A Sweet Summer Memory and A Cold One for The (Pregnant) Lady

I looked at the display in my car's dashboard today and "100" greeted me. 100 degrees, that is (not 100 miles lest you were thinking I'm a crazy driver). 

A Sweet Summer Memory and A Cold One for The (Pregnant) Lady 1It's summer, I thought. So my daughter and I pulled over to Baskin Robbins and shared a strawberry ice cream cone. It was a moment that I would like to hold on to forever. There she was - perched on an adult-sized chair holding a perfect strawberry ice cream scoop atop a sugar cone, kicking her legs and bobbing her head along to the music. She'd lick the ice cream cone and then thrust it in my direction and smile. That pink smile. That lovely little strawberry smile combined with her button nose, her blue eyes, her messy blonde hair. Absolutely unforgettable.

Summer is a great time for ice cream. It's also a wonderful time for cold drinks - pina coladas, sangria, and margaritas. If you're pregnant, however, or if you just don't like the taste of that bootleggin' stuff (which, actually describes me pretty accurately - most of the time), you can still enjoy alcohol-free treats that are equally enticing.

A Sweet Summer Memory and A Cold One for The (Pregnant) Lady 2Want 76 recipes for easy drinks you can blend up in under 10 minutes? Check out Margarita Mama: Mocktails for Moms-to-Be by Alyssa Gusenoff (Quirk Books, 2008). Try a refreshing Strawberry Banana Smoothie, a punchy Blueberry Lemonade, or...drink up an Easy Delivery (and hope for the same).  

Best of all, these drinks can be shared with pregnant buddies and even your kids. 

WIN IT! One winner will receive a copy of Margarita Mama: Mocktails for Moms-to-Be by Alyssa Gusenoff. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Saturday, June 14 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

*UPDATE* The winner is #82 Alexa Marie. Congratulations!

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104 comments on “A Sweet Summer Memory and A Cold One for The (Pregnant) Lady”

  1. Ну третьего у меня день рождения.

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  2. I'm kinda a lemonade freak, so I'm digging just the thought of Blueberry Lemonade. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I don't drink alcohol very often, but would love to have recipes on hand so when we are having a get together, I could also enjoy the drinks non-alcoholic style

  4. ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
    Best of all, these drinks can be shared with pregnant buddies and even your kids.
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  5. It's hot and humid and my twin sister is pregnant. I would love to have this around the house for those special bonding days.

  6. This sounds great. We don't drink alcohol very often, but would like to try these family friendly versions.

  7. I would so love to get this for my margarita buddy who just found out she is expecting her first baby!

  8. My friend who is due in the fall absolutely misses her wine and frou-frou cocktails, so she' love this book. I wouldn't mind her whipping up a drink for me too, as I am breastfeeding and would love a mocktail. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. What a great idea, this would be perfect for using during my sister in laws baby shower coming up next month!

  10. Even though not pregnant at the moment, I make margaritas with no alcohol. That is the only one I make so I want recipes. (That little ice cream story reminds me of one time with baby #3, I remembered it when I read that!)

  11. I love finding new drink recipes so this would be a great book to have for my me and my friends.

  12. Pregnant or not pregnant, I don't drink alcohol so this collection of summer drinks would be perfect for my household. I love this idea!

  13. I live in the deserts of AZ too! I always want smoothies or anything cold, these would be so much fun to make and even more fun to drink, thanks!

  14. I'm pregnant and looking forward to cool drinks for the entire summer. This book would be perfect. My current mocktail is sprite and pomegranate juice but I've been craving a margarita! Perfect timing!

  15. I have a girlfriend who is pregnant but who also doesn't like to drink so this would be perfect for her all the time!

  16. Where was this book when I was pregnant?! Oh wait...I'm still nursing so Mocktails would be awesome! It would be nice to have more alternatives to water! :-)

  17. I am not a mom to be, I have two sons. I am a mom who doesn't drink hardly any alcoholic beverages. Please enter me in your book drawing. I certainly appreciate it.....Many thanks, Cindi

  18. These recipes sound liek so much fun to amke and enjoy. And my pregnant daughternlaw would love it.

  19. Oh man. I totally want this. Normally I'm not a giant fan of the taste as alcohol so most of the time I prefer a nonalcoholic girly drink. I'd love to find out how to make some good ones at home. So fun! (And BTW, I give a poo about you, so don't pay attention to grumpy pants #11.) :)

  20. This is a fun book! Since there's two girls in our group that are pregnant, and two trying, this will certainly come in handy this summer.

  21. I love the idea of a collection of non-alcoholic FUN drinks. Several friends don't drink, and the kids are always amused by a "foo-foo" drink, so this book would come in handy.

  22. What an awesome book! I'm not pregnant anymore, but am breastfeeding my 3 month old. So this would be perfect! I like that I can also share with the other kids.

  23. This would be great for my friend Stormy! She's expecting in September. This would give her something to drink at Summer barbacues and at her baby shower! Great contest and I hope I can win this for her!!

  24. My sister-in-law is pregnant due in Sept., so she will be pregnant during the hottest part of the year! I would love to share this with her! Great giveaway! Thanks for offering this!
    ~Tanya
    the4moyers(at)msn(dot)com

  25. I bet I can find some great recipes to share with all my mama friends (most of whom are nursing or pregnant). It would be so fun to have a mocktail when we all meetup together.

  26. This would be so great! It's always so hard to come with good alcohol free beverages for parties.

  27. mocktails aren't just for preggy mommy. sympathetic hubby can always share frozen non alcoholic drinks on these hot summer days

  28. What a cool prize! Many of my friends don't drink, and I love virgin Margaritas. What a fun book to have for the summer so that I can prepare non alcoholic delights for my friends so that they feel refreshed!!

    Stay cool everyone--it's really hot here in the East Coast.

    CHEERS all. (raises a toast to y'all with a virgin margarita in hand!)

  29. What a great idea. These non-alcoholic drink would be great for kids, too. Want to try the Watermelon Margarita.
    gkstratos @yahoo.com

  30. To Commentor Richard M. - those who aren't interested enough in a site's content to post a related comment should not be frequenting the site and don't deserve to win any contests.

  31. Stephanie, you got me all excited again with this title, thinking, "YAYYYYYYYYY! Is Stephanie pregnant!?!?!?!" I guess not...at least not confessing to it anyways... ;) This does look like a fun little book, even for us non-preggos.

  32. Contests used to be about typing in your address and then you waited. Now they want you to post a comment so that it looks like people give a damn about their site. In essence this is a betrayal. Who gives a poo about metromama? What a farce that you have to post a comment you don’t really want to post to have a chance to win something.

  33. Great contest, this is perfect for me since I don't drink alcohol but love the taste of mixed drinks! Smoothies are the best invention to man, in my opinion. Thanks!

  34. mmm...frozen drinks and a hammock?
    well, frozen drinks and backyard play would be nicer! I don't care for alcoholic drinks because one teeny drink and I'm on the couch napping and there is no time for naps here!

  35. That is so cute. Most of my friends are in the age of getting pregnant and I would love to start surprising them with one or more of these drinks.

    My best girl is due in July, and I'm sure she'd love one of these to help her cool down

  36. I would use this all year round in Arizona! I'm always looking for fun new non-alcoholic drinks to mix up at home in my blender. Would love to win!

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