Sunday, November 5, 2017

Handling Your Glass University Etiquette Business Dining 101

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When standing, hold and rest a glass by the base or the stem on the left palm, held by the thumb base and the ring and pinky fingers.  When not drinking, keep your right hand warm, dry, and free. The first feel of your right hand is not to be a cold one.  When a sip is desired, lift the glass by the base or the stem with three fingers: thumb, and index and middle fingers, with the right hand.   It can be lifted by the bowl, when it contains brandy, just because. The drinking of a beverage is to be done with the right hand, not your full hand.   While taking a drink from a glass, the elbow is to be down by your side and moved forward, and from wrist to hand moved upward, and a pour of the beverage is to be taken into the mouth from the edge of the glass.  Do this silently.  Avoid top holding a glass.  Avoid the crane; drink without poking someone in the eye.   The cocktail straw provided with a drink is called a stirrer. It is to be used as such: only for stirring.  It is to be used, and then it is to be discarded. It can be removed and held under the glass.  It could be placed on a napkin on a bar. It is hard to “Mac” (look cool) sipping a drink from a stirrer. Above a certain level, you will be the only person in the room doing this. While drinking, you can avoid slurping or guzzling by closing your upper lip between any liquid and the edge of any glass, and then pouring the liquid into your mouth. You may avoid chewing a beverage by simply swallowing small amounts of it. Leave a little of each beverage in each glass. The number of pre-dinner drinks to have is two; one drink helps make for good conversation with you. More than two drinks makes for great conversation for someone else about you. All pre-dinner drinks can be “Virgin: non-alcoholic” Have one. The finished glass is to be rested on a bar, or tray, atop a cocktail napkin. 

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