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What to mix when you're expecting

Nocturnalbill Aug 6, 2012 05:03 PM

Recently found out that we're expecting our first child. I would really love to be able to branch out a bit beyond a Shirley Temple for the wife. I've played a bit but it's been hit or miss...she's got an adventurous palate. Anybody have a goto recipe or site?

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    quazi RE: Nocturnalbill Aug 7, 2012 08:13 AM

    First congratulations! I would use some of the bettery syrups, either homemade or bought and mix those with some of the better sodas or tonic water. Imagine a homemade grenadine with a pineapple syrup, some bitters and a blast of soda. Or try some of the homemade sodas that Morgenthaler recently made on his site. Not too sweet or fizzy, easily customizable and very adult.

    I find an interesting juice or puree(say soursop) with some tonic or soda and a dash or bitters is a great drink with or without the alcohol. What else have you tried.

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      Nocturnalbill RE: quazi Aug 7, 2012 06:02 PM

      Have done grenadine and lime. And cinnamon vanilla with lemon. Also trying to work out something with my homemade orgeat.

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        Wahooty RE: Nocturnalbill Aug 18, 2012 07:16 PM

        Sounds like you're off to a good start. I've never been pregnant, but enjoy complex non-alcoholic beverages from time to time. A tiny splash of orgeat, some bitters of whatever flavor she likes, and a squeeze of citrus in seltzer makes a lovely adult beverage that is not sugary sweet and is for all intents and purposes nonalcoholic. I also really like some hibiscus syrup in seltzer when I'm feeling like something winey without the booze. Serving it in a real cocktail/rocks/wine glass also really does make a difference.

        Also, I sometimes like a teeny bit of a flavorful spirit like bourbon or a good gin or rum, greatly diluted with seltzer or water with a squeeze of whatever fruit is appropriate. A heavier mixer will drown it out, but if she's craving the flavor of spirits, it can be a good way to safely satisfy the tastebuds. I know some expectant moms that wouldn't even try this, but every mom has to figure out her own balance.

    2. jmcarthur8 RE: Nocturnalbill Aug 7, 2012 08:19 AM

      Grapefruit juice or cranberry are good in seltzer water. Add a little lime to the cranberry.

      Egg creams are wonderful when you're pregnant. (well, they're wonderful if you're not pregnant, too)

      Puree some raspberries, blackberries and/or strawberries, strain through cheesecloth if you don't want seeds. Mix with seltzer or lemon-lime soda.

      And congratulations on your first baby!

      1. davis_sq_pro RE: Nocturnalbill Aug 7, 2012 09:05 AM

        You might want to try this book: http://www.theliquidmuse.com/tlm-book...

        My go-to nonalcoholic drink when I'm out and don't want to drink alcohol for whatever reason is tonic+cranberry+a dash of Angostura, with a twist. (The bitters adds a tiny amount of alcohol but as far as I'm concerned it's still alcohol-free.) It's not too sweet, looks like a cocktail, tastes (mostly) like a cocktail, is just about as satisfying (minus the buzz), and is quite refreshing.

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          EvergreenDan RE: davis_sq_pro Aug 7, 2012 05:52 PM


          Julia Child made seltzer, a couple of dashes of Angostura, and a big squeeze of lemon. It is non-caloric, tart and spicy. Substitute other bitters for different tastes. A good selection of bitters will get you through the 9 months. After the birth, you'll be too tired to drink ;)

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            Nocturnalbill RE: davis_sq_pro Aug 7, 2012 07:56 PM

            Thanks for the link. Will definitely have to look into picking that one up.

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              JMF RE: davis_sq_pro Aug 8, 2012 06:00 AM

              I too recommend Preggatinis by Natalie Bovis, The Liquid Muse. Just hung out with her two weeks ago in New Orleans talking about her latest book, Edible Cocktails.

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              nickls RE: Nocturnalbill Aug 7, 2012 10:33 AM

              I have a copy of Zero Proof Cocktails which I was assured is much better than Preggatinis. I haven't made too many of the recipes, but there are some decent ideas.

              I've also tried stealing a couple mocktails from Eastern Standard: Lemonade and Peychaud's served as an up drink (they call it Lemmy Tum Tum), and the Sophisticated Lady-muddled cucumber with cranberry juice, lime and simple.

              Things like mint lemonade or jalapeno limeade tend to go over well. I have also made a play on the lemon, lime and bitters soda that you can find in Australia which is pretty much as it sounds: lemon juice, lime juice, simple, and Angostura bitters with soda water. Virgin PiƱa Coladas are good if you don't mind breaking out the blender.

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                dmjordan RE: Nocturnalbill Aug 8, 2012 06:15 AM

                I'm looking right now at the side bar on this site--How to make a peach vinegar shrub. I watched the video and then looked at a few websites. It sounds really refreshing and there's lots of room for creativity. I'm going to try making it today.

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                  EvergreenDan RE: dmjordan Aug 8, 2012 09:25 AM

                  Any shrub and seltzer water is excellent. I was given a raspberry "vinegar" which was actually a shrub -- sweetened to the point of being only mildly tart. I quickly used it up in seltzer and also in cocktails.

                  Vinegar is an underrated acidifier.

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