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DUI/Highway Safety Task Force Spirit-free Mix-off

Getting in the Spirit

We all enjoy good company and a good party, especially during the holidays. But it’s also important to be responsible while you’re enjoying the seasonal festivities. That was the theme behind the 17th annual Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force Spirit-free Mix-off held at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest on Dec. 14. Local media personalities served four non-alcoholic specialty drinks that could be offered to party guests so everyone can enjoy a holiday-inspired beverage.

Spirited vote for spirit-free drinks

Hospital staff, visitors and patients sampled each of the alcohol-free mocktails served by media teams from WFMZ-TV, and local radio stations, B-104, CAT Country and WLEV. After staff, visitors and patients voted for their favorites, a narrow victory went to a warm and tasty Christmas Cocoa dished out by Melanie Falcon and Jim Vaughn from WFMZ-TV. The Task Force will donate $250 to the charity selected by the winners – The March of Dimes.

Safety first and always

While the tasting and voting took place, Capt. Richard D’Ambrosio, Commanding Officer, Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, shared a clear message about driving under the influence. “Please choose safety and responsibility over drinking and driving during the holidays,” D’Ambrosio said. “One way to help avoid turning a celebration into a tragedy is to serve a spirit-free drink to your family and friends who are the designated drivers.”

Ready to enjoy a spirit-free mocktail and share it with your guests? Mix these spirit-free drink ingredients to your taste:

Christmas Cocoa

Hot chocolate
Chocolate chips
Hazelnut syrup

Crazy Elf Cosmo

Cranberry juice
Apple cider
Ginger ale
Garnish with cranberries and orange slices.

Snowflake Flurry

Whipped cream
Vanilla extract 
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Rudolph’s Raspberry Surprise

Raspberry sherbet
Orange juice
Half and half
Lemon lime soda
Garnish with raspberries.