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27 May 2017
Morning Sedition

No Cocktails, Please – We’re Prudish

Microphotograph of crystalized 'Sex on the Beach' Cocktail

Microphotograph of Crystalized "Sex on the Beach" Cocktail

While I don't approve of marketing drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes to children, I'm amazed that a drink that can be ordered by name with impunity in a bar is subject to severe regulation in the commercial sphere because it is "objectionable". The Carrie Nation mindset clearly is alive and well, even in Britain.

Lord Condon, who chairs the independent panel that assesses complaints about the marketing of alcoholic drinks, said the "sexualisation" of prepackaged drinks such as Quickie cocktails and Stiffy's Shots had been "the theme of the year" in 2004.

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Shotz (Spencers Drinks Ltd) "The panel ... concluded that the flavour names Blow Job, Foreplay, Orgasm and Sex on the Beach contained either a direct or indirect association with sexual success."

Love Potion (Marks & Spencer)

"The panel considered that the heart-shaped bottle together with its pink contents strongly resembled a perfume bottle and was likely to cause confusion ... [and that] the product was clearly associated with romantic love."

Guardian

The full set of complaints makes for interesting reading. Oh, and in case you were wondering, here are some recipes for the cited drinks: Blow Job, Foreplay, Orgasm, and Sex on the Beach.

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