Seasonal Mocktails, Recipes and Traffic Safety Tips
These delicious nonalcoholic drink mocktails, recipes, and safety tips are part of the Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver, and Recipes for the Road campaigns. The FDOT District Two Community Traffic Safety Program has produced unique mocktails and shared nonalcoholic drinks from local Northeast Florida restaurants and bars since 1997. In 2017, we launched our first recipe videos for the 20th Annual Recipes for the Road edition.
We hope you watch, share, and enjoy our alcohol-free drink recipes, appetizer and meal recipes, and safe ABCs of partying tips below. EVEN ONE DRINK of alcohol can slow your reflexes and reaction time, reduce your ability to see clearly, and makes you less alert. Be a part of a safety culture focused on preventing injuries and fatalities on our roads.
Florida Recipes for all your Holidays and New Year Refreshments
Nonalcoholic beverages are becoming ever more popular. Trendy virgin cocktails are great for office parties, family gatherings, and social events. There are health benefits to reducing or eliminating alcohol in your diet. Mocktails offer a tasty alternative for designated drivers. Awareness months like Sober October and Dry January promote this healthier lifestyle. Check out our sweet Valentine’s Day-inspired drinks. Below are other alcohol-free cocktails and food recipes for all the festive holidays (typically known for their heavy drinking), like Super Bowl Sunday, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, Independence Day (AKA 4th of July), Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
Party Favorite Food Recipes
The A.B.C. Recipe for Hosting a Safe Party
A – Alcohol Awareness
- Always serve food with alcoholic beverages.
- Food slows down the absorption rate of alcohol into the body.
- Offer non-alcoholic beverages.
- Make guests feel welcome, no matter what they choose to drink.
B – Buffet
- Serve protein-rich and starchy foods throughout the evening.
- By eating first, partygoers may drink less, and the food will help slow the absorption of alcohol into their bloodstream.
- As the hour becomes late, put away the alcoholic beverages, but continue to offer a good supply of food.
- Remember, only time will eliminate alcohol from the body.
C – Carpool or Cab
- Encourage family and friends to ride together and have a pre-selected designated driver.
- Provide alternatives for guests who may have had too much to drink.
- Have someone who has not been drinking drive them home.
- Call a cab or ride-share for guests to have a safe ride home.
- Let the person sleep overnight rather than getting in their car while intoxicated.