My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful Date Night this past weekend which started at Casa de Bandini at the Forum Carlsbad.
We were invited to come in and taste test their new holiday drink, the Holiday Peppermint Patty, which is a frosty blending of chocolate syrup, horchata, candy canes, milk, and a dash of grenadine candy cane topped with fresh whipped creme and crushed candy cane.
It was way more delicious than it sounds – dessert and dinner drink all in one. Even my husband, who is not as huge of a chocolate fan as I am, really enjoyed it.
This is a fun holiday treat that I plan on ordering again when we head to Casa de Bandini with our boys. It’ll be great to have a festive drink that they can enjoy as well.
The North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC) crafted the effort to offer revelers festive drink alternatives while safely enjoying the holidays. The nonprofit works in partnership with the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth to support the County of San Diego’s prevention efforts to reduce binge and underage drinking, and prevent over-service of alcoholic beverages at licensed establishments.
In December 2010, fatal drunk-driving crashes accounted for one-third of all motor vehicle crashes, or roughly 775 deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In San Diego County, drunk driving claimed two lives and led to 56 arrests over the last Christmas weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol.
“At our most joyful time of the year, tragedy strikes far too many families,” said Aaron Byzak, president of the NCPC. “Establishments and their servers play an important part in preventing intoxication.”
Based on a recent survey of DUI offenders attending San Diego County DUI programs, nearly 50 percent reported they had their last drinks at bars, clubs or restaurants prior to arrest. Promoting non-alcoholic beverages is one step businesses can take to help their customers make responsible decisions. The holiday season presents an opportunity for businesses to create festive alternatives.
“Holly Jolly Mocktails bring a little holiday spirit for everyone to share in the season with family and friends,” Byzak said. “We thank these inspired mixologists for crafting such delicious offerings.”
About North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC)
The North Coastal Prevention Coalition aims to reduce the harm of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs in the cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista through community action, education, support and collaboration. Funded in part by the County of San Diego, HHSA, Behavior Health Services; by SAMHSA though the STOP Act; and by the Tri-City Hospital Foundation and Walmart Foundation with grants to Vista Community Clinic.