Mocktails! Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks During Pregnancy (And some that *actually* taste like beer!)

Since I live with a brewer, one thing I was dreading about pregnancy was not being able to sample all the delicious beer recipes Brian's always testing out.  Sure I can smell and take the occasional sip, but it's not quite the same as pouring off a big glass of fresh saison from our kitchen kegerator.  

Being the ever-curious experimenter that he is, Brian got to work on finding and creating a some non-alcoholic drinks for me to enjoy.  Some of these actually taste and pour like the real thing, which can be a nice break from the "I'll-just-have-a-sprite" pregnancy routine. 

I'll organize these from easiy-to-make to more-complicated-but-worth-it.

1. Easy Peasy: Pickle Martini

Disclosure: I reeeeaaaally like pickles.  If you don't also reeeeaaaally like pickles, this drink might be too much for you.  But if you're into salty super dirty martinis (or just downing half a jar of cornichons in one sitting...that's why they're small, right?  so you can eat them by the fistful?) then this drink's for you!



  • 1 part pickle juice
  • 2 parts sparkling water

Pour both into your fanciest martini glass.  Stir.  Adorn with olives and/or cornichon.  Drink while wearing something fancy.


2. Still Pretty Simple: Fake Dark Beer

Brian tested out a bunch of combinations to try to mimic the taste and look of a dark beer (my fave).  We finally landed on this one since it has the interesting flavor layers of a big strong beer and it actually pours and looks like a dark beer thanks to the sparkling water.


  • 3 oz double strength iced decaf coffee
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp amaretto syrup
  • 3 oz sparkling water

Combine coffee, OJ, and amaretto syrup in a glass and stir.  Pour into beer glass/mug.  Add sparkling water and watch it fizz.  Pretend it's beer. 


3. A Little More Work But Bigger Payoff: Coconut Milk Fizz

We found this one in the Homemade Soda recipe book.  It takes some time to make since you have to heat the water/sugar then let it cool, but you end up with a batch of soda syrup that you can use for a few weeks.  It's sweet and creamy despite being dairy-free, and it's delicious stirred into some iced coffee.  Mickey straw not required, but recommended.


  • 3/4 cup sugar (I actually only use a half cup and it tastes great to me, but I don't have much of a sweet tooth)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the sugar, water, and cinnamon in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.  Stir in the coconut milk and vanilla.

The recipe says to mix 1/2 cup of the syrup with 1 cup of sparkling water, but I usually mix closer to a 1:1 ratio.  The syrup can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.  *Bonus* - it's delicious when added to iced coffee.


4. Need to Know a Brewer: Sparkling Iced Beer Tea

This one requires that you know a brewer and/or score some hopped wort (In my very basic non-brewer vocabulary, wort is basically the "tea" that's made after the grains/hops have been boiled.  It's not alcoholic yet because the yeast hasn't been added.)  Wort can have a lot of the flavors of a final beer, so we played around with adding sparkling water to a) reduce the sweetness, and b) give it the carbonation of a beer.  If you find the hoppiness is a bit much, you use sweet wort (wort to which hops have not been added).  For a quick-and-dirty sweet wort and no brewing required, you can use Dried Malt Extract, or DME, at a rate of 1/4 pound per quart of water and adjust concentration to taste.



  • 1 part wort (I liked saison wort the best!)
  • 1 part sparkling water

Stir and enjoy!  Feel free to play around with the ratio too - it might depend on the wort you're using.