When it comes to alcohol, women get the shaft. Dietary guidelines recommend we have no more than one drink per day, or seven over a week (men get double). People: No one is more disappointed than I—because I know it means my nightly tipple is limited to 1.5 ounces of my beloved bourbon. Or I can enjoy one 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 12-ounce beer. One. I’ve made my peace with this, though, and certainly don’t want to jeopardize my health. So I have devised strategies for making that one drink as enjoyable as possible.
> Go for quality. Don’t waste your one precious serving on something “meh.” Instead, enjoy a full-bodied beer, robust cabernet, or slow sipper (such as the Whiskey Donna above).
> Time it right. Enjoy your drink when you can truly savor it: during dinner, after the kids go to bed, or during a bath.
> Be mindful. Fully appreciate your drink—breathe in its aroma, relish its mouthfeel, let it linger on your palate.