Mother’s Day cocktails: Toast to the woman who does it all

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While the momosa is a delightful choice, these Mother’s Day cocktails will make mom feel special all day long. From sweet sips to nuanced beverages, cocktail hour might come early this year. Which cocktail do you think mom will like best?

Truthfully, any cocktail could be a Mother’s Day cocktail. Although there are special cocktails that come out once a year or have a mom-centric name, one guiding principle should impact what is in the cocktail glass. Mom needs to like the flavor.

If mom doesn’t prefer gin, don’t serve her a gin cocktail. But, if mom loves a great cocktail and wants to try all types of flavors, maybe the holiday is the time to push the boundaries a little. And, if the first cocktail isn’t her favorite, make another one. On Mother’s Day, mom should have what she wants.

Which Mother’s Day cocktails will you be enjoying this year?


If you didn’t send a card for Mother’s Day, it might be a little late to correct that scenario. Even if Instacart can rescue some Mother’s Day gifts, this cocktail could be a little love from afar.

There seems to be a lost art to writing letters. That old-school idea of receiving a handwritten letter that expresses an emotion might be a tradition that should return. Until then, why not mix up this BACARDI Air Mail cocktail.


  • 1 oz. BACARDI Añejo Cuatro Rum
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. honey syrup
  • 1 ½ oz. MARTINI & ROSSI® Prosecco


  • Shake the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and double strain into a flute. Top with prosecco. Garnish with orange zest and a postage stamp.

Dewar’s Elderflower Highball

Long ago, scotch might have seemed like a liquor drunk in dark libraries by older gentlemen. With this cocktail, the flavor shows that the Dewar’s can evolve into a lighter, floral cocktail.

With the combination of the Dewar’s, St. Germain and mint, the sip is quite refreshing. Whether enjoyed as an apertif before dinner or a slow sipper outside in the garden, this cocktail is perfect for a Spring day.


  • 1 ¾ parts Dewar’s 15 year old
  • ½ part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 4 parts Fever Tree soda
  • Lemon twist
  • Mint sprig


  • Add all ingredients to chilled glass. Add cubed ice and soda. Stir once and spray lemon oils over the top of the glass. Twist and place into drink. Give mint sprig a clap, and place next to lemon twist.

Heritage Style

While Belvedere vodka always makes the perfect martini, the Belvedere Heritage is slightly more complex. With layers of flavors, the liquor is delightful in this particular cocktails.

From the walnut bitters for depth to the sweetness of the honey syrup, this cocktail surprises at every sip. With the little lemon, that touch of brightness, it keeps the balance.


  • 2 oz Belvedere Heritage 176
  • .5 oz Honey Syrup
  • 3 dashes Walnut Bitters
  • Lemon Twist


  • Stirred into a rocks glass over large chunk of ice or large cubes.

She Knows Strong

Mom might be the strongest person that you know. In many ways, she does it all. From running the family to working to everything in between, the reality is that her strength is inspiring.

A list of Mother’s Day cocktails wouldn’t be complete without a nod to a Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker. This cocktail is as complex as the many roles that moms hold. From the robust flavor of the tea to the spicy notes from the ginger beer, this cocktail proves that mom can do it all.


  • 1.5oz Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker
  • .5oz Darjeeling tea syrup
  • .75oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 dash Aromatic bitters
  • 2 ounces Ginger beer


  • Combine Jane Walker, tea syrup, lemon juice, and Angostura Bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Prepare a highball glass with cubed ice and pour 2 ounces of ginger beer into the glass. Strain the cocktail over the ginger beer into the glass. Enjoy!

Matcha Pina Colada

Did you forget to get mom a tropical getaway? While many people long for a vacation, the truth is that the plane ticket to a beach might not be available right now. With this cocktail from Beefeater Gin, it brings a taste of the tropics in a new way.

If mom loves the flavor of matcha, this twist on a pina colada might become her new favorite summer cocktail. The herbal notes with a touch of sweetness are quite impressive. Plus, mom might give you bonus points for cocktail creativity.


  • 50ml Beefeater Dry or 24
  • Bar spoon matcha tea
  • 30ml fresh pineapple juice
  • 10ml fresh lemon juice
  • 50ml coconut milk
  • 40ml soda water
  • Garnish: Matcha dusting


  • Blend all ingredients together except for soda water until smooth. Pour soda water into glass then add the blended mixture and dust the top with matcha. Nb: this is not a frozen drink, so take care not to add too much ice.

Bubly lime drop

Who doesn’t have a can of bubly in the refrigerator? With this cocktail, the fruity flavors are even more effervescent. While not specified, Tajin would make for a great garnish. That spicy, lime forward flavor is always a good choice with mango.


  • 2-3 oz. mangobubly
  • 2 oz. Tropicana Mango and Lime lemonade
  • 1 ¼ oz. Vodka
  • Lime wheel, garnish (dusted with chili powder)


  • Fill highball glass with ice. Add vodka and lemonade. Top with mangobubly. Stir and garnish with lime wheel.

Bloody Mardi

The Bloody Mary is a classic brunch cocktail but this version switches the liquor. Why not put a little Southern Comfort in the glass?

Really, this Bloody Mary cocktail is a meal, too. The garnish is almost as important as the cocktail. It is more than just celery, a pickled green bean or even a meat stick. From shrimp to chicken to even a slider the options are many


  • 1.5 oz Southern Comfort Black/80PF
  • 3 oz Stirring’s Bloody Mary Mix (or any generic Bloody Mary Mix)
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce (or any generic Hot Sauce)


  • Stir the Southern Comfort Black/80Proof with Bloody Mary Mix and Tabasco in a shaker.
  • Pour into tall glass with ice. Garnish with celery, lemon, lime, bacon, shrimp, olives, bagel, sandwich, etc.

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What Mother’s Day cocktails will you be sipping? Do you have some favorite Mother’s Day cocktails to share?