Secret Weapons for the Office Party
parties can be lots of fun. As a matter of fact, they can be too
much fun. Whether the party is for a co-workers birthday, landing
a new account or to celebrate the holidays, it pays to remember
that your behavior at a work related event will affect your reputation
in the office.
One good way
to enjoy the party and keep a clear head is to have an arsenal
of nonalcoholic cocktails to sip. That way you can drink with
everyone else and still keep your cool.
If your contact
with virgin drinks has been limited to a Shirley Temple -- basically
a glass of ginger ale with a splash of Grenadine for color --
it's time to discover the adult drinks that look and taste a bit
are just a safer version of their stronger relations. For instance,
one potent recipe for Sex
on the Beach, or an SOB, is made with 2 ounces of vodka, 1
ounce of peach schnapps, a splash of orange or grapefruit juice
and a splash of cranberry juice. A toned down version, Safe Sex
on the Beach, is 2 ounces of cranberry juice, 2 ounces grapefruit
or orange juice and 1 ounce of peach nectar. The drinks look alike,
but you can drink safe SOBs all night long and never lose your
choices are a Virgin Mary - that's a Bloody
Mary without the booze. Just tomato juice and what ever you
take to spice it up. A virgin
Pina Colada... 7 ounces of pineapple juice with 2 ounces of
coconut cream blended at high speed with 1 cup of crushed ice.
These drinks are similar to their alcohol drenched namesakes.
The only way to tell the difference is to taste them!
is 3/4 ounces sweet vermouth, 2 1/2 ounces of rye whiskey. The
virgin version is 1/4 cup cranberry juice, 1/4 cup orange juice,
a good splash of cherry juice and a little splash of lemon juice.
The juices combine into a mix that looks very much like the original,
but you can drink a few and still say virgin version three times
such thing as virgin beer. There are many low alcohol versions
that are called "nonalcoholic." They contain about .5%
alcohol, which can add up over several glasses. If you drink too
many you can still be over the limit for driving or maintaining
your decorum at the party. If you only have a couple you should
turn up your nose at the bartender the next time your office mates
decide to party. Just whisper that you want a special mix and
amaze your co-workers with your ability to hold your liquor. Give
the bartender a hefty tip and your secret will be safe!
Chiff.com Directory Editorial Staff