Every Mother’s Day, we try to come up with new ways to express our gratitude to our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other special women in our lives. Sure, you could get her a personalized gift, write her a hilarious Mother’s Day message, or treat her to dinner. If you truly want to impress her on Mother’s Day, arrange a lovely Sunday brunch with her favorite foods and beverages. These simple Mother’s Day cocktails (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic ones!) are a terrific way to gather the family for a toast to your mother and everything she does.
Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all method to celebrate Mother’s Day — which this year falls on May 8 — but if she prefers a glass of wine with her spaghetti or an Instagram-worthy cocktail now and then, recreating her favorite drink could be a fantastic way to say “Happy Mother’s Day.” While you put on the bartende cap, she can sit back and relax for the day.
1-CLASSIC CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
Champagne, prosecco, cava, or any sparkling wine can be used to produce this bubbly cocktail. Your mother will shed a tear or two if you serve this delicious cocktail with a heartfelt toast.
1 sugar cube
4 oz. Champagne, prosecco, cava, or any dry sparkling wine
1 strip lemon zest
Soak sugar cube by placing it on top of the bitters bottle. Holding sugar cube in place with your finger, turn bottle upside down. The bitters will drip onto the cube, soaking it in seconds.
Drop soaked cube into a champagne flute.
Pour in sparkling wine. Add strip of zest.
2-SPICY PICKLE BLOODY MARY
This Bloody Mary recipe amps up the heat with eight pepperoncini peppers, a Sunday brunch staple. This cocktail is perfect for your mother who enjoys spice.
1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. prepared horseradish (squeezed of excess moisture)
2 tsp. Tabasco or other hot sauce
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. celery salt (optional)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
8 small pepperocini peppers, plus 1 tbsp. brine
3 c. tomato juice
3/4 c. vodka
1 seedless cucumber, cut into sticks
In a large measuring cup or pitcher, combine the lemon juice, horseradish, hot sauce, Worcestershire, celery salt (if using), pepper, and pepperoncini brine. Stir in the tomato juice and vodka and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
To serve, stir, pour over ice and serve with a pepperoncini and cucumber stick garnishes.
This mimosa recipe simply calls for four ingredients (three if fresh cranberries are unavailable) and adds a (bitter)sweet twist to another classic brunch cocktail.
1/2 c. fresh-squeeze orange juice, plus orange pieces for serving (about 2 oranges total)
1/2 c. fresh cranberry juice
3 c. seltzer or sparkling wine
Fresh cranberries, for serving
Combine the orange and cranberry juices and refrigerate up to 2 days.
To serve, divide among glasses, then top with the seltzer or sparkling wine, if using (about 6 tablespoons per glass). Serve with orange pieces and cranberries, if desired.
This drink was created specifically for your mother if she appreciates the taste of pomegranate and the mild flavor of thyme.
1 c. vodka
3/4 c. fresh orange juice
1/2 c. Pomegranate-Thyme syrup (recipe below)
1 750-ml bottle Prosecco, cava, or other dry sparkling wine, cold
Pomegranate seeds, thyme sprigs, and orange twists, for serving
In large pitcher, stir together vodka, orange juice, and Pomegranate-Thyme Syrup. If not serving right away, cover and refrigerate.
When ready to serve, stir in Prosecco. Serve poured over ice with pomegranate seeds, sprig of thyme, and twist of orange if desired.