If you’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant, breastfeeding or not drinking alcohol for some other reason this New Year’s, you can still enjoy a festive beverage to celebrate. Below are a few of my favorites.
Ginger Turmeric Sour
I love this GOOP recipe because it includes two flavors I always crave during pregnancy: citrus and ginger. It also replaces traditional raw egg whites with aquafaba (the liquid from canned chickpeas), making it perfect for expecting mothers. This recipe makes 1 serving.
4 ounces strong-brewed turmeric-ginger tea, cooled
2 ounces Seedlip Grove 42
1 ounce aquafaba (liquid from canned chickpeas)
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
scant 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for about 45 seconds. Add ice and shake again for about 15 seconds. Strain and serve in a rocks glass with ice.
This recipe is an adaptation from Food & Wine’s Vodka-Thyme Lemonade. There aren’t any fancy ingredients, so chances are, you have all of them at home. For best results, make the lemon-thyme syrup a day in advance.
Lemon-thyme syrup instructions:
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup, 2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 ounce fresh thyme sprigs
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the thyme, cover and let stand for at least 2 hours or overnight. Add the lemon juice and strain the syrup.
Thyme lemonade instructions:
1 tablespoon sugar
3 lemon wedges
1/4 cup lemon-thyme syrup (recipe above)
1/4 cup club soda
1 thyme sprig
- Spread the sugar in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a highball glass with water and dip the rim in the sugar to coat. Fill the glass with ice.
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon wedges with the Lemon-Thyme Syrup. Add 1 cup of ice and the vodka and shake well. Strain the vodka mixture into the highball glass and top with club soda. Garnish with the thyme sprig and serve.
Belvoir Farm Mulled Winter Punch
This non-alcoholic fruit punch tastes like the holidays. It’s made with real fruit juices with extracts of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg or a delicious winter beverage. I found mine at Terrain.
Leave to settle out of the bottle and gently reheat in a saucepan or microwave. Serve in a glass or mug. You can even mix with non-alcoholic red wine and gently reheat it for a quick and easy alternative to mulled wine.
Carrot Citrus Spritz
This drink is GOOP’s non-alcoholic version of the Aperol spritz, which is one of my all-time favorite drinks. I can’t wait to try this one! This recipe makes 1 serving.
4 ounces carrot juice
2½ ounces grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon grated ginger or ½ teaspoon ginger juice
2 ounces Seedlip Grove 42
- Pour all the ingredients except the seltzer over ice in a large wine glass and stir gently to combine. Finish with 2 ounces or so of seltzer and garnish with a grapefruit wheel.