10 Delectable Mother’s Day Cocktails to Make for Mom this Weekend

Is there a better way to bond with your mother than over a fine cocktail? To most of us here at The Manual, the answer is a resounding “No, of course not.” On a day dedicated to the person who brought you into the world, once you’ve made mom a delicious breakfast and presented her a gift, there’s really only one thing left to do: drink.

Below, you’ll find a variety of Mother’s Day cocktail ideas. No matter what you Mom likes, there’s a little something in our list for her.

Kentucky Pick-Me-Up

Kentucky Pick-Me-Up cocktail

(Created by Kellie Thorn, Empire State South, Atlanta)

  • 2 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon
  • .5 oz J. Reiger’s Caffe Amaro
  • .5 oz espresso
  • .5 oz rich brown simple syrup
  • 2 dash chocolate bitters
  • 1 dash cardamom
  • 3 espresso beans

Method: Combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker tin with ice and shake. Fine strain up into a chilled stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with three espresso beans.

Black Mamba

Black Mamba cocktail

(Created by Cervantes Ramirez, Little Branch, New York City)

Method: Muddle blackberries together, shake, and serve.

Aviation Champagne Punch

Aviation Gin Champagne Punch cocktail
  • 16 oz dry brut Champagne
  • 12 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 4 oz Cointreau
  • .5 cups sugar
  • 8 oz freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 4 oz water
  • 4 oz organic strawberry jam syrup*
  • 3 lemons

Method: In a punch bowl, stir together sugar and water until mixed. Add Aviation, Cointreau, lemon juice, and syrup. Stir to mix, add a large block of ice, and top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon slices.

*Strawberry jam syrup: Stir together .5 cup organic strawberry jam with .5 cup water.  Heat over medium until blended and smooth. Do not boil. Let cool before using.

Palm Harbor Pomelo

Palm Harbor Pomelo Endless Summer Rum
  • 2 oz Endless Summer rum
  • 4 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • Club soda to top
  • Lemon slice

Method: Shake rum, grapefruit, and cranberry juice with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon slice.

A Study in Pink

A Study in Pink Makers Mark cocktail

(Created by Kellie Thorn, Empire State South, Atlanta)

Method: Combine syrup, sherry, water, and Maker’s Mark bourbon in an 11-oz. collins glass or an 11-oz. julep cup. Fill the vessel up halfway with crushed ice. Stir until the outside of the vessel is frosted. Top with more crushed ice. Top crushed ice with a dusting of strawberry and raspberry castor sugar and ground pink peppercorns. Garnish with a bouquet of mint.  

*Strawberry, raspberry, and mint syrup: In a container (a mason jar works), combine 1 cup of chopped strawberries, 1 cup of chopped raspberries, and a handful of mint. Coat with sugar and allow to sit at room temperature until a syrup forms. Strain the syrup to remove any remaining fruit. Do not heat.

**Strawberry and raspberry castor sugar: Castor sugar (also called baker’s sugar) is superfine but not powdered. To make the fruit-flavored castor sugar, place a handful of frozen organic berries into a clean coffee grinder and grind until it is the same consistency as the castor sugar. Mix the two ingredients. Use a small metal spoon to dust the top of the drink. 

Red River Punch

Red River Punch cocktail
  • 1.5 oz Koskenkorva Vodka
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • 4 raspberries
  • Soda water
  • Egg white (optional)

Method: Muddle raspberries in a shaker with the liquids and add egg white. Shake vigorously with ice and double strain in a wine glass.

Sonoma Sour

Sonoma Sour cocktail

(Created by Mike Di Tota, The Bonnie, Astoria, New York City)

Method: Add all ingredients (except Cocchi Barolo Chinato) to cocktail shaker and dry shake (no ice) vigorously for about 20 seconds to emulsify the egg white. Add ice to shaker and shake again until ice cold. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Carefully place funnel into glass, below egg white foam, and add Cocchi Barolo Chinato. Garnish. 

The Ward Eight

ward eight cocktail

(Created by The Weekend Mixologist)

  • 2 oz Whistlepig Whiskey
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .25 oz fresh orange juice
  • .25 oz grenadine
  • Club soda

Method: Add all ingredients except club soda to a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wheel.

Laphroaig “Mam” Knows Best

Laphroaig Mam Knows Best cocktail

(Created by New York City mixologist Andrey Kalinin)

Method: Add all liquid ingredients together in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass (served up). Garnish with a flamed orange twist.

The Metropolitan

the metropolitan cocktail

Method: Pour all the ingredients in a mixing glass, stir gently, double strain in a coupette, and garnish with a small lemon peel.