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Jun 23, 2014 01:15 PM

What to drink at a steakhouse when pregnant

I'm taking my husband to a steakhouse for his birthday. I'm pregnant and want to know what I can drink that will complement the steak since I won't be able to enjoy a delicious wine with it.

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  1. i'm not pregnant, but not a drinker - i often opt for plain water or sparkling (to save $$ you can just ask for soda water out of the bar tap instead of paying for fancy import water, though many of the import waters do have their own unique characters) with a lime wedge. iced tea can also be really nice - i'm a fan of unsweetened with a squeeze of lemon.

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    1. re: chartreauxx

      Good call on the sparkling water. Thanks!

      1. re: eclaires11

        total personal favorite :-) and congratulations, by the way, as well as a happy birthday to your husband!

      2. re: chartreauxx

        Heck, I don't even eat meat (!) but I agree.

        When dining out sparkling water with a wedge (lemon, lime, orange) feels and looks festive. It plays nicely on the tongue.

        My concern with a non-soda drinker ordering a "Coke" or other sweetened beverage, would be that the sugar would interfere with the taste of the meal.

        1. re: pedalfaster

          Agree. I think I'll stick with the festive sparkling :)

        2. re: chartreauxx

          I switched to club soda after finding that some of the minerals in a few fancy sparkling water brands didn't... ahem... agree with my innards.

          1. re: kitchengardengal

            a good and valid reason to switch... ;-)

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          1. Often in places with good cocktail programs, if you ask them to have the bartender make you something without alcohol, they'll make something with fruit juices and sodas and such that can be quite good. That doesn't work if they have the kind of bartender who is just reading a recipe from a book and mixing branded spirits, but if it's the kind of place where they do any kind of house infusions or syrups, the bartender can probably do something interesting.

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            1. re: Jacquilynne

              I'll definitely see if this steakhouse does "mixology" - it's on old-timey steakhouse, so we'll see. Thanks for recommendation!

              1. re: eclaires11

                My favorite booze-free cocktail is a bloody mary. Many steakhouses do a great bloody mary even if they don't have more complicated cocktails on the menu. I don't eat meat but I suspect the tomato horseradish flavors would pair well...and its just as delicious without any alchohol.

              2. re: Jacquilynne

                I agree. Most bartenders love getting requests like this because it's a rare chance to show some creativity.

              3. I agree with all the sparkling water suggestions. The fizz and a piece of citrus for flavor looks nice and won't mess with any flavors at all.
                I couldn't drink for several months while on pain medication after surgery, and the sparkling water trick saved my sanity around all the tasty looking drinks.
                Enjoy your meal!

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