The Pregnant Woman’s Bartending Guide

Alcohol is a “no-no” during pregnancy, so for those of us who enjoy drinking it can be a challenge. Whether you are entertaining or just need a refreshing drink on a summer afternoon – here are some divine non-alcoholic choices:

Not So Dark & Stormy

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ tsp. blackstrap molasses
  • 1 cup ginger beer/ale

Pour ginger beer, lime juice and molasses over ice. Stir well. Garnish with lime.

Mock Mojito

  • 4-5 sprigs of mint
  • 1 lime
  • 1 oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, bring to boil and then simmer until sugar dissolves – allow to cool)
  • 6-8 oz. soda water

Muddle mint and simple syrup in a glass. Add ice. Add half the lime and stir in soda water. Garnish with lime and mint.

Sophisticated Lady

  • 6 half-inch slices of peeled cucumber
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 6 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup (see recipe above)
  • Half a lime

Mix salt and sugar in a shallow bowl. Moisten the rim of the glass and dip into the mixture. In a separate bowl, muddle the cucumber with a dash of salt. Shake the muddled cucumber, cranberry juice, simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker with ice. Strain into the prepared glass filled with ice.

Geisha tea

  • ¼ oz. ginger syrup (see simple syrup recipe above, but add a knob of ginger)
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • ¾ cup iced green tea
  • ½ oz. Sprite

Fill glass with ice and pour in all ingredients, finishing with Sprite. Garnish with lemon.

South-of-the-Border Watermelon Iced Green Tea

  • 3 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup chilled green tea (pregnant women should drink no more than 2 cups of green tea a day)
  • 1 cup chilled cream soda
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. light brown sugar

Combine in blender. Serve with ice.

Unfuzzy Navel

  • 3 oz. peach nectar
  • 3 oz. orange juice
  • 3 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Dash of grenadine

Combine in ice-filled shaker and serve with ice.

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

  • ¼ cup strawberries
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • Dash of grenadine

Combine in blender with ice.