Mocktails for expecting moms

Learn how to create non-alcoholic cocktails, especially suited to expecting moms.

First, keep a variety of soda and other sparkling beverages on hand. Keep in mind that, when you are pregnant, you are supposed to limit your caffeine. Luckily, most sodas do not contain caffeine, but you will want to check the label to be sure. Ginger ale is one of the best sodas you can consume, due to its unique flavor, lack of caffeine and the calming effects ginger has on nausea, which is especially helpful for “morning sickness.”

For flavoring, you have several options. Grenadine is an excellent syrup for drinks such as a Shirley Temple, Roy Rogers, or Cherry Bing. Fresh fruit, lemonade, and juices are other great options for your non-alcoholic creations.

Below are a variety of delicious, and very simple recipes you can start with. With these tips and a little imagination, you can easily create a new favorite cocktail where the only kind of “spirit” required is a good one.

Shirley Temple Mocktail
1/2 cup chilled ginger ale
1 tablespoon Grenadine syrup
Maraschino cherry

Stir together ginger ale and Grenadine syrup. Pour mixture over ice, preferably in a frosted, high ball glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.


Tornado Twist
12 ounces cranberry-raspberry juice
12 ounces (1 can) ginger ale

In a pitcher, mix cranberry-raspberry juice with ginger ale. Pour over ice and serve.


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Mocktails for expecting moms

Discovering that you are expecting a baby can be the best news in the world. Quickly after the initial thrill, however, you begin to realize just how many things you can no longer enjoy. Have a headache? Say goodbye to ibuprofen. Caffeine junkie? No more coffee fixes. And, of course, no more alcohol! You will have to wait those nine, long months without an alcoholic beverage. (If you are breastfeeding, you will have to wait even longer.)

Luckily, nearly every cocktail can be re-created into a delicious, satisfying mocktail (non-alcoholic cocktail). If you feel like being creative, you can satisfy your cocktail cravings with a few key ingredients.

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