What to Serve When You Don't Drink But Your Guests Do

What to Serve When You Don't Drink But Your Guests Do

Emily Han
Apr 9, 2013

The scenario: you don't drink alcohol, but you're having people over who do. What's a teetotaler to serve? 

First of all, don't feel obligated to serve alcohol. Your friends are guests in your home, and it's perfectly okay to serve what makes you feel comfortable. This might even be an opportunity to introduce them to fantastic non-alcoholic drinks they haven't had before. Check out the following posts for some ideas:

Now, if you do want to serve alcohol: As a non-drinker you might be at a loss, but don't let pairings — or wine and beer shops — intimidate you. Ask for help; shopkeepers are passionate about their subject and generally more than happy to help you find a drink that fits your menu and budget. If you'd like to try your own hand at pairing, check out these  

As long as it isn't a super-formal affair, you could also ask your friends to pitch in. Dinner party guests inevitably ask if they can bring anything; take them up on the offer and suggest that they bring a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer they like. Or perhaps you have a friend who's an amateur mixologist and would relish the opportunity to handle the drinks for the evening. 

Do you have any other thoughts or advice to share? 

Related: No, I'm Not a Wine Drinker: 3 Social Tips from a Teetotaler

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