It’s finally summer and after two long years of restrictions and closures, everyone’s in the mood to party!

And with the nice weather we’ve been enjoying recently, everyone’s talking barbeques, garden parties and beer gardens. All fantastic fun – until you’re pregnant and resigned to sitting there with fizzy water for five hours while everyone else is working their way through the yummy-looking cocktail menu.

It’s even worse if you’re in the early days of pregnancy and might not want to announce it to the world just yet…

There’s the inevitable “I’m on antibiotics” excuse or the rather elaborate tricks used by generations of women over the years (one personal favourite was going to a party with a screw-top bottle of wine with its contents cunningly replaced by a non-alcoholic version), but now that the Irish have embraced the cocktail lifestyle, why not try a mocktail or two?

There are so many advantages to mocktails: many have lots of surprising health benefits, some taste virtually the same as the alcoholic versions, and they really make you feel that you’re in the party mood. Here are some of our favourite mocktail recipes, all of which come with bonus points for their healthy ingredients.

Just a quick note first though – there are lots of alcohol-free spirits and wines now on the market, which are fantastic alternatives, but be aware that some of them contain a very small amount of alcohol. Always consult your doctor first.

In addition, while there are health benefits to many of the mocktail ingredients listed below, remember that you can always have too much of a good thing – and always chat to your doctor if you have any concerns.

Citrus Mockgarita

Lime margarita mocktail

This is a great hydrator, essential when you’re pregnant. Plus, the addition of two citrus juices gives you a great dose of immune-boosting Vitamin C.

Ingredients:

  • A handful of crushed ice
  • 80ml grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed if you can)
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 60ml chilled water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake well.

Pour over a few ice cubes in a glass and garnish with a slice of lime. You can even salt or sugar the rim for the real effect!

Fruit & Mint Hydrator

Coconut water is great for hydrating, replacing lost electrolytes and may even help to regulate your blood pressure. Plus, mint is great for a queasy pregnancy tummy.

Ingredients:

  • 130g fresh mango (tinned works too)
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 120ml pure coconut water
  • 2-3 fresh mint leaves
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Method:

Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves

Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail

Cranberry juice is perfectly safe for you and your baby – and it might even help to prevent a urinary tract infection!

Ingredients:

  • 3 parts cranberry juice (reduced sugar if possible)
  • 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 parts sparkling water
  • 1 part orange juice

Method:

Combine cranberry juice, lime juice and sparkling water in a shaker. Pour into a glass and add a splash of orange juice. Decorate with a slice of lime, or add a sugar rim.

Moscow Mule Mocktail

Moscow Mule Mocktail

Non-alcoholic ginger beer has long been used as a great defence against pregnancy nausea. Plus, the lime juice gives you a great shot of Vitamin C

Ingredients:

  • 150g crushed ice
  • 120ml non-alcoholic ginger beer
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons club soda

Method:

Mix all ingredients together; add more/less ice according to taste. Pour into a glass or traditional copper mug and garnish with slices of lime.

Lemon Berry Colada

Pina Colada Mocktail

Coconut is a real pregnancy superfood – it’s fantastic immune support and has even been known to help relieve morning sickness, heartburn and constipation. Just don’t overdo it, as coconut milk is higher in fat than other milk alternatives.

Ingredients:

  • 8 parts lemonade
  • 2 parts coconut milk
  • 1 part grenadine
  • Frozen or fresh blueberries

Method:

Crush the blueberries roughly and mix well with the other ingredients. Garnish with some slices of fresh orange (squeeze a little into the mocktail for added flavour).

Your mocktail recommendations are courtesy of Penny Gray, a freelance editor and writer specialising in beauty, property, parenting, health and lifestyle. She has worked for TVNow, Salon Ireland, Irish Beauty, and was Editor of Maternity & Infant magazine. Most importantly, she is a proud mum of two!