Who said pregnancy needs to be boring because you can’t drink? Drinking does not necessarily mean that it needs to be alcohol and you can easily stir-up lip-smacking mocktails for yourself and for your guests at a party that you are throwing this weekend. If you are at a pub or at a restaurant, you can ask for customized mocktails if they have a live bar. Learn a few amazing recipes for non-alcoholic drinks here and change the way you have been enjoying parties!
Having been named after the famous actor, Shirley Temple1; this drink is often touted as the celebrity mocktail and you can never go wrong with this fruity concoction. It is usually made with ginger ale, orange juice, grenadine and garnished with maraschino cherries and lime slices. Here is a quick recipe to help you prepare a tall glass of this drink:
- 4 ounces of ginger ale
- 2 ounces of orange juice
- Splash of grenadine
- Maraschino cherries
- Lemon slices
Add the ginger ale, orange juice, and grenadine over ice in a Collins glass and stir well. Garnish with maraschino cherries and lemons slices/wedges and have it chilled. A lot of bars add softdrinks like 7UP or Sprite to it but you would do good to stay away from them and go the natural way.
Virgin Pina Colada
It is a myth that you should not be having pineapples in pregnancy. There is no evidence against it in science and you can completely enjoy your pina colada sans the alcohol while relishing the fresh hint of chilled coconut milk mixed with pineapple juice and heavy cream.
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 can of thick coconut milk/ coconut cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup ice
- ½ cup heavy cream 9 optional if coconut milk is thick enough)
Blend all the ingredients in a blender till smooth and serve chilled. You will hardly miss the alcohol in this refreshing drink!
Lychee And Ginger Mojito
If mojito only means vodka to you, think again. If you are pregnant and are missing your drinks, a fresh burst of lychee and ginger in sparkling water will transform your mood completely and you are sure to be left wanting for more.
- 200 ml lychee juice
- A handful of mint leaves
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 5-6 Lemon wedges
- Soda/sparkling water
- 4-5 ice cubes
Blend mint leaves, ginger and lemon juice together. In a tall glass, add ice cubes and the blended mixture. Top up with lychee juice and soda. Add lemon wedges, mint leaves and ice cubes for garnish. The best thirst-quencher ever!
If you want to avoid juices, sugar etc, the most conventional yet one of the most refreshing drinks would be chilled buttermilk. It is easy to make and fills you up beautifully.
- 1 cup beaten curd
- Half a tsp rock salt
- Half a tsp roasted cumin powder
- Mint leaves- a handful
- Ice cubes (optional)
Blend curd, salt, cumin and mint leaves together in a blender till frothy. Have with additional mint leaves and ice cubes on hot summer days.