Parties and special occasions will make you want to drink. Your mother-in-law yapping about your cooking on Thanksgiving will make you want to drink. The fact that your ankles are so swollen will make you want to drink. But you're pregnant. So how do you toast the holidays and get a little sugar rush?
Enter the mocktail -- a delicious, fun, tasty non-alcoholic treat that will have you forgetting there’s no liquor involved. Added bonus: you won’t be the one everyone remembers as getting sloshed at the holiday office party!
Here are a few quick and easy recipes that you -- or your bartender -- can whip up in no time.
Get your hit of bubbly with this one. Simply substitute sparkling pear or apple juice for the Champagne. Mix with peach nectar. Serve in a tall flute, garnished with a sugared peach slice. Delish!
Mama’s Mai Tai
3 oz. orange juice
3 oz. pineapple juice
Splash of grenadine
Splash of lime-flavored Perrier
Serve well shaken with ice and a pineapple garnish. Froofy umbrella optional.
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
Splash pomegranate juice for color
Serve shaken or stirred in a martini glass rimmed with crushed peppermint sticks. Nice touch!
Based on the classic Dark & Stormy, this is perfect for the mom who wants something with more than a little punch.
Mix a healthy dose of ginger beer (not ginger ale) with a dash of bitters and a squeeze of lime. All ingredients are really to taste, but move slowly on the bitters! Serve in a lowball glass garnished with candied ginger or a stick of lime rock candy. Fancy!
3 oz. mango juice
2 tsp. vanilla sugar
1/4 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1/2 oz. club soda
Dash of grenadine
Muddle the vanilla sugar and ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ice, mango juice, and grenadine and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass rimmed with raw sugar and top with club soda. Garnish with a vanilla bean if desired. This one is special, just for you!
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