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‘Tis the Season to be Jolly…and Responsible #Alcohol

1 Dec

Distilled Spirits Council Offers 5 Tips for Responsible Holiday Entertaining

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the holiday entertaining season just around the corner, the Distilled Spirits Council is offering adult consumers an attractive, free brochure featuring tips on how to host responsible cocktail parties.

“As family and friends gather to celebrate the holidays or mark special occasions, the Distilled Spirits Council encourages everyone to make responsible decisions to ensure safe and happy celebrations,” said Peter Cressy, Distilled Spirits Council President. 

The Council offers the following tips and recipes for hosting responsible cocktail parties: The free brochure can be viewed or ordered at the Distilled Spirits Council website at

1. 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.  (

 2. Remember – alcohol is alcohol.  It is important to understand that 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. (

3. 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.

4. Make available non-alcohol beverages for your guests. Create festive non-alcohol punch for those guests who choose not to drink alcohol.

Herbal Cooler Punch: 2 cups brewed peppermint tea, 2 cups brewed red zinger tea, 2 cups cranberry juice.  Mix and serve over ice block with lemon wedge. Ice block can be easily prepared by freezing water in one quart container (or whatever size carryout container you have available).  Microwave for a few seconds once frozen for ease of removing from container.                                                                                                                                   

5. 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.

Reposted with permission from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is a national trade association representing the leading brands of distilled spirits. Council member products include the full spectrum of quality distilled spirits such as Bourbon, Scotch and other whiskeys, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, brandy, cordials and liqueurs. The distillers take special pride in their products as well as in their commitment to encourage responsible beverage alcohol consumption by adults who choose to drink. If you choose to drink, be sure to consume sensibly and responsibly.


Cheers! More Evidence that Moderate Drinking Is Good for Your Health (via TIME Healthland)

25 Feb

Again friends, it’s about moderation. Enjoy healthfully and your heart may thank you!

Knocking back a drink after work may help keep your heart healthy, according to two meta-analyses from scientists at the University of Calgary. Overdoing it, however, can be dangerous to health, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer and depression. The first of two analyses published Tuesday on the BMJ website reviewed 84 existing studies on the link between alcohol consumption and heart disease, heart attack or stroke. The study found tha … Read More

via TIME Healthland

It’s… Thirsty Thursday!!

27 Jan

Today is thirsty Thursday. While you may not enjoy this today, you’ll be prepared for the weekend!

The Smart Appletini

1.5 oz Apple Vodka

2 oz Apple Juice

2 oz diet lemon-lime soda

In a cocktail shaker, gently shake or stir the liquids with crushed ice (too much shaking will lead to a foamy mess). Strain into a chilled martini glass leaving some ice in the glass. Garnish with a very thin slice of apple that has been dipped in lime juice.

Traditional Appletini recipes can use sugar-ladened mixes and provide lots of added calories. The Smart Appletini is ~140 calories.


It’s time to Tailgate!

14 Sep

Yes, my friends, it’s that time of year again. In the South, it seems, we tailgate for junior high events up to the pros! Of course, this post will be directed at the “of age” crowd. Tailgating typically involves some type of alcoholic beverage and it is possible to consume it moderately over the course of the celebration. Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t forgot about water! Keep a water bottle handy. If you depend on booze to keep you hydrated you’ll feel horrible, have decreased inhibitions (which could lead to trouble) and you may even miss the game!
  • Start with water and alternate one bottle (~2 cups) with every alcoholic beverage. Hydration is key!!
  • Know what you’re drinking. If your tailgating host or hostess has shaken up a good luck concoction ask about the ingredients. Mixers can add in loads of calories!
  • If you choose beer, either have light (if that’s what you actually like) or have a nice and creamy dark beer just remember to drink moderately (the water rule helps).
  • Again, moderation is key with distilled spirits as well. Use low to no calorie mixers.

A delicious low-cal sip will be posted just in time for this weekend’s tailgating…

Can wine make you smarter??

1 Sep

Moderate drinking, especially wine, associated with better cognitive function
ScienceDaily (2010-08-19) — A large prospective study of 5,033 men and women has reported that moderate wine consumption is independently associated with better performance on cognitive tests. … > read full article

Remembering Moderation when Sippin’

16 Aug

Jill & Leslie at wine class at the CIA in Napa Valley 2009

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States notes that over 100 million American adults drink alcohol responsibly. Our goal (as nutritionists and health experts) is to help people find the happy medium between good times and health. Health messages are often skewed by media and even so-called experts. offers truth, health, humor, and permission to enjoy alcohol in moderation. An article found in the 2006 Archives of Internal Medicines suggests that up to 2 alcoholic beverages for women and up to 4 for men was inversely associated with total risk of death; therefore, possibly prolonging life. Other research findings include that moderate consumption of alcohol may reduce the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease, and may improve survival rates of a heart attack or stroke. And, The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report suggests that moderate drinking does not affect diet quality nor is associated with obesity. Moderation is most often defined as one drink per day for women and two per day for men. If you don’t want to drink, you don’t have to start. However, if you want to be a smart sipper we’re here to help!

Red Wine News

21 Jul

ScienceDaily (2010-04-21) — Researchers say they have discovered the way in which red wine consumption may protect the brain from damage following a stroke. … Click here for full article

Stay tuned for more wine health news…