AAA has released its 2014 Great Pretenders Mocktail Mix-Off Recipe and Party Guide, containing the recipes for zero-proof beverages that competed in this year’s contest.
“We hope Oklahomans will incorporate these tasty, fun mocktails into their holiday parties,” said Chuck Mai, Spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “It’s all about reducing drunk driving crashes. If party hosts serve mocktails, the fun can go on and drivers will be safer with a reduced BAC (blood alcohol content) level.”
AAA’s mocktails provide enjoyable alternatives to alcohol-based drinks, plus they give non-drinkers a fun way to feel like they’re a part of the party.
One of the original drink recipes that did well in this year’s mix-off was created by Ryan Canter of Garfield’s in Bartlesville, Okla., a beverage he calls Strawberry Delight:
1 and 1/2 oz. frozen strawberries, thawed
1/2 oz. maraschino cherry juice
4 oz. milk
Hershey’s chocolate syrup
Mix first three ingredients in a mixing tin with a spoon. Swirl a martini glass with chocolate syrup and fill with the drink mix. Top with whipped cream and a swirl of chocolate.
“Forty percent or more of all highway crash fatalities in Oklahoma over the holidays involve alcohol,” said Mai. “There are just too many alternatives to climbing behind the wheel after drinking. Party hosts can serve mocktails along with their alcohol-based drinks to reduce the rate of alcohol absorption.”
AAA also recommends use of designated drivers, car-pooling and Tipsy Tow, a free AAA community service program that gives an inebriated driver, up to one more person and the driver’s vehicle a safe ride home at no charge within 15 miles from the point of pick-up.