Nobody deserves to relax more than an expecting mum (after all, growing a whole other person is a lot of work!). Thankfully, these non-alcoholic versions of some of our favourite drinks are so tasty, you won’t even miss the booze. So sit back, relax and enjoy a maternity mocktail (or two).
Thai Iced Tea
Although Thai Iced Tea isn’t traditionally a cocktail, it is a delicious and decadent drink full of yummy spices and rich, creamy milk. I’m all about making life easy, so my favourite way to make Thai Iced Tea is to brew black chai (use decaf if you’re watching your caffeine intake) and let it cool. Then pour over lots of ice and top off with canned coconut milk blended with a little pure vanilla extract and sugar syrup. Vanilla coconut milk drink or condensed milk also work here.
I love, love, love mojitos! They’re so light and fresh. For this non-alcoholic ‘nojito’ version, all you need to do is muddle fresh mint leaves with the juice from a lime. Add a tablespoon of sugar syrup and top off with soda water. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with fresh mint, lime wedges or a sugar cane.
Most pregnant mums crave sleep and lots of it. Virgin Margaritas are a great way to get into fiesta mood instead of siesta mood! Mix one part lime juice with one part orange juice, pour into a salt rimmed glass (run the squeezed lime round the rim of your empty glass and up end it over a saucer of salt) and top with lemon and lime flavoured sparkling water. If you prefer your margarita frozen, blend the lime and orange juices with ice before pouring into the glass.
Watermelon Basil Mocktini
Watermelon is full of vitamin C and electrolytes. Why not mix it with one of your favourite herbs for a refreshing treat?! Just cube some watermelon and throw it in a blender with a handful of fresh basil. Pour into a martini glass and top off with soda water.
How can something so simple be so delicious?! Seriously, all you have to do is mix equal parts orange juice and non-alcoholic sparkling wine. This vitamin packed drink is perfect poured into a champagne flute for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Looking for an even sweeter treat?! Pour it over vanilla ice cream. YUM!
Virgin Moscow Mule
Moscow Mules are hot, hot, hot right now. This refreshing drink, typically served in a copper mug is all the rage. For a non-alcoholic version, mix the juice of two limes with a bottle of fiery ginger beer. If you want it extra sweet, add a tablespoon of sugar syrup. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
This fruity favourite is so full of flavour, you won’t even miss the alcohol. Mix equal parts cranberry juice and pomegranate juice with a splash of orange juice. Then load it up with whatever fruit you’d like…citrus fruits, strawberries, green apples, etc. I recommend making in large quantities so that the fruit has time to soak up the juicy flavors. When you’re ready for a tasty drink, pour over ice and top off with your favourite flavour of sparkling water (be creative, the more fruit flavours the better)!
Shake It Up
Mocktails are a great way to stay hydrated, enjoy your daily fruit intake and still get in the party spirit. For even more ideas on how to enjoy a drink while you’re expecting, check out our guide to low alcohol beers and ciders.