on 13/12/10 at 11:36 amBooze News
The council offers the following tips and recipes for hosting responsible cocktail parties and a free brochure of tips can be viewed or ordered at distilledspirits.org.
— Designate a bartender who can serve your guests and keep an eye on how much everyone is drinking. The Federal Dietary Guidelines define moderate drinking as up to two drinks per day for men and up to one drink per day for women.
— Remember — alcohol is alcohol. A standard drink of regular beer (12 fluid ounces), wine (five fluid ounces), and spirits (a cocktail with 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof spirits) each contains the same amount of alcohol, 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol.
— Make sure that you provide food to complement your cocktails. Consider food pairings to enhance the flavor of your chosen cocktails: fresh seafood and breads accentuate vodka cocktails, spiced and smoked meats and cheeses complement Bourbon and Scotch whiskies, and fruit enhances rum and tequila flavors.
— Make available nonalcohol beverages for your guests. Create festive nonalcohol punch for those guests who choose not to drink alcohol.
— Make sure your guests have a safe way home either through designated drivers or a taxi. Have local taxi service numbers available for your guests.