5 Scrumptious Mocktails for Pregnancy and Beyond

Posted on: June 20, 2017 | Haute Category, Self Care

As the heat index begins to creep up, pregnant moms everywhere begin to wonder how they’ll make it through the summer.

There is, of course, lots to celebrate in pregnancy! A summer pregnancy at the very least saves you the hassle of trying to find a winter coat that fits over your bump and won’t break the bank.┬áBut there are also some challenges once the summer weather rolls around. Dehydration, swelling, and all around heat-related discomfort top the list.

Those sweltering temps can make you really wish you could reach for a cold one. . . And YOU CAN!

Well, maybe not a beer or margarita for the time being, but an equally refreshing mocktail is always a good option to keep hydrated over the hot summer months.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite non-alcoholic concoctions to keep your taste buds satisfied while helping you cool off!

 

Watermelon Mojito Mocktail

Mojitos may be out of the equation if you’re pregnant this summer, or are they? Give this non-alcoholic version with a juicy watermelon twist a try for a sweet summer alternative.

Ingredients (serves 2)
  • 3 cups chopped watermelon
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar (divided)
  • mint leaves
  • ice
  • ginger ale
  • club soda
Directions
  1. Using a blender, blend watermelon, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon sugar until smooth.
  2. In the bottom of each of your glasses, muddle 2 mint leaves with 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Fill about halfway with watermelon puree.
  3. Add ice, a splash of ginger ale, and top with club soda. Stir to combine.
  4. Garnish with mint sprig and watermelon slice for a drink that looks as attractive as it tastes.

 

Cucumber Ginger Mocktail

Cool cucumber is the perfect antidote for those muggy summer afternoons. Combined with warm, heady ginger, you’ve got the recipe for the perfect, elegant summer mocktail.

Ingredients
  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  • 10 slices fresh ginger, about 1/4″ thick
  • 2 cups sugar (alternatively, about 1 3/4 cups agave nectar)
  • 2 cups still water
  • soda water for serving (about 5 ounces per drink)
  • cucumber slices for garnish, optional
Directions
  1. Place sliced cucumber and ginger in a large, heat-proof bowl. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour over cucumber and ginger, and let stand for 2 hours.
  2. Strain into a bottle and chill.
  3. To prepare a mocktail, stir together 1 shot syrup (1.5 ounces) with 3 shots soda water (4.5 ounces), or to taste. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

Keeps in an air-tight container in the fridge for two weeks.

Lemon Lavender Mocktail

After a long New England winter, the best part of warmer weather (aside from, you know, warmth) are all the beautiful flowers. Why not enjoy a mocktail with a floral twist to celebrate the arrival of summer?

Ingredients (serves 1)

Lavender Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender

Mocktail

  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Lavender Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 tsp Grenadine
  • 3 dashes Bitters
Directions

Lavender Simple Syrup

  1. Combine ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil then turn off the heat.
  2. Let mixture cool in the pan before straining out the lavender.

Mocktail

  1. Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice and shake until cold. Strain into glass and top off with club soda.
  2. Garnish with fresh lavender. If desired, half a drop of blue food coloring will give this darling mocktail the perfect, summer hue.

 

Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail

There are few things as wonderfully refreshing as the pairing of citrus and herbs. Plus, look at the gorgeous pink color of this mocktail! It’s perfect for baby showers, gender reveals, or just for staying fashionably hydrated while lounging poolside.

Ingredients (serves 4)

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

Mocktails

  • 2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup of the rosemary simple syrup
  • 4 cups sparkling water
Instructions

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  1. In a small sauce pan, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar. Over medium heat, dissolve the sugar for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form.
  2. Once dissolved, pour the simple syrup into a heat safe container. Add 3 sprigs of rosemary and let steep for at least one hour. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for ten days.

Mocktails

  1. Add 1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice into each glass. Add 1 Tablespoon (1/2 oz) of rosemary simple syrup. Stir. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water (about 1 cup)
  2. Garnish with rosemary sprig. Served chilled.

 

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Nothing says summer like a splash of cold, yummy sangria! If the boozy version is not in the cards for you, this recipe can totally hit the spot regardless. Plus, all that fruity deliciousness is good for you anyway.

Ingredients (serves 8)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser; decaf tea is fine)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 medium orange, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium lime, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 3 cups carbonated water
Directions
  1. Pour the boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve.
  2. In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but preferably overnight.
  3. Before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve over ice.

Do you have another awesome mocktail recipe you love? Share it with us in the comments!


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