MOCKTAILS TO THE RESCUE AT CHRISTMAS PARTIES

Two weeks to go to find Britain's best alcohol-free drink

With the Christmas party in full swing, the pressure to drink to oblivion is greater than ever. But the consequences can be worse than an embarrassing incident in the photocopier room. Help is at hand from the competition to find Britain's best Mocktail, an alcohol free cocktail.

The competition was launched in November by The Methodist Church, and over 80,000 postcards were distributed to cinemas showing the hit movie Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The postcards contained an entry form, as well as the recipe for the Big Pants Mocktail.

Some of the best entries received so far are listed at the mocktails web site, which also contains games, suggestions for wild, but safe, nights out and fun nights in.

There is still time to enter. The competition closes on Christmas Eve, and entries can be made by post or email. The winning entry will be dubbed the Tiny Knickers Mocktail.

Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice, said: "If you've got a fabulous recipe for a Mocktail, don't keep it to yourself! And then check out the website for other ideas, so you can have a great evening and still remember it in the morning."

Some of the entries received so far:

1 Cherry, 1/2 pint of lemonade, 1/4 pint lime, 1/4 pint coconut milk. D Lewis
Pour 1" elderflower cordial into a champagne flute, add a sprinkle of hundreds and thousands and top up with sparkling water. Miss L. Pearce
Fill a tall glass to about three fingers from the top with tomato juice. Add a sprinkling of sea salt, freshly ground pepper and celery salt. Insert a large celery stick. Float a tablespoon of fresh orange juice on top. Add a squeeze of fresh lime and four drops of Worcestershire sauce. Jane Moseley

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