Baby Shower Beverages: The Advent of the Mama-tini

It's no secret that what most baby shower planners worry about the most are the food and beverages. But while there are so many websites which discuss food choices, give recipes, and even offer full menus, there are not that many which focus on baby shower beverage ideas.

That's rather sad, since there are so many other choices apart from the usual soda and water which you can offer your guests. Neither do they have to be alcoholic ones. In fact, the traditional beverage of choice was a huge bowl of punch and there are many variations which you can find of that, whether it be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

It's simple enough when you just combine your preferred choice of juice as a base (usually orange, pineapple, lemonade, or cranberry) with a fruity sherbet or ice cream. This is garnished with frozen berries or fresh citrus slices. When poured into that large punch bowl, it makes a truly pretty beverage when given a small table all its own.

A secret to keeping it cold yet not watery would be to freeze your base juice and make that ice. If you have the time and space to do so, freeze the base juice and some of the fruit garnish together in a ring mold so it's a whole decorative block of ice which you float in the punch bowl.

The drink of choice nowadays, though, is the mama-tini. This is a non-alcoholic beverage which is based on the flavor preferences of the mommy-to-be. That means there are literally millions of combinations which you can create, all of them personalized to that single baby shower you are hosting.

For example, if the mommy-to-be loves peaches, you can put a spin on it by mixing together 2 ounces of peach nectar and an equal amount of peach seltzer or a sparkling club soda. Then in a cocktail glass, pour in a teaspoonful of raspberry syrup and slowly pour in the peach concoction so it floats above the syrup. Garnish with a slice of peach and you're done!

Or, if the baby shower has a luau theme, why not shake 1 1/2 ounces each of pineapple, orange, and mango juice together? Then pour it all into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. As a finishing touch, slowly pour a tablespoonful of grenadine over the back of an upturned spoon onto the drink. It will be suspended throughout and create a sunset effect.

If a creamier drink is desired in a colder season, that's easy as well. First rim the edge of a cocktail glass with melted chocolate and let it set for a few minutes. Then blend together 2 ounces of full cream milk, an 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, a small scoop of dark chocolate ice cream, and a tablespoonful of white crème de menthe, which is non-alcoholic. Pour this extra-creamy concoction into the glass and float a sprig of mint on top.

The mama-tini is a really fun way to make the baby shower truly personal for the mommy-to-be!