20+ Cocktails To Celebrate Moms Everywhere
Brunch cocktails are welcome on just about any Mother's Day, but after more than a month of coronavirus lockdowns, moms everywhere are ready for a refreshing cocktail (or two). From lightened-up margaritas made with lime LaCroix to screwdrivers and raspberry Bellinis, these tantalizing cocktails are sure to please the mamas in your life. Serve alongside her favorite homemade brunch recipes for a quarantine-friendly Mother's Day that she's sure to remember.
Rosé and Raspberry Sorbet Floats
With only three ingredients, these rosé floats are incredibly simple to prep, but make for an impressive and deliciously refreshing dessert drink that mom is sure to love. The sweet-tart sorbet pairs really nicely with the dry, crispness of the sparkling rosé. While we opted to garnish with fresh raspberries, you could top these boozy delights with any fresh berries you like, as well as fresh herbs, such as torn mint.
Blood Orange Mimosas
Take the standard Mother's Day mimosa up a notch with blood orange juice and bitters. The sugar cube dissolves as you sip, its sweetness balancing the bitters and giving off bubbles for a festive touch. The oranges can be juiced and chilled up to a day ahead.
Cherry Berry Cocktail
This three-ingredient cocktail couldn't be any simpler, and is the perfect addition to a Mother's Day brunch celebration. Berry-flavored vodka, lemon-lime soda, and grenadine are all you need for this sweet and fruity drink.
Refreshing and easy to prepare, the screwdriver is hard to beat for a brunch cocktail. Plus, the orange juice packs an extra punch of that immunity-boosting powerhouse—Vitamin C—something we can all use a little more of these days.
Sweet Tea-Vodka Slushee
Southern mamas are sure to love this adult-only twist on sweet tea (and slushees!). This cooling, boozy concoction serves two, but is easily multiplied. Use store-bought sweet tea for simplicity's sake, or make your own if you want to have greater control over the sweetness.
Elderflower and Raspberry Rosé Slushie
This simple slushie whips together in under ten minutes, making it the perfect cocktail to take you straight from brunch and into a lazy Mother's Day afternoon. Smooth, floral, and refreshing, this crisp glass gets its signature flavor from rosé and elderflower liqueur. Raspberries add tangy and sweet notes to round out the flavor of this elegant cocktail.
Pear and Pomegranate Bellini
For an elegant and fruity cocktail ready in just five minutes, try this easy Bellini made with brandy, pomegranate juice and prosecco.
Think of these Garden Cocktails as a cooler cousin to the Bloody Mary; they swap gin for vodka and pass on spicier ingredients like horseradish, Tabasco sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. You can make the Garden Tomato Juice up to one week ahead of time.
Strawberry Hibiscus Cooler
With or without the vodka, this sweet-tart drink deserves a spot at brunch.
Rosy Apple Sparkler
Apple flavors pair with rosé to create a perfectly refreshing and satisfying cocktail.
Blue Moon Cocktail
Raspberry "Sangre" Margaritas
Mom's sure to love this twist on the classic margarita—you can make the raspberry mixture up to a day ahead, then simply add tequila and triple sec and blend with crushed ice before serving. Add a sugar rim and fresh raspberry garnish, and call it this summer's signature cocktail.
Salty Dog Slushes
The Salty Dog has no flaws, but turning it into a slush makes it the most wonderful and festive warm weather cocktail ever. The bitterness, sweetness, salt, and booze come together to make a subtly sweet pink and frosty delight. You can even keep frozen grapefruit juice cubes in the freezer and whip a few drinks whenever the mood strikes. If you’d like to experiment, this would also make a mighty fine granita.
Refreshing and fruity, this 5-ingredient sangria has the perfect combination of flavors from the strawberries and mint leaves. After the first sip, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation—which every mom can use a little of!
Raspberry Rosé Bellini
This simple and elegant spring cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to a special brunch spread, such as our Ultimate Eggs Benedict. Though the recipe was developed with Mother’s Day in mind, the rosé simple syrup used to create this cocktail offers a multitude of delicious possibilities any day of the week. The boozy syrup is incredibly simple to make and can be used to enhance the simplest of cocktails, as well as add an extra special touch when poured over desserts.
Let mom escape to the islands from the comfort of her own home with this cocktail, featuring vodka and and a blend of beachy fruit juices.
If fresh strawberries aren’t quite at their peak in your market, go ahead and substitute thawed frozen berries. Muddling thoroughly is essential here: The more the berries break down, the more color and flavor they’ll release into the drink. If you’re not a gin fan, vodka or bourbon will work, but we like the subtle fragrance of juniper and other aromatics that gin introduces to the mix. Rickeys are often served alcohol free, and are every bit as refreshing, so omit the gin entirely, if you like.
La Croix Margarita
For a lighter spin on the classic margarita, look no further than a can of lime LaCroix—or your favorite lime-flavored seltzer water of choice. With no added sugar, this skinny version is super easy to make and comes with significantly less guilt. Serve in a festive margarita glass rimmed with salt, if desired.