Everyone deserves a celebratory drink now and then, even pregnant women.  That is what mocktails are for.  In other words, cocktails minus the alcohol.   I have had a great virgin mixology book sitting on my shelf largely unused but now I am taking advantage.  Just about anything is more exciting than my old standby – ice water, with a wedge of lemon if I’m getting really crazy.   This particular beverage includes pomegranate juice and soda, white grape juice and frozen blueberries for a sweet-tart dose of antioxidants.  Realistically of course, this still tastes mostly like juice but the addition of pomegranate soda (I used Izze) helps kick it up a bit.

Even if you personally have no use for mocktails, it is still nice to have some recipes available in case you host guests that abstain from alcohol for any reason.  The recipes are typically sized for a single serving, but can be easily multiplied.  Another nice thing about this particular book is that they have little notes about how to “de-virginize” a drink for someone who would like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage.  This flexibility is especially nice when serving a mixed crowd, some who want the real stuff and some who don’t.