Northwest NEWS

December 16, 2002

Editorial

Reminder to motorists: Drinking and driving don't mix

From AAA of Washington

During the holiday season, motorists should be reminded that drinking and driving can be a deadly mix. In our nation, one person dies every 32 minutes in a crash where alcohol is involved. The holiday season brings more parties and occasions to drink, thus an increased risk of partygoers choosing to drive after drinking.
“Simply stated, drinking and driving don’t mix,” says Janet Ray, managing director, Corporate Communications, AAA Washington/Inland. “About three of every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related collision at some time in their lives.”
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed in 2001 there were 17,448 alcohol-related fatal crashes in the nation, 281 occurred in Washington. Forty-three percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in Washington were alcohol related, and 21 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) greater than or equal to .08 grams per deciliter, Washington state’s legal limit.
Driving responsibly begins before entering your vehicle. Adults who choose to drink should also choose a designated driver before consuming any alcohol. If you are hosting a holiday event where alcohol is being served, be a responsible host. Take note of who’s coming, who drinks, who drives and who is most likely to mix drinking and driving.

Here are a couple non-alcoholic drink recipe ideas for your holiday parties:
The Natural
1/2 banana
1/4 apple, with skin
6 medium-sized strawberries
2 oz. fresh pineapple
2 oz. natural apple juice
1/2 cup ice
Blend all ingredients. Serve in wine glass, garnish with fresh strawberries.
White Zin Raspberry Fooler:
4 oz. non-alcoholic White Zinfandel
1 oz. raspberry Daiquiri mix
2-1/2 oz. lemon-lime soft drink
1/2 oz. Grenadine
1 tsp. Sugar
Combine all ingredients, stir and serve.

Holiday Wassail
1 gallon apple juice
1 quart orange juice
1 can (16 oz.) frozen pineapple juice, thawed
2 c. lemon juice from concentrate
2 tsp. cloves
1 c. sugar
Place all ingredients in non-aluminum pan, stir and heat to boiling. Simmer for one hour. Serve hot.
Makes 24 servings.

Festive Holiday Punch
8 c. apple juice
8 c. cranberry juice cocktail
2 red apples, sliced
2 c. cranberries
3 liters 7UP
Ice cubes, as needed
Pour apple and cranberry juices into punch bowl. Fifteen minutes before serving, add apple slices, cranberries, 7Up and ice. Do not stir.
Makes 24 servings.

Cider House Grog
8 c. apple cider or apple juice
3/4 c. pure maple syrup
2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. whole cloves
1 tsp. rum extract (optional)
1 large apple, cored and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
In a large pot, combine all ingredients except apple slices; bring to a boil.
Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into a heatproof punch bowl; drop in apple slices. Serve in heatproof punch cup or small mugs. Serves 12.
Christmas Kir
1 lemon, rinsed
1 orange, rinsed
1/3 c. sugar
1 can (11.5 oz.) cranberry-raspberry fruit juice concentrate
1/2 c. dried cranberries
6 quarts sparkling cider, chilled
Slice lemon crosswise, discarding seeds and ends. With a vegetable peeler, pare peel from orange (colored part only); reserve orange for another use. In a food processor, whirl lemon and orange peel until finely chopped.
In a 3-to 4-quart pan, combine citrus mixture, sugar, fruit juice concentrate, and dried cranberries. Boil over high heat, stirring often, until reduced to 1 1/2 c., 3 to 4 minutes. Cover and chill until cold, at least 1 hour.
Stir cranberry base. Spoon 1 Tbsp. of the mixture, including fruit, into each glass (at least 1-c. size) and 3/4-c. sparkling cider, stir, and serve.
Makes 32 servings.