Cocktails are essential for most parties, but those who don’t or can’t imbibe are often left sipping a boring can of soda. Here’s a simple rule to follow so non-drinkers can feel like they’re treating themselves too.
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Drinks are for occupying your hands while you mingle, and moderate drinkers will gradually work their way through cocktails, wine, and beer. They take reasonable sips as they go along because of that extra kick alcohol adds to the taste. Soda, juice, and water on the other hand can be downed much faster, so non-drinkers can end up consuming twice as much liquid and bouncing back and forth between the bathroom all night. Plus, non-drinkers won’t feel as special drinking something they could have had any other time. To wow your non-drinking guests, Jamie Lauren Keiles at NYMag’s lifestyle blog The Cut shares a helpful rule of thumb:
…the hallmark of a good booze-free option is something that (a) can be consumed at relatively the same rate as everyone else’s booze-full drink, and (b) can arguably be considered “a special treat” (it is a joyous time of year, after all).
Give them something they can sip slowly and feel fancy with. Keiles suggests hot drinks like mulled cider, special teas, or not-from-the-box hot chocolate. For something cold, go with something acidic, bubbly, and homemade (think seltzer with added cucumber and melon). Don’t just throw out a 12-pack of Diet Coke and call it good. Make it a party for them too. You can find more tips at the link below.
The Ultimate Hostess Challenge: Entertaining People Who Don’t Drink [NYMag’s The Cut]