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Donít get me wrong: Iím no teetotaler myself. But as much as I enjoy the occasional tasty bottle of wine or fabulous cocktail, there actually are times when I just donít feel like drinking. Added to which, of late, Iíve noticed this bizarre trend amongst my friends: more and more of them are choosing not to drink Ė some just occasionally, others at all. This, of course, doesnít mean weíre all turning into stodgy old farts -- contrary to what the beer ads certainly want you to think, it is possible to have fun without boozing it up. Too often, however, forgoing the liquor leaves you stuck sipping a lukewarm glass of tap water all night Ė which might be fine for hydration purposes, but sure makes for one dull gustatory experience.
Maybe youíre still recovering from your last wretched hangover; maybe youíre abstaining due to divine decree; maybe youíve just decided liquor doesnít fit into your new super-healthy lifestyle. Or maybe you just donít like the taste of the stuff. Whatever the reason may be, you want something non-alcoholic, but palatable, to serve at your next fabulous gathering. And soda pop and plain old water just arenít cutting it.
Thereís no reason to resort to ho-hum, ordinary beverages just because youíre nixing the alcohol. Mix up your own fantastic liquor-free concoctions, or even easier, set up a small bar area and let your guests mix their own. Of course, you can always include some alcoholic ingredients as well, to appease your liquor-loving friends.
three liquorless bars
seltzer bar: Make your own grown-up soda concoctions by mixing seltzer water with juices. Use fresh-squeezed orange juice (get blood oranges for an extra-special touch), fancy fruit nectars (mango and guava are particularly good), and seltzer water. If youíre feeling extra chic, stock up on some naturally sparkling mineral waters instead. Have garnishes like fresh mint leaves and lemon/lime wedges.
milkshake bar: Revisit those
childhood days, when the ultimate beverage treat wasnít a fancy wine
or a perfect martini, but a good old-fashioned milkshake. Trust me: youíll
find theyíre just as good now that youíre grown up. Stock up on: a
variety of ice creams, plenty of milk, whipping cream, maraschino
cherries and straws.