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Mocktails in the library

June is Mocktail Month! 

Public libraries can get into the spirit of going sans spirits this June by joining in on a promotional campaign around the new Literary Mocktail recipe cards from the Drug Info service. The campaign promotes fun and healthy alternatives to alcohol.

What are Literary Mocktails?

Literary Mocktails are mocktail recipes and names based on literary themes. The mocktails were voted on by the public. Recipe postcards are available  to download from the Drug Info website or to order by NSW public libraries.

literary mocktail postcards and drinks

The postcards feature the recipe for the mocktail and a message about safe alcohol consumption and tips for reducing alcohol intake.

Five different recipes and designs are available:

  • A Sidecar Named Desire (A Streetcar Named Desire)
  • Grape expectations (Great Expectations)
  • Tequila Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • The Turn of the Screwdriver (The Turn of the Screw)
  • Watermelon for Elephants (Water for Elephants)

How can libraries get involved?

Mocktail Monday

Each Monday during the promotion will be promoted as "Mocktail Monday" and will feature a different mocktail recipe through the Drug Info social media channels. Public libraries can join in by sharing posts and tweets and promoting the mocktails in their own libraries.

Mocktail making demonstration

Use the recipes on the cards to host a mocktail making demonstration for library clients, book groups, storytime or other library events.

Recipes and information about how to make the mocktails are available on the Drug Info website.


Run your own local “literary mocktail” competition – ask library clients to suggest names for mocktails, inspired by books or authors. 

Literary Mocktail book display

Create a book display using the book titles that are the inspiration behind the mocktail names.

Promotional material

A range of promotional material is available for public libraries to order to support the promotion. 

Follow the campaign!

Follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook

Public libraries can join in by sharing posts and tweets or posting about their own activities. You could use these channels to provide links to useful online resources in order to reinforce the messages and to promote the Literary Mocktail and other Know Your Standards material.

Use the following hashtags: