By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Just in time for the holidays, AAA’s new zero proof beverage recipes are now available at no charge for alcohol free party revelers in a brochure from AAA Oklahoma.
The recipes are original, alcohol-free creations developed for AAA’s annual Great Pretenders Mocktail Mix-Off, which was held on November 10 at Iron Star Barbeque in Oklahoma City.
This year’s Mix-Off sponsors were the Oklahoma ABLE (Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement) Commission, Iron Star Barbeque and AAA Oklahoma.
Every year in Oklahoma, about 35 percent of all motor vehicle crashes are alcohol-related.
“Tragically, up to 40 percent of motor vehicle crashes over the holidays involve alcohol,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Mocktails give drinkers alternatives to regular alcohol-based drinks and they allow non-drinkers a festive way to celebrate. Enjoying zero-proof drinks and using designated drivers can be life-savers.”
The following recipes took the top prizes in the 2015 Oklahoma Great Pretenders Mocktail Mix-Off event:
First Place – The Tropical Tease
By Mary Hurt
6 ounces mango nectar
Juice of one lime
1 teaspoon of agave syrup
1 tablespoon of orange juice concentrate
2 teaspoons of Rose’s Grenadine
Shake all ingredients with ice and serve. Option: wet rim of glass with lime juice and dip in mixture of one part chili powder and two parts sugar.
Second Place – Kombucha Sunrise
By Moriah Stevenson
Fanta Brand Pineapple Soda
Prepare Jell-O according to package instructions. Place in ice cube trays and freeze. Combine equal parts kombucha and soda. Serve with 1 or 2 Jell-O-o cubes per glass. Garnish and enjoy!
Third Place – Peach Creamilini
By Wonna E. Cornelson
Place in small blender:
Almost 1/2 Package of Cream Cheese softened (8oz pkg)
1/3 Cup Cranberry Pomegranate Juice (100 percent Juice)
5-6 Small Ice Cubes
2-3 Frozen Raspberries
After blending fold in 2 slices frozen strawberries, 3 fresh chilled raspberries and nearly a full 6 oz container of peach yogurt. Fold until it is well mixed but still thick. Pour into your favorite parfait glass. Garnish with one fresh raspberry or peach wedge.
Only time will make your guests sober, not coffee or cold showers says Mai. “It takes about one hour to burn off an average drink. Five ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer and 1½ ounces of liquor all contain about the same amount of alcohol.”
AAA reminds you to be a friend first, then a host.
“We have been conducting this competition for over 25 years, rotating it between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Our goal is to obtain fun, original zero-proof recipes which we can then publish in a brochure and distribute to the public in time for holiday parties,” said Mai.
In addition to the Mocktail recipes, the holiday brochure recommends that participants “Practice AAA’s ABCs of Party Giving” which includes Alcohol Alertness, Buffet recommendations and Carpooling information.
Following AAA’s ABCs can help make sure your guests get home safely when the party is over.
∞ Alcohol awareness. Serve a wide variety of beverages, including the new, original mocktails. Close your bar well before guests leave.
∞ Buffet. Have plenty of protein-rich and starchy foods available to help retard the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. Minimize salt.
∞ Carpool. Encourage use of designated drivers and don’t be reluctant to call a cab for a guest who has had too much to drink. Give a small gift to all designated drivers at your party.
For this year’s holiday celebrations designated drivers are a great idea. Use AAA Oklahoma’s free Tipsy Tow service available now through Jan. 2, by calling 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and asking for Tipsy Tow.
AAA will take you and your vehicle home – up to 15 miles from point of pick-up.
For a free copy of the brochure containing all of this year’s mocktail recipes and safe party tips, stop by any AAA Oklahoma full-service office. Or, visit www.AAA.com/mocktail. Or contact Chuck Mai in Oklahoma City at 405-753-8040 or at [email protected], subject line: mocktails.
AAA is North America’s largest motoring, leisure travel and safety advocacy organization with nearly 56 million members.
AAA Oklahoma serves its 390,000 Oklahoma members with emergency roadside assistance, auto travel counseling and a wide range of personal insurance, worldwide travel and financial services at branch offices across Oklahoma and online at AAA.com.