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Prepare plenty of nutritious foods-
dips, cheeses, nuts-so people will not
drink on empty stomachs.

Be honest-when inviting guests who are known to drink to excess. Tell them that drinking and driving is not acceptable at your party. Get their agreement to find alternate modes of transportation.


Have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available, especially for the designated driver. (You'll see that many guests may actually prefer them!)


If preparing an alcoholic punch,use a non-carbonated base like fruit juice. (Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream faster witha carbonated base.)

Have a bartender. With one person
mixing and measuring drinks, there
will be better control over the size
and number served.


If some of your guests have had too much to drink, drive them home...arrange a ride with another guest who is a taxi...invite them to stay. DON'T LET A PERSON DRIVE DRUNK!




Close your bar 90 minutes before your party is over...and serve a great dessert treat with coffee, tea, or soft drinks. (Remember...only time sobers!)





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Non-Alcoholic Recipes


Here's one for Halloween.....

Witchies's Stew

1 cup orange juice, 6 whole cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 3 quarts cold apple cider, 2 pints orange sherbet. Combine orange juice, cloves and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan and heat to boiling. Remove fromthe heat and set aside to cool. Fill a large punch bowl with the cider. Add the seasoned orange juice and the sherbet andstir gently. Ladle into small mugs or paper cups and top with mini-marshmallows. Makes 24 cups.


Strawberry Demure Daiquiri

Blend to medium consistency: 2/3 cup of crushed ice, 4 1/2 oz. sweet and sour mix, a splash of cream, 1 1/2 oz. of fresh or frozen strawberries. Makes an 8 1/2 oz. drink.


Icy Apricot Blend

Blend until smooth: 1/2 cup cold milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 1/2 cups canned or fresh apricot halves, 2 tbsps. sugar, and 3 ice cubes.


Cranberry Crush

Combine: 4 cups cranberry juice, 2 cups orange juice, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 cup pineapple juice, 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. almond extract. Chill and serve over crushed ice. Makes eight 9 oz. servings.

Sour Lemon Twist

Fill a glass 1/2 full with crushed ice. Add a twist of lemon peel, several dashes of bitters and Schweppes Bitter Lemon. Stir gently.

Pink Non-Champagne

Boil 1/2 cup sugar in 1 1/2 cup water until sugar dissolves. Stir in 2 cups cranberry juice, 1 cup pineapple juice, and 1/2 cup orange juice. Chill. Just before serving, add 14 oz. of lemon-lime soda.

Dandy Alexander

Blend: 2 pkgs. powdered non-alcoholic Alexander mix, 2/3 cup cream or 4 tbsps. vanilla ice cream, 1/2 cup crushed ice, 1/4 tsp. almond extract. Pour into glass, top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg.

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