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

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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