Vote in Your Nickname

Should listeners of the Drinking with the Saints podcast be called Saintly Sippers, the Communion of Sots, or Holy Happy Hour Habitués? Weigh in here:


Come Cruisin’!

In late April and early May 2023, join Michael Foley and his wife Alexandra and EWTN master chef Fr. Leo Patalinghug for a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and Douro region of wine and port! All on a luxurious river boat.

Drinking and Dining with the Saints on a Douro River Cruise April 22 – May 3, 2023 – 23RS04PTAF

About Michael Foley’s Book

DWTS Deluxe-1080x1080-IG-Avail NowDrinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour, 
now in the DELUXE color edition
by Michael P. Foley

Release Date: March 15, 2022
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Regnery History
Price: $39.99
ISBN-10: 1621573265
ISBN-13: 978-1621573265

Recipe for a liturgically correct cocktail: mix Bartender’s Guide and Lives of the Saints, shake well, garnish with good cheer. Drinking with the Saints is a concoction that both sinner and saint will savor.

Michael Foley offers the faithful drinker witty and imaginative instruction on the appropriate libations for the seasons, feasts, and saints’ days of the Church year.

  • A guide to beer, wine and spirits, with more than 300 cocktail recipes
  • Lively sketches of scores of saints, from the popular to the obscure
  • Tips on giving the perfect toast and on mixing the perfect drink
  • Even includes drinks for Lent!

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What People Are Saying about Drinking With the Saints

“Offering a new twist on ‘ecumenical,’ this book is certain to reunite more than a few Catholics and Shakers. A well-researched and entertaining work—only the humor and the Martinis are dry.”
—Philip Greene, cofounder of the Museum of the American Cocktail and author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion

“The amazing variety of wines, beers, liquors, and cocktails here becomes an occasion (if not an excuse) to slow one’s pace, savor a drink, and slip not into inebriation but a relaxed look at the saints. The connections Dr. Foley draws between the saints and his featured beverages may be as strained as some of the cocktails, but they are just as interesting.”
—Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Host of EWTN Live

“I must confess the sin of envy when I first heard of Mike’s excellent idea for this book.”
—Fr. Robert Johansen, Diocesan Theological Consultant, Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan

“A brilliant way to build up the Kingdom!”
—Dorinda C. Bordlee, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the Bioethics Defense Fund

Subject: The Saints Come Marching In!
“Only minutes ago, FEDEX dropped Maestro Foley’s book at my doorstep. I glanced at it quickly, knowing it would get particularized perusal soon, but not now. HOWEVER, your precis beckoned mightily and I started to get into it. NOW. It’s a real blessing from any angle, and I love it. It packs so much wit, wisdom, history, good taste, and referential as well as reverential joy into its pages that it will forever occupy a spot in my immediate line-of-sight.  (And you may most certainly quote me.) I’ll advise you before my full WCBS “Dining Diary” review runs.”
—Bob Lape, distinguished food critic and star of WCBS’ “Bob Lape’s Dining Diary,” to a Regnery representative

“If any book on the lives of the saints can pique in a general audience an interest in pursuing holiness, this is the one.”
—Samantha Schroeder, for the Conservative Book Club

“Dear Luke Matthew:
“I have just started it, but there is so much to comprehend including his vocabulary (I am actually looking up many words). I would like to know how he has ever had the time even though he might be off in the summer months to write this type of book. Not only all the research done on each saint (a complete study in itself), but I would like you to ask him if researching these recipes for drinks (some non-alcoholic) did he really have to try each one? It’s really a masterpiece. I am going to order another copy for Uncle Kevin – not only he is quite the reader, but he and Aunt Lorraine do like their wine, etc. Even the format of the book itself is outstanding. It is a great book to give to someone who would enjoy both subjects, that being studies and biographies of the saints and also a recipe guide as I mentioned for drinks that I have not only have never heard of but have never tried. Does he go to the same church you do?”
[the grandmother of Luke, one of the author’s students, after Luke gave her a copy of DWTS]

For interviews with the author and more reviews, see our Buzz page (no, not that kind of buzz).

About the Author


Mike and Alexandra toasting DWTS.

Michael P. Foley is the son of an Irish-German father and a French-Canadian mother, so yes, he grew up taking both Catholicism and drinking seriously. Mike eventually became a Catholic theologian, married his wonderful wife Alexandra, got a job as an Associate Professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University, and had six great kids along the way. More boring details about Mike, his interests, and his other writings can be found at his website.

8 thoughts on “Vote in Your Nickname

  1. I was showing off my new book “Drinking with the Saints” to a close friend at my Christmas party. His birthday is September 21st. There is no information for the 21st, of September, St. Matthew’s feast day, the tax collector, apostle, and evangelist. I am looking for a suggested drink and information for St. Matthew’s feast day which I can give to my friend and to add to my book. Thank you.

  2. Dear Ron,
    I wouldn’t blame you for giving up on ever hearing from me, but I finally have a happy response for you. An entry for St. Matthew is included in my new book, Drinking with Your Patron Saints, which will come out on St. Patrick’s Day. Sorry for the long delay!

  3. Dear Denise,
    I wouldn’t blame you for giving up on ever hearing from me, but I finally have a happy response for you. An entry for St. Matthew is included in my new book, Drinking with Your Patron Saints, which will come out on St. Patrick’s Day. Sorry for the long delay!

  4. Received my book today – it looks wonderful and I am going to put it to use on an “almost” daily basis! Wondering why you would omit the Feasts of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and St. Catherine Labouré (27 and 28 November)? Thank you!

  5. Hello Ken!
    My apologies for not responding to your message earlier, but I just discovered it! I wish I could have included more feast days in the book but at 450 pages it was already quite large. There are a few drinks in the book honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary that can be used for the Miraculous Medal, and you can use drinks from Sts. Catherine of Alexandria and Sienna to honor Laboure. My latest book “Drinking with Your Patron Saints” also has more drink ideas.

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