Fun and Games
by Sheila Swerling-Puritt
It happens every year, but the arrival of cool nights at the end of summer always seems to catch us by surprise. Suddenly all those wonderful lingering evenings on the deck have been cut short by fading to black and nippy temperatures. Moving your evening entertainment back indoors calls for something to replace the pleasures of summer sunsets, birdsongs, and the feel of warm air on your skin. Okay, nothing can replace those things, but the fun you enjoyed on your patio or balcony can be brought indoors and then some.
Consider the humble drinking game. In college, it was a feeble excuse to get loaded with friends. Today, given your maturity and enhanced self-control, drinking games can be the core of some wonderful fun over interesting and delicious mixed drinks and tasty snacks.
The task at hand usually falls into one of four categories: word games, actions, cards, and games with dice or coins. Players are asked to compete using a variety of mental and physical skills. The basic principle of all drinking games is that the "loser" is obliged to consume a "penalty" drink for not successfully completing a challenge. In university, losers faced the serious risk of alcohol poisoning. In real life later on, with food on hand, impulse control intact and designated drivers chosen, the losers face the risk of looking silly and generating lots of laughs among your guests.
Drinking Games, by Englishman Terry Burrows with photos by William Lingwood (Ryland Peters & Small, $9.95), is a useful guide containing dozens of drinking games ranging from mathematical puzzles through bottle hockey in which coins serve as pucks and bottles as goals. You can also devise your own drinking games based on old favourites like "I Spy," "Geography" and "Twenty Questions," or using craps (such as liar dice) or various card games to determine the "loser" (i.e. he or she who has to down that extra glass...)
The following low alcoholic drinks are appropriate candidates for turning those "losers" into winners. Have fun inside, and be careful in there.
- 1 oz. Amaretto di Saronno
- 5 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
- Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.*
- Pour in amaretto and then add orange juice.
Wine And Tonic
- 2½ oz. white or red wine
- 4 oz. tonic water
- Garnish: slice of lemon
- Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.*
- Pour in wine.
- Add tonic water.
- Stir gently.
- 1½ oz. Pravda vodka
- ½ oz. Hpnotiq liqueur
- Combine ingredients with ice cubes in cocktail shaker.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a cocktail glass and serve straight up.
*If you have lost the game, PLEASE remember to remove the ice cubes prior to downing the drink!
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