WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the holiday season in full swing, the Distilled Spirits Council is offering adult consumers an attractive, free brochure featuring tips on how to host responsible cocktail parties. “As family and friends gather to celebrate the holidays or mark special occasions, the Distilled Spirits Council encourages everyone to make responsible decisions to ensure safe and happy celebrations,” said Peter Cressy, Distilled Spirits Council President. Among the tips in the glossy bi-fold brochure are: designate a bartender; understand alcohol equivalence; provide food to complement your cocktails; make available non-alcohol beverages; and make sure guests have a safe way home. The brochure can be viewed or ordered at the Distilled Spirits Council website at www.discus.org/cocktail/index.asp. The Council offers the following tips for hosting responsible cocktail parties: 1. Designate a bartender who can serve your guests and keep an eye on how much everyone is drinking. The Federal Dietary Guidelines define moderate drinking as no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. 2. Remember – alcohol is alcohol. It is important to understand that a standard serving of beer (12 ounces), wine (five ounces), and spirits (a cocktail with 1.5 ounces of 80-proof) each contains the same amount of alcohol. 3. Make sure that you provide food to complement your cocktails. Consider food pairings to enhance the flavor of your chosen cocktails: fresh seafood and breads accentuate vodka cocktails, spiced and smoked meats and cheeses complement Bourbon and Scotch whiskies, and fruit enhances Rum and Tequila flavors. 4. Make available non-alcohol beverages for your guests. Create festive non-alcohol punch for those guests who choose not to drink alcohol. 5. Make sure your guests have a safe way home either through designated drivers or a taxi. Have local taxi service numbers available for your guests.