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    Non-alcoholic cocktails and long drinks for pregnant and breastfeeding women

    November 23, 2022 3 min read

    Alkoholfreie Cocktails in der Schwangerschaft: Ja oder nein?

    In social situations with friends and family, a glass of wine or a cocktail - quite normal for most. As a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, can you only reach for water or juices? No! There are super delicious non- alcoholic beverage alternatives for cocktails and long drinks. 

    The so-called “ mocktails ” are reminiscent of alcoholic drinks in terms of taste, but have no or only a very low alcohol content of up to 0.5 percent by volume. Mixed with juices or soda and tonic water, the alcohol content per glass is reduced again.

    Alcohol-free cocktail alternatives - harmless in small quantities

    There are many non-alcoholic cocktails based on well-known alcoholic drinks. However, the term “ alcohol -free ” does not necessarily mean that the alcohol content of the product is zero.

    However, most alcohol-free alternatives still contain 0.02 percent to 0.5 percent alcohol. The level of residual alcohol in non-alcoholic drinks varies from drink to drink.

    Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not toast with such non-alcoholic cocktails every day, but they are allowed to do so occasionally. 

    The amount is considered tolerable as long as several glasses of alcohol-free alternatives with little residual alcohol are not drunk immediately or the consumption becomes a habit.

    Now and then to toast a glass has so far no demonstrable damage . The Berlin Charité also confirms that no danger to the child is to be expected. 

    Alcohol-free spirits alternatives compared to other products

    Our non-alcoholic spirits alternatives from POLLY have a residual alcohol content of 0.3%. Compared to a non-alcoholic beer with 0.5% per 500ml, a mixed drink with POLLY has significantly less alcohol content for the same amount.

    This is because for an alcohol-free cocktail with our products, only about 2-5cl are mixed with various juices, tonics or sodas. 

    Foods with hidden alcohol

    What many people do not know is that alcohol is also hidden in many other foods. For example, most fruit juices contain a small amount (up to 0.4 percent) of alcohol due to the natural fermentation process . In apple or grape juice it can even reach 1%. 

    A small amount of alcohol has also been detected in naturally fermented foods, very ripe bananas or raw sauerkraut. 

    Cocktail recipes with non-alcoholic spirits alternative

    Alcohol-free gin tonic alternative

    Ingredients :  

    Preparation :  

    Step 1: Fill a glass with ice cubes.
    Step 2: Add POLLY London Classic and tonic water.
    Step 3: Garnish with a slice of cucumber and optionally a slice of ginger.   

    Non-Alcoholic Peach Cranberry Cocktail

    Ingredients :  

    • 5cl peach nectar
    • 100 ml cranberry juice
    • 2 cl POLLY Italian aperitif
    • cranberries
    • rosemary
    • Mineral water
    • ice cubes  

    Preparation :  

    Step 1: First mix the peach nectar, cranberry juice and POLLY Italian Aperitif together.
    Step 2: Pour into 4 glasses with ice cubes.
    Step 3: Then fill up with mineral water.
    Step 4: Add the cranberries and rosemary to decorate and enjoy.  

    Alcohol-free cocktail recipes

    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and want to do without the non-alcoholic alternatives in drinks, you can of course mix and enjoy cocktails without them.

    Non-Alcoholic Hugo

    Ingredients :  

    • 9cl ginger ale
    • 2cl elderflower syrup
    • Juice from a lime
    • Lemon/lime wedges
    • mint sprig
    • Mineral water
    • ice cubes  

    Preparation :  

    Step 1: In a glass with ice cubes, pour the ginger ale, elderflower syrup and lime juice.
    Step 2: Add lemon and/or lime wedges and a sprig of mint.
    Step 3: Fill up with mineral water.  

    Non-Alcoholic Mojito

    Ingredients : 

    • 1 lime
    • fresh mint
    • 2 teaspoons brown cane sugar
    • crushed ice
    • soda water or lemonade 

    Preparation : 

    Step 1: Put the juice of half a lime and quartered the rest of the lime in a glass.
    Step 2: Add mint leaves and cane sugar and crush with pestle.
    Step 3: Add crushed ice.
    Step 4: Top up with soda water or lemonade. 

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