Moms are pretty phenomenal. They give selflessly and thanklessly in innumerable ways. In addition to the obvious sacrifices (I’m looking at you, pregnancy and childbirth), they have all at one point or another played the role of caretaker, chauffeur, accountant, teacher, dog walker, referee, confidant, doctor, housekeeper, financial analyst, tutor, cook, bathroom attendant, laundress, coach, psychologist, diorama builder, snack maker, and cheerleader–just to name a few of their many, many hats.
And if the moms in your life are anything like mine, they probably also shoulder an inordinate amount of responsibility for ensuring holidays and their loved ones’ personal milestones feel special. From birthdays to bar mitzvahs to graduations to wedding days, they are at the helm, busily planning, prepping, and hosting the parties and events that give way to the memories that last a lifetime.
So, when Mother’s Day rolls around, the onus is on us–their children, spouses, siblings, and grandchildren–to make sure the favor is returned tenfold. Sure, you could buy her flowers, slap your signature on a Hallmark card, and call it a day, but wouldn’t it be worth it to go the extra mile to make her feel appreciated?
She Wants to Get Day Drunk
This year, what better way to say “thanks for everything” than a leisurely brunch with all her favorite people? Mother’s Day brunch is the perfect route because you can keep the food relatively low maintenance (things like bagels and lox, croissants, pastries, quiche, and fresh fruit are easy enough to buy from a local grocery store or bakery), which will allow you to concentrate your efforts on every mom’s favorite part–the cocktails.
A Liquid Bouquet
Flowers are quintessential to Mother’s Day, so don’t think that you have to forgo them altogether–just put them into your drinks! Edible flowers make beautiful garnishes, but there are also countless of garden-inspired spirits and cocktail ingredients (stuff like flower water, syrups, and bitters) that you can use to imbue every sip with the flavors and aromas of springtime. Below are a few ways we like to incorporate floral ingredients in our cocktails.
The Kitty Hawk
Yield: 1 serving
2 ounces gin
¾ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce Crème Yvette
¼ ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 egg white (optional)
Rose Water & Cardamom Lemonade (Non-Alcoholic)*
Yield: 1 serving
Sugar for rimming the glass (we used lavender sugar)
*Unless you add vodka…
Hibiscus Sparkling Wine
Yield: 1 serving
BONUS Lavender Bitter Shortbread Cookies
Cocktail ingredients like bitters and syrups aren’t just for drinking–they have culinary applications as well! This simple cookie recipe puts lavender cocktail bitters and lavender rimming sugar to delicious use.
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and bitters until light and fluffy. Beat in flour with a light hand until dough comes together. Don’t overmix. Shape dough into a log on waxed paper or parchment paper. Roll up and twist off ends. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice dough into 1/3 – 1/2 inch coins and lay and inch apart on baking sheet. Sprinkle each cookie with lavender sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges just begin to turn golden brown.
What is your mom’s favorite cocktail? What cocktails are you most looking forward to sipping this spring? How do you use floral cocktail ingredients? Hit us up in the comments. We are always looking for good drinking inspiration!