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Drinking Etiquette Around The World

Alcohol also finds a place in celebrations & traditions around the world and drinking is an enjoyable part in the lives of many people. The ones who enjoy drinks & love to travel would agree that no holiday is complete without high spirits. It gives them the opportunity to explore the local cuisine & drinks.

However, as you go about planning your next vacation to a different country, it is important to revisit few a basics here. Remember to be mindful of the local laws and customs. Also, know your limits when you go out drinking in foreign lands, you wouldn’t want to be caught in a messy situation that ruins your trip.

To make things easier, with this article we intend to bring you a list of drinking to-do’s as you plan your next sojourn around the world.

Denmark & Germany

The drinking culture is quite strong in Germany and the people sure do love their beer. A common thing between the Germans & the Danish is the way they toast while drinking. They like to maintain eye contact while toasting, it is symbolic of ‘trust’, and the person is considered untrustworthy if they fail to abide by it.

Czech Republic

The Czechs, like the Danish & Germans, make eye contact while toasting, it is considered rude if you don’t look people in the eye while clinking your glass. Also, make a mental note not to cross your arms as you clink.

France

The French are polite & they like to take it slow! You never fill your glass of wine more than halfway, pour a little and take it slow, don’t gulp it down like a shot!

Russia

The Russians consider it rude if you put your glass of vodka shot down without finishing it, it has to be downed in one go. Remember not to leave your glass on the table once you’re done, place it on the floor instead.

Hungary

Clinking glasses when drinking beer is a big no-no in Hungarian culture. The aversion is rooted in the revolution against the Habsburgs dating back to 1849 when the Austrian soldiers drank beer & clinked glasses while the Hungarian martyrs were hanged.

Spain

When in Spain, ‘always’ toast like the Spanish, and we’ll tell you why. So it goes like this, the Spaniards believe that you experience seven years of bad sex if you toast with a glass of water!

Japan 

In a social gathering in the Japanese culture, the elders are served first, and people ensure that no one’s glass is empty. Pouring a drink for yourself is considered outright rude, and as a part of extended camaraderie, people pour a glass of drink for each other.

And…Here’s a quick parting tip for you, when in doubt, always take the lead of the local. It not only helps you in enjoying the customs of the place you’re visiting but, it also helps you in making friends with the locals. Besides it is advantageous to learn to toast like the natives, it might earn you additional brownie points with your new friends!

Disclaimer: Excessive alcohol consumption is harmful. Whether it is to celebrate or to unwind, it goes without a doubt that one must be a responsible drinker.

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Revisiting The Resolutions This New Year (Alternatives To Drinking In Moderation Or Taking A Break From Alcohol)

The new year has ushered the new & positive energies. It has presented us yet another chance, to let go of the overindulgence, limiting beliefs & bad habits, and start afresh. Although one can abandon these negative habits on any given day, however, now that the new year has just begun, how about making some fresh resolutions and finding the right balance?

The important point to bear in mind is that we need to ‘unlearn to relearn’. Unlearn all the limiting & unhealthy patterns which we have acquired, becoming a clean slate, turning the leaf over and relearning all over again. It’s like beginning over with a new set of eyes.

Now you may wonder what are these ‘limiting & unhealthy patterns’ being referred to here? In simplified words, all that which leads us away from leading a healthy & blissful life, anything which strays us from the path of moderation. These dependencies include overindulgence in unhealthy eating & drinking habits, leading an unhealthy lifestyle.

Unhealthy drinking habits refer to binge drinking or excessive drinking which limits us from leading a fruitful life.

Here, we bring you a brief list of things that you might want to consider investing your time, energy & money in. It’s about understanding the fact that dependencies are a major roadblock in our mind & our lives, we must find the right balance for a wholesome life.

Focus On Fitness

It cannot be emphasised enough, how important being fit in mind, body & soul is. Rather than looking forward to the repetitive parties which might tempt you to overindulge in drinking, focus on your fitness. Remind yourself that it’s okay to take a break from that overindulgence. Challenge yourself to follow a new regime that pushes your boundaries. You might as well shed those kilos which excessive alcohol gifted you!

Join A Book Club

Oh Boy…the wonderland of books!

Let your imagination soar high & you can have your own slice of bliss. Dig-in, dive-in to find a new meaning, not in a glass of alcohol but in books which broaden your intellectual horizons, the one that brings you closer to living a happy & healthy life.

 Travel – Explore

Give your system a much-deserved break from the maddening hustle-bustle of daily routine, work & excessive consumption of alcohol. Talk long strolls all by yourself, hike your way around. Find new mountains to climb or find new shores to touch, your mind, body & soul ‘deserve’ this break. Be safe, find new places to explore or visit the ones which bring you joy.

Learn A Musical Instrument

Come to think of it, what is life without music? Can you imagine, because we’d dare not! Besides, hitting the right chords gives you a different kind of high altogether.

Did you have a dream, a wish as a child to learn a music form? Did you, as a teenager wish to learn to play the guitar as a cool rockstar? Or perhaps find that music buried deep in your heart. You know what, it’s now time to pursue that!

Learn A New Dance Form

Dance is a wonderful way of expressing your emotions & a brilliantly breezy way of staying fit. Make a resolution to stay healthy, become an observer of your feelings as dance liberates you from the worldly worries. This time let the rhythms of dance bring you that high, the idea is to invest in ‘yourself’ to lead a happy life.

Polish Your Linguistic Skills

Stimulate your brain a little more and learn a new language, learn about new cultures. The chances are that you might end up making travel plans, forming new friendships, or even finding a new hobby. You might end up seeing the world upside down, albeit in an absolutely different manner. So go on, try it!

Volunteer To Those In Need

Take the kind & courageous steps to help the ones who are in need. Think about it, would you not be willing to invest your energy & money to make a difference in the lives of those who need help. Set a ‘give-away’ week or month or perhaps, block a weekend. Take a break from putting your bucks on booze & be of service to the society. Invest your time in educating others about the impact of excessive drinking, alcoholism, binge drinking. Help those in need, and it’s going to fill your heart with gratitude & bring you peace.

Cook Your Heart Out!

Improve your culinary skills, learn new cuisines. This time fill your time and tummy with new skills & delicious food and as you do so, raise a toast to yourself for making the efforts to strike the right balance to great health & living fully.

It’s time to bury the ghosts of the years past and begin anew. Drink, but do so in moderation, do not let the excess of it to consume you. It’s time to shed old skin, to let go of binge/excessive drinking, or addictions of any kind to live in moderation. There’s a world out there waiting to be explored, and all you have to do is ‘BEGIN’!

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Stocking Up Your Bar For That Amazing Party?

It’s that time of the year when the festivities from the previous year follow the way to a new year. While it is fun to host a party, it can be a rather daunting task too, especially if you do not have a plan of action in place. Do you find yourself to be in that worrisome state of being disorganised and not knowing where to begin?
You needn’t sweat over it because we, the good samaritans, are here, to share some useful tips with you so you can throw that amazing party.

The List

Remember, everything begins with a list! Jot down all the details such as the date of the party, time, place, guests, etc.
As you prepare a guest list, it is important to keep in mind the choice of drinks & food which your guests would prefer to have. You wouldn’t want to run out of alcohol or food in the middle of a party, especially since you’re the host!

Booze

Once you’ve decided on the food menu, make a list of the kinds of alcohol you would need to buy and their quantity.

The next question popping in your head must be ‘how many drinks per guest and how frequently should you serve’. The safe advice here would be to serve two drinks in the first hour & subsequently moving on to one per hour after that. (Please note that this is a piece of general advice and not an immutable rule!)

Here’s your checklist

-Beer

-Whisky

-Tequila

-Vodka

-Gin

-Wine (Red/White)

Decide whether you would want to serve cocktails too and if so, list them.

Mixers

Here go the magic words, make a list!

-Soda water

-Tonic water

-Bottled water

-Juices (Fresh or bottled)

Another important point which must not be overlooked, would there be teetotallers? If yes, keep a list of non-alcoholic beverages (including mocktails) you’d be serving.

Drink Garnishes

The standard-

-Lemon

-Lime

-Oranges

-Olives

-Cherries

-Cranberries

-Pineapples

-Celery

-Fresh herbs

Let’s Chill!

Stock up on ample amount of ice (approximately 1 pound per person) and keep ice bucket handy with half-ice & half-cold water. If your budget allows, you could also get creative with different & fancy ice-tray shapes.

What’s In A Glass?

Keep the alcohol glassware ready. Again, if it’s an informal get-together or you’re on a budget, feel free to skip the fancy glassware and keep it simple.

Bar Equipment

Here you get a chance to practice & show off your great bartending skills! For a budget party, no fancy stuff is required, and even the most basic ones would solve the purpose.

Additional Tips

Here’s another tip you might want to inscribe on your mind –

Full bars require a bigger budget and a huge variety of liquors.  If you’re planning a party on a budget, it is advisable to keep lesser booze variety and to restrict the number of cocktails served. As an example, create only two signature cocktails instead of many, eg, vodka martini & cosmopolitan. Another great example is Punch’, which is a great money saving option too. You could also use create smart mixes to save few bucks.

Food

Please do not forget to order food!

Additionally, you must never drink on an empty stomach. Remember to eat while you drink as it slows down the absorption of alcohol.

Music

No party is complete without the right kind of beats to dance to!

 

Quick Cocktail Recipes

Vodka Martini

 Ingredients

  • 3 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1 fluid ounce dry vermouth
  • Olives
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish & serve.

Cosmopolitan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1/4 fluid ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 fluid ounce triple sec
  • 1/4 fluid ounce cranberry juice
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish & serve.

EndNote: We told you that have you covered on this one, and here’s wishing you many more amazing parties!

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