December is a time for celebration! Between Christmas and New Year’s, the festivities are not in short supply during this time of year. But when you’re pregnant, the celebrations may look a bit differently than before. Obviously, alcohol is off the menu… And nausea may be your constant companion. Doesn’t sound too celebratory, does it?
Instead of pining over that forbidden glass of champagne, try out one of these delicious mocktails. They’re festive, tasty, and completely safe to drink during pregnancy. Cheers to that!
This recipe calls for real blackberries for an extra punch of antioxidants. It also goes perfectly with the citrus and ginger fizzelixir for nausea-busting power and a dose of vitamins and minerals.
- ½ cup fresh blackberries
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup pre-made lemonade
- juice of 1 lemon
- lemon slices
- seltzer/club soda
- 1 packet of citrus and ginger fizzelixir (optional)
- Add the blackberries to a small saucepan and mash them with a fork or potato masher until broken down into small bits.
- Add the sugar, water and lemonade and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer over low-medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture to remove the bits of blackberry, add the juice from the lemon and refrigerate the liquid until cooled.
- Once cooled, pour the liquid evenly among 4 glasses filled with ice cubes.
- Add seltzer until glass is full, including fizzelixir if desired!
- Garnish with lemon slices, mint and extra blackberries.
Nothing says Christmas like a cranberries! This mocktail is refreshing, bubbly, and not over-the-top sweet. Add in the raspberry and mint fizzelixir, and you’ve got an all-star mocktail that won’t make you miss the real thing.
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup raspberry flavored sparkling water
- A splash of all-natural cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 tablespoon crushed raspberries
- 1 packet of raspberry and mint fizzelixir
- Pour first three ingredients into a martini glass, then slide a few raspberries onto a thin stirrer to garnish. It’s really that simple!
This mocktail is reminiscent of vacations; The beach, the sun, the sand… It’s tropical, sweet, and has some vitamin C for immune-boosting power.
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 1 ounce orange juice
- A splash of grenadine
- 1/2 ounce pineapple simple syrup (store-bought or homemade)
- Add the ingredients in a tin of ice, then stir and strain into a specialty glass over ice.
- Top with soda water and garnish with charred orange rind.
Okay, this name has to be one of the most clever! You can enjoy all of the delicious flavors of the traditional cocktail, sans the booze. Plus, the cranberry juice adds a nice touch of red color, which is perfect for the holidays!
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice
- 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
- 1/4 cup peach nectar
Mix all of the ingredients and pour into a martini glass. Instant gratification!
Refreshing and light, this drink pairs well with heavy holiday appetizers. The lemonade cuts down on the sweetness of the strawberries, making it easy to enjoy more than just one.
- 2 cups lemonade
- 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- Fresh strawberry to garnish
- Blend all of the ingredients together in blender.
- Serve in tall glasses with a slice of strawberry on top.
Mint is a great herb for fighting nausea, and what better way to have some than in a mojito? This recipe calls for fresh mint sprigs, lime juice, and just a hint of sweetener.
- 4 sprigs fresh mint
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- 1 cup soda water
- Sliced lime and sprigs of mint to garnish
Mix all of the ingredients in a large pitcher, and then pour into tall glasses. Garnish with slices of fresh lime and sprigs on mint.
Who doesn’t love peaches? Especially when they’re served in the form of a cocktail! You’ll find nutmeg, apple cider, and just a hint of sage in this twist on a classic.
- 1 oz peach shrub
- 2 oz apple cider
- 3 large sage leaves
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, combine 2 of the sage leaves and the shrub and muddle to release the flavor of the sage.
- Fill the shaker halfway with ice and add the apple cider and nutmeg.
- Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with the last sage leaf.
Juleps are commonly known as Derby drinks, but we insist on sipping these during the holiday season. They’re made with pineapple, citrus juice, and lime (of course!)
- 1 measure pineapple juice
- 1 measure orange juice
- 1 measure freshly squeezed lime juice
- Ginger ale, to top off
- 1 teaspoon mint, crushed or finely chopped
- Sprig of mint, for garnish
- Lime wedge and/or pineapple slice, for garnish
- Add ice to tall glass. Pour in pineapple, orange and lime juice.
- Top with ginger ale and stir in mint leaves. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge and/or pineapple slice, if desired. Serve immediately.
When pregnancy nausea strikes, ginger ale may be one of the very few things you can stomach. This mocktail is a perfect way to festively sip your tummy troubles away!
- 1/2 cup ginger beer (non-alcoholic)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3 tablespoons club soda
- Mix ingredients in a copper mug 3/4 full of crushed ice.
- Stir together.
- Garnish with lime wedge.
Coconut water is an excellent way to stay hydrated. It’s full of electrolytes, and the subtle coconut taste appeals to most people. Also, coconut water provides a source of fiber and magnesium, two things essential to a healthy, comfortable pregnancy!
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup strawberries
- 1 tsp sugar
- 500 ml coconut water
- Add the lime, sugar, and coconut water in a shaker over ice.
- Shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty.
- In a chilled glass, add some ice cubes and a few wedges of lime.
- Pour the mocktail over the ice and top with a few berries.
So there you have it, mamas! You definitely don’t need to miss out on the holiday festivities while you’re pregnant. There are tons of different mocktail recipes out there to experiment with, many of which will actually make some of your pregnancy symptoms vanish. So sip, soothe, and sparkle this holiday season, mocktail style!