There’s been a great deal of discussion lately about whether or not it is safe to drink while pregnant.
I think it’s safe to say that we each have our own views on the topic, but for a great discussion, don’t miss Babble’s Special Issue: Drinking while Pregnant.
From the day I found out I was pregnant with each of my children, I didn’t have a single sip of alcohol until they were born. That will hold true for this baby that we’re trying to have as well.
I’m a controller and a worrier, so for me, I’ll pass on the real alcohol and double up on the mocktails!
Whether you indulge in a sip of alcohol here and there while pregnant or not, you’ll also love these delicious recipes to help get us through those long months of pregnancy.
Pomegranate Blueberry Mocktail (photo above)
1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
3 oz. pomegranate soda
3 oz. pomegranate juice
2 oz. white grape juice
Lemon slices, for garnish
Add blueberries to a tall glass and mash slightly. Fill glass with ice, if desired. Combine the soda, pomegranate juice and white grape juice. Pour the mixture into the glass with the blueberries and garnish with a slice of lemon.
Recipe from Annie’s Eats
Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
2 tablespoons colored sanding sugar
6 tsp. pomegranate syrup or grenadine
1 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice
Place sanding sugar in a shallow dish or plate. Slice 6 thin rounds from the middle of lime; set aside. Rub lime wedge around rims of 6 glasses; dip each rim in sugar to coat.
Pour 1 tsp. pomegranate syrup into bottom of each glass.
Place grapefruit juice and 2 cups ice cubes in a blender. Process on high speed until ice is crushed. Pour frozen mixture into glasses, and stir to combine with syrup.
Garnish with reserved lime rounds, and serve immediately.
Recipe from Martha Stewart
1/4 cup Ginger Syrup Ginger Syrup
4 1/2 cups sparkling apple cider
6 cinnamon sticks
6 pieces crystallized ginger
Place 2 tbs. ginger syrup in each of six glasses.
Fill glasses with ice cubes, pour in cider, and stir to combine.
Garnish with cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger, and serve.
Recipe from Martha Stewart
10-12 fresh small spearmint leaves
1/2 lime, juiced
7 oz. sprite zero or club soda
1 tbsp. sugar
In a cool tall glass, muddle the mint, sugar and lime juice.
Add crushed ice and soda and stir well.
Garnish with a lime wedge and a few sprigs of mint.
Serve with a straw.
Recipe from Skinny Taste
Summer Pineapple Strawberry Cooler
1 12-oz. can frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
1 6-oz. can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
4 cups cold water
1 liter club soda, chilled
Fresh strawberries (optional)
Short (6-inch) wooden skewers
Assorted fruits such as halved orange slices, halved lime slices, orange sections, raspberries, strawberries, sliced kiwifruit, and mint sprigs
In a large pitcher combine pineapple juice concentrate, limeade, and water. Chill for at least 30 minutes. To serve, transfer fruit juice mixture to pitchers; add club soda, ice cubes, and fresh strawberries.
Serve with Fruit Swizzle Sticks, if desired. Makes 14 (6-ounce) servings.
Fruit Swizzle Sticks: On short (6-inch) wooden skewers, thread assorted fruits and mint sprigs. Make-Ahead Tip: Up to 24 hours ahead, prepare the juice mixture and chill well. Proceed as directed.
Happy Summer, Everyone!