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A round of mocktails

A group of glasses containing mocktails

Mocktails have been on the menu at several library events over the last few months.

Literary mocktails are book-themed, alcohol-free drinks, inspired by well-known literary works. Mocktails are a great alternative to alcoholic drinks for designated drivers, pregnant women, people wanting to reduce their alcohol intake, young people or anyone who wants to avoid alcohol. Our literary mocktail recipes feature a range of different flavours to suit a wide audience.

Three NSW public libraries share their experiences of using the Literary Mocktail recipes at their library events.

 Shaken, stirred, mixed and drunk

Sutherland Shire Libraries

Mint was muddled, blenders blitzed and limes juiced on a Friday night in late November at Sutherland Library in preparation for 'Shaken, stirred, mixed and drunk', a talk on alcohol and literature accompanied by literary mocktail recipes from the State Library. Participants enjoyed a choice of three literary mocktails as they listened to our speaker David Lewis, who gave a history of some famous writers with a liking for hard liquor.

Our Facebook page featured a 20-second film clip to highlight one of the mocktails we would be creating at our event, in the three weeks leading up to the night. One of our talented staff created literary mocktail-themed 3D-printed swizzle sticks to give away in a goodie bag containing literary mocktail recipes, a Drug Info pen and a Know Your Standards guide. 

5th Birthday Mocktails and More!

Blue Mountains Library Buffet with literary mocktails

Literary Mocktails were a hit with visitors to Katoomba Library’s big birthday celebrations in November last year. Inspired by the  State Library’s recipes and coupled with the colourful postcards, the icy-cold, fruity concoctions such as ‘Grape Expectations’ and ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ intrigued and refreshed visitors of all ages as they enjoyed music, art and entertainment throughout the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

The fifth birthday celebrations were an important landmark for the building which has rapidly become a pivotal space in Katoomba’s community life, welcoming locals and tourists alike to its Gallery, World Heritage interpretive exhibition and the state-of-the-art Katoomba Library. After five years in its new home, business at this branch is booming, welcoming over 600 customers a day, processing 15,300 loans a month, handling over 25,000 computer bookings a year and boasting arguably the best views from any library building anywhere!

Library Lovers’ Crush!

Ku-ring-gai Library

Richard Glover

What a wonderful week of love in the air at Ku-ring-gai Library! For the kids we had an interactive kindness Storytime which was received with enthusiasm. We also had special events including the fondant Rose Cupcake Topper and Wine Glass Charmer workshops, all lead by in-house staff experts.

Our sold out after-hours event included an Author Encounter with Richard Glover, ABC radio presenter, newspaper columnist and all-round funny guy. And just for fun we created a library mocktail for the special evening with the flavours of summer — lemon, strawberry and mint (home-grown in our own Library Secret Garden).

The aptly named mocktail Library Lovers’ Crush will be sure to make its appearance at many more Library Lovers’ Day events.

Has all this talk of mocktails whet your appetite for hosting a mocktail-inspired event?

Why not add a mocktail making demonstration or tasting to your next library event? Recipes and information about how to make the mocktails are available on the Drug Info website.

Take some inspiration from the staff at Ku-ring-gai Library  and run your own local “literary mocktail” competition – ask library clients to suggest names for mocktails, inspired by books or authors.

If you don't have an event planned you can always create a book display using the book titles that are the inspiration behind the mocktail names and distribute recipe cards to library visitors.

Find further information about the literary mocktails and other programs inthe Drug Info for public libraries section.