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Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be jolly. But when pregnant, there’s that list of foods you should avoid, and of course drinks you can’t enjoy – mainly alcohol! So, whilst jugs of mulled wine and bottles of fizz might be off the cards this year – it doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with mocktails as an alternative!

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing…

Festive mocktails

We turned to Rosie from Bump and Beyond Nutrition for some mocktail inspiration! Get your dancing shoes on ladies, with these delicious classics!

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine

Ingredients

  • 300 millilitres of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 175 millilitres of pure cranberry juice
  • ½ a lemon
  • 1 small orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • ½ teaspoon of chopped or grated fresh ginger
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoon of coconut palm sugar (we used soft brown sugar as it is easier to find in all supermarkets)

Method

Firstly, half the lemon and slice into quarters. Then cut the oranges into slices.

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat gently, allowing them to infuse and simmer for approximately 15 minutes. If it’s not sweet enough, you can add more sugar or honey to taste.

Strain the mulled wine and ladle into glasses – enjoy with a delicious mince-pie, by a roaring fire.

Virgin Mojito

Ingredients

  • 20-30 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 400 millilitres of sparkling water

Method

Firstly, chop the fresh mint leaves and slice the limes into thin wedges. Split these between the glasses with the sugar

Using either a spoon or muddler (the end of a rolling-pin works well here) mash the ingredients until everything is combined. Then add the sparkling water and ice to your liking.

See Rosie’s blog article for more Pregnancy mocktails for the festive season.

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