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Preggatinis: Cocktails Even Mamas-to-Be Can Enjoy

07/05/2009 at 04:00 PM ET
Claire Barrett

One thing is for sure, you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy a “Preggatini.” Natalie Bovis-Nelsen’s liquor-free creations — including the Cosmo-Not, Merry Berry Basil Mojito and Sparkling Sangria Cooler — neither taste non-alcoholic, nor disappoint. And, now, the drinks, which have sated celebrity moms and their guests alike are catalogued in Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be so you too can host a sophisticated baby shower!

“When I was writing the book, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani were pregnant. I created Preggatinis in their honor and those recipes are in the “Preggatini Party” (baby shower) chapter,” Natalie told us.

For the mom-to-be, this “bar book” contains 75 recipes made from 100% fresh or organic fruit juices, syrups and herbs. Not to mention the hard-to-tell-the-alcohol-was-removed Fre wines — a sampling of the Brut revealed it’s a dry and refreshing champagne alternative.

Recently the author fêted mom-to-twins Brooke Mueller Sheen, at a private baby shower in Los Angeles. The event was completely alcohol-free and even notorious party girl Paris Hilton and Brooke’s hubby Charlie Sheen enjoyed the drinks!

Next up for the mixologist is creating a signature Preggatini for the Bel Bambini store on L.A.’s Robertson Boulevard set to launch July 17.

– Kristin

Click for a recipe of a sample recipe that Kristin, who is not pregnant, loved!

Claire Barrett

Sparkling Pomegranate Snowflake

  • Fre Brut alcohol-removed sparkling wine
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate seeds
  • Dash Stirrings blood orange bitters (optional)
  • 1 ½ ounce of pomegranate juice
  • ½ ounce of simple syrup
  • ½ ounce lemon juice

Rim champagne flute with sugar. Place ½ teaspoon of simple syrup into the bottom of a cocktail flute.  Soak sugar with bitters.  Add pomegranate juice and top with alcohol-removed sparkling wine.  Drop in pomegranate seeds. Then, time to tipple – trust me, you’ll want more than one!

(c) 2008 Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, TheLiquidMuse.com, Author of “Preggatinis™: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be.” Used with permission.

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Dawn on

My sister-in-law got me this book while I was pregnant. The drinks I made were really good but some of the other recipes I couldn’t make because the ingredients were hard to find.

mslewis on

Oh, please!! Just pour some orange juice mixed with cranberry juice in a wine glass and enjoy!! No need to pay $24.95 for a book to learn to fix fruit drinks!! Just silly!!

Shelby on

When I’m pregnant, I will be much more concerned with the health of my baby that how to make a non-alcoholic pregatini. What a ridiculous book!

Teia on

We went to a mixer with Preggnatinis and had 3 and all were fantastic!

Lauren on

Martini’s were the last thing on my mind while i was pregnant. But i must say this is a great idea for people who are allergic to alcohol or those who have an extremely low-alcohol tolerance, *cough* people like me *cough*.

eternalcanadian on

That book is such a crock and marketing to a specific population without taking into consideration teetotallers have had this market cornered for decades! Don’t waste your money buying this book. Just simply omit the alcohol from any drink and it still tastes delish! :)

Christine on

I’ve been drinking fruit mixed drinks my whole pregnancy, without a book. And really, the Fre wines still have 0.3% alcohol in them, and pregnant women should avoid all alcohol. Just use ginger ale, club soda, or seltzer water.

allan on

I love this book and I give it as a gift to all of my pregnant friends…in fact, during our last block party I made the Sangria recipe and it was a big hit with all of the moms-to-be.

Natalie - The Liquid Muse on

Hi all

“Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be” retails for $16.95 – and even less on Amazon.

The drinks are made from freshly squeezed juices, herbal teas, freshly muddled fruit and herbs. As a bonus, they look festive because they are served in stemware and have pretty / tasty garnishes. Great for parties – and people who don’t drink alcohol – even if they aren’t pregnant!

Fre wines have less alcohol than a glass of orange juice does when its left out for an hour or so. Less than 1/2 of 1%. I think its a great product. However, if you aren’t comfortable drinking Fre, then replace the sparkling wine with club soda, as someone suggested. As with everything, use your own judgment, and if you have any questions, talk to your doctor.

Cheers!

MsMeaghan on

I love this book’s focus on fresh and natural ingredients! The recipes are helpful for parties where you don’t want to leave the non-drinkers (preggo or not) relegated to crappy soda and juice. Mixed drinks don’t have to be for imbibers only

Dallas Ulibarri on

I am planning a fall baby shower for a friend.
I can’t wait to plan out the menu using Natalie’s recipes.
Great idea!

Chef Amy J on

I love this book! i cater a lot of baby showers and my clients ask me for cocktail ideas all the time. And i use a lot of these recipes. my clients love the variety of options. everyone knows about ginger ale, cranberry juice and the standards that someone else mentioned above, but why just settle for basics. there’s a ton of creative ideas in this book and it’s totally cute and fun to read with great pix. it gives me lots of presentation ideas when i do cocktails for parties… it makes a great shower gift. too.

Moore on

I saw this elsewhere and couldn’t get over how ridiculous it is to have a book that tells you how to make simple fruit juice. All it is is marketed to make it more appealing. I’ll just save my money and find fruit juice recipes online.

Alina on

Got this before I hosted a baby shower for my sister and it was a hit and the drinks were great. At first I was skeptical but I am so glad that I bought this book!

Erin on

I got this book when I was expecting and I still use it. My husband who is on a cleanse even enjoys the drinks! Awesome book and great idea! Love it

districtchatter on

We love this book. We bought a couple copies for baby shower gifts. They went over very well. We ended up buying another to keep on hand for party guests that do not drink alcohol. We always seem to have one and the book let’s us surprise them with some tasty drinks.

Paris on

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!

What a great gift! Cleverly written and the pictures alone make you thirst for more! The recipes are non-alcoholic for mom’s-to-be, however there is also an alcohol version included for husbands or for when you are ready…and trust me, you will be! The only reason anyone would ever criticize this book is because they never read it! Highly recommend!

kimberly on

While I am excited to be preganant, I quickly got tired of drinking cranberry juice or bubbly water at restaurants and parties. I snatched up a copy of Pregatgatinis on one of my recent outings to the bookstore and am loving it. Totally fun cocktail book with really creative recipes that makes me feel like I can still be a party girl while drinking healthy concoctions for my little baby-to-be =)

margot on

A fun book and great gift for showers -
a little inspiration for hostesses and
easy to substitute ingredients to ‘make
it your own’ and even dream up cocktail
names for the honoree. Bravo! Need to
have a little sense of humor in these times.

Hannah on

I received this as a gift, then gave it as a gift, then they gave it as a gift… word of mouth really does work!! Its been the perfect baby shower book! My husband even likes it as he can make one for me and do the daddy option for him! I thought it totally worthwhile. cheers!

ismybosslooking on

Buy the book; you and your non drinking friends, whatever form they come in; pregnant, supportive partners, non drinker or the designated driver, will be thankful to have options other than seltzer water and cranberry juice.

Perhaps those that have made the negative comments about the book should take the time to read it. Then they would realize that it is about fresh and healthy alternatives for mothers-to-be AND the book can be enjoyed by those that do not drink and/or are in the role of being supportive of the non drinking moms and moms-to-be. I purchased several copies as gifts for friends, as well as a copy for myself and have enjoyed the refreshing libations that I never would have been aware of if not for this book.

Tori on

I found this book to be a lifesaver when planning a babyshower. It took a boring old shower to more of an upscale event with a simple addition of a few healthy, delightfully presented yet alochol free drinks. The book is for everyone.

CB on

I bought this book as a gift for two different baby showers. It was such a hit with the ladies present, caused lots of laughs and everyone thought it was a great idea. I think it made the pregnant ladies feel special….somebody had created drinks just for them.

eternalcanadian on

ismybosslooking, i did read the book. that’s why i said it was a crock. nothing in it that can’t be found for free on the internet. :-)

Rach on

I will start off with this..I don’t drink at all, maybe once in a green moon at a wedding or something, but rarely, and when I do, it is a completely girly drink like something sweet and mixed.

I had a rough pregnancy and towards the end, I have no idea why, but I craved Bailey’s.I do like Baileys, but I had went like 2 years without drinking anything, and then boom..I really wanted alcohol. I still haven’t drank anything, but it was weird, as soon as I had my son,the craving vanished completely.

I agree with everyone, this book seems like a nice idea, but I wouldn’t give it as a present ( I think people I know would prefer things like diapers lol) and I would only buy it if it were on sale and I didn’t see something better. Besides, there are so many great recipes online, for free :)

MZ on

i think this is something i’d borrow from the library when planning a party, but not pay for as i rarely have an occasion to make drinks.

Kristina on

Love this book!!! The recipes for the drinks are very original….I would never have thought of them….and the drinks are delicious!!! Bravo!!

Anon on

Actually a woman can consume a glass of wine a week all throughout her pregnancy. A common sight in Europe. I personally thing its a cute book.

Moore on

ismybosslooking, don’t assume that because everyone doesn’t find the book as great as you that they must not have read it. That’s ridiculous. To me, it is useless and not worth the money especially since recipes like these are not new and can be found online.

Jackie Dobranski on

Preggatinis is so full of fun facts and uplifting cheerful language in addition to the fabulous recipes! It is happy and colorful and a great gift. We are planning a natural childbirth and we brought a huge jug of the Cosmo Cooler to our Bradley Method class – everyone loved it and the instructor added the book to her lending library! The drinks are healthy and pretty and help to make pregnancy a little let about what you can’t have and more about what you can have!

Kristin Mendes on

I love this book! great gift to make a baby gift basket around. I Would suggest the drinks for non pregnant people as well, yummy!!!!

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