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.
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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.
- 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)
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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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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.