Bottoms Up! 17 Holiday Mocktails for Expecting Moms

December 17, 2015  |  


Not into traditional nog? Try making a batch of virgin coquito, Puerto Rico’s creamy coconut answer to eggnog. Deliciously rich, this recipe makes enough to share with the family (hubby can add rum if he likes later).

2 cans coconut milk
1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extra
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Blend all ingredients in a blender on high for 5 minutes. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Cranberry Cutie

This easy mocktail from This Week for Dinner looks a lot like the Cosmos you used to drink pre-pregnancy. We love the sweet clementine garnish.


3 ounces Sierra Mist Natural
3 ounces Cranberry Juice
Juice from 1 cutie/clementine orange
1 ounce lime juice
Clementine slice and sugar for garnish

In a shaker filled with ice, mix cranberry juice, cutie juice, and lime juice. Add Sierra Mist Natural and stir. Strain into two martini glasses with edges that have been dipped in sugar (optional). Garnish with a clementine slice.

Mock Toddy

If the holiday party finds guests snuggling up with a hot toddies, make this cozy version from Slash Food that warms without whiskey or rum.

Combine hot water, lemon juice, honey, a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg and, to add color and flavor, cranberry juice. Consider adding a sprinkle of cayenne. Serve in a mug.

Cinnamon Holiday

The cinnamon and cranberry juice in this drink from Deflate the Elephant taste just like the holidays.

1 ounce apple juice
1 small piece cinnamon
2 ounces cranberry juice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane.
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Pomegranate-Apple Rossini

The rossini is a  classic cocktail with a bite. This fruity version from She Knows is less boozy but just as delicious.

1 ounce chilled POMwonderful or other pomegranate juice
5 ounces chilled sparkling apple cider
Lemon twist for garnish

Pour apple cider into champagne flute. Gently pour pomegranate juice over the back of a spoon onto the surface of the cider. The juice should linger at the top, moving down to color the rest of the drink slowly. Garnish with lemon.

Apple Cider, Cranberry and Ginger Punch
Martha Stewart recommends adding gin to this festive punch but moms-to-be can enjoy it just as much without the gin.

1/3 cup fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
2/3 cup chilled ginger beer
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 ounces (1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons) gin, if desired

Muddle cranberries with sugar in a pitcher. Add apple cider, ginger beer, lemon juice, and gin if desired. Divide among 4 glasses. Serve chilled or over ice.

Sparkling Ginger Lemon Mocktail
Warm ginger, lemon and plenty of bubbles make this a toast-worthy option to have on hand at your celebrations. From Imbibe Magazine.

3 inches of ginger root, peeled and sliced
¾ cup sugar
1½ cups water
½ cup fresh lemon juice
soda water, chilled
Tools: saucepan, spoon
Glass: wine
Garnish: candied ginger


Heat the sugar, water and ginger slices over medium heat. Stir until sugar melts. Boil for about 20 minutes until the syrup begins to thicken. Remove from heat, strain the ginger and let it cool. Toss the ginger pieces with sugar to coat and set aside.

Combine the syrup, lemon juice and soda water in a pitcher with ice, stir to combine, and divide evenly among 4 wine glasses. Garnish each drink with a piece of candied ginger.


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