These Are the Best Cocktails for Mother’s Day

These Are the Best Cocktails for Mother’s Day


BBs, Mother’s Day isn’t too far off. And this year, your mom deserves a treat because A) she birthed you, B) she probably sacrificed a lot for you (that last slice of pizza probs still haunts her) and C) She’s your mom!

Obvi, you could get her a cute gift (we have a ton of options for you right here). Or you could host a boozy (and reasonably responsible) Mother’s Day Brunch! Y’all are both adults by now, so cocktails definitely seem appropriate, right?

Here, our picks for the best Mother’s Day cocktails that are simple enough to whip up on the fly and pretty enough to impress ya mother.

1. The First One

In a tin, add ½ oz. of simple syrup, ½ oz. of Saint Germain, ¾ oz. of lime juice, 1 ½ oz. of vodka and 4 dashes of absinthe. Add 1 piece of lemongrass and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Recipe by Will Wyatt for Pretty Ricky’s, NYC

2. Stairway to Haven

Add 1 1/2 oz. of RumHaven, 1/2 oz. of vanilla liqueur, 1 oz. of coffee liqueur, and 2 oz. of cold pressed coffee into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled Martini or coupe glass.

Recipe by RumHaven

3. Lavender Lemonade Port Cocktail

Take 1 lemon and cut ½ into wedges. Slice remaining half to use as a garnish. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, crush using muddler. Add 2 ½ oz. of Fonseca Siroco dry white port and 1 ¼ oz. of lavender simple syrup. Add ice and cover with cocktail topper. Shake well. Pour into glass and top with with 1 oz. of sparkling lemonade. Garnish with lemon, edible flowers, and mint.

Recipe by Fonseca Port

4. Ginger Peach Mule

Blend 6 oz. of King St. Vodka with 3 pureed ripe peaches, 1 in. of fresh peeled ginger root, ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice and 2 cups of ginger beer soda.

Recipe by King St. Vodka

5. The Ruby

In a copper balloon cup, build the mixture of 1 part Absolut Elyx, 1 part elderflower liqueur and 1 part ruby grapefruit juice over cubed ice. Top with 3 parts sparkling water and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a slice of ruby grapefruit and edible flowers.

Recipe by Gareth Evans for Absolut Elyx

6. Shake Your Libations

In a cocktail shaker, squeeze juice from 1 lime wedge and 1 lemon wedge. Add 2 oz. vodka, 2 oz. water, 1 oz. simple syrup, and a dash of vanilla extract. Fill with ice. Shake and strain into a glass.

Recipe from Fairgrounds Chicago Fulton Market

7. G&T&Tea for Two

Brew 1 tsp. Dandelion Detox Tea in 4 oz. of boiling water for 5 minutes. Fill Collins glass with ice. Add 1½ oz. gin, ½ oz. simple syrup, and 1 oz. of the tea concentrate to your glass. Top with tonic water, and garnish with a lime wheel and lemongrass.

Recipe by Fairgrounds Chicago Fulton Market

8. Watermelon Moscow Mule

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 part SKYY Infusions Sun-Ripened Watermelon Vodka, juice from half of a lime, 1 part freshly pressed watermelon juice, and 1 can or bottle of ginger beer. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with a fresh watermelon wedge.

Recipe from SKYY Vodka

9. The Berry Margarita

Add 1 oz. Cointreau, 1½ oz. Blanco Tequila, and ¼ oz. fresh lime juice to a cocktail shake. Top with ice and shake. Strain over ice in a rocks glass, and garnish with blackberries.

Recipes from Cointreau

10. The Ginger Mint Margarita

Muddle 2 slices of fresh ginger root and 5 mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add 1 oz. Cointreau, 2 oz. Blanco Tequila, and ¾ oz. fresh lime juice. Strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Recipes from Cointreau

11. El Cencerro

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 oz. El Buho Mezcal, ¾ oz. Ancho Reyes Poblano, ¼ oz. Giffard Peach Liquor, ¼ oz. Aperol, and ¾ oz. lime juice. Shake with ice, and strain into a coupe glass.

Recipe from Claro in New York

12. The Fizzy

Stir 1 oz. Michelberger Forest Herbal Liqueur (or use white vermouth as a substitute), ½ oz. Rondo Spritz (or use Aperol as a substitute), and ½ oz. Genepy, an Italian herbal liqueur, with ice in a glass. Top with 1 oz. soda water and 2 oz. sparkling wine. Garnish with a orange slice.

Recipe from Gertie in New York

13. The Mother of Pearl

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1½ oz. Absolut Vodka, ½ oz. yellow chartreuse, ¾ oz. coconut milk, 1 oz. lychee purée or nectar, and ¼ oz. lime juice. Shake, then strain into a cocktail glass. Optional: Garnish with pearlescent gelatin bubbles.

14. Sweet Beet Spritz

In a wine goblet, combine 2 parts Prosecco, 1 part Plymouth Gin, ½ part Lillet Rosé, ½ part freshly pressed beet juice, and 1 part club soda. Add ice. Garnish with a half wheel beet slice, a half wheel orange slice, and a lime peel.

15. Rosé Cooler

Pour 2 oz. Hangar 1 Straight Vodka over ice in a glass. Add 1 oz. rosé wine, 1 t. elderflower syrup, 1½ t. rosewater, and the juice of half a lemon. Top with 4 oz. soda water and stir. Created by Live Happy Inspired.

16. Blossom Bomb Mom

In a rocks glass, add 2 parts Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay, 1 part lemonade, and 1 part iced tea over ice. Stir with a straw, and garnish with a lemon peel.

17. TriStar

In a blender, add 1 dash Pernod Absinthe, 2 parts Absolut Peppar, ½ part lemon juice, ½ part green chartreuse, 1 part simple syrup, and 1 large strawberry. Add up to six ice cubes, then blend until smooth. Garnish with a strawberry rose on top of a basil stem.

18. Conquistador’s Tonic

Muddle 4 to 5 rosemary needles and 3 Granny Smith apple slices in the bottom of a tall Collins glass. Add ice, 1½ oz. gin, and 2 oz. cranberry juice, and top with tonic water. Garnish with fanned Granny Smith apple slices, 3 or 4 fresh cranberries, and a long sprig of rosemary.

19. The Arrandas Highball

Rim a tall highball or Collins glass with kosher salt. Add ice to the glass, then build your cocktail: 1 part Lillet Blanc, 1 part Altos Blanco tequila, ½ part Suze, and ¼ part freshly pressed ginger juice. Top with club soda. Garnish with a slice of fresh ginger and a lime wheel.

20. Rainbow Pixie Dust Lemonade

In a large pitcher, mix 8 parts cold water, 1 part fresh lemon juice, and 1 part simple syrup. Add ice and stir. Rim glasses with colorful sanding sugar, then pour lemonade into each glass. Add vodka (or your spirit of choice), and listen to Lemonade.

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