Tag Archives: drink responsibly

Sippin’ Smart on Local Memphis Live – Have a Healthy & Happy New Year!

30 Dec

It’s always a pleasure to join the hosts of Local Memphis Live on ABC24. Today we talked about sippin’ smart for a healthy New Year’s Eve. If you missed the segment, check it out here. Cheers!

‘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 http://www.discus.org/media/cocktail.asp

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.  (http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines)

 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. (www.standarddrinks.com)

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.

Grape Expectations, a Juicy July 4th #Cocktail

1 Jul

As some of you know, I have a love affair with grapes. I like to eat them and drink them in their fermented form :-). Sometimes we forget about plain ol’ grape juice. When I think of grape juice, I think of snack time as a kid. The little Dixie cup of grape juice with crackers or a cookie was the quintessential snack. However, grape juice isn’t just for kids. Did you know it actually is beneficial for cardiovascular health? Research suggests it may help keep your arteries clear, could aid in maintaining a healthy blood pressure, and has anti-clotting properties. So, why not celebrate grapes’ healthy  and tasty properties in a smart sip!

Try this tasty and colorful cocktail!

4 fluid ounces Welch’s 100% Grape Juice

1 fluid ounce tequila

A splash (~1 fluid ounce) of Ginger Ale

Mix it up…

Put ice in a cocktail glass. Add grape juice, tequila, and ginger ale. Stir and garnish with a couple of grapes on cocktail stirrer. Enjoy this refreshing bev and have a safe weekend!

Approximately 145 calories

The Fresh Watermelon-tini #cocktail

6 Jun

My friends, it’s hot! It’s REALLY hot here in Memphis (we’ve already topped 100 degrees a couple of times). While shopping I picked up two small, or personal (ha ha!), watermelons thinking I know I could make a deliciously smart sip with this! My vodka is chillin’ in the freezer and my fresh watermelon juice cooling in the refrigerator. It’s really that simple, and delicious!

Getting ready….

I have a FABULOUS blender called a Vitamix–it has 2 horsepower. While it’s no Aston Martin, it will pulverize anything!! This smart sip has less than 150 potassium-rich calories!

Cut the small watermelon in half, then cut into managable peices. Peel from the rind and put into the blender. Blend completely until it’s a thin liquid. Put the blender pitcher containing juice in the refrigerator to chill at least 3 hours.

Time to serve!

6 oz very cold, fresh watermelon juice

1 oz chilled vodka

Mix it up!! I’m serving 4 people so I just add the vodka to the pitcher and blend. Pour into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a thin slice of watermelon. Stay cool!

It’s Thirsty Thursday-Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

5 May

Cinco de Mayo, or simply the 5th of May, is a celebration of Mexican army’s unexpected victory over the French almost 150 years ago in 1862. This is a day to remember who your friends are and heritage. So, it’s unlikely that there’s better day for a…. Frozen Raspberry Margarita!!


1 cup triple sec

1 cup tequila

1 12 fluid ounce light beer (yes, a beer)

Juice of 1 lime

~1 cup frozen raspberries

1 container sugar-free raspberry lemonade

Ice (about 4 cups)

Pour all the ingredients in your super blender. Fill the pitcher to the 2 quart mark with ice. Blend and enjoy!

Thirsty Thursday’s Limoncello Spritzer

14 Apr

As most of you know, I love all things Italian. One of my favorite Italian liqueurs is Limoncello. For some people it’s a little too lemony but not for me! I actually like it enough to have more than a few sips. That’s why we’re turning it into a sippin’ smart cocktail (but I’m sure you know a spritzer isn’t exactly a new concept).

Try it like this…

1 oz Limoncello

3-4 oz plain sparkling water

Place ice in a cocktail glass, pour in Limoncello and sparkling water. Gently stir and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and/or slice of lemon. De-lish!

Approximately 75 calories

I love to serve this after my super fantastic puttanesca-try it!

***Did you know you could make your own Limoncello? Check it out!

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly…and Responsible

9 Dec

 Distilled Spirits Council Offers 5 Tips for Responsible Holiday Entertaining

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the holiday season upon us, 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 www.distilledspirits.org

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.  (http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines)

 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. (www.standarddrinks.com)

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.

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.  Reposted with permission from Lisa Hawkins (202) 682-8840.