Sip and Savor: Learning to Truly Enjoy My One Drink a Day

December 10, 2015 | By | Comments (1)

The Whiskey Donna: This is not a guzzler; the Campari slows your down. Combine 1 ounce bourbon, 1/2 ounce Campari, and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice in a highball glass with ice. Top with 2 ounces club soda. Calories: 107

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.


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  1. Kelly Dean

    Wanting to try something different, we tried this drink by purchasing Campari and Crown Royal. Steep price tag and it was disappointing. Campari is bitter and an acquired taste. Have no idea how we are going to use up that huge bottle of Campari! We are wine, beer and margarita people. Skip this one if you are like minded.

    February 2, 2016 at 10:37 pm

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