SHOPPERS in Grays were offered a drink, courtesy of Thurrock Council but there was no alcohol in sight. Staff from the council’s road safety team were promoting non-alcoholic “mocktails” and other non-alcoholic beers and wines to try on the long summer evenings.
On average 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured each year in drink-drive related accidents and nearly one-in-six of all road deaths involve drivers who are over the legal alcohol limit.
Mocktails are made from fresh fruit juices and other soft beverages and non-alcoholic beers.
The event was staged alongside the Essex County Council Community Wheels vehicle which gave people a chance to see local accident statistics and to try out a driving simulator to experience driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
The non-alcoholic beers and wines were bought from a nearby store, but most supermarkets now stock them.
Mocktails on offer included:
Sunburst Sensation — add a couple of dashes of grenadine to an ice-filled highball glass, and top up with ginger ale. Squeeze a couple of lemon wedges over the top and drop in the drink. Stir and serve.
Cranberry Crush — shake a mixture of equal measures of cranberry juice and pineapple juice, and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Golden Sand Surprise — place a couple of handfuls of ice, and two parts of pineapple juice to one part of coconut milk into a blender. Blend and pour into a chilled glass.