Prevent Underage Drinking with Instagram-Worthy Holiday Mocktails
“If it’s not
on Instagram, it didn’t happen!” How many times have parents heard that phrase
from their teen? Celebrate safely and in style this holiday season with social
media-worthy holiday mocktails (non-alcoholic drinks) to prevent underage
Talk It Out NC, a North Carolina initiative to reduce underage drinking, is mixing up some holiday fun for teens with creative non-alcoholic drink ideas. Experts say the winter holidays are some of the booziest holidays of the year! Talk It Out NC wants to help parents keep teens safe this holiday season.
The average age most teens try alcohol for the
first time is just 14.
10 percent of 12-year-olds admit they have
More teens die as a result of alcohol use than
all other illicit drugs combined.
“The rise in underage drinking during
the holidays is something all parents should take seriously,” says Jim Van
Hecke, Deputy Director of Education and Outreach for the ABC Commission. “The
holiday season is the perfect time for parents to have important conversations
with their children about the dangers of underage drinking. This is also a
great opportunity to show teens how to have fun without alcohol. That’s why we
are encouraging teens to celebrate in style, but to keep the focus on fun and
avoid underage drinking.”
Instagram-Worthy Holiday Mocktails:
These drinks are so tasty parents might want to have a mocktail with their kids. It’s also a good opportunity to talk about not needing alcohol to have a good time.
Pop Rocks Holiday Mocktail
The key to this mocktail is putting Pop Rocks
candy on the rim of the glass.
Pop Rocks candy
32 ounces of cold ginger
1 c. grenadine syrup
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
To make four drinks, pour
corn syrup into a shallow bowl. Pour Pop Rocks candy into a separate shallow
bowl. Dip rims of the glasses into the syrup and then into the candy. Set
Add ¼ cup of grenadine to each glass. Add 8 ounces of ginger ale to each glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and enjoy.
Jack Frost Mocktail
Shredded coconut on the rim of the glass looks
2 c. crushed ice
1 c. pineapple juice
½ c. cream of coconut
1 c. sparkling white grape
Blue food coloring, 8-10
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
Pour corn syrup into a shallow bowl. Pour the shredded coconut into a separate shallow bowl. Dip rims of the glasses into the syrup and then into the shredded coconut. Set aside.
Pour remaining ingredients
into a blender and mix. Pour into prepared glasses and enjoy! Makes four
Candy Cane Punch
canes are a great recipe for any holiday party!
1 qt. eggnog
½ gallon peppermint ice
32 oz. ginger ale
Crushed and whole candy
canes (for garnish)
Pour all ingredients into
a large punch bowl. Stir until combined. Ladle into glasses, top with whipped
cream, and garnish with a whole candy cane. Makes six drinks.
More Teen Holiday Party Tips
the fireplace or a large window as the perfect holiday photo backdrop.
up drink stations and let kids have fun mixing their own mocktails.
up a cookie-decorating station and serve other holiday-themed foods.
up liquor or other alcohol to avoid teenage temptation.
responsible when it comes to alcohol and set a good example.