As the coronavirus outbreak forces many of us to spend most of our time indoors and much of our time worrying, author Michael P. Foley has a new book to bring a little cheer to our homes. Drinking with Your Patron Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to Honoring Namesakes and Protectors is his latest book on the topic of cocktail-making with a Catholic twist.
Foley, a theology professor at Baylor University, has written several books about Christianity, but his first offering related to religiously inspired cocktails was Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour, which instructed readers in “the appropriate libations for the seasons, feasts, and saints’ days of the Church year.” Following the success of that book, Foley wrote Drinking with Saint Nick: Christmas Cocktails for Sinners and Saints.
His third venture, Drinking with Your Patron Saints, focuses on the Catholic Church’s lengthy catalogue of saints and draws on a rich tradition of using their stories to assign particular patronage to each of them. “There’s a patron saint for everything,” the book’s back cover reads, “and Michael Foley has a drink for every saint.”
Alexandra DeSanctis is a staff writer for National Review and a visiting fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center