Friday, March 15, 2013

My Favorite Pregnancy 'Mocktails'

When I got pregnant, I knew one of the things that would be tough for me was the total giving up of my occasional cocktail. After a long day, while cooking dinner, or even while catching up with B after a trying week, I enjoyed a glass or three of wine or champagne. 

There is just something so satisfying about the carbonated goodness of a cold drink at the end of a long day. But, I knew I wouldn't be one of those girls that would be totally comfortable indulging in a glass of champagne while preggo, at least not until I was past the halfway point. And with my sisters wedding just three weeks away, we'll just have to wait and see what happens with that.

All judgements aside, I knew I wanted to find a few 'virgin' options that I could keep on hand around home. A girl can totally drink Ginger Ale out of her favorite wine glass while she cooks dinner, right?

So, over the last five months, I've come up with a few go-to 'mocktails' that make this preggo Momma feel special when she needs a pick-me-up. Nothing super fancy, and they can all be found in grocery stores and travel well if you're headed to a friend's house, a party, or just kicking your feet up at home.
  1. Martinelli's Sparkling Cider: I am sure I'm not the first girl to buy a bottle of this when a little celebrating is in order. It's light, refreshing and even comes in a champagne-like bottle.
  2. Ginger Ale: For me, it doesn't really matter what brand it is. I stocked up on some mini cans at the beginning of my pregnancy to help combat the nausea that I never really ended up having. Now I like to have one or two each week just for something different. My favorite thing to do is pop one into the cupholder in my car for a road trip refreshment!
  3. Safeway Organics Italian Soda: My SIL introduced me to this 'mocktail' at our family Christmas celebration this past year, and I have had at least one bottle in my fridge at all times ever since. My favorite is the Blood Orange, but I have also tried Passionfruit. This stuff is light, fruity and easy to sip on! I definitely recommend trying it if you can find it in your area.
  4. Hot Chocolate: This list would not be complete without my favorite evening/dessert beverage. Since I am trying to keep my caffeine intake down, I am limiting my coffee drinking to just the mornings, so in the evening, if I want something warm and satisfying, I don't hesitate to prepare a hot cup of cocoa and top it with a bit of whipped cream!

So, if you're craving something other than water these days, I recommend giving each of these a try. I'm also open to any and all suggestions, ladies! Happy FRIDAY!


Shannon Dew said...

I was OBSESSED with ginger ale at the beginning of this pregnancy! Also, I got the "mojito" crystal light packets and that satisfied the craving, somewhat!

Tara said...

Oooh! The Martinelli's Sparkling Cider really is good! I am still drinking it even though I'm no longer pregnant. I rang in 2011 pregnant with it in my fancy champagne glass... and I totally drank ginger ale in wine glasses throughout my pregnancy. It definitely helped with my morning sickness during the first trimester... but it had to be Canada Dry.

Deanna H said...

My go-to mock cocktail has been - 7up, cranberry juice and a wedge of lime. It's so good & makes me feel like I'm having a mixed drink with everyone else!

Colleen Sullivan said...

Loved the blood orange Italian soda when I was pregnant!

I would drink it with a splash of sparkling water in a cocktail glass with a lime wedge and a fun straw.

I also liked (and still do!) Simply Mango Lemonade, sparkling soda, lots of ice and a lemon wedge...pretty good with a little tequila too!