Top 10 St George’s Day drinks23rd April, 2013 by Andy Young
As it’s St George’s Day, the patron saint of England, why not celebrate the day with a typically English drink, such as mead or Pimm’s and others we’ve selected.
Although he was born in Turkey, Saint George’s patronage of England is widely attributed to King Edward III in the 14th century. Edward founded England’s premier order of knighthood, the Order of the Garter, around 1348 and put it under Saint George’s patronage. Since the 14th century Saint George has been widely regarded as a special protector of the English.
From the early 15th century St George’s Day was a major feast and national holiday in England, said to be on a par with Christmas Day. By the end of the 18th century the union of England with Scotland had seen the traditional St George’s Day celebration wane.
But in recent years the English celebrations on 23 April have seen something of a revival and it is common to see pubs and other buildings festooned with flags and garlands of St George’s crosses.
So if you are planning on marking St George’s Day today, here are some English drinks for you to enjoy with your celebrations.