Safe Drinks for Pregnant WomenRebecca Odes
Mulled Pomegranate Juice 1 of 17Pomegranate juice can be a striking stand-in for red wine, even all by itself. But add some heat and spices and it will be a dead ringer for the real mulled thing. If you can’t find mulling spices, the whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and grated orange zest should do the trick.
Or try this Classic Mulled Apple Cider (without the whiskey, of course).
Cranberry Coconut-water Faux-jito 2 of 17Take a handful of cranberries and muddle them with a tablespoon of mint leaves and 1-2 tablespoons of sugar, depending on how sweet you like your drink (you can also throw the whole thing in the food processor if you prefer). To this mixture, add the juice of one lime, then fill up the rest of your glass with a combo of coconut water and sparkling water. Rim your glass with sugar and garnish with mint for an extra-fancy touch.
If you like coconut, you’ll also enjoy this dairy-free coconut hot chocolate.
Hot Buttered Un-rum 3 of 17Mix 1 tbsp each of softened butter and brown sugar in a few tablespoons of boiling water. Add 1 teaspoon of rum extract*. Pour into a glass garnished with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel studded with cloves. Fill the rest of the glass with boiling water. Top with whipped cream!
Try this recipe for Butterbeer (don’t worry, there’s no beer involved).
*Extract contains a very small amount of alcohol; you can cook the alcohol off on the stove or in the microwave if you wish. You may also be able to find oil- or glycerin-based rum flavoring at a specialty bake supply store.
Virgin Sangria 4 of 17Sangria is a great way to get some fruit and fiber along with your beverage. Choose the juice of your choice as a base. Pomegranate or concord grape juices are great for red sangria; for a white version, white grape or apple will work. Fill with whatever fruit you like: apples, pears, berries, citrus…letting the mix chill in the fridge for a while will allow the flavors to mingle. You can also add a splash of brandy extract to give it a more authentic taste.
Just take out the wine and triple sec before sipping this pomegranate peach sangria.
Molasses Mule 5 of 17The Moscow mule is a classic cocktail made with vodka and ginger ale. This mocktail version subs in molasses for a rich-tasting drink that’s also high in iron. Dilute 1 tablespoon of molasses (not blackstrap) in hot water. Add the juice of one lime. Allow to cool. Fill the glass with ginger ale and garnish with mint.
You can also try this hot, spiced ginger lemonade.
Anita Cocktail 6 of 17This “cocktail analcoholico” is popular in Italy and a great not-too-sweet option. Mix equal parts lemon and orange juice with a splash (or two) of bitters. Fill the rest of the glass with club soda or sparkling water.
Ditch the vodka and this summery lemon slushie becomes a holiday mocktail.
Virgin Mary 7 of 17This version of a bloody Mary adds an unusual but very pregnancy-appropriate ingredient: pickle juice! Mix 1-2 oz of pickle juice with 6 oz of tomato or vegetable juice. Add a teaspoon of horseradish (less if it’s super spicy and you don’t like spicy), ½ teaspoon of celery salt, and the juice of one lemon. If you’re into hot, add some Tabasco and black pepper. Pour over ice and garnish with celery…or a pickle!
More of a sweets person? Try these alcohol-free red, white and blue margaritas.
Kir Speciale 8 of 17Sometimes just bubbles are enough to make you feel festive, but bright, pretty things bubbling around in your glass takes it to another level. Defrost a few frozen berries and drop them in your sparkling cider glass. The juice will add color and the buoyant berries will do wonders for your social morale.
You can also add these clever fruit cubes to flavor a bubbly drink.
Creamsicle Eggnog 9 of 17You can buy regular eggnog mix at the supermarket, but here’s a twist: Blend ¾ cup vanilla frozen custard or premium ice cream with 1 cup orange juice and 1 tsp rum extract (optional). Top with cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest, and, if you’re feeling like pulling out all the stops, whipped cream.
Don’t like eggnog? Try this frozen hot chocolate recipe.
Sparkling Pomosa 10 of 17Substitute champagne with white grape juice for a non-alcoholic version of this tasty pomegranate cocktail — then sit back, relax, and leave the Christmas day cleaning to your partner!
Make a sparkling pomosa »
Cranberry Thyme Sparkler 11 of 17Toast to the New Year … and your soon-to-be-born babe … with this sophisticated, non-alcoholic take on a cranberry martini. The hint of thyme and rush of sugars will keep you partying like it’s 1999 … er, 2012!
Make a cranberry thyme sparkler »
Frozen Cocoa Shake 12 of 17Looking for a scrumptious after-dinner drink for the diehard chocolate lover? Look no further than this non-alcoholic frozen cocoa shake that’s not only pregnancy-friendly but vegan-friendly, too!
Make a frozen cocoa shake »
Virgin Frozen Strawberry Margarita 13 of 17Add a sweet and sour kick to your holiday party with these non-alcoholic frozen margaritas, a blend of tangy lime juice and strawberries. You won’t even miss the tequila!
Make a virgin frozen strawberry margarita »
New Year’s Eve Bubbly 14 of 17If you’re expecting this holiday season yet haven’t hit the 3-month mark to tell family and friends, don’t sweat it. This sparkling, non-alcoholic version of New Year’s Eve bubbly will leave your friends thinking you’re downing champagne like a champ … just the trick to avoid those awkward “Why aren’t you drinking?!” questions.
Make New Year’s Eve bubbly »
Virgin Blue Lagoon 15 of 17What do you get when you mix blueberries, pineapple juice, milk, and a healthy topping of whipped cream? A mouthwatering dessert-in-a-glass mocktail, perfect for a soon-to-be mama.
Make a virgin blue lagoon and more holiday mocktails »
Tornado Twister 16 of 17This sweet 2-ingredient mocktail can be whipped up in under two minutes, which means you have more time to mingle with your holiday guests!
Make a tornado twister »
Shirley Temple 17 of 17What would a holiday party be without the classic Shirley Temple? It’s the ideal mocktail for expecting moms, kids, and grandparents who aren’t fond of “tying one on.” And the best part? You can down as many as you want and wake up the next morning, hangover-free!
Make a Shirley temple »
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