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How To Be A Responsible Host

One of the great things in life is to throw a great party for people we love and care for. It’s not fun if people end up hurt or sick. Although your guests are primarily responsible for their own safety, here are a few things you can do to be a very thoughtful and responsible host.

Plan Ahead 

Write down all the details in advance and involve your family or friends in planning. You can consider going booze-free, if children and young people are invited or keep an eye on all underage guests to ensure they don’t have access to alcoholic drinks.

Be specific about what you’re inviting people over for. Let them know when you invite them what you’re planning and what to expect. If you know some people are likely to drink too much, talk to them in advance and arrange things in place to keep them safe.

Provide Sufficient Food 

When you’re offering alcohol, make sure that you provide food too that sits in the stomach longer and takes time to digest, food like bread, pasta, potatoes, meat and cheese. Such foods will slow down how quickly alcohol is absorbed into the blood. Make sure there’s a lot available and keep moving it around. And remember to have some vegetarian options too.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks 

Don’t forget to keep some interesting non-alcoholic drinks also. Several individuals may only want to drink non-alcoholic drinks or substitute their alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks. Be innovative. People will often also like something such as grapefruit juice and a tonic with a bit of mint in it.

Provide Water 

Keep the jugs of water and glasses in the accessible areas and keep them filled. You may be amazed to know how much water your guests drink when it’s available. Continue to flow water and non-alcoholic beverages, not just alcoholic drinks.

Hire A Bartender 

Avoid self-serve. Hire a bartender who has alcohol training for the evening. Consider getting one individual who serves the drinks and keep an eye on things rather than a free-for-all. Make sure the bartender is someone responsible who is going to be able to intervene when someone has had enough. Keep in mind that teenager under 18 years of age cannot be supplied with alcohol unless they are approved by their parent or legal guardian, or the person providing them has the explicit consent of their parent or legal guardian.

Drink in Moderation 

Don’t over serve and don’t top up glasses, your guests will thank you. To help your guests keep track of how much they are drinking, use standard measures when pouring your drinks. As the host, don’t over serve yourself. Restrict your alcohol consumption throughout the party to pay more attention to your guests.

Plan Entertainment 

Consider other things to do apart from eating and drinking. Plan events that will help people get up from their seats. Get out all the old sports kit for a cricket, catch, softball or Frisbee game.

Put An End Time 

Inform your guests about the starting and ending time of the party in the invitation itself and then stick to the time.

After Party

Don’t let your guests drink and drive to home. Make sure they have a driver or hire a cab for them.

 

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Essentials For Your Home Bar

At times when every bar and restaurant in city seems to have a mixology expert, most of the people we know stay away from tossing drinks at home. But why wait for a night out to savour your perfect cocktail? Ready your home bar by storing essentials and then host a party to rejoice.

Your home bar essentials checklist should accommodate all your cocktail needs, by offering you all the ingredients you may need to make dozens of recipes.

Here’s the list of essential liquor you need, along with mixers, gadgets, garnishes, and glasses.

The Essential Drinks 

Often begin with a small selection. You may add to that later. Start with a set of basic spirits for making cocktails.

  • Bourbon
  • Cointreau or triple sec
  • Gin
  • Rum – Light, Dark
  • Scotch – Blended
  • Tequila – White
  • Vermouth – Dry, Sweet
  • Vodka
  • Wine – Red, White
  • Beer – Light, Dark

The Essential Mixers 

The list below will offer you an array versatile enough to incite a plethora of drinks for your group.

  • Seltzer
  • Tonic water
  • Sparkling water
  • Fresh-squeezed juice (lemon, lime, orange, Cranberry)
  • Cola
  • Ginger ale
  • Club soda
  • Angostura bitters

The Garnishes 

You can probably skip the garnishes, but if you’re game for it, they look beautiful.

  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Mint leaves or other herbs)
  • Citrus peel
  • Olives
  • Kosher salt
  • Lemons
  • Limes

Accessories 

You don’t need to get extravagant, unless if you have developed a taste for more complex creations.

  • Glasses – 6-8 each Highball, Old Fashioned, Stem, Martini glasses, All-purpose wine glasses
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail-mixing glasses
  • Bar spoon or Long cocktail spoon
  • Springed strainer
  • Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Ice bucket
  • Ice cube trays
  • Tongs
  • Spirit decanter
  • Paring knife
  • Peeler
  • Cutting board
  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle opener
  • Juice squeezer
  • Cocktail napkins
  • Cocktail toothpicks
  • Swizzle sticks

Other Party Essentials 

  • Bar cart
  • Tray
  • Recipe cards printed with your favourite cocktails
  • Snacks

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Is Drinking Less One Of Your New Year Resolutions?

Each New Year offers an exciting opportunity for a fresh start and new beginnings, which is why we all look forward to it.

No matter what your goals are for the coming year or how many New Year’s resolutions you plan on making for 2020, It would be disappointing if some of us are not considering swearing off alcohol, or at least scaling down drinking, as a New Year’s resolution. We must acknowledge that some folks drink way too much.

So here we are unveiling some tips for people who want to scale down their drinking habit in 2020.

Keep Record 

One of the simplest ways to cut back is to keep a record of how much you’re drinking. There are indeed a myriad of ways to do that. You can print a drink tracker card and keep it in your wallet. There are also a number of apps available to help you keep track of your alcohol intake. Acknowledging how much you’ve had to consume will help you slow things down when you have to.

Keeping Count 

Alcoholic beverages are available in a variety of sizes. Knowing the standard size of your drinks can help you count your drinks more precisely, especially at home. It might be a little harder to measure the size of a drink if you’re out, particularly with mixed drinks, because you might get more alcohol than you thought. Often, only reminding your server not to top off a partially filled glass with wine or beer will help.

Setting the Objectives 

Pick and chose how many days a week you want to have a drink and how many alcoholic beverages you should have in those days. Some suggest that not more than four drinks a day for men and three drinks a day for women and not more than 14 drinks per week for men and seven drinks per week for women is defined as low-risk drinking. This may be high for some. You must decide what is good for you. It pays to err on the side of less.

Pace and Space 

Take your own pace when you drink. There’s no need to hurry after all. Sip slowly and drink no more than one standard drink per hour. Additionally, making every other drink a non-alcoholic one will help.

Food 

Never drink on your empty belly. Getting any food in your body would mean that alcohol is more steadily absorbed into your bloodstream. It’s also going to help fend off a bad hangover.

Avoid Peer Pressure 

There are certain people or places that make you feel like you just need a drink. Well, avoid them and instead plan to do something else.

 Handle Urges 

Sometimes situations are unavoidable, particularly at work. If you can’t avoid it, there are a couple of things you can do to help avoid drinking more. Getting involved in a healthy and relaxing activity, such as exercise or any hobby that doesn’t involve drinking, will help. Talking about things with someone you trust can also help.

Know When To Say No 

There will be moments when you’re given a drink when you don’t want one; having a compelling and friendly “NO” will makes you less likely to take a drink.

Small changes could make a significant difference. If one strategy doesn’t work, try another one. Find out what works best for you and keep up with that regimen. Another tried and tested method is to use the money that you would normally spend on alcohol for something else.

If you have not made any progress in cutting back after two or three months, we recommend that you consider quitting entirely, seeking professional help or both.

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