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Wines beers and spirits have been produced since the earliest times The Egyptians were making wine about 3500 BC and alcohol was already becoming associated with social gatherings such as births funerals weddings and all points in between The ritual of social drinking still lives on today From a Jewish wedding reception to a 1969 high school class reunion each party has its very own special flair However one-thing remains consistent if you have a bar people will drink I tend bar as a part time job on Friday and Saturday nights mostly for weddings and class reunions As a bartender I have observed that there are three distinct phases to every party the confidence builder the brawl and the knock out The first of these three phases would be the confidence builder The guests arrive and make their way to the bar and they begin to order drinks The drinks usually start off simple enough rum and coke vodka tonic and the occasional cosmopolitan Small groups of friends begin to cluster together and new friends or family are being introduced Inevitably there will be some moment of uncomfortable silence This is particularly true at weddings where two new families are brought together Because they are now newly related there is this sense of obligation to sit and chat with someone they have just met for the first time It is not a good idea at this point in the ritual to be without a glass in your hand even if you dont drink The drink serves a particular purpose at this time When the awkward moment arises and it will simply raise the glass to your mouth and look around as if checking out the scene You can then use this moment to plan your escape or think of a topic of conversation usually weather or sports work best The confidence phase seems to require two to three drinks depending on your perception of
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