How NOT to ask for a drink at a party

Career services professionals generally agree that the most embarrassing stories from the worlds of recruiting and work revolve around alcohol. One way to avoid becoming a Famous Career Adviser Story comes from the Always Correct Culture and Manners Institute‘s Etiquette Tip of the Week: 
When you are invited to a cocktail party in someone’s home and you are asked what you would like to drink, your response should not be “I’d like a Bombay Sapphire martini straight up with bleu cheese stuffed olives and have the vermouth blow the martini a kiss.”
The proper response is “What are you serving?”
If you are hosting the party, be able to recite a few of the beverages that you have available, along with any specialty cocktails. Be sure to offer non-alcoholic beverages as well for non-drinkers and designated drivers.
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