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International Business Drinking Etiquette

As you navigate the international world of business, you’re bound to run into questions about business drinking etiquette. The first and best rule in business drinking etiquette, check with HR. Many countries, like the US and UK, have very lax rules about cocktails at business meetings. Make sure you check with individual companies, as some may have different values.

However, even the powers of the HR department only get you so far. Many business dinners happen outside of business hours, where local culture and custom reign supreme and business rules get lax. It’s easy to be torn between wanting to make a good lasting business impression while also wanting to relax and let your personality shine.

Keep reading to get some answers to some of the most common questions about business drinking etiquette.

A group of colleagues enjoying a drink and dinner together giving a thumbs up.

New Year, New Beer: Beers From Around the World

It’s a curious thing that the inception of beer, quite literally, drove the evolution of humankind and human civilization overall. And no, we don’t have proof of that, but neither do anthropologists, by the way. However, it is perfectly reasonable to believe that we evolved according to the advantages of alcoholic beverages. And with beer being one of the oldest beverages in the world, the influence it still has on modern society is no surprise. 

As earth completes yet another trip around the sun, best believe that humans will once again clink their pints and sing a resounding ‘aah’ at the crisp taste of beer. So, we’re celebrating with a little something we like to call ‘New Beer’s Eve. Read below as we tell you about beers from around the world and how you can make beer a part of your new year’s celebration. 

Beers from around the world in big fridge.

Do Alcohol And Business Mix? Your Guide Into Alcohol as a Corporate Gift

“Never mix business with pleasure,” is how the old saying goes. And, in most cases, this phrase has proven to be true. But, if said pleasure comes in the form of a bottle of chardonnay, we might just make an exception! Sending alcohol as a corporate gift may seem like a rather tricky arena. But, if you do the research and handle it with care, you can impress any one of your clients, employees, and business partners. 

If you wish to send alcohol as a corporate gift, we won’t lie, you’ll need to pay attention. Alcohol gifts can offend your recipient just as easily as they can delight them. The difference is knowing more about your recipient’s taste, their views on drinking, and perhaps their favorite drink. But we’ll get to that soon enough. Read below as we discuss the best way to send alcohol gifts in business.

Alcohol as a Corporate Gift: Two Business People Sharing a Cocktail together

Christmas Cheers: Traditional Christmas Drinks in 10 Countries

It’s fair to say that, thanks to the commercialization of this Christian-based holiday, traditional Christmas drinks now carry a hint of sophistication. But, what if we told you that not too many moons ago, Christmas wasn’t the conservative, family-oriented holiday you know today? What if, instead, it began as a series of wild, uninhibited, and alcohol-fueled parties that consisted of dancing and excessive drinking? 

Well, whether you object to this holiday’s controversial beginnings or not, one thing is certain; our modern Christmas wouldn’t be the celebration we know today without alcohol. And, as history would have it, traditional Christmas drinks now form part of holiday culture all over the world! Of course, the ‘scandalous’ party element has long since taken a back seat. And, for now, family and friends gather to feast and sip on their favorite holiday concoctions. Keep reading to find out more about Christmas drinks in different countries and how you can make the holidays special with drinks! 

traditional christmas drinks with gingerbread cookies and christmas decorations.

Mulled Wine: A History

The divine creation of mulled wine is a prime example of the phrase ‘waste not, want not’. For even the most ancient of civilizations knew that wine was too good a drink to squander. And, for those who prefer a little booze in their winter beverage, historical wine makers certainly had you in mind when they vinified this delightful drink. 

But, of course, there is more to this wine-making story than connoisseurs wanting to please the likes of, well, us. And, although the history of mulled wine is pretty much another ‘the Romans copied the Greeks copied the Romans’ – extravaganza, the tale is still worth telling. Read below and find out more about history of mulled wine, why it makes grandad a little more jolly at Christmas dinner, and how you can make your own this holiday season.

History of Mulled Wine: glass being poured with red wine