NCADD-Sacramento hosted the
4th Annual Holiday Mocktail Contest
in conjunction with our Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony on October 30th.
Our mixologists prepared the three best mocktail recipes submitted by the public for an esteemed panel of judges who selected their two favorites.
Who were the winners?
First Place: “Gold Mint” submitted by Sandra Flattery of Palo Alto
Second Place: “Under the Mistletoe” submitted by Janell Lewis of Elk Grove
Thank you to our panel of judges:
Melinda Avey – Sacramento County Alcohol & Drug Advisory Board
Marc Coopwood – Sacramento Police Dept. & CA Police Officers Association
Thom Gilbert – Gilbert & Associates
Dr. Sherri Heller – Sacramento County Director of Health & Human Services
Lindsey Peters – No. CA Regional Mgr. for RADD (Recording Artists Against Drunk Drivers)
Patrice Rogers – Traffic Safety Ctte./DMV Interim Research Mgr. Alcohol, Drugs & Traffic Safety
Michelle Steeb – Executive Director, St. Johns Program for Real Change
Why is this important?
Did you know that Sacramento has one of the worst records – statewide – for fatalities from drunk driving?
All of us enjoy celebrating during the Holidays, whether it is dinner with extended families or office parties. For alcoholics, this often means an increased exposure to people who are consuming alcohol.
Mocktails are a proven prevention strategy, as well as a good, common sense approach to holiday festivities. People who don’t drink alcohol get tired of the same old soft drinks – usually served in a boring glass. They appreciate a sparkly beverage poured from an elegant punch bowl into a shapely, perhaps even frosted glass.
A non-alcoholic mocktail is great for:
- Non-drinkers of all types- who are in recovery, religious, uninterested or have health reasons
- Drinkers who’ve had their two drink minimum and want to move to an alcohol-free alternative
- Young people
- Designated drivers