Christmas is a time for making memories, and unfortunately, a lot of those memories involve alcohol. It seems that everyone is popping Prosecco to celebrate the holiday season.
It can be a challenge to feel like part of the festive fun when you’re pregnant and can’t drink or eat what you want. That’s why we’re sharing our favourite festive holiday mocktails that everyone will love.
These recipes are simple and tasty. We bet nobody will even notice that there’s no alcohol involved, but if they do, it’s easy to just add a splash of their favourite liquor to make it boozier.
No more sipping water while everyone else gets festive cocktails of their own! Now you can join in with these crowd-pleasing festive mocktails.
Mulled Apple Juice
Move over mulled cider! It wouldn't be Christmas without a mulled drink, and this alcohol-free version is perfect for mums-to-be, designated drivers, and kids alike.
This spiced drink holds all the flavour of traditional mulled cider with none of the booze. It only takes about 10 minutes and will keep you warm during those chilly winter months.
photo by BBC Good Food
Simmer the apple juice with strips of orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves for about 5-10 mins until all the flavours have infused. Sweeten to taste.
Serve each drink with a little orange peel and a piece of cinnamon stick for a festive kick.
Spiced Pina Colada Mocktail
Get the party started with an exotic twist of spice and sweetness. This festival holiday mocktail will be a hit with non-drinkers and cocktail fans. It has an added spiciness from the mock spiced rum that turns this island classic into a holiday favourite.
After all, if you like pina coladas and getting lost in the rain… why should you miss out?
Put the dark brown muscovado sugar and 200ml water in a saucepan.
Stir well and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Add a few strips of skin from the pineapple.
Add the black peppercorns, cloves and a cinnamon stick, then bring to a boil.
Turn off the heat and leave to infuse until cold. Strain into a jug and set aside in the fridge until needed. Will keep for up to three days.
Pour the pineapple juice into a tall glass, and add the coconut milk and lime juice. Stir gently.
Fill up the glass with a handful of ice then slowly add 25ml of the syrup so it sinks to the bottom. Garnish with pineapple leaves and a tinned cherry.
Enjoy a pretty-in-pink festive holiday mocktail this Christmas. This spin on the classic drink is packed with festive cheer. Plus, pomegranate juice may even help prevent pregnancy complications.
A day ahead, divide the pomegranate seeds between the holes in an ice cube tray, top up with water and freeze.
Reserve half the mint for serving, and tear the rest into a large jug with the lime quarters.
Using a rolling pin, bash the mint and lime to release the flavours. Add the pomegranate juice and lemonade.
Put ice cubes in each glass, then strain over the pomegranate mix through a small sieve. Garnish with lime slices and more mint.
Happy holidays from Secret Saviours! We hope you have a great alcohol-free celebration and enjoy these festive holiday mocktails with all your friends and family.
Want more mocktail ideas? Check out our blog here of our favourite all year recipes. And, if you want some handy tips on how to tackle the busy holiday season whilst pregnant, this blog post might be just for you.