Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cinnamon Holiday Mocktail (a PSA)

New Year's Eve is almost upon us!  Hubby and I have already secured a reservation for a nice dinner, then we plan to head home, cuddle by the fire, and watch the ball drop.  Quiet, just the two of us, ringing in the new year as a married couple for the first time.

And of course there will be alcohol!  But since we will be doing the drinking at home, we do not plan on getting behind the wheel while under the influence.  Hopefully, this also means we will be safe from those who will be out and about celebrating, drinking...and driving - on the deadliest day of the year for alcohol-related traffic fatalities.  I shudder to think of all the people who will be out welcoming 2013, only to not survive a single day of the new year...

It doesn't really take that many drinks before a driver is impaired, as I discovered from this recent Patch article.  Check out the two handy charts in the article illustrating the body alcohol content as a function of sex and weight.

For those who will be hosting a party themselves, I thought I'd share a "Holiday Host Toolkit" from Edgar Snyder & Associates (yep, that Pittsburgh lawyer you've seen on TV and billboards with a toothy smile pointing his finger at you).  The company has been working to promote safe holiday partying practices - a really great cause of which I am certainly supportive!  This convenient toolkit can be found entirely online.  In addition to party hosting tips, contact information for area cab companies, a coupon for a designated driver service, and other useful information, there are also simple yet yummy mocktail recipe ideas for those party guests who are minors or designated drivers.  R. and I tried the Cinnamon Holiday Mocktail today, and it is quite good!  The full recipe is available here, and I would recommend serving it with a cinnamon stick (in addition to the candy cane) to give it a little extra kick.

Cinnamon Holiday Mocktail
Cinnamon Holiday Mocktail
Cranberry juice + apple juice + cinnamon stick + candy cane

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!  Happy New Year!