Mocktail Mania — Part II

14 Nov

We held another Mocktail Party this past weekend. Unlike the last party, where people created and named their own concoctions, drinks were provided this time by Mocktails Beverages, Inc., an awesome new company that makes delicious non-alcoholic beverages. Two of the company’s cofounders, Ali and Jim, brought plenty of their product and served as bartenders for us for the evening. They were two of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet.

There are four flavors of Mocktails: Scottish Lemonade (like a Whiskey Sour), La Vida Loca (Margarita), Karma Sucra (Cosmopolitan) and Sevilla Red (Sangria). I did a review of them in a previous blog. The only one I hadn’t tasted before was the Scottish Lemonade, and that turned out to be my favorite (and the favorite of many other people as well). The best thing about this product is that there are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, they are gluten free, Kosher, all natural, allergen free, and BPA free. As I said in my earlier review, I expected them to be sickeningly sweet and they absolutely were not.

When I spoke to Mocktails President and Founder, Bill Gamelli, a few months ago, he told me why they started the company. He and a few college friends (including Jim) had members of their own families who found it difficult to find any good options when they were in social situations where most people were drinking alcohol. He said that the product is for those who want a different choice when they go out and aren’t drinking alcohol. Take it from me, water and seltzer get a little boring. Whatever the reason someone isn’t drinking alcohol—whether they are pregnant, an athlete in training, the designated driver that night, on medication that can’t be mixed with alcohol, or, like me, an alcoholic—Mocktails can be a great choice. And for those who do want to drink, alcohol can be added to any of the four products.

When I first got sober, I pretty much hibernated in my house alone. I couldn’t handle the idea of going somewhere and having to answer the questions of why I wasn’t drinking. People were definitely used to me having a drink in my hand. What I finally know now is that no one really cares if I am drinking or not and it isn’t a big deal to just say I’m not drinking. But back then I was scared and hanging on to my sobriety for dear life. If I had Mocktails back then, it would have been easier for me to socialize because people wouldn’t have been able to tell if I was drinking or not and I wouldn’t have had to deal with the questions.

Our party guests were all pleasantly surprised by the flavors of the Mocktails. We served them in the appropriate glass for each drink. Jim and Ali poured with smiles and explained to those who asked all about the product. It was a Saturday night and I was actually having a party at my house—not sitting in my pajamas reading a book as usual.

A huge thank you to Ali and Jim, as well as Bill and the rest of the team, and kudos on an excellent product. What they have created is so more than just a non-alcoholic beverage—it’s an open door to a whole new world of possibilities for the non-drinker.

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de BonoIMG_0200

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6 Responses to “Mocktail Mania — Part II”

  1. Bob Hisel November 14, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Great Blog! Are Mocktails available in stores?…………Bob Hisel

  2. Tracy November 15, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    Rob and I had SO much fun…. and I loved the taste of those drinks. You make everything fun Martha. You are awesome and we love you for many things- but bringing people together is one of your specialties.

  3. earth-school November 16, 2015 at 3:18 am #

    Great! Such a fun time.

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  4. Anne November 16, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    Sorry I missed this one – looks like it was a great time and I look forward to trying one of these mocktails soon!

  5. Sawdogs5 November 16, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    I’m sorry I missed it, but hoping to make it to the next one!xoxo  jo

  6. hollybertone November 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Hi Martha – such a great time! I look forward to serving mocktails at our future parties and fundraiser to give everyone some great options. And while you are obviously focused on the non-alcohol part, I was so excited as I went right to the label of ingredients and found that they even hit all of the food restriction flags that I need to be sensitive to. Win-win all around! Congratulations on another success! Hugs, Holly

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