The holidays can stir up a lot of emotions. When you’re trying to get pregnant, these seem to increase dramatically. And while your old go-to method of dealing with all the drama may have been to turn to a glass of spiked eggnog (or two), things are a bit different now. Fertility is front and center in your mind and you want to make sure you’re feeding your body only the most nutritious, fertility friendly ingredients. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy the best holiday drinks, though.

We’ve compiled a list of our 5 favorite festive, fertility friendly drink recipes. Some are just plain delicious and embody the holiday scents and tastes that we all love so much. Others are extra fertility friendly since they are made with ingredients that can help boost your fertility, one sip at a time.

 

Cranberry-apple cider punch from Say Yes

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The look, the taste, and the ingredients all add up to a delightfully festive beverage that even people who aren’t trying to get pregnant will envy. You can share…if you want — this recipe makes 4 quarts. When you’re trying to get pregnant during the holiday season and the weather is usually colder and viruses more likely to spread, the double impact of stress and germs can take a toll on your immune system. This drink is (relatively) healthy and the cranberries provide some much-needed antioxidants, great for boosting your immune system and lowering your blood pressure.

Ingredients + instructions

4 cups apple cider, chilled

2 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled

2 cups ginger ale, chilled

1 can (12oz.) frozen orange juice concentrate

apple slices & orange slices for garnish

frozen cranberries, optional for garnish

or rosemary cranberry sprig for individual garnish

In a 4-quart container, combine cider, juice, and orange juice concentrate. Refrigerate until serving time. Just before serving, add the chilled ginger ale. Then, garnish with a mix of frozen cranberries and apple and orange slices.

 

Sparkling spritzer from Delish.com

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This bubbly concoction is a super easy twist on the traditional champagne (and arguably far more delicious). While the recipe calls for an optional addition of candied ginger, we recommend adding just a touch of shaved fresh ginger — a food known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Because inflammation can contribute to many different reproductive health issues, reducing it is a great fertility friendly idea.

Ingredients + instructions

½ C. Pinot Noir non-alcoholic sparkling wine soda

½ C. ginger ale

1 splash fresh lime juice

A small sliver of fresh ginger (optional but highly recommended for a fertility boost)

Combine all ingredients and pour into your favorite wine glass. Enjoy!

 

Turmeric chai latte from Kiddielicious Kitchen

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When the weather is cold, sometimes nothing lifts your spirits like a warm drink. This turmeric chai latte is not only super tasty, it’s also really good for your reproductive and overall health. If you’re going through fertility treatments, you may be feeling some pain or discomfort in your reproductive organs. Turmeric acts as an herbal anti-inflammatory and can relieve that pain. It has also been used to treat reproductive health conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. Additionally, one small study found that cinnamon may help regulate the menstrual cycles of women trying to get pregnant. Though the studies are preliminary, other researchers reported that cinnamon can help prevent insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and Type 2 diabetes — all things you really want to avoid when you’re TTC.

Ingredients + instructions

2 cups milk or almond milk

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp fresh ginger (finely grated)

1 cinnamon stick

½ tsp ground cinnamon

pinch of ground cardamom

½ tsp real vanilla powder

Combine all ingredients in a pot on the stove and heat slowly until boiling, stirring occasionally.

Remove the cinnamon stick and let the drink cool down a touch before serving. If you want a smooth drink, pour through a fine strainer to remove any pieces of ginger. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and drink up!

 

Non-alcoholic mulled wine from Happy Gut

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Mulled wine is one of those seasonal favorites you look forward to all year. Just because you’re trying to get pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a mug full every once in awhile. But if you’re dedicated to staying away from alcohol during this time, not to worry — this version of mulled wine comes sans alcohol. Though not particularly healthy, this drink will bring you lots of cheer.

Ingredients + instructions

2 cups grape juice

2 cups apple juice

2 cinnamon sticks

4 slices of orange

8 cloves

2-4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

Combine all of the ingredients in a pot and let simmer for 20 minutes before serving.

 

Old-fashioned non-alcoholic egg nog from The Stay at Home Chef

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No festive drink round-up would be complete without eggnog. Store-bought eggnog is fine but if you want to make your drink extra special, this decadent homemade version will do the trick. During pregnancy, you want to stay away from raw eggs but they won’t affect your fertility before you’re pregnant, so now is the time to indulge. Note: this recipe isn’t the quickest but it’s well worth the effort!

Ingredients + instructions

2½ cups milk

4 whole cinnamon sticks

⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

7 egg yolks

¾ cup white sugar

2 cups heavy cream (or half and half for a light version)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Put the milk, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and ½ tsp vanilla into a large saucepan. Put it over the lowest heat setting on your stove for 5 minutes.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar for 1 minute.

Turn the heat under the milk up to medium-high heat. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Stir the milk constantly until it just starts to boil then immediately turn off the heat.

Slowly whisk in about ¼ of the hot milk into the egg/sugar mixture. Then pour all of the egg/sugar mixture back into the saucepan and whisk it all together. Put it over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 3 minutes. It will thicken a bit.

Pour the hot eggnog into a large bowl or beverage container and let cool at room temperature for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, stir in the heavy cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and nutmeg. Store in the fridge and allow to cool for at least 4 hours before serving.