I haven’t had a cocktail since 2015. Truth. Among the list of things you have to give up during pregnancy…Rosé, Red Wine, Margaritas and Moscow Mules. Just a few of my favorites.
However, I haven’t deprived myself. Mid-pregnancy when we would go out to dinner, I’d say, “I’ll have a mocktail, bartender’s choice!” Or, I’d revisit my childhood and have a Shirley Temple.
I picked up a few things from those crafty mixologists. In fact, I created a few simple drinks at home this summer that were heaven. That was before I got the worst heartburn ever, and now I am just drinking water 24/7.
When you are pregnant, it’s not about what you are giving up, it’s about celebrating the little things, and finding things you can enjoy and create.
Here are a few can’t miss mocktails for the mom’s. Enjoy!
- Mango Mule
~Ingredients: 4 slices of cucumber, 1 oz honey, 1.5 oz mango puree, 1.5 oz fresh lime juice, 1.5 oz ginger beer.
~Muddle cucumber and honey in your cocktail shaker, add additional ingredients and shake. Serve up in a Copper mug, and garnish with cucumber or lime. source
- Nice Pear:
~Ingredients:2 oz Pear juice, 1oz lemon juice, .75 oz rosemary simple syrup.
~Mix ingredients, shake up, strain and pour over ice, leaving room for soda water.
- Clementine Cream Sodas:
~Ingredients: 1 c sugar, 1/2 c water, 1 vanilla bean, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup clementine juice (7 -8 clementines), seltzer water (optional: ice cream!)
- Virgin Sangria:
~Ingredients: 2 cups boiling water, 2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser; decaf tea is fine), 2 cinnamon sticks, 1/2 c sugar, 3 c pomegranate juice, 1 c freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 medium orange, 1 medium lemon, 1 medium lime, (cut citrus into thinly sliced rounds). 1 medium apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks, 3 c carbonated water.
- Strawberry Pineapple Shaker-Upper:
~ Ingredients: 10 oz frozen strawberries, 20 oz crushed pineapple, 1 pint strawberry sherbert, 1 pint vanilla ice cream, club soda.
Also, for mocktails I made at home I often used La Croix instead of soda water. La Croix has a host of ideas that you can also check out here.