Pregnancy-Friendly Cocktail Recipes
If you're in the mood to celebrate but want something besides sparkling apple cider, why not try mixing up a batch of your own alcohol-free champagne? This concoction is ideal for elegant baby showers or any festive occasion during pregnancy.
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
1 cup grapefruit juice
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons grenadine syrup
28 ounces chilled ginger ale (about 2 1/3 soda cans' worth)
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil and boil ten minutes. Cool. Add sugar syrup to grapefruit and orange juices. Chill thoroughly. Add grenadine and ginger ale just before serving. Makes about 1½ quarts.
Another summer classic, the piña colada, is cool and refreshing. With its smoothie-like consistency, it can be gentler on a mom-to-be's stomach than other, more lively concoctions.
Of course, if citrus fruits — with their acidic qualities — have been playing havoc with your digestion, you may want something even milder. Although pineapple isn't technically part of the citrus family, its juice, like that of the orange, lime, or lemon, can be quite tart. For a sweeter, less tangy drink, use pineapple canned in syrup rather than its own juice.
2 ounces coconut milk
1½ ounces crushed pineapple
1 ounce pineapple juice
1/4 cup crushed ice
Brown sugar to taste (no more than one tablespoon)
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (about 30 seconds). Pour into chilled glass. Garnish with an orange slice, a pineapple wedge, or a maraschino cherry.
The perfect drink for a hot summer day, a virgin daiquiri (strawberry or whatever fruit suits your fancy) is tangy and thirst-quenching. Plus, because it's fruit-flavored and blended, you're less likely to notice the missing alcohol. Go for fresh strawberries over frozen; the flavor will be much better.
1 ounce fresh lime juice
3 ounces frozen strawberries in syrup (or fresh, if available)
1 teaspoon sugar
Fill a blender with cracked ice. Add lime juice, strawberries, and sugar. Blend until smooth, then pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with an extra strawberry (if you have one) or an orange slice.
This refreshing and tasty recipe is perfect for your next dinner party, or just whip up a pitcher to have on hand whenever you need a bubbly beverage break.
4 cups white grape juice
1 cup pink grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 bottle club soda (750 milliliters)
Pink grapefruit slices
In a large pitcher, combine all three juices. Refrigerate. Just before serving, add the soda water and grapefruit slices (and other fruit, if you'd like). Makes about 12 servings.
If you're heading out to brunch anytime soon, this is the drink to order. Spicy and tangy, a virgin Bloody Mary will satisfy you almost as well as a regular one.
4 ounces tomato juice
½ ounce lemon juice
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
A dash of hot sauce
A pinch of celery salt (add to taste)
A pinch of salt (add to taste)
A pinch of pepper (add to taste)
Combine tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and seasonings in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a celery stalk and a wedge of lime.
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