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Cheers! The Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks For Your Pregnancy

Cheers! The Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks For Your Pregnancy

At some point during pregnancy, you’ll probably find yourself in the pub, going out to dinner, or going to a wedding. You may be the designated driver, and token sober person; but that doesn’t mean you and your drinks have to feel boring.

Whether you’re still keeping your pregnancy under wraps, you’re faced with a limited choice of soft drinks, or you want to have a proper celebration without your favourite tipple, here are a few ideas to keep you going.

Tips for Subtle Sobriety

If you haven’t announced your pregnancy & it would seem suspicious if you were on water the whole night; then it’s all about appearances. Try to avoid getting into rounds, and when you or your partner/accomplice go to the bar, make sure the barman serves your drink of choice as they would serve the alcoholic version. For most soft drinks, that means a slim glass, with a slice of lemon/lime; and if you’re usually a G&T girl, Fever-Tree do larger bottles of tonic which will fill the whole glass. Just be aware of the sugar/caffeine levels of fizzy drinks like Coke if you’re out for the night.

Tasty Classics

  • Tonic Water (Or Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic) with a slice of Lemon
  • Cranberry Juice, Soda Water, and a slice of Lime
  • Soda Water and Lime (cordial or fresh)
  • Ginger Ale (with a dash of Bitters if they have it)

Read next: Alcohol in Pregnancy

Beers to look out for:

Beck’s, Erdinger, Paulaner, and Bavaria are the most common non-alcoholic beers you’ll see around; with Erdinger a narrow winner in the taste test. You should also look out for:

  • BrewDog Nanny State
  • Franziskaner Alkoholfrei
  • Carlsberg 0.0%

Instead of wine:

There have been some scathing reviews of alcohol-free wine; so if in doubt stick to Amé, pressed grape juice, pomegranate juice (which is gorgeous with a dash of Spite or Soda Water) or sparkling apple/pear juice. They’re super tasty, without trying to be something they’re not. Or if you’re feeling wild, try:

  • Torres Natureo
  • Fre Alcohol-Removed Wine
  • Carl Jung De-Alcoholised Wine

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And finally...

Be aware that some ‘alcohol free’ wine and beer options actually contain some alcohol (often 0.5%) so check the bottle before going on an alcohol-free bender! If in doubt, things always taste better with good presentation; so put it in a nice glass, whack in some fruit, and throw in a curly straw if you need a boost. Then sit back and revel in the fact that you can be the smug hangover-free person in the morning, and that you have the perfect excuse to bow out early to watch TV in your pjs if you’re feeling anti-social. Cheers.

Did you have to hide the fact that you weren't drinking early in your pregnancy? What is your non-alcoholic drink of choice? We'd love to hear.


About the Author

Emily is a writer, editor, blogger, and our Digital Content Assistant. She has three awesome nieces, and has accidentally worn the same outfit as them on at least one occasion. Emily likes making things, including hand-drawn cards, and a darn good chocolate cake. She still sounds very English, despite living in Dublin for the last nine years. More insight into the workings of her brain can be found on dancingcakesandsilence.blogspot.com.

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