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Pregnancy Mocktails For The Holiday Season

No alcohol? No problem! Try these holiday drink recipes that you can sip too.

Pregnancy has a way of taking the fun out of holiday drinks. But you don’t have to completely say sayonara to your favorite peach Bellinis just because baby’s on the way. Thanks to these suggestions from Lara Englebardt Metz, RD, CDN, you can still enjoy the taste of your favorite drinks sans the alcohol. Here are five tasty mocktail recipes to spice up your holiday celebrations.

1. Pink Pomegranate Sparkler
[ ] ¾ cup pink sparkling lemonade
[ ] Splash pomegranate juice [] 1 tbsp Pomegranate seeds [ ] Pour pomegranate seeds into a champagne glass and add sparkling lemonade and pomegranate juice

2. Cran-raspberry Martini
[ ] 1 tbsp crushed raspberries
[ ] 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
[ ] ½ cup raspberry flavored sparkling water [] A splash pf all natural cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail [] Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a thin stirrer with raspberries on it

3. Moscow Mule
[ ] ½ cup club soda
[ ] ¼ cup ginger beer (non alcoholic) or ginger ale
[ ] 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
[ ] Mix all ingredients in a mug with crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge

4. Sparkling Soda and Fruit Garnish
[ ] 1 can of seltzer (flavor optional)
[ ] Fresh fruit on a skewer
[ ] Pour seltzer water into glass over crushed ice and place fruit skewer to edge of rim

5. "Safe" Sex on the Beach
[ ] ½ cup sparkling water
[ ] ¼ cup cranberry juice
[ ] ¼ cup grapefruit juice
[ ] ¼ cup peach nectar
[ ] Mix together and pour into a martini glass

Festive ideas for holiday drinks:

Experiment with flavored sparkling water without added sweetener (should be naturally flavored)

Freeze your favorite fresh fruit and herbs such as mint or basil in ice tray and use as ice cubes

Put fresh berries into the bottom of a champagne glass and pour your favorite sparkling water over it

Thread fresh fruit onto a stirrer and put into a drink

Garnish glass with lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit or strawberry wedge

Use colored sugar (look for a brand that does not use artificial color) on the rim of your glass

Use different kinds of glasses (champagne, martini, mug, wine)

Use drink tags

Create stirrers – go with theme of party (holiday, New Years, etc.)

Lara Englebardt Metz, MS, RD, CDN, is a veteran dietitian and food lover. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, Greater New York Dietetic Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, and Women's Health and Reproductive Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. She lives in New York City with her husband and her ‘official’ taste-testers, her two daughters.

Updated November 2016

PHOTO: Darcy Strobel