Pregnancy means no alcohol, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up cocktails. There are plenty of delicious concoctions out there that taste just as good without the alcohol added. So next time you decide to have a get-together with friends, whip one of these up so you get to enjoy a drink with them!
- Pineapple Cobbler
Ingredients: 1 oz. strawberry juice, .5 oz. lime juice, 3 oz. pineapple juice, club soda
Directions: Combine the lime and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain the contents into a glass over ice. Top with club soda and float the strawberry juice on top.
This delicious recipe comes from Porter House Bar & Grill in New York. It looks just like a sunset and tastes tropical, perfect for an outdoor summer party. To make it look extra-fancy, and to add some more tastiness, garnish with a strawberry or actually put a few in the drink.
- Millionaire Sour
Ingredients: 2 oz. lemon simple syrup, 2 oz. ginger ale, ¼ cup crushed ice, ¼ shot grenadine, lemon slice and cherry if you wish to garnish
Directions: All you have to do is pour the ingredients into a glass filled with ice and mix them together!
This recipe is a great substitute for a whisky or amaretto sour. It’s something to make you feel classy while you’re drinking it. If you have a book club or just a night where you’re sitting around and talking, this is a good go-to.
- Raspberry Virgin Mojito
Ingredients: 1 tbsp. simple syrup, 4-6 raspberries, 6-8 mint leaves, 3 lime wedges, 1 cup seltzer water
Directions: In a glass, mix the syrup, raspberries, mint leaves and two lime wedges. Muddle or mash them together to bring out the natural flavors in the fruit and mint. Then, bring in the seltzer water and some ice cubes and stir it all together. Use that last lime wedge as a garnish.
In addition to being delicious, this “mocktail” is also super-refreshing. Red raspberries have some added health benefits, too. They can help increase brain function and may play a role in getting rid of stomach and colon cancer cells. So this drink is healthy and helping your body as well!
- Hocus Pocus Fizz
Ingredients: Drink – 1 ½ cups pineapple juice, ¼ tsp. almond extract, ¼ tsp. imitation coconut extract, 1 bottle sparkling white grape juice, 3 drops red food coloring, 2 drops yellow food coloring, optional cranberries for garnish
Rim – 2 tbsp. sugar, 5 drops red food coloring, 5 drops yellow food coloring
Directions: In a small pitcher, mix the pineapple juice, almond extract, coconut extract and food coloring. Prepare the glasses by mixing the sugar and food coloring in a small resealable bag. Knead the sugar so the color is evenly distributed. Dip the rim of the glass in water, then lightly coat it with the sugar. For each drink, pour 2 oz. of this mixture into the rimmed glasses and top with 4 oz. of sparkling white grape juice.
While this is designed as a good drink for a Halloween party, it tastes amazing all year ‘round. The food coloring is definitely Halloween-themed, so it’s easy to skip that part if you don’t feel like showing the drink off. This mixture is something you can keep in the fridge so you can put your feet up and have a glass after a long day of baby appointments.
- Non-Alcoholic Sangria
Ingredients: 2 cups boiling water, 2 black tea bags, 2 cinnamon sticks, ½ cup sugar, 3 cups pomegranate juice, 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 medium orange, sliced into thin rounds, 1 medium lemon, sliced into thin rounds, 1 medium lime, sliced into thin rounds, 1 medium apple, cored and cut into ½-inch chunks, 3 cups carbonated water
Directions: Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for five minutes. Get rid of the tea bags and stir in the sugar. In a large pitcher, combine the tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime and apple. Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, stir in carbonated water.
Sangria is simply the best. It’s like adult punch at parties. It also gives you a decent serving of fruit if you eat all the fruit out of your glass. The best drinks take a little work, but the reward is sweet. And you’ll likely have people who aren’t pregnant or alcohol-free wanting to get a taste because it looks so good.
- Moscow Mule
Ingredients: 1 oz. lime juice, ½ ginger beer, 1 tbsp. simple syrup, 2 oz. sparkling water/tonic/club soda, ice cubes to suit
Directions: Add all the ingredients in a glass and stir. Garnish with a slice of lime, if desired.
Moscow mules are a classic, and it can definitely be hard when you aren’t able to have them. Luckily, this version tastes like the real thing so you won’t even be able to tell what you’re missing. Who knows, you might even like the nonalcoholic version better!
Mix up a batch of these nonalcoholic mixed drinks for a party, get together, or just to unwind and enjoy yourself at home. Pregnancy doesn’t mean giving up delicious drinks!