“As you gather this festive season with good friends and good cheer, remember it’s also a time for good judgment,” said Chris Swonger, President and CEO of Distilled Spirits Council and Responsibility.org. “For adults who plan to celebrate the holidays with a glass of cheer, please do so responsibly and in moderation.”
The Council offers the following tips for responsible entertaining:
1. Designate a bartender who can serve your guests and keep an eye on how much everyone is drinking. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans define moderate drinking as consuming up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.
2. Remember, alcohol is alcohol. According to the Dietary Guidelines, a “drink-equivalent” is defined as 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (40 percent alcohol) such as rum, vodka, gin and whiskey; 12 fluid ounces of regular beer (5 percent alcohol); or five fluid ounces of wine (12 percent alcohol). One drink-equivalent contains 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol.
3. Provide food to complement your cocktails. Consider food pairings that enhance or contrast the flavor of the cocktails you’re serving: fresh seafood accentuates vodka or gin cocktails; smoked meats and even pickled vegetables complement Scotch or Bourbon cocktails; and citrus-flavored dishes match well with Tequila or rum cocktails.
4. Make available non-alcohol beverages for your guests. Always provide non-alcohol alternatives such as a festive punch for those guests who choose not to drink alcohol.
5. Ensure your guests have a safe way home either through designated drivers, taxis or a car service. Have local taxi service numbers available or consider prearranging a car service or ride app credit for your guests.