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Understanding Moderation

Part of responsible drinking is understanding that a standard drink of beer, distilled spirits and wine each contains the same amount of alcohol. It's not what you drink, it's how much that counts.

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There's no beverage of moderation, only the practice of moderation.

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For more than 75 years, the spirits industry has adhered to a rigorous set of standards for beverage alcohol advertising and marketing. Click here to learn more about the Code.

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TIRED OF GREEN BEER! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Stylish Green Cocktails

March 9, 2003 07:00 PM
The cocktail craze in America is going strong and bartenders across the U.S. have responded with a surge of unique martinis and other delightful drinks for holidays and other occasions. This St. Patrick’s Day, Americans can celebrate with a diverse range of festive cocktails, a stylish alternative to green beer. Patrick MacElroy, of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States says, “This St. Patrick’s Day bartenders around the country are adding a variety of creative St. Patrick’s Day concoctions to their holiday cocktail menus.” What makes St. Patrick’s Day unique (other than a sudden willingness to consume green products) is the traditional Irish fashion in which it is celebrated—the celebration of traditional Irish heritage and culture with friends and family. So, how to please both traditionalists and trendsetters at this year’s celebration? For those itching to ditch the green teeth, the Council suggests the following hot and cold libations this St. Patrick’s Day, embracing both America’s cocktail culture and the Irish spirit: COOL COCKTAILS: Traditionalists Trendsetters Grasshopper Martini ½ oz. crème de menthe (green) ½ oz. crème de cacao (white) ¾ oz. vodka Shake with ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Green Apple Martini 1 oz. vodka 1 oz. sour-apple schnapps 1 oz. lemonade ½ oz. lemon-lime soda Shake with ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin slice of green apple. Irish in Manhattan ½ oz. sweet vermouth 1 1/4 oz. Irish whiskey Stir with ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a green maraschino cherry. Melon Fizz ½ oz. melon liquor 1 oz. vodka 4 oz. soda water Stir with ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a green maraschino cherry. HOT STUFF: Traditionalists Trendsetters Irish Coffee 1 ½ oz. Irish Mist Liqueur* 1 cup coffee Heat Irish coffee glass by running it under hot water. Add ingredients and stir. Top with whipped cream. *Irish Mist Liqueur can be substituted with three sugar cubes and a jigger of Irish whiskey *** Historical Note: Some believe Irish Coffee was invented in the 1940s by chef Joe Sheridan at Foyne’s restaurant in County Clare, and introduced at Shannon airport as a pick-me-up for travelers. Others stand by The Buena Vista in San Francisco as the creator of the drink. Cup O’ Gold (For Two) 3 oz. amaretto 6 oz. very warm orange juice Heat orange juice until warm to the touch and pour into a mug. Add amaretto and stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. *** Folklore Note: Leprechauns are believed to secretly live and work as cobblers. If you follow the sound of their little hammers and lay eyes on a leprechaun, you must apprehend him so that he will tell you where to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Luckily, you don’t have to work as hard for the Cup O’ Gold. About Saint Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America 1737 and has long been synonymous with celebration. Once confined to Irish neighborhoods, this March 17th holiday has grown dramatically in popularity over the years with over 100 U.S. cities hosting St. Patrick’s Day parades this year. Distilled Spirits Council of the United States The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is a national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. Council members products include the full spectrum of quality distilled spirits such as Bourbon, Scotch and other whiskeys, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, brandy, cordials and liqueurs. The distillers take special pride in their products as well as in their commitment to encourage responsible beverage alcohol consumption by adults who choose to drink. Be sure to consume your alcohol sensibly and responsibly. “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go!” -- Traditional Irish Blessing CONTACT: Patrick MacElroy or Monica Bell Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:


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