hint of organic mint cutting through the creamy Baileys liqueur and chocolate chips. Irish Coffee was topped with ooey gooey marshmallows and sprinkled with cappuccino chips to sweeten the Jameson. These cookies are sturdy enough to ship across the country. They come two in a pack, so if you can keep your hands off them, they'll stay fresh for two weeks.

World's Largest Block/Singles Party: Old St. Patrick's Cathedral

The World's Largest Block Party isn't the 90's throwback of graffiti, skateboards, and boom boxes like one may be inclined to imagine. Rather, it's a fundraising event for a church. And though it may seem like a strange twist for a church event, the block party has become famously associated with love connection. For 27 consecutive years now, World's Largest Block Party, put on by Chicago's historic Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, has been ionizing live music, philanthropy, and block party spirits into the ultimate summertime meet up... turned veritable mall of singles! Read on!

5 Flasks To Get You Through St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawls

Crawling is serious business. It's hard on your knees, and even harder on your liver, but if you're going to go all out, you're going to need sustenance between pubs. Here are 5 flasks that will get you through without drawing attention:

Reef dram sandal: It's a sandal. With a flask in the heel. The only worry is that it might be a little too chilly to reveal your toes. But don't let that stop you.

Binoculars: Great when you need to keep watch for the next pub. Also ideal for bird watching.

What to Wear to a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Unique Cinco de Mayo Traditions

Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of the Mexican troops’ victory against the twice as large French army, is a day remembered as victory in the face of oppression and marks the very last time in history that an area in North America would be invaded by a European country. It’s a day known for color and exuberant joy. Food and drinks and dancing are its staple. However, a holiday wouldn’t be a holiday if there weren’t some unique ways of celebrating it. Here are just a few from around the world:

Battle Reenactment

Cinco de Mayo Pre and Postgame Foods

The key to making it to the end of the crawl is a good pregame meal. It gives you a good head start, allows you to drink more, helps abate the chances of vomiting, hangovers, and just general drunky sloppiness. Cinco de Mayo means tequila and any head start you can give yourself will make Cinco de Mayo better.

Tips For Your Cinco de Mayo Pregame Meal:

  • Drink water
  • Eat foods high in fiber (beans, rice, and surprisingly peas)
  • Foods with high calories (guacamole)
  • Drink water (bares repeating)

During and after your Cinco de Mayo crawl drink water, typically one glass of water per drink consumed. After you done with the crawl: listen to your body. Pizza, pasta - anything with carbohydrates is recommended. It will suck up the alcohol in your stomach. Remember, drink water.

Outside the Margarita

Cinco de Mayo may still be a few weeks away, but it's never too early to start preparing for a perfect fiesta. Even if you're planning to "crawl" (we're hoping not literally...") from bar to bar, consider throwing a mini pre-party solely to show off your "bartending" skills. No need to be a pro - these recipes are simple, festive, and practically scream, "Drink me!"

Even for those who swear they never take shots, these are too attractive to resist.

  • 12 limes, ends trimmed, cut crosswise in half
  • 2 1/4 cups fresh orange juice
  • 5 tablespoons grenadine syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (generous) salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Premium tequila
Sinfully Rich Mexican Brownies

Four tacos, a bowl of guacamole and chips, and three mojitos later and it's time for dessert! When you're tipsy and craving some sweetness, take a satisfying bite of these Mexican Brownies. Baked in under 30 minutes and yielding 18 brownies, these treats will keep you happily satiated for hours.

What You Need:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground Mexican cinnamon (canela)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pequen chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Heavenly Guacamole

Cinco de Mayo is approaching fast and if you want to keep your festivities true to their Mexican heritage, and impress your friends with your culinary skills in the process, then jot down this simple, yet traditional recipe for a delicious staple from South-of-the-Border.


Feeds: 4-6 adults

Est. Time: 25 min