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TIP OF THE DAY: Bitters & Water

Start the event with a two glasses of
water. Photo by Fred Redhat | Dreamstime.

 

An article in a medical journal, recently reported by The New York Times, scientifically confirmed the efficacy of an old dieting trick:

Water drunk before meals helps to aid in weight loss, by filling the stomach so one is more full than ravenous.

Use this trick to minimize over-indulging on tempting food and drink this holiday season.

The first thing to do when you cross the threshold of a party, bar or restaurant is to imbibe two glasses of water: tap water, mineral water or club soda. (While not part of the study, we opine that you can substitute diet soda, iced tea/iced coffee or hot tea/coffee.)

If plain water doesn’t float your boat, go for flavored club soda or add a squeeze of lemon or lime, or a good shake of aromatic bitters, which aren’t bitter but add nice flavor and aroma. Angostura bitters, available in most supermarkets and liquor stores, have a nice ginger flavor; the company also makes orange bitters.

 
A few companies, including The Bitter Truth, are making artisan bitters. The Bitter Truth has a generous selection: celery bitters, chocolate bitters, creole bitters, grapefruit bitters, Jerry Thomas bitters (named after the writer of the first cocktail manual) and orange bitters. They’re part of our liquor gift ideas for Holiday 2010.

Club soda with bitters (lots of them!) are our favorite no-calorie “cocktail.” The four-ounce bottles of bitters are small enough to carry in a purse or pocket, so you can BYO.

The other benefit to starting a celebration with two glasses of water: It hydrates you to counter the dehydrating effect of alcohol.

  • How many types of water are there? See our Water Glossary.
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