Drinking in the midday heat can be more dehydrating and therefore more intoxicating. With a few strategies, you can enjoy rooftop and poolside gatherings this summer without overdoing it.
Craft your cocktails wisely, says Leigh Weissman, a sommelier and the New York City-based food and beverage manager at Equinox. Using coconut water as a base will provide electrolytes, which regulate your body temp and stave off heat-induced fatigue.
Another smart option: Add liquor to summer spritzers rather than drinking martinis or wine. The non-alcoholic fluids will help keep you hydrated, Weissman notes. Sugar-heavy beverages, on the other hand, have the opposite effect.
Food-wise, opt for healthy fats and fiber to slow alcohol absorption and keep drunkenness at bay, she says. Try a veggie avocado egg wrap for breakfast and snack on nuts, hummus, or guacamole throughout the day.
The bottom line:
If you choose only one rule to follow, Weissman suggests you drink at least eight ounces of water per alcoholic beverage.