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Photo: Gecko Studio (Shutterstock) Most years, at least a couple of my friends participate in Dry January. The last few years have not been like most years. I don’t know a single person (who wasn’t already sober) who is abstaining from alcohol completely this month, but I do know a few who are trying to drink less, or at least drink more thoughtfully. Drinks are drinks, and low- and no-proof beverages deserve the same amount of care, respect, and menu real estate as martinis. To encourage a more holistic approach to drinking, Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler has created a handy calculator to help bartenders and patrons figure out the ABV of their cocktail, and be more intentional about the volume of alcohol they’re consuming: I’m sure this has been done by others before, but I’m making a big push for a new sort of cocktail menu this year: a menu where the alcohol-by-volume is listed alongside the ingredient list and price. As thoughtful drinkers, how awesome would it be to be able to make informed choices throughout our time in the bar? And as bartenders, how awesome would it be to really know how much alcohol our guests have consumed, and make thoughtful choices about how our drinks are impacting them and everyone around them? The calculator is actually a downloadable spreadsheet, and it’s quite elegant. Every time I have written “proficient in Excel” on a résumé (or curriculum vitae), it has been a lie, and yet even I […]