With the risk of sounding like an alcoholic (I’m not!), and with the risk of sounding like I am pregnant (I’m not!), I will admit to you that I LOVE a good glass of wine, especially with a fine dinner – even when I’m pregnant. Of course I have always drastically cut back the amounts, making sure to (almost) never drink more than one glass of wine an evening, and staying within the (UK) limits of three glasses a week.
I realize that it’s probably better to cut out the alcohol completely (pregnant or not), but I will admit to you that I’ve never been completely alcohol-less in any of my pregnancies, although I’ve been very, very close to it in the first three months.
A couple of years ago I was pregnant with baby number two and we were visiting friends in NY. I remember having a very hard time concentrating on my single glass of wine per evening while the rest of the company were concentrating very hard on their multiple glasses of Cosmopolitans, Mojitos, Margaritas etc. Thankfully a good old friend saved my nights when he introduced me to a fairly innocent cocktail with a very chic name and appearance: the Spritzer.
A Spritzer, although basically just wine diluted with sparkling water, sounds much better than ordering just wine or sparkling water, and it tastes a whole lot better as well, in particular when you’ve already been drinking sparkling water for about 7 months in a row! It usually looks chic when served too – especially if one puts some effort in the decoration (a slice of lime does wonders). If you ask for a ‘weak Spritzer’, you can get away with a bit more than one glass per evening and feel festive on top of it!!
Here is how to make it:
- 1/2 cup of white wine
- club soda (sparkling water)
- lime wedge for garnish if you have it
- Fill a white wine or champagne glass with ice.
- Pour in the wine.
- Top with club soda.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
Not too difficult right? I’m sure you can remember this – even with pregnancy brain :-)!
It’s also very good with Plum wine by the way, and makes for a very stylish and almost harmless apperative in your favourite Japanese restaurant (BTW, whether you eat sushi or not when pregnant is a whole different story – I did ).