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California Colleges Share Their Festive Holiday Non-Alcoholic Recipes

RADD, the entertainment industry's voice for road safety, issued a call to action this holiday season: “What’s the Plan?Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk... Do You? RADD’s message challenges college students throughout California to agree on a plan to get everyone home safely BEFORE they go out to party, and to be a responsible party host.

If you’re going out:Campuses are typically quiet over the holiday while students enjoy their winter break as a time to celebrate with friends and loved ones at home. In order for everyone to return safely back to campus after the holidays, RADD suggests the following celebration strategies:

  • >>Choose a volunteer designated driver or call a cab before venturing out.
  • >>Plan ahead to share your safe ride so everyone doesn't arrive in their own car
  • >>Visit to find RADD Rewards bars and restaurants in your neighborhood that honor designated drivers with free rewards

When you're the host:

  • >>Make sure to serve plenty of food throughout your event
  • >>Honor designated drivers and non-drinking friends with festive non-alcoholic drinks (“mocktails”) that are creative and exciting.

>>Several of RADD’s California college partners and local RADD Rewards hospitality partners agreed to share their favorite mocktail recipes to spark up this year’s holiday celebrations.

Here are a few:

  • “Sac State Mango Pina Colada Mocktail”, from Cal State Sacramento (Sac State), Sacramento State Student Health & Counseling Services
1 cup frozen mango
½ cup ice chips
½ cup pina colada mix
Juice to taste and preferred consistency
  • Virgin Preservation Libation by Jason Poole from RADD Rewards partner venue Pour House in Sacramento (Voted #1 Bloody Mary Mix in California & #2 in the USA, and a national Vodka brand’s 2012 Competition)

Combine ingredients below in a large jar or pint glass (makes 1 serving):

1/2 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz soda water
1/2 TBSP Crushed Capers
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Balsamic Reduction
1/2 TBSP Dijon Mustard
1/2 TBSP Horseradish *Can reduce by 1/2 if you don't like spice
1/4 oz Sriracha Hot Sauce *Can eliminate if you don't like spice
1/2 oz Pickled Green Bean Brine
10 dashes Black Pepper
5 dashes Celery Salt
1/2 oz Worcestershire
2.5 oz canned 100 percent Tomato Juice
Pour all the ingredients into another container of the same size, and then back into the original jar/glass. Repeat action once more.
Add regular ice cubes until liquid rises near the top of the glass. Stir with a spoon or a straw a couple times to complete the mixing process.


Preservation (or other brand) Pickled Green Beans
1 Lemon Wedge (1/8 lemon or lemon wheel) on rim
1 Olive and 1 Cocktail Onion on a toothpick

Serve with a long straw and stir occasionally. Enjoy!

  • "Northridge Matador Cooler" from Cal State University Northridge (CSUN), Health Promotions Department
1 oz. of Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice and Lemon-lime soda
Add a drop of grenadine and lemon twist
Serve in wine glass or on the rocks
  • “Paper Moon” and “Natasha Mila” by RADD Rewards partner, The Edison, in Downtown Los Angeles

“Paper Moon”

1 fresh lime

1 oz simple syrup

2 oz water

3-4 cucumbers muddled shaken and poured into wine glass, mint sprig garnish with a cucumber wheel

“Natasha Mila”

3-4 Raspberries
3/4 oz lemon
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz water

Shaken and poured into a wine glass with a mint sprig garnish

  • Mai UCI Taisfrom University of California-Irvine (UCI) Health Education Center

2 – 2 liter bottles of ginger ale

3 – 34 oz bottles of La Paz Mai Tai mix

1 splash of grenadine (3-4oz)
Pour over ice and garnish with cherry or orange slice
Recipe makes approximately 40 drinks (8-10oz)
  • Two for the Roadfrom Cal State University- San Marcos (CSUSM), Health Education Center

“The Screwless Driver”:

1 part ginger ale
1 part orange juice
Pour over cup of ice

“Baby Bellini”:

1 part peach nectar
1 part sparkling cider
Pour over cup of ice

The California College DUI Awareness Project, produced by RADD in partnership with the University of California Irvine’s Health Education Center, is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The project brings the RADD Designated Driver Rewards program to 16 college campuses across the state, encouraging the use of designated drivers, cabs and public transportation to avoid driving under the influence

Over 240 RADD establishments (bars/restaurants) throughout California donate incentives and rewards to students and other adults who serve as the designated driver for their friends. Toyota Motor Sports USA supports the RADD campaign with incentives for on-campus events. Visit for more information and the complete list of participating retailers.