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New mothers, non-drinkers, and anyone celebrating will appreciate a New Mother Mocktail served in a beautiful glass with lots of crushed ice. A blend of three different fruit juices makes sure every sip tastes special.
Unlike my Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush, Mojito cocktail, or Pirate Punch, this drink is alcohol-free. I first learned about this fruity concoction while in the hospital. I had just given birth to my son, so I was exhausted and elated. The wonderful nurses who were taking care of me offered me what they referred to as a “cocktail.”
At parties, brunches, or other special events, it’s easy to overlook pregnant ladies or those who don’t drink the stronger stuff. But everyone needs something festive and pretty to sip on at gatherings, and take it from me: it’s nice to be taken care of.
Making non-alcoholic fruit punch for a baby shower or Sunday Brunch? Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.
How to make New Mother Mocktail:
It can’t be any simpler. All you have to do is blend equal parts cranberry, apple, and orange juice together in a pitcher or punchbowl.
Then find your frilliest glasses and fill them up with crushed ice. The ice chips make the juice super cold and delicious.
Garnish with the fruit of your choice.
Other tantalizing fruit juice combinations:
Today there’s a remarkable selection of fancy juices out there, so the opportunities for experimentation are almost endless.
Goya brand makes frozen passion fruit, guava, and other fruit purées that might be perfect candidates for switching things up…what sounds good to put on the menu at your own cocktail bar?
Play around with some and figure out what fruit flavors go together best!
- Grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, lime juice
- Orange juice, mango juice, and cranberry juice
- Grape juice, cranberry juice, and pear juice
- Passion fruit juice, coconut juice, and lime juice—sort of a twist on a mocktail Pina colada!
- Pomegranate juice, watermelon juice, lime juice—inspired by a cocktail Cosmopolitan
- Pineapple juice, pear juice, and pomegranate juice
- Raspberry juice, blueberry juice, cranberry juice.
How to make a lower-sugar version of the drink:
If you’re being careful with your sugar intake, you can make a fruit spritzer using sparking or soda water. Pour the glass half full with juice, and top off with fizzy water.
Of course, I wouldn’t stop you from using your favorite flavor of soda water to make the drink even more interesting!
Fresh squeezed orange juice or from concentrate?
I certainly didn’t get fresh-squeezed juice in the hospital, and it still tasted incredible. But I also would never say no to using freshly squeezed orange juice….It’s up to you.
New Mother Mocktail (Juice Blend)
- 32 ounces apple juice
- 32 ounces cranberry juice
- 32 ounces orange juice
- Crushed ice
- Orange slices for garnish
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add juice and stir to combine. If your pitcher or bowl is smaller than 96 ounces, combine the juices in equal parts in a smaller amount and refill as necessary.
- Serve over ice and garnish with orange slices if desired.
Meggan Hill is the Executive Chef and CEO of Culinary Hill, a popular digital publication in the food space. She loves to combine her Midwestern food memories with her culinary school education to create her own delicious take on modern family fare. Millions of readers visit Culinary Hill each month for meticulously-tested recipes as well as skills and tricks for ingredient prep, cooking ahead, menu planning, and entertaining. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the iCUE Culinary Arts program at College of the Canyons.