Rock The Mock: 7 Non-Alcoholic Drinks For Pregnant Women
Just because you can only have non-alcoholic drinks for the next nine months doesn’t mean the party is over, mami-to-be. In fact, there’s plenty to celebrate now before little one arrives and takes over your party schedule, converting it to zero. Non-alcoholic drinks, or mocktails, aren’t just for pregnant women anymore either. Plenty of folks on the wagon or those driving home are experimenting with the zesty, sweet, and sparkling flavors of these mocktail recipes and tasty elixirs that have bartenders around the world getting super creative with their ingredients. So what substitutes the fun stuff that caused the likes of Prohibition you ask? “The vast majority of nonalcoholic drinks end up including three elements: a citrus, a sweetener and effervescence. Carbonated water adds texture and acts as a bridge for other flavors, without contributing any additional sweetness,” Alex Day, from the Los Angeles bar, Honeycut, told the Wall Street Journal.
Go ahead, let the bubbles go to your head, mama-to-be. There’s something about bubbles and ice in your drink that allows one to imagine that there’s alcohol floating around. Kick back with this cider spiked with ginger and cinnamon mocktail.
Virgin Grapefruit Mojito
This is one of the best mocktails. While all those around you are downing their mojitos and getting buzzed, sip on this delicious virgin version free of drunk babble and a hangover. All you’ll need is grapefruit juice, agave syrup, mint leaves, and pink grapefruit soda.
This is beyond non-alcoholic drinks, mostly because it involves chocolate. Just because you can’t have alcohol doesn’t mean that the next best thing (chocolate!) can’t be served up cold, smooth and straight up in a martini glass.
Spicy Lemon Raspberry Cooler
Lemon and raspberries are some of the healthiest fruits you can put in your body while pregnant. This mocktail not only bursts with antioxidants, but the minute the ginger beer hits your palette you’ll see sparks. Garnish with floating raspberries and serve in a whisky glass.
Get your inner flamenco-dancing-gypsy all fired up with this fruity virgin sangria. Just add apples, strawberries, oranges and frozen grapes to sparkling grape juice and olé, it’s ready to serve in a big ol’ wine glass.
Lemon Cheesecake Drink
You read write: Cheesecake in a glass. Since you can’t have alcohol, you should drink cake. Hah! Just blend together lemon juice, cream, nutmeg, sugar, yogurt, vanilla and ice cubes, and pour into a fancy glass. Garnish with nutmeg. This is one of the most decadent and perfect mocktail recipes in existence.
Has it been too long since you had a delicious Bellini with classic peach nectar and sparkling champagne? This mocktail will bring you back to the party by substituting champagne for chilled sparkling cider. Cheers!