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Holiday cocktails and spirits

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Holiday mocktailTis the season for yummy eats and alcoholic drinks. I was at a holiday party this past weekend and as wine was being passed around I noticed my friend was opening her own bottle. “What’s that?” I asked. And she replied “sparkling cider! I’m pregnant, so I’m not drinking alcohol” and we both poured some into our wine glasses, and enjoyed the night with our non-alcoholic beverages.

If you are pregnant, you know you need to stay away from alcohol, but that doesn’t mean you need to miss the party. Don’t be afraid to bring your own cooler of drinks with you – your friends may be asking to have some of yours.

Not sure what to bring? Here is an idea that is festive and works with almost any of your favorite fruits:

  • Select a festive glass, such as a flute champagne or martini glass.
  • Choose your favorite garnish – lemon, lime, mint leaves, cherries, diced apples or oranges.
  • Add seltzer or club soda along with your favorite fruit juice.

For a really fun treat, freeze cranberry, orange or pomegranate juice in ice cube trays and add to your drink. Voila!

Looking for more ideas? Check out our alcohol free bodacious beverages!

One virgin piña colada, please!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

pregnancy-coupleMy husband and I recently came back from our babymoon in Cancun, Mexico. With our first baby due at the end of November, our vacations will soon consist of road trips to visit with the grandparents and perhaps a trip to Disney World. So, what better way to have our last hurrah than to take a beach vacation just the two of us? While my husband never failed to order his margarita on the rocks at the swim-up bar, the bartenders already knew by looking at me that my beach beverage of choice was a virgin piña colada (without the shot of rum).

Alcohol during pregnancy is a no-no! Alcohol, even in small amounts, may harm your baby during pregnancy. Still, there are some people who believe that one or two drinks can’t hurt you. You may have even heard about a recent study from England suggesting that a little alcohol during pregnancy might be fine. But there really is no safe amount of alcohol for you to have during pregnancy. Every woman is different and alcohol affects each woman differently. While one drink might be okay for one woman during pregnancy, it could have devastating consequences for another. So, it’s best for both you and your baby to stay away from alcohol during pregnancy.

I liked my virgin beach beverages. Now, if I could only find a way to have warm weather, sunshine and live on the beach permanently… 🙂 .

Bodacious beverages

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

cocktailsSince there is no known safe amount of alcohol a pregnant woman can consume, avoiding it when you’re trying to conceive is best.  Does that make for a boring holiday?  Not at all.  Try these ideas:

Pomegranate Fizz – mix some seltzer with pomegranate juice and add a slice of lime or a drop of lime sherbet, or both.

Mango Lassi – Blend together mango nectar, a touch of powdered sugar, water and yogurt

Mulled cider – heat apple cider with clove, cinnamon and a touch of allspice or nutmeg.  It’s good served hot or cold.

Smoothies – buzz up some non-fat yogurt with OJ or cranberry, add fresh fruit

Pineapple juice and coconut milk over chipped ice make a yummy non-alchy pina colada.

Creamsicle in a glass – blended OJ and vanilla ice cream

Apricot nectar, OJ and ginger ale make a heavenly sunrise, especially with a cherry at the bottom of the glass.

Read Anne’s suggestions for holiday cheer when she was pregnant and send us your suggestions.  The more the merrier.

Cocktails anyone?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week. Between both of our families, friends, and our jobs we’re going to be plenty busy visiting and attending holiday parties. My husband is thrilled to have a designated driver all season long. I don’t mind, but while everyone’s clinking wine glasses I might feel a little left out. There’s just something un-festive about toasting with a glass of water. That’s why I decided to research some fun, contemporary, alcohol-free cocktails online. 

I came across these fabulous ideas for getting started. 1. Choose the right stem wear. Select a fine wine or martini glass or champagne flute.  2. Use garnish such as a slice of lime, mint leaves, lemon rind, or a maraschino cherry. 3. Add some sparkle! Use a wine charm on your glass. 4. Be creative. Combine club soda with tropical or exotic fruit juices. 

Here’s my plan. I have tall, skinny pilsner glasses at home. I plan to make cranberry juice ice-cubes and fill an entire glass. Then I’m going to add club soda and a slice of lime. If you have any recipes or style ideas please feel free to share. Have a wonderful holiday season. Cheers!