MM Public Hub Topic Of The Week: What’s Your Tips For Staying On Track During The Holidays

December 5, 2016



‘Tis the season! If ever a season was made for drinking, it is these festive days that fall between Thanksgiving and New Year, the time of year when there seems to be a party around every corner just waiting to way lay all your good intentions. You’re not alone. You aren’t only one on worried that you’ll awake on New Year’s Day with an aching head, defeated spirit and a huge sense of relief that the holidays are over.

How do you plan to avoid that? What tricks do you have up your sleeve that are going to get you through the holidays in a state of sober jubilation?

Here’s a tip you’ve probably already thought of: The NA (Non-Alcoholic) Sparkly, Christmas-y, Fool-Everybody-Into-Thinking-You’re-Drinking Drink. ┬áThis is pretty easy to do if you are hosting a party at your own home-and a good reminder to offer fun NA drinks at your parties. And, if you’re at a bar, it’s pretty simple to convince the bartender to mix up a virgin anything. But what do you do if you’re at a private party and all you see for miles and miles is oceans of alcohol? Carry a gallon of sparkling water and a jar of maraschino cherries in sack slung over your shoulder like a certain jolly old elf?

What’s your solution? Please share it or any other tips, schemes and recipes you have for getting through the holidays unscathed by the booze grinch.

Meanwhile, for your own non-drinking guests at your own holiday party, here’s something special you can offer them to toast with, twirl, and hold up to the light to watch ┬ásparkle.

Black Currant Cider Sparklers (Picture Above)


  • 1/4 cup black-currant juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups chilled sparkling cider
  • Lemon peels, for garnish


  1. Combine black-currant juice with lemon juice. Add sparkling cider. Divide between 2 glasses, and garnish each with a lemon peel.

3 comments on “MM Public Hub Topic Of The Week: What’s Your Tips For Staying On Track During The Holidays
  1. Kary May Hickey says:

    Early in my sobriety, I carried Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider with me to all the holiday parties. My friends had seen so many excruciating incidences of my drunkenness, I wasn’t ashamed to say I had quit drinking. For me, at that point, it would have been much more embarrassing to continue drinking.

  2. Just Plain Phil says:

    Ana’s trick was to start the evening with a single glass of white wine and as the evening progressed she kept adding ice chips. Never more wine – just more ice chips.

  3. Jonathan M. Langley says:

    I’ve taken up cooking for the holidays. Making homemade pasta, sauces, french fries, pierogies, cakes, pies and more. Now I don’t bring a bottle of wine to social gatherings but something I’ve made. It’s really appreciated by my hosts and stops the ‘have a glass of wine’ reflex when I’m socializing. Plus, I’ve never been a great cook so it’s nice to learn some skills and recipes that I can enjoy throughout the year.

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