Mommy Mocktail Recipes Are Delicious Fun, Minus the Alcohol

Just because new moms have to abstain from booze doesn't mean they can't have some fun. Here are nine delicious mocktail recipes to help them live it up.

When there’s cause to celebrate, we often think of raising a cocktail or glass of champagne. For many moms-to-be and those who are nursing, though, those are drinks are amber and bubbly – and, of course, alcohol free.

Nonalcoholic wines and festive nonalcoholic mixed drinks called mocktails are increasingly popular at gatherings and parties. But if you think your options are restricted to a Shirley Temple or Virgin Mary, think again.

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There are multitudes of tasty mocktail recipes. The key to a delicious drink? Fresh juices and flavorings and no mixes, says Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, editor and head consultant for The Liquid Muse and author of Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be.

Bovis-Nelsen says that mocktails can hold their own against alcoholic drinks through a mix of juices, sodas, fruits, vegetables, herbs and syrups blended to be tasty, refreshing and sophisticated. And our own AAA Michigan has long been a proponent of mocktails for designated drivers. They’ve compiled “The Great Pretenders” mocktail collection with recipe contributions from area restaurants and resorts.

So, raise your glass – and celebrate with a few mocktail recipes you can try at home! And for even more mocktail fun with the family, take a look at a few of our favorite kid-friendly recipes, too.

Baby Bellini

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. peach nectar
  • Chilled sparkling cider

Directions

Pour the peach nectar into a champagne flute and slowly add the cider.

Virgin Strawberry Daquiri

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 oz. frozen strawberries
  • 1/8 cup ice
  • 1/2 fluid oz. sweet and sour mix
  • Dash of grenadine syrup

Directions

Place strawberries, ice cubes, sweet and sour mix and grenadine in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more ice or less depending on your taste.

II Sgroppino

The elegant Cafe Cortina in Farmington Hills offers this recipe courtesy of AAA Michigan.

Ingredients

  • 1 sc. rich vanilla gelato (“Alinosi”)
  • 3 oz. nonalcoholic champagne
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 small ice cubes

Directions

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a tall flute and garnish with candied or grated lemon peel.

Endless Summer

The former Ritz-Carlton Hotel (now The Henry Autograph Collection) in Dearborn gave this tasty recipe to AAA Michigan.

Ingredients

  • bottle white grape juice
  • 3 oz. orange juice
  • 2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 slash of club soda
  • 1 T simple syrup
  • 3 orange wheels
  • 3 lime wheels
  • 3 lemon wheels

Directions

Muddle the fruit wheels in the bottom of the glass with the orange juice, lemon juice and simple syrup. Add the grape juice and top with club soda. Serve over ice and garnish with a seasonal fruit. Makes 6 servings.

Cranberry Burst

AAA Michigan got this tasty mix from the now closed Duba’s in Grand Rapids.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • half oz. grenadine
  • hald oz. cherry juice
  • 2 oz. Sprite
  • 2 oz. Squirt

Directions

Blend ingredients and pour over ice.

Mackinac Mock-hito

Fresh from up north, this yummy recipe is from the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island.

Ingredients

  • Ginger ale
  • Fresh limes
  • Granulated brown sugar
  • Fresh mint sprigs

Directions

For two drinks, cut one lime into eight wedges. Place two lime wedges into a sturdy glass with two to three sprigs of mint and one tablespoon of brown sugar. Muddle until all the sugar is absorbed into limejuice. Add 1/2 a glass of ice and ginger ale. Stir it so the muddled fruit and spice is mixed, then top off with the ginger ale. Garnish with sprigs of mint, two lime wedges and serve. Repeat for the second glass.

Sparkling Pomegranate Snowflake

Try a little fruity bubbly from Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. granulated white sugar
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Dash orange bitters
  • 1 1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 3 oz. nonalcoholic sparkling wine
  • 1 tsp. pomegranate seeds

Bitters are a concentrated liquid made of water, alcohol and herbal essences. Gets its name from its bittersweet taste. Most recipes call for just a dash or two.

Directions

Rim champagne flute with sugar. Place the sugar cube into the bottom of the flute and soak it with the bitters. Add pomegranate juice and nonalcoholic sparkling wine. Drop in pomegranate seeds.

Mamarita

Another mom friendly mocktail from Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. rimming salt
  • 1 oz. agave nectar
  • 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 3 oz. limeade
  • 1 lime wedge

Directions

Salt the rim of margarita glass and set aside. Stir agave and lemon juice in the bottom of a mixing glass until nectar dissolves. Add orange juice limeade and ice then shake vigorously. Strain into margarita glass and serve with lime wedge.

Preggie Provence

Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be also serves up this incredibly flavorful mocktail.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 rosemary leaves
  • 3-4 white grapes, halved
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh lavender flower petals
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon peal
  • 2 oz. lemonade
  • 3 oz. DRY brand soda or lavender soda
  • 1 lemon wheel (slice of lemon cut into a circle)
  • 1 sprig rosemary

Directions

Muddle rosemary leaves with the cut grapes, simple syrup, lavender flower petals and grated lemon peel in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add lemonade; then shake well with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Top with lavender soda and garnish with lemon wheel and sprig of rosemary.

This post was originally published in 2011 and is updated regularly. 

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  • Thank you so much for including my book Preggatinis(TM): Mixology For the Mom-To-Be in your article. The support is appreciated. So glad you like it!

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