Non-Alcoholic Cocktails During Pregnancy: What You Should Know

During pregnancy, it's possible to consume a series of non-alcoholic cocktails to produce a refreshing effect. Learn more about them!
Non-Alcoholic Cocktails During Pregnancy: What You Should Know
Saúl Sánchez Arias

Written and verified by the nutritionist Saúl Sánchez Arias.

Last update: 25 December, 2022

Alcohol consumption is strongly discouraged during pregnancy. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to prepare a series of refreshing cocktails that don’t contain this toxic substance. With the following combinations that we’ll present below, you’ll be able to enjoy non-alcoholic cocktails without putting the development of the fetus at risk.

However, keep in mind that we’re talking about drinks for occasional consumption. Although they don’t contain alcohol, they may contain sugar or other elements that shouldn’t be abused. Remember that the best tool to ensure good proper hydration is water. This is something to always keep in mind.

Prepare refreshing and non-alcoholic cocktails to enjoy

Cocktails are ideal for cooling off on hot days and or enjoying on special occasions with friends. Going without alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time during pregnancy. Learn about these simple preparations to enjoy and share.

Pineapple cocktail

You only need to squeeze three lemons and three oranges and cut a quarter of a pineapple into small pieces. Mix the juice with the fruit and add a spoonful of sugar in a 1.5-liter bottle. Just shake and enjoy! Of course, we recommend drinking it cold.

Keep in mind that this preparation is a source of Vitamin C. This element has been shown to be key to improving the immune response to infectious diseases. It also helps to facilitate the management of these diseases by reducing the intensity and duration of symptoms.

Three glasses of pineapple cocktail.
A pineapple cocktail is a good option during pregnancy, as it’s a source of vitamin C, which helps to improve the immune response to infectious diseases.

Kiwi cocktail

In this case, place a slice of kiwi without skin in a mixing glass along with half an ounce of distilled water, half an ounce of lychee syrup, and half an ounce of lemon juice. Fill the glass with ice and shake well for 6 seconds. Top it off with sparkling water when serving, and that’s it!

Bellini cocktail

The main ingredient in Bellini cocktails is apple. You just have to mix a quarter cup of this fruit’s juice with another quarter cup of peach juice and a little lemon in a champagne glass. Add agave syrup to taste and stir. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water and you’ve got yourself a delicious drink.

Note that agave syrup is often used as a substitute for sugar, but it’s not a perfect choice. In both cases, excessive intake can trigger the development of gestational diabetes. It’s crucial to moderate the intake of simple sugars as a preventive measure, as evidenced by research published in The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.

Watermelon cocktail

This is one of the best non-alcoholic cocktails to consume during pregnancy. Start by placing ice in a glass and then pour a half cup of watermelon juice and a quarter cup of white grape juice. Then, add a quarter of tonic water and squeeze an orange slice on top. All that remains is to stir and garnish it with a watermelon triangle on the rim of the glass.

Virgin blue lagoon cocktail

Put half a cup of ice in the glass of a blender, half a cup of frozen blueberries, half a cup of low-fat milk, and a cup of pineapple juice. Blend everything until you get a smooth mixture. Then, strain the liquid into the glass and finish with a dollop of whipped cream on top and a slice of pineapple.

A virgin blue lagoon cocktail.
A virgin blue lagoon cocktail is made with blueberries, milk, and pineapple juice. With plenty of ice, it’s a refreshing and non-alcoholic alternative to share with friends.

Peach Paradise Cocktail

To make this drink, you’ll have to crush half a cup of ice and add a cup of peaches, half a cup of vanilla ice cream, a cup of apple juice, and a spoonful of lemon juice until you get a homogeneous mixture. At this point, pour it into a tall glass, and then add a long straw along with a slice of lemon on the rim.

Coconut Crazy Cocktail

To make this final option, crush half a cup of ice and add half a cup of vanilla ice cream, one cup of skim milk, a quarter cup of shredded coconut, a tablespoon of chocolate syrup, and a tablespoon of chocolate chips until a creamy mixture is obtained. Once this is done, serve it in a glass with whipped cream on top, and that’s it!

Prepare non-alcoholic cocktails to consume during pregnancy

As you’ve seen, it’s possible to prepare non-alcoholic cocktails to consume and enjoy during pregnancy. However, you shouldn’t overdo it. Similarly, if you’ve developed gestational diabetes, you should avoid drinking these kinds of sugary liquids altogether. In this context, it’s best to optimize your diet.

Remember that staying hydrated during pregnancy is key, but you should drink mainly water. Soft drinks should be limited and juices should be consumed in moderation.

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  • Carr, A. C., & Maggini, S. (2017). Vitamin C and Immune Function. Nutrients9(11), 1211. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu9111211
  • Goran, M. I., Plows, J. F., & Ventura, E. E. (2019). Effects of consuming sugars and alternative sweeteners during pregnancy on maternal and child health: evidence for a secondhand sugar effect. The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society78(3), 262–271. https://doi.org/10.1017/S002966511800263X

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