If you’re looking for something different to make for your mom this Mother’s Day, a great gift to tell her how much you love her is a cocktail with a kick. This holiday take the perfect opportunity to treat your mom and show your appreciation for her with a nice drink. Here are 15 delicious drink ideas to give her a well-deserved buzz this Mother’s Day.
1. Cherry Blossom
This citrus-y cocktail has the perfect kick of tequila to sit back and relax with.
- 1.25 oz. 1800 Silver Tequila
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 1 oz. grapefruit juice
- .25 oz. grenadine
- Grapefruit slice or maraschino cherry for garnish
- Salt as needed
Pour all ingredients into a shaker and shake well. Strain into a salt-rimmed martini glass or serve over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice or cherry. Recipe courtesy of newsroom.hilton.com.
2. Reposado Old Fashioned
Another great choice for tequila lovers, this Old Fashioned has nice cherry and nectarine compliments.
- 2 slices nectarine
- 2 cherries
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
- 3 oz. tequila (reposado)
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 cherry for garnish
- Nectarine slice for garnish
In an old-fashioned glass, add cherries, nectarines, and agave nectar. Thoroughly mix. Fill the glass with ice, then add the tequila and bitters. Stir well. Garnish with a slice of nectarine and cherry. Recipe courtesy of thespruceeats.com.
3. Grapefruit Mint Mojitos
This minty, lime cocktail is refreshing enough to be a new contender for your favorite spring drink!
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp water
- 20 sprigs fresh mint
- 4 tbsp lime juice
- 2 oz. white rum
- 2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
- 4 oz. sparkling water
- Slices of grapefruit for garnish
- Extra sprigs of mint leaves for garnish
Add sugar and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes. Set aside to cool. Add fresh mint and lime juice to each glass to bring out the flavor of the mint. Top each glass with ice. Pour in rum and grapefruit juice. Stir. Top off each glass with sparkling water and garnish with slices of grapefruit and mint for garnish if desired. Recipe courtesy of bestfriendsforfrosting.com.
4. Lemonberry Martini
If your mom likes lemon drinks, this berry-flavored martini is a sweet choice for a Mother’s Day treat.
- 2 oz. cranberry juice
- 1 oz. elderflower liqueur
- 1 oz. citron vodka
- 1 lemon
Pour 2 oz. cranberry juice, 1 oz. elderflower liqueur, 1 oz. citron vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice. Juice one lemon and add 1 oz. of lemon juice into the shaker or a little less for less tartness. Give your cocktail a good shake and pour into a martini glass. Recipe courtesy of abeautifulmess.com.
5. Bee’s Knees Cocktail
The honey and lemon in this cocktail make it a great subtle drink choice with just the right kick.
- 1 cup honey
- ⅓ cup hot water
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- ¾ oz. honey syrup
- 2 oz. gin, preferably Beefeater
In a container, combine honey and hot water. Stir until completely mixed. Use immediately or store and refrigerate for up to 5 days. In a shaker tin, combine fresh lemon juice, honey mixture, gin, and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. Recipe courtesy of saveur.com.
6. Lavender Gin & Tonic
The hints of lavender make this gin and tonic the perfect reminiscent of a spring garden this season!
- 1.5 oz. Gin Mare
- Infusion of Lavender tea
- 6 oz. of 1724 Tonic water
- Sprig of lavender for garnish
Fill a large glass with ice and about 1.5 oz. of Gin Mare. Add some infusion of Lavender tea and about 6 oz. of 1724 tonic water. Garnish with a sprig of lavender. Recipe courtesy of ginmare.com.
7. Pineapple Basil Smash
For a tropical-loving mom, this simple whiskey drink with basil is nice to enjoy the day with.
- 1 ½ oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
- ¼ oz. Chartreuse
- 1 oz. fresh pineapple juice
- ¾ oz. simple syrup
- 3 basil leaves
- ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
Add Jameson Irish Whiskey, Chartreuse, fresh pineapple juice, simple syrup, basil leaves, and fresh lemon juice to a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain the mixture into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice and basil leaf. Recipe courtesy of: marriott.com.
8. Hibiscus Cherry Vodka Spritz
This sparkling drink is a deliciously fruity and floral way to say thank-you this Mother’s Day!
- ¾ cup fresh cherries
- 1 tbsp dried hibiscus flowers
- 1-2 tbsp honey
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- ½ cup vodka
- Sparkling water, for topping
Add the cherries to a medium-size pot. Mash cherries up until they are almost pulp-like. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and add the hibiscus flowers. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain into a pitcher, pressing out any juice from the cherries with a fork. Discard the hibiscus flowers and cherries. Add the honey, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and vodka. Chill until ready to serve. To serve, pour over ice and top with sparkling water. Recipe courtesy of halfbakedharvest.com.
9. Champagne Ginger Beer Punch
Fitting its name-sake, this Mother’s day drink packs a sweet punch with vodka, champagne, and ginger.
- 16 oz. pomegranate juice
- 12 oz. cranberry juice
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 8 oz. peach vodka
- 1 bottle (750 ml) champagne
- 12 oz. Brooklyn Crafter Ginger Beer Mini, Traditional
- Mint leaf
In a glass with ice, combine all listed ingredients. Stir and add pomegranate seeds, as desired. Garnish with a mint leaf and enjoy. Recipe courtesy of drinkbrooklyncrafted.com.
10. Strawberry Gin Smash
This Smash is a fantastic way to enjoy the best strawberry flavors and sweetness this spring with mom.
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1 lb fresh strawberries
- 2 cups gin
- 3 cups club soda
- Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
- ½ tsp granulated sugar
- 1 lime wedge
- 3 fresh strawberries, 2 hulled and sliced and 1 reserved for garnish
- 3 oz gin
- Club soda
- Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
Muddle the sugar and limes in a pitcher that holds at least 8 cups. Set aside 6 to 8 small strawberries and make a small slice in their tips. Hull and slice the remaining strawberries and muddle the slices lightly with the sugar and lime juice. Stir in the gin and club soda and pack the pitcher full of ice. Add mint sprigs to garnish. Pour into an ice-filled glass and garnish with a strawberry, slotted onto the edge of the glass. In a tall glass, combine the sugar and a squeeze of juice from the lime wedge. Muddle with the back of a spoon to dissolve the sugar. Add the sliced strawberries and lightly muddle. Fill the glass with ice and add the gin. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with the last strawberry and a sprig of mint. Recipe courtesy of thekitchn.com.
11. Thai Spring Mojito
The herbal notes in this mojito complement the lime and rum in this cool Mother’s Day drink.
- 1 oz. white rum, (or vodka if you prefer)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp water
- 1 pinch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 3 medium Thai basil leaves
- 3 mint leaves
- Juice of half a lime
- Club soda
In the bottom of a collins or mixing glass, muddle the sugar, water, herbs, and lime juice. Pour in rum and stir. Top with crushed ice and club soda. Garnish with a lime wheel. Recipe courtesy of drinkoftheweek.com.
12. Spanish Sangria
Nothing says the sweet beginnings of spring and summer more than a flavorful sangria mom will love!
- 2 bottles Spanish red wine
- ½ cup brandy
- 2 oranges, one juiced and one diced
- 1 green apple, diced
- 1 lemon, diced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Optional sweetener: simple syrup or maple syrup
- Optional bubbles: lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, or sparkling water
Add the wine, brandy, orange juice, diced orange, diced apple, diced lemon, and cinnamon stick to a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Taste and add in a few tbsps of sweetener, if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 min or up to 4 hrs. Serve the sangria over ice, topping off each glass with a splash of bubbly soda (or sparkling water) if desired. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar (or honey) with water. Give the mixture a stir and heat until the sugar (or honey) has dissolved. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to use. Recipe courtesy of gimmesomeoven.com.
13. Prickly Pear Margaritas
Margaritas are always delicious and this prickly pear variant gives new fruit flavor to an old favorite.
- Coarse pink salt, for rimming glasses
- 1 lime wedge
- 3 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3 cups silver tequila
- 2 cups prickly pear syrup
- 1 cup orange liqueur, such as triple sec
In a small, shallow plate, add the pink salt. Rub the rims of 10 margarita glasses with the lime wedge and then dip the rims into the salt. Fill a pitcher with ice, then add the lime juice, tequila, prickly pear syrup, and orange liqueur. Stir, then strain into the prepared glasses. Recipe courtesy of cookingchanneltv.com.
14. Carrot-y Mary
This different carrot-based Bloody Mary is a genius way to give mom a buzz and her daily vegetables!
- Kosher salt
- 4 oz. carrot juice
- 4 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. fresh lemon juice
- ½ tsp celery salt
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 or 2 dashes hot sauce
- Celery sticks or carrot slivers, for garnish
Wet rims of 2 glasses and dip in kosher salt. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake carrot juice, vodka, lemon juice celery salt, ginger, and hot sauce. Season with pepper. Strain into glasses. Garnish. Recipe courtesy of rachaelraymag.com.
15. Spring Fling
A Spring Fling is a different tropical and citrus recipe with tequila you should try this Mother’s Day.
- 1 ⅓ parts tequila Blanco
- ⅔ part orange juice
- ⅔ part pineapple juice
- ⅓ part triple sec
- 1 wheel lime
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy! Recipe courtesy of absolutdrinks.com.