08 November 2004
The race is on for Britain's best Mocktail recipe
Who can beat the Big Pants drink?
The Methodist Church has launched a competition to find the best recipe in Britain for Mocktails - soft drinks that still pack quite a punch. Entry forms for the contest come as part of 80,000 postcards that will be available in cinemas showing the new movie Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
The postcards contain the recipe for the Big Pants Mocktail, currently judged to be the finest alcohol-free concoction you can drink. But the race is on for a Mocktail recipe that can top, and which will take the title of Tiny Knickers. The competition can also be entered at www.mocktails.org.uk and this website has more recipes and fun, including a boozy version of snakes and ladders.
Other recipes on the site include the Temperance Tantrum, the Shrink-wrapped Cucumber, Mister Darcy, Blue Soup and Raining Men. All provide a great-tasting drink that won't leave anyone a hangover or missing memories!
Anthea Cox, Methodist Co-ordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice: "We want recipes for Mocktails so good you won't want to get drunk. Some people have got the idea that you can't have a good time without getting smashed. With Mocktails, you will have a great time and still remember it the next day."
Adds Anthea: "The soft drinks available in some places make the non-drinker feel like a bit of a loser, but Mocktails look and taste like any of the cocktails you'll find. But the end result is a lot of fun that won't end up with a headache."
Over 80,000 of the eye-catching postcards will be distributed in cinemas showing the new Bridget Jones movie. The cards split in two, so that people can send in a competition entry, while keeping the Big Pants recipe to share with friends.
Anthea Cox: "The Big Pants recipe came from people who had a Mocktail party with their friends. When several friends get together with a range of mixers, juices and flavours, they can have can be great fun mixing new Mocktails; it creates an instant party."
Although the competition is fun, Anthea says that she hopes it will encourage people to practice "safe drinking." Not every drink on a night out has to be alcoholic, she adds. "With Mocktails, people can alternate between alcoholic and 'virgin' drinks," says Cox, "switch to Mocktails when they think they've had enough booze, or even not drink at all."
Big Pants Mocktail
Half fill a tall glass with crushed ice. Pour over equal parts of orange and mango juice. Top up with plenty of ginger ale. Add a dash of grenadine. Garnish with a slice of lime - or a cherry if you prefer.