Thursday, December 9, 2010

Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drinks Help Make Celebrations Inclusive and Fun

Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, released a statement reaffirming ONDCP's commitment to Americans in recovery and sending a reminder that the winter season is both a time of holiday cheer and a challenge to those struggling with substance abuse issues.

"Our good wishes for others this holiday season should include the millions of Americans who are in recovery from addiction and living substance-free, healthy lives," said ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske. "We can aid their journey to successful recovery by offering our support, encouragement, and understanding that the holidays can be a difficult time. And if you're hosting a holiday party or a family dinner with someone in recovery, please support them in their efforts by making non-alcoholic beverages available."

Adding non-alcoholic drinks to your holiday party or celebration is a great way to make your event fun and inclusive. For some advice on delicious holiday drinks, we teamed with Here are some of their featured non-alcoholic drinks this holiday season:

Mulled Apple Cider with Orange and Ginger
• 8 cups unpasteurized apple cider
• A 3-inch cinnamon stick
• 10 whole cloves
• 1 navel orange, peeled and sliced crosswise
• A 2-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger, cut into 6 slices

In a large saucepan combine the cider, the cinnamon stick, the cloves, the orange and the ginger and simmer the mixture for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a heat-proof pitcher and serve the mulled cider warm.

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