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How To Stop From Binge Drinking On A Night Out?

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking is having five or more drinks for a man and four or more drinks for a woman in one sitting. Binge drinking is the most common pattern of excessive alcohol consumption and is a common problem in many countries worldwide. The compound effect of regular binge drinking can be more harmful than you might think. Binge drinking may lead to the chances of physical injury and violent incidents and is not the way to enjoy alcohol.

There are simple yet powerful ways to stop binge drinking: 

Decide before you start – Going out for a drink with your friends? It’s better to decide how much you’ll drink that night. A maximum of two and each time you finish a drink, note it in your phone and hydrate yourself with a glass of water. This strategy will slow down your drinking pace since you can only have a limited amount. And once you reach your limit, switch to water or soft drink.

Don’t drink before a social event – Don’t turn up to a party, pub or social event with a couple of drinks under your belly already. If a friend wants to have a few at home before you head out, just say you’d rather drink there and try enjoy drinking  with a bunch of friends.

Drink water between drinks – Drinking a glass of water or a soft drink between each alcoholic drink to slow down the effect alcohol has on you. But don’t just gulp water and then order another drink. Sit on the water the way you would drink an alcoholic drink. There’s no shame in trying not to get drunk, and telling your friends you’re drinking water might remind them that they should have one too.

Don’t get into social pressure – Having rounds of drinks will speed up the pace of drinking to keep up with each other, and you end up having drinks you don’t want. So it advisable not to get into rounds. Don’t drink just to be polite or risk offending someone who bought you a shot.

Eat food – Don’t be hesitant to go crazy on the menu when you’re drinking. Eating food will make your body take longer to digest the alcohol, and you’ll drink more slowly in between bites. Always eat before the event and continue to eat throughout your drinking session.

Do something other than meeting just to drink – Try to incorporate activity into your drinking session to slow down your pace of drinking. This could be playing games or bust some moves on the dance floor when you’re up in the club or bar.

Drinking and stress – Most people turn to drink when stressed or depressed but drinking excessively will only make you feel worse.

Rather choosing activities like running, swimming, meditation, yoga or an intense workout will help you in the long run by putting you in a better frame of mind which will result in less binge-drinking.

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Spooky Cocktails For Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, are you looking for something spooky to serve your guests this Halloween party? Well! That is why we’ve rounded up some spooky cocktails just for you.

Blood and Sand 

This elegant cocktail is nearly a century old and is a tribute to the 1922 silent movie Blood and Sand starring Rudolph Valentino. Though the components may seem a little odd, they blend seamlessly, and the warming scotch and sweet vermouth are a welcome nod to early autumn. Fruity and only faintly smoky, it’s an approachable drink for people who aren’t sure they like Scotch.

Black Velvet 

The Black Velvet Cocktail is a popular Irish drink made from one of the world’s most famous stout beers, this disarmingly simple combination of beer and bubbly wine is true to its name: rich, smooth, and lush. It’s dark molasses colour with its silky smooth flavour and mesmerizing bubbles that form a frothy head after a pour, one can see why this stout is so popular. Not only is this cocktail delicious and smooth but super simple to prepare.

Black Sun 

The bittersweet orange flavour of Cointreau liqueur adds citrus complexity to this delightful take on the popular Cuba Libre. Add a spooky swizzle stick for a festive note or an orange garnish for a punch of seasonal colour.

El Diablo 

The El Diablo cocktail surely lives up to its name with a devilish combination of sweet crème de cassis, earthy tequila, bright lime, and spicy ginger beer and is a stroke of utter genius.

The Last Word 

The Last Word cocktail is a sweet and sharp drink with a pale green hue. Electric green Chartreuse liqueur is the star of this crisp, Prohibition-era classic.  This little palate cleanser is rich and pungent. It is best suited to those who like a sharp kick to a drink and The Last Word should be the first thing you order the next time you fancy a sweet, citrus hit.

Chartreuse Smash 

This is a cocktail that will make you happy to drink some of your greens. Muddled mint and a bit of brown sugar take the medicinal edge off of the Chartreuse, resulting in a crisp, refreshing riff on the julep that is as delicious as it is eye-catching. Serve with crushed ice in a refreshing tall sipper.

Caramel Apple Punch 

The Caramel Apple punch calls for just four ingredients—apple cider, spiced rum, lemon juice, and a sliced apple for garnish.

Chocolate Malted Martini 

This decadently rich and creamy cocktail made with chocolate syrup and vodka will definitely bring out your dark side this Halloween.

Pumpkin Martini 

Stay away from those cloying pumpkin-flavoured liqueurs, this drink uses pure pumpkin puree, with vodka for the kick.

Vampire Punch 

With a generous mix of Campari and gin and dash of juicy pomegranate seeds which add a sweet-tart bite to every cup, this delish punch will have guests asking for more.

Dark and Spooky 

Use ginger beer instead of ginger ale and dark rum for the deepest, most intense flavour.

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What’s The Difference Between Tequila and Mezcal?

Tequila and Mezcal are the two famous Mexican spirits that are made from the agave plant. With the rise of cocktail culture, both tequila and mezcal have found new popularity on bar shelves and cocktail lists.

Although you may feel there is no difference between them, there are some key differences between the two drinks, primarily in terms of the type of agave used, the production process and the region of Mexico where it is produced.

Tequila is Mezcal, but not all Mezcals are Tequilas.

Tequila is made in the Jalisco region of Mexico and Mezcal is usually produced in the Oaxaca region. While Tequila is made only from the blue Weber agave, the process involves steaming the heart of the agave plant in above-ground ovens and then distilling the liquid in copper pots. Mezcal, on the other hand, is made from more than 30 varieties of agave. Most mezcals are produced with agave espadin, the most commonly found variety of agave. Its signature smoky flavour comes from cooking the agave in underground pits, which are lined with hot rocks that burn for about 24 hours before the cooking process begins. This roasting caramelize the agave plants, which gives it a rich, flavourful, savoury and smoky taste.

Types of Tequila and Mezcal

Both tequila and mezcal are aged inside oak barrels after the distillation process is over. However, the aging categories of the two spirits are defined slightly differently.

Tequila comes in three varieties:

Blanco – Silver or Plato/Aged for 0-2 months

Reposado – Aged for 2-12 months

Anejo – Aged for 1-3 years

Mezcal is also divided into three categories by age:

Joven – Blanco or abacado/Aged for 0-2 months

Reposado – Aged for 2-12 months

Anejo – Aged for at least one year

Since Blanco has not been aged, it is clear and without the flavours that

aging would impart and can be bottled immediately.

Flavour 

Thanks to mezcal’s underground fire pit method, the spirit appears to have a more savoury, smokier profile than Tequila’s. Bear in mind that the longer any spirit spends aging in bottle, the better, more sophisticated the taste profile it will have.

Neat or Cocktail 

Both mezcal and tequila make fine solo sippers, although both are strong additions to a multitude of cocktail creations. Popular tequila drinks include the sunrise of tequila, the Paloma and, of course, the margarita. Experiment with exchanging tequila with Mezcal for a smokier, more robust variation on your favourite tequila-based drinks.

Price Point 

Just like any wine or spirit, Tequila and Mezcal too can be found in any price range across the spectrum. Because of its more industrial production process, it’s usually easier to find less costly tequila than Mezcal, although we don’t necessarily recommend going to the lowest rung on the ladder — that is, unless you’re searching for a Stick with a price range that you’re comfortable with. Grab a bottle of Tequila and Mezcal each and try, taste and compare them.

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