The most popular spirits in Ireland are Guinness and
Whiskey. Ireland has its own whiskey. The Irish learned to
make whiskey from monks. They came to Ireland from the
continent of Europe in the fifth and sixth centuries. They
knew a lot about the way to make spirits. Irish whiskey is
made differently from Scotch whisky. It is also usually spelled
differently — Scotch whisky has no "e". Irish whiskey tastes
lighter and smoother than Scotch whisky. Just now more
people in the world drink Scotch whiskey. But some people like
Scotch whisky and some like Irish whiskey. In the American
Civil War someone said to President Lincoln that General
Grant was drinking too much Irish whiskey. Lincoln knew
that Grant was a good general, and he knew that Irish whiskey
was a good drink. So Lincoln's answer was: "Find out the
make of General Grant's whiskey. Then give it to the other
Another popular spirit is Guinness. It's a kind of beer.
Guinness is made from barley, hops, yeast and water.
Everything in it is quite natural; there are no chemicals. The
Irish have made or "brewed" it in Dublin since 1759. The
Guinness brewery in Dublin is bigger than any other brewery
in Europe. Today there are also Guinness breweries in Britain,
Nigeria, Malaysia. People drink more than seven million glasses
of Guinness every day around the world.
Irish coffee is another interesting drink. This is how to
make it. First you put very hot coffee in a glass, with some
sugar. Then you add whiskey. Then very carefully you add
some cream, which stays on top of the whiskey and coffee. It
is a very good way to drink whiskey!
1. What are the most popular drinks in Ireland?
2. From whom did the Irish learn to make whiskey?
3. What ingredients does Guinness consist of?
4. When did the Irish start to make Guinness?
5. What is another interesting Irish drink?