When you are pregnant alcohol is off the cards, but that doesn’t mean your drink of choice needs to be boring!
Whereas only a few years ago pregnant women had to make do with an orange juice or soda, times have thankfully changed, and top mixologists now take pride in creating amazing non-alcoholic cocktails and pregnancy-safe cocktails (sometimes called pregnancy mocktails).
So I’ve searched high and low to come up with a list of drinks that are exciting, moreish and above all delicious, the types of drinks pregnant women will actually enjoy drinking!
As a disclaimer I’m not a huge fan of alcohol, so I love a mocktail and enjoyed discovering delicious tasting mocktails even before I was pregnant.
In our list I’ve also included some healthy pregnancy mocktails, as well as easy ones that you can make at home or when hosting a baby shower, all without breaking a sweat.
So whether you’re looking for a low sugar option or need some inspiration for a pregnancy mocktail to order at a bar or restaurant, here’s our list of the the very best pregnancy mocktails out there.
Table of Contents
Best Pregnancy Mocktails
1. Virgin Bloody Mary
- 1 part lemon juice (1/2 oz)
- 6 parts tomato juice (3 oz)
- Pepper, Salt, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
- Celery stalk (optional garnish)
- Lemon wedge (optional garnish)
- Add dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper into highball glass with ice
- Pour in tomato juice and lemon juice and stir gently
- Garnish with celery stalk and lemon wedge (optional)
2. Virgin Mojito
- 1 lime quartered
- 10 mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
- Sparkling water
- 30 mls non alcoholic rum optional
- Place mint leaves in a glass and pour in the fresh lime juice and simple syrup
- Press down on the leaves to “muddle” and release the flavor
- Add the sparkling water
- Garnish with lime and mint leaves
- Add ice and serve
3. Mocktail Mule
- 6 oz of ginger beer
- ½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- Slice of lime (optional garnish)
- Combine the ginger beer and lime juice in a glass filled with ice
- Stir well
- Garnish with a slice of lime (optional)
4. Virgin Margarita
To make a pitcher, you will need:
- 1 cup of fresh orange juice
- 1 cup of fresh lime juice
- 1 cup sweet and sour
- 4 cups of lemon-lime soda
- Lime wedges (optional garnish)
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl and keep refrigerated until ready to serve
- To serve, pour the mix into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well
- Strain into glasses
- Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy
5. No Tequila Sunrise / Sunrise Mocktail
- Orange juice
- Peach juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of grenadine
- Add equal amounts of orange juice and peach juice to a champagne flute
- Gently pour in the grenadine
6. Lemon Spritzer
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 tablespoon honey (use less if you’re looking for a low sugar mocktail)
- 2-3 drops of blood orange or juice for color (optional)
- Sparking water (to taste)
- Combine the lemon juice, honey and blood orange in a shaker filled with ice and shake well
- Strain into a glass, the pour in the sparking water.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy
7. Mock Champagne Punch
- 6oz ginger ale
- 6oz white grape juice
- 4oz pineapple juice
- Combine the ginger ale, white grape juice and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well
- Strain into a glass and enjoy
8. Citrus Soda
- Soda water
- Dash of pineapple juice
- Lime juice
- Add the soda water into a highball glass filled with ice
- Add a splash of pineapple juice and stir well
- Garnish with a slice of lime or other seasonal fruit (optional)
What About Non Alcoholic Beer or Non-Alcoholic Wine?
You may have noticed that none of the recipes above include non alcoholic wine or non alcoholic spirits.
Why is this?
As we covered in a recent article, there are many great tasting alcohol-free drinks out there for pregnant women.
But all pregnant women should note that studies reveal alcohol-free drinks may contain higher ethanol levels than what is indicated on their labels.
For example, one study found that 29% of beverages that claimed to be alcohol-free or low alcohol actually contained ethanol levels that were higher than what was declared on the label.
Some brands that even claimed to have an alcohol content of 0.0% actually had levels of up to 1.8%.
That’s pretty concerning, right?
Particularly because there is no known safe level of alcohol intake in pregnancy, and experts recommend pregnancy women refrain from consuming alcohol during their pregnancy.
So if you want to err on the side of caution and avoid alcohol free wine and non alcoholic spirits completely during your pregnancy, the mocktails above will allow you to enjoy a delicious drink without the risk of potentially exposing your baby to any “hidden” alcohol.