Anyone who's attended a wedding while pregnant has experienced the challenges of finding a dress that fits, having the stamina to stay up late, and making the most of a cocktail hour . . . without a cocktail. If you've done it all as a member of a wedding party, we salute you! In honor of wedding season, we've rounded up 10 delicious, nonalcoholic drink recipes for moms-to-be, or anyone looking to cut back on their liquor intake. Cheers!
Don't leave your littlest partygoers — or those pregnant guests — out of the NYE fun! Mocktails offer a great nonalcoholic way to get in the holiday spirit. We rounded up eight amazing drink recipes that will make nondrinkers feel special and sated. Keep clicking to explore our favorite holiday mocktail options!
Hangovers happen. And while water, aspirin, and a little time are the best ways to deal with the after-effects of drinking, little things — like what you eat — can help. Take this pressed-juice recipe, for instance. At first glance, it may seem like just a Bloody Mary minus the vodka, but it's exactly what you need to power through the day.
Full of the essential nutrients (think: vitamin C, lycopene, and hydrating water) that your body is depleted of from drinking, this pressed juice also gets a spicy kick from the added jalapeño. And when you're feeling too miserable to move, a spicy boost of endorphins can make or break the day. Nauseated? There's a little dose of stomach-soothing ginger to help you out too.
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If you're looking to cut out a chunk of sugar or empty calories from your diet, letting go of alcohol is a great place to start. But I also know the pain of saying no to all the gorgeous cocktails your friends are enjoying at weekend BBQs and sunny happy hour extravaganzas. Each of these seven mocktail recipes will give you the color and freshness you're missing without any of the booze. Click through to see the seven beautiful mocktails I'd love to enjoy ASAP!
The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, a detox spa and fitness resort, created this sparkling green mocktail recipe. Melon and apple add a natural sweetness, celery and ginger add edge and spiciness, and sparkling water gives the beverage a little fizz. Whether you're looking to detox or to replace your 5 p.m. cocktail, here's a simply satisfying mocktail recipe to get you started.
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When hosting a female-centric event like a baby or bridal shower, it's important to offer a special nonalcoholic drink for those who don't sip alcohol. My favorite mocktail? Raspberry lemonade. It's a combination of fresh raspberry syrup, lemon juice, sugar, and water. What I love about this recipe is its adaptability. If it's too sweet, dilute with water. If it's too sour, add more sugar. It's also easy to turn into an alcoholic concoction, all you have to do is add sparkling wine or vodka. Fabulous! Get the recipe I like here.
It's been a while since I've posted a happy hour drink that doesn't contain alcohol, but guess what? I've been struggling to get back up after a bout with the stomach flu, and those two things mix together about as well as oil and water.
Since liquids are about the only thing I've been ingesting anyway, I gave my not-so-mini bar a quick glance to see what alcohol-free beverages I might be able to enjoy. Staring back at me was Cascal, a new drink that's being billed as the sophisticated soda for adults.
Cascal comes in three bottles that all sound reminiscent of fine wine: Crisp White, Light Red, and Fine Dry.
I tried the Crisp White, and it fell somewhere in between a white wine spritzer and a light beer. The flavor had a distinctly floral nose and a rather interesting finish that was sweet but not syrupy in the least and a bit sour from the drink's double fermentation process. As with kombucha, an affinity for this fermented beverage takes a few sips of getting used to. But the idea of a more complex soda for adults is something I'll toast to, both in sickness and in health. Have you tried Cascal?
As we approach the end of Summer, chances are you've spent some time these last few months traveling via airplane. Whenever I hit the skies, I treat myself to a ginger ale and cranberry juice mocktail. I try to avoid alcohol while flying (makes jet lag worse!), so this bubbly nonalcoholic drink is just the ticket. I feel a little high maintenance ordering the mixed refreshment, but it's become a ritual and a treat I only divulge in on flights. Do you have an airplane drink? Or do you stick to water or soda?
Nothing says picnic more than lemonade, and for an Earth Day themed beach cleanup I'm packing an icebox filled with the citrus cooler. Tarragon is an unexpected flavoring agent that makes this lemonade recipe special. It takes the nostalgic childhood pitcher drink to a whole new gourmet level. It also provides a subtle herbaceous quality to the refreshing beverage. The syrup needs time to steep and cool, so get started on this concoction the day before your picnic. Look at the easy recipe when you read more
It seems like everyone I know is detoxing this week. People are working out, staying in, and eating healthy. To support my sister and friends, who are on a 10-day vegan cleanse, I'm making a figure-friendly meal full of vegetables. Since they've also given up drinking, I'll have to serve a nonalcoholic beverage. Instead of offering something boring like water, I'm whipping up a round of this uplifting refresher. It's a combination of muddled mint and pineapple and pomegranate juice. It's fruity, but not too heavy and will pair perfectly with chickpea, mint, and parsley spread. To look at the easy recipe, keep reading.