Police hand out free ‘mocktail’ recipe cards

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Mid Sussex District Council is backing Sussex Police’s ‘Make mine a Mocktail’ campaign to reduce drink driving.

In the last three years, 170 people have been killed or seriously injured in Sussex by a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs. Sussex Police is distributing pocket sized non-alcoholic cocktail recipe cards to pubs and bars so customers can request a mocktail or take a pack home.

The delicious ‘Mocktails’ include:

Sweet Sunrise: 1 part orange juice, 1 part mango juice and a splash of grenadine in a glass over ice.

Apple Julep: 1 part orange juice, 1 part apple juice, 1 part pineapple juice over ice in a glass. Add a quarter of squeezed lemon and mint to garnish.

Sunset: 1 part papaya juice, 1 part cranberry juice, 2 parts mango juice in a glass over ice with squeezed fresh lime to finish.

For anyone who does plan to drink the message is simple, plan ahead and arrange a lift, get a taxi or take public transport.

“By drinking and driving, you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road,” said Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Health and Community. “It’s simply not worth taking the chance, so if you want to have a drink, leave your car at home.

“If your only option is to drive then these ‘Mocktails’ are a delicious alternative to alcoholic drinks. Check out the recipe cards when you next visit the pub.”

Any resident that has witnessed someone driving under the influence of drink or drugs can report the matter to Sussex Police by dialling 999. General information can be reported by calling the Sussex Police non-emergency number 101 or reporting the matter online at www.operationcrackdown.org.

If any residents are concerned about their drinking, the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team is available to provide help and advice. Contact them on 01444 477191 or email wellbeing@midsussex.gov.uk.