My pregnant friend forwarded me a caipirinha recipe the other day along with a note that said, "Oh man, if I wasn't pregnant… These look so good! I guess I miss a nice drink more than I thought."
Well, fortunately for her – and the other millions of pregnant woman out there – there's a great book out by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen called Preggatinis that's full of creative, "lip-smacking, liquorless libations" designed especially for moms-to-be, and they sure look just as pretty as the real thing!
In addition to loads of pretty pictures and drink recipes, this book has a fun, playful tone and is sectioned out into witty categories like "Frolicking with Folic Acid" (part of the First Trimester: Germinate chapter) and "Belly Up to the Bar" (part of the Second Trimester: Proclamate chapter). Of course I have to mention the "Getting Down to Business" section too, which is part of Pre-Pregnancy: Procreate chapter and includes the following recipes: Sweet Nothings, Oyster Shot, and Pants on Fire. Pretty clever, right?!
Several of the recipes even have "De-virginize for Dad" modifications,
and in the final chapter you'll find some low-calorie options for raising a glass post-delivery without undermining those
Pictured above and below: a few sample recipes & liquid-eye-candy images from Preggatinis:
1. Sparkling Citrus
Stirrings Tangerini Rimmer
2 oz fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1 oz tangerine juice
2 oz blood orange soda
dash grapefruit bitters (optional)
Rim a champagne flute with rimming sugar. Pour in juices and dash of bitters, then top with blood orange soda.
2. Pomegranate Cooler
5-7 fresh or frozen blueberries
2 oz pomegranate juice
2 oz white grape juice
3 oz sparkling pomegranate soda
1 lemon slice
Muddle the blueberries in the bottom of a tall glass. Then add ice and pour in the juices. Fill the glass to the top with sparkling pomegranate soda, and place a lemon slice on top of the drink. Sip through a colorful straw.
3. Ginger Bellini Punch (Preggatinis, pg. 110)
4. Minty Mango Cooler
2 cups white grape juice
3 cups mango nectar
1 bottle bitter lemon soda
3 trays mango-mint ice cubes*
2 bunches fresh mint
Pour white grape juice, mango nectar, and bitter lemon soda into a large pitchr or punch bowl. Add 1 tray of mango-mint ice cubes. To serve, place 2-3 fresh mango-mint ice cubes into a tall glass. Fill the glass with punch. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint.
*Mango Mint Ice Cubes:
1-1/2 cups mango juice
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup simple syrup
juice from 1 lime
1 bunch mint leaves
5. Sweet-N-Sassy (Preggatinis, pg. 80)
6. Miami Mommy Mojito (Preggatinis, pg. 94)