Mocktails for pregnant moms during the holidays 

The twinkling lights are up, a slight chill in the air, and winter festivities are right around the corner. Next year, you’ll get to share your favorite holiday traditions with your baby. You deserve delicious, pregnancy-safe holiday foods and festive drinks. No matter your favorite flavors, we’ve got alcohol-free drink recipes that will put you in the holiday spirit. Here is a great resource to understand drinking labels, and the difference between non-alcoholic, alcohol-removed and alcohol-free.

Alcohol-free drink recipes that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit during pregnancy

Holiday mocktail recipes to enjoy during pregnancy 

Pregnancy-safe eggnog mocktail

Homemade eggnog isn’t safe to drink during pregnancy, even without adding alcohol—thanks to the raw egg yolks that give the drink its name. Fortunately, store-bought eggnog is generally safe, as it’s made with pasteurized eggs. So, for a simple-but-delicious eggnog mocktail, pour a quart of commercial eggnog into a pitcher with the following:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

*Free feel to adjust seasonings to your taste.

Stir together, then put in the fridge. (This drink tastes best when made a day or two in advance.) Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Virgin cranberry mojito

Cranberries are the perfect wintery fruit to jazz up any holiday mocktail. For this tart, refreshing drink, you’ll need:

  • 1 lime
  • 2–4 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup sparkling water
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 2 ounces of alcohol-free rum (optional)
  • Ice

Muddle mint leaves and a big squeeze of lime juice in a cocktail shaker before adding ice, cranberry juice, simple syrup, and alcohol-free rum. Shake to chill the drink. Then, strain it into your favorite cocktail glass over fresh ice. Top off the glass with sparking water, and garnish with extra mint sprigs or frozen fresh cranberries, and you’re all set!

Drink and be merry with these cozy holiday mocktails for pregnant women.

Peppermint white Russian mocktail

Is it REALLY the holiday season if you don’t have at least one peppermint-flavored drink? This festive variation on the white Russian pairs perfectly with Christmas cookies for a nostalgic after-dinner treat. To make it, combine the following:

  • 2 ounces brewed coffee, chilled (feel free to use decaf!)
  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Ice

Fill a glass with ice, and pour in the chilled coffee. Add peppermint extracts and stir. Gently pour the heavy cream over the coffee and stir very lightly. Garnish with a peppermint stick, and enjoy!

Mulled “wine” or cider mocktail

When you’re ready to pull on a giant “ugly” sweater and get cozy, nothing warms the heart and body like a cup of mulled wine or cider. To conjure this spiced winter brew, you’ll need the following:

  • Either:
    • 2 cups pomegranate juice and 2 cups cranberry juice, OR
    • 4 cups apple cider (check the package to make sure it’s pasteurized!)
  • 4–8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise pods
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 orange, sliced

To make on the stove: 

  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a very low boil.
  • Turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Strain over a heat-proof mug or glass and garnish with an orange slice.

To make in the crockpot: 

  • Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low for 1.5 hours.
  • Strain over a heat-proof mug or glass and garnish with an orange slice.

These festive winter mocktails are sure to have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head—no alcohol required. Don’t be surprised if you end up bringing them back for years to come, even when you’re not pregnant!

Holiday gatherings are the perfect time to update your loved ones on your pregnancy. If you’re hoping to learn your baby’s sex in time to share the news at family gatherings, check out our at-home Juno Birch™ Fetal Gender Test.

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Please note: and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances. 

December 12, 2022 — Stephanie McClintock