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  • 12 DAYS OF HOLIDAY COCKTAILS

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    Berry Berry Christmas

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    • 1 tbsp Lemon juice

    • 1 tablespoon simple syrup

    • 1.5 ounces Vodka

    -.5 ounce Cointreau

    – 4 ounces spaqrkling or soda water
    – ice

    Directions

    1. In a glass, combine blackberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup; lightly crush berries to release their juice. Add ice and vodka and Cointreau top with sparkling or soda water, garnish with berries.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Jack Frost

    IMG_3333– 2 ounces pineapple juice

    -1 ounce white grapejuice

    -1 ounce Blue Curacao

    -1 ounce vodka

    -1.5 cups ice

    -mint sprig

    -icing sugar

    Directions

    Add ice, juices and alcohol to blender and blend until smooth. Rim glass with icing sugar. Garnish with mint spring and peppermint stick. **Can also be made as a mocktail using blue juice and leaving out alcohol. **

     

     

     

     

    Criollo Coffee

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    Nothing to explain here…Pour and enjoy.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tangerine Tingle

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    -2 ounces Gin

    -half fresh tangerine

    -1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

    -1 tsp simple syrup

    -3 ounces sparkling water

    -ice

    Directions

    Muddle tangerine with a splash of gin and fresh lime juice. Strain into shaker and add the rest of gin, simple syrup and ice and shake well. Strain into martini glass and top with sparkling water.

     

     

     

     

    Cheery Cherry Holiday

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    Simple mint cherry infused vodka..Or use Gin or rum, you pick your poison.

    Keep in a jar in the fridge and use for anything. Add to a punch, serve on ice with tonic or soda water. Add to some orange juice for a Holiday Brunch..A must have for the holidays.

    Be sure to clean the berries and mint well before infusing them into the alcohol.

     

     

     

     

    Cherry Martini

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    • 2 ounces infused cherry mint vodka or chin

    -1 tsp fresh lime juice

    -2 ounces white cranberry juice

    -ice

    Directions

    Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. You can rim glass with vanilla sugar for some extra bling.

     

     

     

    Ice Breaker Martini

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    1 ounce Vodka

    3 ounces prosecco

    1/2 ounce thyme infused simple syrup

    1 tsp fresh lemon juice

    ice

    Directions

    Add vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup to shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into glass and top with prosecco. Garnish with fresh berries and thyme sprig.

     

     

     

     

    Deck the Halls Cocktail

    IMG_33391.5 Ounces Vodka

    .5 ounces Cointreau

    1 blood orange juiced

    3 ounces white cranberry juice

    1 tsp simple syrup (optional)

    ice

    rosemary sprig

    Directions

    Add all ingredients to shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain over glass filled with ice and garnish with ornage wedge and rosemary sprig.

     

    Sparkling Pom Pom

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    1 ounce Vodka

    .5 ounce Cointreau

    2 ounces pomegranate juice

    1 ounce white grape juice

    2 ounces prosecco or sparkling water

    1 lime

    ice

    Directions

    Add all ingredients except prosecco to a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a galss with ice and top with prosecco. Garnish with lime wheel.

     

     

    Bacon Caesar ( perfect for Christmas Day)

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    1. 8 oz Caesar Mix.. (walters all natural is my fave)
    2. 2 oz bacon vodka
    3. 1 oz pickle juice
    4. 1tbsp horseradish
    5. 3 dashes Worcestershire
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    6. 2 dashes Tabasco
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    7. 3 ½ tbsp. celery salt
    8. ½ tsp. black pepper
    9. ½ lime
    10. Bacon
Scallops
    Directions
    1. Mix Clamato juice, bacon vodka, pickle juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery salt, lime, and black pepper together.
    2. Shave fresh horseradish into your mix.
    3. Garnish with a bacon-wrapped scallop!
    To make the Bacon Vodka
    Ingredients
    1. 1 pound of bacon
    2. 40 of vodka
    Directions
    Cook the pound of bacon
    Let it cool and place in a large container.
    Add a 40 of vodka and leave in the fridge overnight
    Scoop off the extra fat and strain the mix into a bottle.

     

     

    Holiday Sangria (not just for summer!)

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    3 ounces Cointreau or Brandy

    2 Granny Smith apple

    1 orange

    1 heaping Cup Fresh cranberries

    1(large) Bottle Pinot grigio

    2 cups white grape juice

    1 cup peach juice

    2 sprigs rosemary

    2 cinnamon sticks

    Directions (best prepared the day before)

    Add wine , alcohol  and juices to large vessel. Wash fruit well, slice apples and oranges and add to sangria. Add rosemary and cinnamon sticks.

     

     

     

    Berry Festive Shot

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    white cranberry juice

    raspberry liqueur

    cointreau

    frozen berries your choice

    Directions

    Fill shot glass half full with cranberry juice, add raspberry liqueur to 3/4 full. Add a frozen berry then top with Cointreau.

     

     

     

    At any holiday party be sure to always have FABOOSH non alcoholic options for your guests and a safe way for everyone to get back home.Happy Holidays! Party Safe! Cheers

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  • ALCOHOL MYTHBUSTERS

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    “I can drink way more beer before I am drunk.”
    “I have a super high tolerance for alcohol.”
    “I drink only white wine, it’s light and has less alcohol.”

    In my , far too many to mention, years of working with and writing about alcohol and parties. I am sure I have heard every reason why someone can “drink more” and still be “ok” to drive. I have also heard at least 500 ways you can INSTANTLY sober up so you can drive home.

    The truth of the matter is, none of these reasons or ways are true. People tend to forget that feeling “OK” to drive has absolutely nothing to do with, well “Feeling”.

    How many times have you heard this one…

    “Hey Bob you ok to drive?”
    “Ya no worries I feel fine…”

    Quite frankly, Bob is clueless. That is unless Bob has a super power and can feel what his blood alcohol level is.

    dreamstime_12040223Here are some facts about BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration)
    (from http://www.mto.gov.on.ca)

    In Ontario and the rest of Canada, the maximum legal BAC for fully licensed drivers is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (0.08). Driving with BAC in excess of 0.08 is a criminal offence. BAC levels are affected by many factors, including:

    • How fast you drink. Alcohol consumed quickly will result in a higher BAC than when consumed over a long period of time.
    • Gender. Women generally have less water and more body fat per pound of body weight than men. Alcohol does not go into fat cells as easily as other cells, so more alcohol remains in the blood of women.
    • Body weight. The more you weigh, the more water is present in your body. This water dilutes the alcohol and lowers the BAC.
    Amount of food in your stomach. Absorption is slowed if you’ve had something to eat.

    A NOTE HERE…at just 0.05 BAC a persons vision may already be affected.
    How much can I drink before I reach the 0.05 BAC limit?

    The number of drinks consumed is a poor measure of BAC because of the many factors affecting your body’s ability to digest alcohol, such as weight, body fat, and how long ago and how much you ate. Factors like tiredness and your mood can also make a difference in how alcohol affects your driving ability.
    Here are a few things to keep in mind and keep you and those you love safe.

    A glass of wine white or red, a bottle of beer, and a shot of whiskey or other distilled spirits all contain equivalent amounts of alcohol and are the same to a Breathalyzer. A standard drink is:
    • A 12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer
    • A 5-ounce glass of wine
    • A one and 1/2 ounce of 80 proof distilled spirits (either straight or in a mixed drink)
    And for all those “How to get sober Quick” ideas…

    Drinking coffee, sweating it out or a cold shower will NOT help a drunk person sober up. Only TIME can sober up a person. Alcohol leaves almost everyones body at a rate of about .015 percent of blood alcohol content (BAC) per hour.
    So someone with a BAC of .015 can be sober in an hour while someone with a BAC of .15 would need 10 hours to sober up. This is true no matter your sex, age or weight.

    REMEMBER … You can still have an over the limit BAC THE MORNING AFTER the party! Ride checks know this and are out working the roads at ALL hours of the day and night. Give yourself the proper amount of time to sober up!

    To put it quite simply…If you plan on driving…forget all the math, science and biology mumbo jumbo you just read…Just DON’T DRINK…easy peasy!

    Cheers and have a FABOOSH HOLIDAY SEASON!!

    Party Safe xo

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  • THE SOCIAL HOST

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    This past summer my neighbor was over served at a local pub, went home, fell down the stairs and died. It was a horrible, senseless and preventable tragedy that tore a family apart.

    So when RIDE Checks asked me to be a part of their campaign this year…Just like not dhttp://www.cocktaildeeva.com/wp-admin/post-new.phprinking and driving…it was a NO BRAINER.

    Over serving at restaurants and bars happens all too often. Bar owners, servers and bartenders all want to make the customer happy. Let’s face it, telling someone they have had too much to drink is uncomfortable at best. Also let’s not forget the money making aspect of this.

    In 1972 the Supreme Court of Canada decided there was a “special relationship” between a bar and it’s patrons because: as stated on Canada Safety Council.org

    “The bar “invites” the patron to use its premises to buy and drink alcohol. There is a duty or responsibility on the bar to ensure that there is no “foreseeable” harm that occurs to the patron because of what the bar does (serving alcohol to a patron when he is visibly intoxicated and then ejecting him) and what it fails to do (take preventative steps – offer a ride or call a taxi or police).”
    Establishments now have a “Duty of Care” for it’s patrons.

    So what happens when you invite people into your home to consume alcohol? Do you as, the host, have a ‘duty of care’? Does your home or office party fall under the ‘special relationship law’?

    What exactly is a ‘socialhost?”

    A definition could include anyone who: as per Canada Safety Council.org
    1. is not selling or supplying alcohol for profit;
    2. is not an employer, or any position in which he or she has a unique relationship with his or her guests; and
    is serving alcohol or condoning the service/consumption of alcohol on premises over which he or she has control.

    Then there is the whole B.Y.O.B issue. Are you liable if people bring their own booze?
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    Unfortunately there is no exact answer. This whole area is as grey as it gets. However there have been many people successfully sued and found liable as a ‘social host’.

    The real question is, how can you protect yourself this holiday season and really have your guests “Party Safe”?

    Here are my tips for being a responsible Social Host…

    As the host, don’t over serve yourself. Limit your alcohol consumption throughout the party in order to pay closer attention to your guests.

    Avoid a self serve bar. I am all for hiring a bartender for the evening who has alcohol training.

    Have MANY non-alcoholic selections. Create a signature Mocktail Punch for the evening.

    Say hi and bye! This one is SO important. Greet all your guests to get a feel for if they have already been drinking. Say bye to EVERY single person that leaves your home to gauge how they are acting and see if maybe they need a alternate ride home.

    Have a spare bed or a couch.

    Only TIME will sober someone up. Not coffee or a slice of pizza or cold shower. It’s all about how much alcohol is in the blood stream.

    One last thing to remember…If you have a guest that you feel is intoxicated and they refuse to take a taxi and insist on driving. You MUST call the police. It may seem dramatic but it is your ‘Duty of Care’ to do so. Imagine how dramatic an accident would be.

    For more great Party Safe ideas and to learn more about RIDE Checks check out their website www.ridechecks.com 

    You can also find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter…

    For more information on who, how and when you are liable as a ‘Social Host’ be sure to check out www.canadasafetycouncil.org/traffic-safety/social-host-liability

     

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS and #PartySafe
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