Summer Mocktails

Given that it is the season of picnics, BBQs, outdoor gatherings and trips up North, we thought it would fun to share some alcohol-free yet-fun cold beverages for our mamas.  Kids (of all ages) may also love these!

Watermelon Aquas Frescas

Mocktails for pregnancyIngredients

  • 2 cups watermelon, sliced into 1-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 10 drops stevia (you can find this as a liquid at the co-op, Trader Joes, or Whole Foods)
  • ice, enough for your preference of cold

Directions:

  1. Place watermelon, lime juice and stevia in a high powered blender and puree on highest setting until liquefied
  2. Fill two large glasses to the top with ice
  3. Pour watermelon mixture over ice
  4. Enjoy

Ginger Lime Mocktails

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon zested ginger (great for nausea!)
  • 12 drops stevia
  • 18 ounces plain sparkling water

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar and stir
  2. Pour over ice into 2 cocktail glasses
  3. Garnish with lime wedges, if desired
  4. Enjoy

 

Iced Ginger Chai (caffeine free!)

This one is great any time of day!  The ginger and the fennel are great for digestion.  All of these are warming spices too, which are good in pregnancy.  Rooibos has many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants beneficial in pregnancy.   Note that this recipe doesn't take long but does involve and overnight steep, so plan ahead!

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh ginger (you can leave the skin on)
  • 10  cardamonpods
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed
  • ¼ cup organic loose rooibos tea

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil
  2. Reduce and leave pot on stove with mixture at a rolling simmer for 30 minutes
  3. Turn off heat; allow mixture to remain in pot overnight to continue steeping without heat
  4. Strain mixture into a 1 quart mason jar –you will have between 3-4 cups of chai concentrate
  5. Fill a glass with ice, 1 cup chai concentrate and ¼ cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
  6. Add stevia, agave, or honey to taste, if desired
  7. Enjoy