Bottoms Up! 17 Holiday Mocktails for Expecting Moms

December 17, 2015  |  

With the holidays upon us, there are more parties than we can even keep track of, but what’s a mom-to-be to drink? Whether you’re expecting, want something for the kids, or plain don’t drink, we’ve rounded up 17 incredible holiday mocktails. Click on to get easy recipes for virgin potables. Cheers to that.

Mock Champagne

When the clock strikes midnight, leave the sparkling cider for the kids.

2 parts ginger ale, chilled
1 part pineapple juice, chilled
1 part white grape juice, chilled

Combine ingredients in a champagne flute. Cheers!

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Virgin Mojito

Enjoy the refreshing flavors of mint and lime without rum (for now).

1 tablespoon mint leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
Lemon-lime soda

Muddle the mint leaves and sugar in a highball glass. Add ice and fill glass with soda. Garnish with lime wedge.

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Lime Rickey

Want refreshing citrus flavor without the mint? Try a lime rickey.

3 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Club soda

Fill highball glass with ice. Combine all ingredients in highball glass, garnish with lime.

Apple-Berry Shrub

This mocktail uses the apple cider vinegar from the back of the cabinet. From Bon Appetit

1 pint frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or a combination)
1 ½ cups unfiltered apple cider vineyard
¼ cup sugar
Club soda

Prepare the concentrate: Bring the first three ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan. Steep for 30 minutes, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Press on the berry bits to get all the liquid. Cover; chill until cold. For one serving, fill a highball glass with ice and add 2 tablespoons of the concentrate. Top with club soda.

Ginger-Cinnamon Apple Cider Fake-tini

Served in a martini glass, this mocktail has all the sweetness and spice of an apple pie. Once you prepare the syrup, the rest is easy. From Rachel Cooks.

Ginger-Cinnamon Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 cinnamon sticks
1-2 inches of ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced

Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely and strain to remove ginger and cinnamon.

For one Fake-tini
2 tablespoons of Ginger-Cinnamon Simple Syrup
1 cup apple cider
ice for mixing
cinnamon sugar for rimming the glass
apple slice or cinnamon stick to garnish (optional)

Prepare martini glass by wetting the rim with apple cider and then dipping in cinnamon-sugar. Add ice to martini shaker. Pour in cider and simple syrup. Shake and pour into prepared glass. Garnish with apple slice or cinnamon stick.

POM Fizz

Harness the power of pomegranate juice in this tart but sweet drink from Delish

8 oz Pomegranate Juice
2 cans (24 oz) of Lemon-Lime Soda
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
Crushed Ice

Combine juices and soda in pitcher. Stir. Serve over ice. Serves 4.

Cran-Dandy Cooler

You already know cranberry juice is good for you. Drink to your health with this refreshing, colorful drink from

¼ cranberry juice
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
3.4 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons ginger ale
Maraschino cherries, orange slices (optional)

Fill tall glass with ice. Add juices. Top with ginger ale and stir. Garnish with cherry and orange slices.

Ginger Sparkler

When ginger ale just won’t cut it, whip up a virgin ginger sparkler. Bonus points: ginger will ease your morning sickness, too. Use chilled ingredients to keep the bubbles longer. We suggest a tall glass, but feel free to switch to a champagne flute for a midnight toast.

¼ teaspoon finely grated ginger
1/2 cup sugar
¼ water
Club soda

Bring ginger, sugar, and water to boil in a small saucepan. Strain into cup and chill until cold. Add one tablespoon syrup to tall glass, fill with club soda.

Chocolate Milk Mocktail

Have your dessert  and drink it, too, with this rich, creamy drink from the Food Network.

Spicy hot cocoa powder, for garnishing rim of glass
1/2 cup your favorite chocolate sauce
1 cup whole milk
Chocolate shavings, for garnish

Chill 2 martini glasses. Dampen the rim of each glass and invert into the cocoa powder to rim the glass. In a large martini shaker, add the chocolate sauce and milk and fill with ice. Shake the cocktail well for 30 seconds. Pour the cocktail into the glasses and garnish with shaved chocolate.

Quick Holiday Eggnog

Dress up store-bought eggnog with spices and a healthy surprise ingredient, thanks to the moms of MADD. For once, steer away from the fresh stuff, since it contains raw eggs.

1 cup cold store-bought eggnog
1/3 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/3 banana
2/3 tablespoon real maple syrup
1/3 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Blend ingredients in blender at medium speed 30 seconds. Pour into balloon glass and dust top with more nutmeg.

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