Alcohol Free Weekend?

Did you know April is Alcohol Awareness Month? And the first weekend of April is the annual Alcohol Free Weekend. This year, April 2nd-4th is the NCADD’s (National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence) 23rd year raising awareness of alcohol disease by challenging people to go alcohol free for one weekend a year.

For some ideas on non-alcoholic beverages, I turned to a few people in our offices and asked if they had any favorites they would like to share. Macayla,recently back from maternity leave, was happy to tell me about her favorite Preggatini – made with Monin Red Ruby Grapefruit, Monin Elderflower, Lemonade and Sprite.

Mike suggested I visit the Monin website for other recipes, and I’m so glad I did! I spent quite some time looking through the database. It is set up so you can put in filters to get to a great list of drinks you might like to try. I filtered by a few of my favorite Monin flavors, Chipotle Pineapple, Spicy Mango and Pomegranate, and got a hefty list of drinks to try. One even combined two of my faves! The Spicy TeAde, made with Monin Pomegranate, Monin Spicy Mango, Lemonade and Tea, sounds like it may be a new favorite for me.

Whether you wish to support the efforts of the NCADD, are the designated driver one evening, would like to add to your drink menu for the under 21 crowd, or would just like a few non-alcoholic choices to add to your own repertoire (see in the Mix Winter 2008 issue for an article on this subject), go visit the Monin website for a few ideas. Gone are the days of sipping on a soft drink… live it up with a non-alcoholic mixed drink!

If you already have a favorite alcohol free drink, we’d love to hear about it! Please share in the comments below.