The holiday season means tons of delicious food and drinks to celebrate.
If you're pregnant or breastfeeding, that means watching from the sidelines as your friends indulge in fun winter cocktails. You don't have to miss out on some of the delicious flavor combinations of the artfully crafted cocktail, just switch the alcohol for some sparkling or soda water for a refreshing winter drink.
We found some delicious alternatives for you to try this winter, with plenty of room for you to experiment with different flavors and garnishes.
12 ounces ginger beer
4 ounces seltzer water
½ to 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
Limes, for garnish
Combine ingredients in a pitcher. Serve cold.
1 cup freshly pressed Asian pear juice (or regular pear juice)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 cups honey
1/4 cup sugar
1 (4-inch) sprig fresh rosemary
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into coins
Small grating of fresh nutmeg
Combine pear juice, lemon juice, honey, sugar, rosemary, ginger, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for five minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugars. Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids. Let syrup cool completely.
To serve, fill an eight-ounce glass halfway with ice cubes, add three tablespoons of syrup, fill with soda water, and stir.
Frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate
3 cups cold water
Sparkling white grape juice
In a small pitcher, mix frozen lemonade concentrate and three cups of water.
For ice-cubes sprinkle raspberries into an ice cube tray and then slowly pour the raspberry lemonade mix over them. Set the remaining drink mix aside until later.
When ready to serve, add ice cubes to each glass and pour about one tablespoon of the raspberry lemonade in the bottom of each glass. Top off the glass with sparkling grape juice.
1 grapefruit plus additional grapefruit for garnish
2 cups of ice
3 x 12oz cans of ginger soda
handful of fresh basil
1/4 cup basil simple syrup (recipe here)
Place sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add the basil. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes and strain and discard basil. Place syrup in a glass tupperware container or squeeze bottle if you have it.
Cover and chill for a couple hours.
Skipping out on alcohol doesn't mean skipping out on yummy winter beverages.
Mocktails are common among breastfeeding moms, or even parents trying to stay healthier during the holidays. If you're hosting a party, have some fun with fresh garnishes, spices, infused syrups and local extracts.
1821 Bitters in Atlanta offers a wide variety of authentic cocktail mixers, vintage small batch ginger beer and sodas. Stop by this awesome local shop and bring home a little vintage flare for your alcohol-free cocktail party. After all, it's the holidays and time to get a little extra fancy.
Delicious drinks and zero hangovers, what could be better than that?