You can still party this summer and toast the sunshine in high spirits with these refreshing and nutritious nonalcoholic drinks.
Lychee tea Ginger ninja Berry power Even though you need to party smart while you’re expecting, you can still mingle, nibble and raise your glass to the sunshine. To help, we’ve gathered some glamorous and tasty “mocktail” recipes; they’re so spirited, you’ll forget they’re made without spirits. Some even include good-for-you pregnancy nutrients such as calcium, fibre and folate. Just like a real cocktail, a mocktail should never be too sweet or too syrupy. Make the drinks in batches and serve them in beautiful glasses. Lychee tea 1 kiwi slice, skin removed 45ml distilled water 1T lychee syrup (or juice if you cannot find syrup) 1T freshly squeezed lime juice 45ml soda water 1 slice kiwi, skin on 1 lemon wedge In a cocktail shaker (or mixing jug), add skinless kiwi slice and crush several times with a cocktail muddler (or stick). Add distilled water, lychee syrup and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, put lid on and shake vigorously for six seconds. Add soda water to the lychee and lime mixture, then strain into a tumbler glass over ice. Garnish with the kiwi slice and lemon wedge and serve.
Lychee tea Ginger ninja Berry power For the spicy ginger syrup: 250g whole ginger, skin on, cut into small pieces 1T caster sugar For the drink: 60ml distilled water 1½T homemade spicy ginger syrup 1T freshly squeezed lime juice 50ml pineapple juice 1 pineapple leaf 1 piece dried ginger To make spicy ginger syrup, place ginger in an electric juicer and extract about 8T of juice. Add caster sugar and stir into ginger juice until completely dissolved. Reserve remaining syrup in refrigerator for up to three weeks. To make drink, place all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixing jug. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for six seconds. Strain into a glass over fresh ice; garnish with pineapple leaf and dried ginger and serve.
Lychee tea Ginger ninja Berry power 8 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 sprig 3 lime wedges 120ml distilled water 1T cranberry juice 2T simple syrup In a cocktail shaker or mixing jug, add mint leaves and lime wedges and press several times with a cocktail muddler or stick. Add distilled water, cranberry juice and simple syrup. Fill glass with ice and shake vigorously for six seconds. Pour into a glass and garnish with mint sprig.