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How to host a cocktail party responsibly
Entertaining friends and family at home is a great way to celebrate a special occasion or holiday. A good host is a responsible host. Below are some great tips to help everyone celebrate responsibly.

Designate a bartender who can serve your guests and keep an eye on how much everyone is drinking.

Alcohol is alcohol is alcohol. It is important to understand that a standard serving of beer (12 ounces), wine (5 ounces) and a cocktail (containing 1 1/2 ounces of distilled spirits) each contains the same amount of alcohol. (Learn more

Make sure that you provide food to complement your cocktails. Research food pairings to enhance your chosen cocktails; fresh seafood goes great with vodka and heartier meats and cheeses complement Scotch and Bourbon well.

Make available non-alcohol beverages for your guests. Try creating a festive non-alcohol punch for those guests who choose not to drink beverage alcohol.

Make sure your guests have a safe way home either through designated drivers or a taxi -- make sure to have those local cab service numbers handy.

We reminds you to always drink responsibly -- Good Friends, Good Refreshments and Good Judgment.

(Source: Distilled Spirits Council of the United States)

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