After all the holiday celebrations and excesses, January is when many people recognize the need for a break or re-set.
These days if you’re choosing to drink less or not at all, you’ve got plenty of company. Surveys show that in January 2021, as many as 15% of Americans took a break from alcohol. Trends like “Dry January” and “Sober October” indicate that there’s a substantial cultural shift afoot (or, as my dad might say, amouth!). For a variety of factors, the Mindful Drinking Movement (a.k.a "Sober Curious" is gaining traction, especially among young people. It’s estimated that while roughly 42% of millennials drink on a regular basis, only 21% of Gen Zers do so.
Whether you’re rethinking drinking or just looking for a beverage the whole family can enjoy, here are three Sticky Fingers Cooking mocktail recipes that will add some sparkle to your glass!
When our kids were around 4 and 6, we picked up a set of crystal-like goblets at a thrift store. Nothing precious – they cost $1 apiece. But they were a huge hit with the kids, transforming regular ol’ dinner into a true occasion! They loved those goblets for YEARS. I’m just saying, worth every penny!
We cheers each other every night at the dinner table. It is our family ritual and a way to connect. The word “Cheers” comes from an old French word "chiere" which meant “face”, it also eventually came to mean “gladness,” and was used as a way of expressing encouragement to others. Today, “cheers”, is simply a symbolic way of toasting with the wish of good cheer and good health to those dining around us. We clink glasses to get as many of our five senses involved: You can see, feel, taste, and smell it. It is believed that clinking glasses was done during toasts because sound helped to please all five senses, completing the dining experience becoming a communal celebration. What would your family toast be? Here are a few to get you started:
Or as Bill and Ted once said, "Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes."
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