There is something so soulful in beauty. I’m a big believer that pregnant women should be surrounded by beauty and also treated special. It makes a difference! It connects us to our strengths, makes us happier, and brings us together as people. Perhaps this is a lofty interpretation, but I opened up Preggatinis and felt, “Yes! This is a book that honors pregnant women!” My next thought was, “My girls would love this.” At the time of this writing they are 9 and 6 – perfect potion creators. This little book is, literally, a recipe book for potions: ones that you can drink. Without alcohol.
Simply said, the drinks in Preggatinis are beautiful. They are delightfully named and presented in nice stemware showed off through great photography. These are not quick and dirty non-alcoholic alternatives for pregnancy. They are artful and would take a lot of care to make. Special equipment and unique ingredients are called for. Some of the drinks are quite healthful and some are just fun.
The drinks in Preggatinis are organized by trimester and she hits pregnancy needs right on. First trimester drinks would be helpful for nausea and entice even those with the worst food aversions. They are full of light citrus and gingery ingredients. During the second trimester, the stuff you couldn’t stomach before comes in – slightly sweeter and some creamy options. And third trimester kicks the interest up enough to become an antidote to the third-trimester grumpies. We all know it’s hard to be pregnant for so long. This will ensure there are some treats thrown in there to keep you going.
Preggatinis includes holiday drinks for every season – you’ll be amazed at how helpful that is when you are feeling bad about planning that great holiday party knowing the pregnant lady will be there. There are also some light alcohol suggestions for the nursing mother, as well as full alcohol directions if you are making for two and one of you isn’t abstaining. My only caution is in a fun little section on pre-conception drinks. The latest research is pretty clear that dad should abstain from alcohol in the weeks before and during procreation and Preggatinis suggests otherwise.
The work required to make these drinks is too involved to make this book practical and just complicated enough to make it worthwhile. When I picture an eager supporter encouraging mom to go sit on the deck and put her feet up, only to appear 15 minutes later with a gorgeous refreshing drink for her, my heart sings. Buy Preggatinis – and use it!
About Preggatinis’ Author, Natalie Bovis-Nelsen
Natalie Bovis-Nelsen started her journey with cocktails in 1991 when she enrolled in bar tending school. She wrote Preggatinis with almost 20 years experience as a mixologist, and continues to write, consult, and work within the cocktail industry. She is the creator and editor for the blog, TheLiquidMuse.com and lives in Los Angeles, California.