December 02, 2009

pregnancy-safe holiday drinks!


Christmas is around the corner and we all know that yummy alcoholic drinks make this wondrous event even more fun! ;-) Unfortunately for us pregnant ladies, alcoholic drinks are a big no-no. So I scoured the web for non-alcoholic drinks and here they are! Enjoy!

The Bumptini (SOURCE)

3 ounces pomegranate juice
2 teaspoons white sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce lime-flavored club soda
1 tablespoon raw brown sugar (garnish)
*1 lemon twirl (optional garnish)

1. Rim a martini glass with raw brown sugar by rubbing the rim of the glass with a lime wedge while holding it upside down, then dipping it into a small plate of sugar. Set aside.
2. Muddle the ginger and white sugar in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the juices and ginger and ice, then shake vigorously. Gently strain into the sugar-rimmed glass, then top with club soda or ginger beer.
3. Lay a lemon twirl across the surface of the drink.

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Sparkling Pear Cider Cocktail
(SOURCE)
Benefits: fiber, calcium and folate
Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus freezer time (at least 4 hours)

2 cans pears in extra-light syrup
2 cups sparkling apple cider
8 ounces Kerns Peach Nectar (or flavor of your choice)
8 fresh or frozen berries of your choice (optional)

1. Make pear purée ice cubes one day prior to serving: drain the canned pears and process in a blender until smooth. Pour the pear purée into an ice cube tray. Place in freezer until completely frozen.
2. When ready to serve, remove eight purée cubes from the trays and place two in each of four standard-size champagne flutes. Fill each glass approximately 1/3 full with sparkling cider, top with 2 ounces of peach nectar and drop in two berries, if desired.

Nutritional Information per serving (6 oz.): 172 calories, % fat, 100% carbohydrate (43 g), % protein, 7 g fiber, 1 mg iron, 28 mg calcium, 10 mcg folate.

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White Raspberry Daiquiri (SOURCE)
Benefits: calcium and folate
Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes

1 cup frozen raspberry sorbet
2 cups white grape juice with calcium and added vitamin C
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
10 ice cubes
4 ounces sparkling apple cider
fresh or frozen whole berries
fresh mint sprig or candy cane for garnish (optional)

1. Combine all ingredients except apple cider in a blender. Blend at medium speed until smooth.
2. Pour into wineglasses, stopping at least 1/2 inch from the rim. Top each glass with 1 ounce of sparkling apple cider.
3. Float berries on top and garnish with mint sprig or candy cane, if desired.

Nutritional Information per serving (6 1/2 oz.): 158 calories, % fat, 99% carbohydrate (39 g), 1% protein (.5 g), 2 g fiber, .5 mg iron, 18 mg calcium, 7 mcg folate.
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1 comments on "pregnancy-safe holiday drinks!"

ellie24 on November 4, 2010 at 11:11 PM said...

Sounds very delicious. I'm sure it's better than my rehydration drinks when I was still having morning sickness treatment.

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