FoC 025: How to Drink with the Saints with Michael Foley





Today we’re so pleased to have Dr. Michael Foley with us talking about the wonderful Catholic connections between wine and drink and celebrating the saints of the liturgical calendar.  Dr. Foley’s new book, Drinking with the Saints, combines the saints of our Church calendar with appropriate cocktail recipes, wine selections, or beer recommendations. It’s a beautifully designed book that makes the lives of the saints easily accessible as well as having the makings of a great cocktail party.

In today’s episode we talk about the Catholic attitude of moderation when it comes to consuming alcohol, the sacramentality of wine and alcohol, how we can celebrate the liturgical year with easy drink recipes, how Dr. Foley decided on which saints to include in the book, as well as how tough a job it was creating and testing hundreds of cocktail recipes. This is a great episode for the faithful beer and wine enthusiast, or anyone who may be interested in learning more about the saints of the liturgical year.

Things we talked about today:


Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour (makes a great Father’s Day gift!)

You can find more information on Michael Foley, including links to his articles around the web, at his website.

One of Dr. Foley’s other books: Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Fridays?: The Catholic Origin to Just About Everything

Connect with Drinking with the Saints:

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7 thoughts on “FoC 025: How to Drink with the Saints with Michael Foley”

  1. Well this was one cool episode!

    And regarding the Trappist beer — I am from Massachusetts and it is true that the monks in Spencer, MA have begun selling their Trappist beer! It’s a bit on the expensive side and is only sold in 4-packs BUT it’s really cool to try!

    Pair the beer with some Mystic Monk Coffee or Trappistine Creamy Caramels from Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey in Iowa and you’ve got yourself a great, Catholic Father’s Day gift!

  2. I was excited to see this come into my inbox last night as we just purchased a copy of the book (as an early Fathers’ Day gift for my husband, but I’m enjoying it just as much, truth be told ;)) and I was thinking of writing up a review on my blog. I will definitely link to your podcast when I get it up!

    How fun that the author was your professor, Haley! Great episode, ladies! 🙂

    1. Yay Laurel! That’s awesome. We should try some recipes and then pick favourites and share them with each other. I’m so excited to have regular excuses to have a good cocktail.

      And please write a review, I think that would be great!

      Thanks for listening! 🙂

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