5 Must-Try Summertime Mocktails for Pregnant Mamas
June 19, 2017
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Sure, alcohol may be a no-no this summer since you're growing the cutest little nugget, but that doesn't mean you can't sip on something just as flavorful and refreshing. Your cocktail shaker doesn't have to get dusty in your cabinet either.

Mocktails make it easy to get the flavor of a fun cocktail without the booze, especially when served in a festive glass. Here are 5 refreshing mocktails for pregnant mamas to sip on this summer.
Kick it up
Your cute little peanut isn't the only one kicking this summer. If you're craving something a little spicy, kick up any lemonade with jalapeno peppers and in-season, juicy watermelon. To make a large pitcher of jalapeno watermelon lemonade to share with family and friends, puree one seeded and diced jalapeno pepper, half of a seedless watermelon, 2 cups sugar, and 2 ½ cups of lemon juice. Mix with 12 cups of water, let the mixture sit for at least 10 minutes, and then strain through a fine mesh sieve before chilling.

B-B water
Say it out loud: be-be... baby... water. See what we did there? When plain, ol' water won't cut it, add muddled blueberries and basil to any unflavored sparkling water with a little honey to sweeten it up a bit, of course. For one serving, you'll need 3-4 basil leaves and around 8 blueberries, ½ Tablespoon of honey, and enough sparkling water to fill your fancy glass. Muddle the basil, blueberries, and honey in a cocktail shaker before adding your sparkling water and giving it a light swirl to mix the flavors. Pour through a strainer over ice in your favorite cup.
Cool it down
Mint, cucumber and coconut water combine for a thirst-quenching, heat-relieving cooler in this mocktail. Thinly slice two small cucumbers and chop ¼ cup of mint leaves before adding them to a pitcher. Pour in 4 cups of coconut water into the pitcher and add sugar and lime juice to taste. Allow the flavors to meld in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before imbibing this non-alcoholic drink.
Floral and fruity
Dust off the cocktail shaker and your martini glass for this floral and fruity mocktail. Elderflower cordial, chilled apple juice, and the refreshing taste from mint leaves combine for a drink that will make you feel fancy and quite sophisticated, despite the lack of alcohol, while sipping it in the sun. In a cocktail shaker, add 1 ounce elderflower cordial, 2 ounces ice cold apple juice, 3-4 mint leaves, and a little bit of ice. Shake, pour, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Make it virgin
We know that there is nothing better than chips, salsa, and a cool margarita, but since we can only chow down on the chips and salsa and not the margarita, make a virgin margarita instead. The key is to take the time to fresh squeeze the oranges, lemons, and limes before combining them. Add 2 ounces simple syrup, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 1 ounce lemon juice, and 1 ounce orange juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Give it a good shake and pour into that fun margarita glass you didn't think you'd get to use this summer. Muy sabroso!

Style Me Pretty Contributor - Ali Struhs is a freelance writer, blogger, and boy mama in Denver, Colorado. When not typing away on the computer, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors, rocking out at Red Rocks, and chasing around her toddler.