Maternity + Cocktail = Mocktail

It’s patio season. That time of the year when the bar blenders run on overdrive, beers are best served upside down in margaritas, and people shamelessly lick the edges of their cups like a deranged toddler. It’s not nearly as awesome when you’re expecting and you can’t order any drinks without putting “virgin” in front of it (which is a little ironic if you think about it).

There is no reason why you can’t enjoy some patio worthy, probably even better than the alcohol filled counterparts, sinfully delicious beverages. So don’t fret my dear mama goddesses, I have scoured the interwebs to find these guilt free summer drinks that are sure to please your tummies and your taste buds. 

1. Non-Alcoholic Sangria
recipe from the kitchyn

  

Serves 8
2 cups boiling water

2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser)

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 cup sugar

3 cups pomegranate juice

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 orange, sliced into thin rounds

1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds

1 lime, sliced into thin rounds

1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

3 cups carbonated water

Pour boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve.
In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.
In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.

Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice.

2. Cucumber and Lime Spritzer 
Recipe from Real Simple

  

Serves 4

2 12-ounce cans club soda

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 3 to 4 limes)

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

In a pitcher, combine the club soda, lime juice, and cucumber. Serve over ice.

3. Strawberry Cucumber Limeade
Recipe from A Beautiful Mess

  
serves 1 

fresh strawberry slices
fresh cucumber slices

2 fresh limes

fresh mint or basil leaves

sugar sprinkles for garnish

simple syrup 

club soda 

First, prepare your glass by adding sugar sprinkles to one side of the rim using a little brush of honey or simple syrup. In your glass, combine the juice of two limes, 1 tablespoon simple syrup, and ice. Stir and top off with club soda. Add cucumbers, strawberries, and mint for garnish. Enjoy! 
If you want to get extra fancy, add some cut-up strawberries and cucumbers to your simple syrup while it is simmering to infuse flavor. Be sure to strain out all the fresh ingredients before you use it. 

4. The Consolation Prize (a mocktail)
recipe from The Smitten Kitchen

  
serves 4

A handful of mint leaves

1 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons honey

3/4 cup coconut milk, well-shaken

Ice cubes

Seltzer, to taste

Lime wedges, sprigs of mint or sliced fresh pineapple for garnish

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle mint — no need to render it into small flecks, but if you break it up a little, more flavor will be released. Add pineapple, lime, honey, coconut milk and a few ice cubes and shake it well. Pour over ice cubes in glasses, finish with a splash of seltzer and garnishes. Close your eyes and pretend you’re somewhere tropical.

5. Mango Margarita 
Recipe from Fit Pregnancy

  
It gets its kick from ginger, which has been shown to calm queasiness and nausea.

Serves 1
1 lime wedge for garnish (optional)

Ground granola for garnish (optional)
4 to 6 raspberries (or 2 strawberries)

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon grated ginger

¼ cup mango juice

¼ cup grapefruit juice

Run the lime wedge around the rim of a glass. Dip the glass in the granola.

Muddle the raspberries or strawberries at the bottom of a glass, and pour in lime juice. Add grated ginger, mango juice, grapefruit juice and ice.

Stir to blend all flavors, and enjoy.

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