If you're preggers and are feeling left out at Christmas, we've got just the non-alcoholic tipple for you. Bonus: these booze-free bevvies are great for kids, too!
So you’ve sat down to feast with a delicious roast turkey or ham, the kids are happy with their gifts (for once) and everyone is having a nice time until someone says “Let’s break out the wine!”. Cue an uncomfortable silence as everyone remembers that babies can’t drink, so neither can pregnant you. While sporting a baby bump at Christmas has its perks, especially the fab pre-baby gifts, indulging in a Christmas tipple is not one of them. Never fear, mums! We’ve got just the bubbles to cheer you up. These non-alcoholic drinks are fruity, spicy and even if the tots take a sneaky sip (you know they’re going to) – all will be well.
Non-alcoholic drinks for pregnant mums at Christmas
1. Cranberry ginger ale soda
You can’t go wrong with a cranberry ginger ale soda from Cooking with Wallflower. It’s got just that fruity spicy kick to it to really feel like Christmas.
2. Mulled wine
This ingenious mulled wine recipe from Mumsnet uses black tea and cloudy apple juice in place of wine. But there is one other way to swing it. Just make mulled wine the old-fashioned way but with one extra cheeky step – boil off the alcohol. Then chill in the fridge or serve warm. The mother of all Christmas-themed non-alcoholic drinks!
3. No alcohol eggnog
Lacey Baier from A Sweet Pea Chef knows the #struggleisreal for expats living overseas to get a craving for the ‘nog. She’s come up with light eggnog that’s easy, ‘noggy and healthy to boot. Blend, cook and drink up!
4. Hot chocolate
Nothing says Christmas like a mug of hot chocolate! This proclaimed “drink-up-able” chocolate from Food52 is sure to bring you warmth within any air-conditioned room. Crush up and stir in some candy canes for that peppermint touch.
5. Moscow mule mocktail
Ditch the vodka and muddle up some blueberries and ginger beer for a Moscow mule mocktail à la Tablespoon. Copper mug optional, but highly recommended.
Dare we say Food52 has perfected the butterbeer? Potterheads young and old alike are sure to go crazy over this sweet concoction. Just be sure to add the non-alcoholic cider or you’re going to have some very tipsy wizards.
7. Gingerbread chai latte
Forget the sugar-loaded Peppermint Mocha – when it comes to non-alcoholic drinks, how about a gingerbread chai latte from Nutrition by Kara instead? Think pure gingerbread bliss in a cup for a real Christmas treat!
8. Spice Toddy
Non-alcoholic gin? It tastes better than you think! This sweet and sour Spice Toddy made using Seedlip‘s Spice is just what you need to warm you up on a rainy day.
9. Blackberry spritzer
Here’s something refreshing for that family Christmas gathering you’re hosting. Get the blackberries on your next supermarket run and follow this recipe from Country Living. Ahhhh…
10. Virgin pina colada
Mix mock rum syrup, pineapple juice, and coconut milk together, and what do you get? An alcohol-free virgin pina colada, that’s what! BBC Good Food‘s recipe is easy to make, and delish to boot.
11. Festive snow punch
This non-alcoholic drink is basically a winter wonderland in a glass! Fruity, refreshing, and oh so pretty… The Cookie Rookie had the right idea sharing this with everyone. Our kiddos loved it!
12. Pumpkin smoothie
We reckon this concoction is better suited for the daytime than a Christmas party, but honestly it’s so good that you can have it as dessert or post-party drink. Or better yet – a midnight snack! The Pioneer Woman has the recipe for you to follow.
13. Sparkling peach sunrise
In the mood for something peachy? Spruce Eat‘s sparkling peach sunrise – inspired by the tequila sunrise – is a great (and pretty!) non-alcoholic drink to make at Christmas. A simple, fun drink that’ll have the kids asking for seconds!
14. Cherry bomb
If the kids want to play grown-ups, Delish has a cherry bomb that’s reminiscent of the Shirley Temple. Cherries, soda, and grenadine are all that you need. Win win!
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