Be jolly, responsibly

With the holiday party season upon us, Washington, D.C.-based Distilled Spirits Council is reminding party-goers to imbibe responsibly.

That's because drunk driving-related accidents and deaths increase significantly during the holidays.

The Council is a national trade association representing America's leading brands of distilled spirits, or rather the booze with which you'll spike your eggnog or wassail or use to mix up that frosty martini.

Here are 5 tips (and a recipe) the council wants you to consider during your holiday gatherings to make sure you, youre loved ones and the other folks on the road have a safe and happy holiday:   

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.

Heres that recipe to make your non-alcohol drinkers feel at home. 
 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.
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Uploaded 12/05/2011
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