My college’s Drug and Alcohol Resource Center (DARC) hosted this event, though they called it something like “Mocktail Competition” or “Mocktail Contest” instead. (By the way, a mocktail is a non-alcoholic cocktail). For this event, DARC invited several different on-campus groups and departments to participate. Each group set up their own table with their own mocktail recipes and samples. They also provided information about binge drinking, date rape drugs, drinking and driving, campus and clubbing safety, stress management – whatever their area of expertise was – to those who passed by.
In order to participate, students picked up a score card at the main event table to judge each of the mocktails at the tables they visited. Each table also stamped the scorecard for students in order to validate that they did indeed try the mocktail and visit the table. At the end, students passed in their scorecards for a free T-shirt and/or a chance to enter a raffle for a prize or gift card. At the end of the entire event, the organizers tallied up the votes and the winning department/mocktail also won a prize.
You can find mocktail recipes very easily online (one website is here at http://cocktails.about.com/od/mocktailmocktail/Mocktail_Recipes.htm). My favorite mocktails are those that are berry-oriented, though I had a mint-Oreo-chocolate mocktail once that was really delicious! So feel free to get creative with the mocktails you make. Overall, I really enjoyed this event at my college, not only because was it enjoyable and sociable, but also because it was educational and collaborative with the different student organizations and departments participating.