Mother’s Day Cocktails: Help Her Unwind With These Beautiful Sunday Sippers
Help mom celebrate Mother's Day with a roundup of elegant cocktails that look as good as they taste. Photo Courtesy of FeverTree.
Celebrate Mother’s Day by raising a glass and toasting that nurturing person in your life.
We’ve gathered a few recipes for some of the prettiest drinks we’ve ever seen. Because this year, we need as much beauty in our lives as we can get.
So, since Mom’s a beauty in her own right, we offer up a visual feast. And, many of these cocktails come in low- or no-alcohol variations, so if you’re counting calories or just trying everything in moderation, look no further. There’s even a recipe for a spiked coffee. Just add flowers.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Royal Spring Flush
One of our favourite new discoveries is Royalmount Gin. It’s made in Montreal by brothers Alex and Matthew Mikus, along with their mother, Maureen David, who is the co-owner of 1769 Distillery, an urban distillery, along with her husband (and the boys’ dad, Andrew Mikus).
The bottle is so beautiful you may not want to open it as it will look absolutely smashing on your bar. The gin, however, is so delicious, with its fresh citrusy cucumber notes, we highly recommend you crack it open, and mix up this signature cocktail.
The recipe for the Royal Spring Flush was created for Royalmount by Monica Carbonell of Liquid Culture, a Toronto-based mixologist and advocate for the at-home bartender.
1.5 oz Royalmount Gin
3/4 oz white cranberry Juice
2 oz Fever-Tree premium tonic
2 drops rose water
Garnish: 3 cucumber ribbons, juniper berries
Optional garnish: Freeze spray roses in ice cubes overnight
Line a balloon glass with cucumber ribbons, 2 drops of rose water and ice. Layer the rest of the cocktail by adding the gin, white cranberry juice and top with tonic water. Stir to combine.
Maureen and her sons also enjoy Royalmount Gin straight up on ice and stir up this go-to cocktail, which is refreshing and simple!
1.5 oz Royalmount Gin
0.75 oz freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
Top with premium tonic water
Garnish with cucumber slices and a freshly cracked black pepper.
Smirnoff Raspberry Infusions & Soda
This cocktail is perfect for those of you who might be counting calories or looking for a lower alcohol spritz. Smirnoff infusions is 30 per cent alcohol, and contains zero sugar. It comes in four flavour infusions: cucumber and lime; strawberry and rose; lemon and elderflower; and watermelon and mint.
50 mL Smirnoff Infusions
150 mL soda water
Add Infusions to a chilled wine glass with ice. Add Soda water. Garnish with a few raspberries.
Sparkling Pink Grapefruit Paloma
We love the pink power of this cocktail, but also that Fever-Tree, the U.K.-based maker of premium mixers, has added Sparkling Pink Grapefruit to its mixer lineup (we’re also a fan of the company’s low-sugar tonics, perfect for a G and T). Try the mixer, which is made with Florida grapefruits, this recipe with your favourite tequila blanco or a new take on the classic vodka spritzer. Even better, it only has 30 calories per 200 mL.
¾ Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit
Optional salt rim
Add tequila to a highball glass with plenty of ice and top with Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit. Gently stir and garnish with a juicy pink grapefruit wedge.
Grapefruit & Rose Botanical & Soda
Ketel One Botanical vodka is distilled with botanicals and infused with natural fruit essence. No sugar, nor artificial sweeteners or flavours. With zero carbs and only 73 calories — that’s about 40 per cent fewer calories than a glass of wine.
1.5oz Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose Vodka
3oz soda water
Serve in a wine glass with ice and your choice of fragrant herbs, such as a sprig of rosemary, crisp citrus or other fresh fruit, such as a wedge of grapefruit.
Are you searching for a boozy-coffee drink to enjoy with your family and friends? This recipe comes to us courtesy of the coffee experts at Melitta.
1/10 cup rum
1/10 cup Curacao Triple Sec (alternatively Cointreau)
1 cup Melitta coffee
Grated orange peel
Put rum and the Curacao Triple Sec in a decorative glass. Brew coffee and add it to the rum and Curacao. Top with whipped cream and garnish with grated orange peel.
Seedlip non-alcoholic botanical spirits distills three flavours: Garden 108 (herbal), Spice 94 (aromatic) and Grove 42 (citrus). This cocktail is made using Garden, with notes of sweet pea, spearmint, rosemary, thyme, hops and hay.
2 oz Seedlip Garden 108
¾ oz simple syrup*
½ oz fresh lime juice
3 cucumber slices, plus cucumber ribbon for garnish
5 mint leaves
*To make simple syrup, mix one part water to one part sugar. Warm water and mix in sugar until dissolved. Let cool.
Muddle cucumber slices and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add Garden 108, simple syrup and lime juice to the shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon.
Pink Rose & Tonic
Another no-alcohol option comes to us from CEDER’S, inspired by the botanicals of South Africa, distilled and bottled in Sweden. The husband-and-wife makers produce distilled non-alcoholic gin, in four flavour ways, with the newest being CEDER’S Pink Rose (rose hibiscus). It joins classic (juniper), crisp (citrus cucumber) and wild (ginger rooibos). It’s also vegan and gluten-free, and low calorie as well.
50 ml Pink Rose Distilled Non-Alcoholic
150 ml premium tonic, such as Fever-Tree
Build ingredients in a highball glass over ice. Garnish with raspberries and mint.