When it comes to Mother’s Day, is there a better way to bond with your mother than over a fine cocktail or two? 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 your mom likes, there’s a little something in our list for her.
Nolet’s Silver Rose Gimlet
- 1 oz Nolet’s Silver Gin
- .5 oz elderflower liqueur
- 1 oz fresh lemonade
- .5 oz fresh lime juice
- Rose petals
Method: Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with rose petals.
Pomegranate Passion Fruit Rum Fizz
(Created by Pineapple & Coconut)
- 4 oz Koloa Gold Rum
- 2 oz elderflower liqueur
- 4 tbsp pomegranate arils
- 2 oz passionfruit syrup
- 1 oz lime juice
- 2 oz pomegranate juice
- 2 tsp simple syrup (optional if a sweeter drink is desired)
- Sparkling rosé
Method: Muddle 2 tablespoons of pomegranate arils in the bottom of two collins glasses then fill with ice. In a shaker filled with ice add the rum, elderflower liqueur, passionfruit syrup, lime juice, and pomegranate juice. Shake until well chilled. Pour into glasses and top with sparkling rose, a few pomegranate arils and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
- .75 oz Jaisalmer Gin
- .75 oz Pink Peppercorn Syrup
- .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 5 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
Method: Pour Jaisalmer Gin, peppercorn syrup, fresh lemon juice and pink grapefruit juice into a shaker, shake and double strain into a pre-chilled coupe glass. (To make peppercorn simple syrup: add crushed pink peppercorns to a simple Monin sugar syrup to infuse.)
- 2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
- .75 oz fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
- .5 oz lemon juice
- .5 bar spoon honey
- Rosemary sprigs and orange flower water for garnish
Method: Add ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig and a spray of orange flower water.
- 1.5 oz Espolòn Blanco
- 2 oz carrot bell pepper juice
- .5 oz lime
- .5 oz ginger juice
- 1 tsp harissa paste
Method: Add all ingredients with ice to a shaker. Shake well. Pour into a hurricane glass with ice and garnish with fresh vegetables, such as carrots.
(Created at Byblos Miami, Miami)
- 1.5 oz vodka
- .75 oz pomegranate syrup
- .75 oz lemon juice
Method: Add all the ingredients to a shaker. Fill with ice. Shake, & strain into a glass. If you want to get fancy: Strain the mixture into a copper mug. Fill the mug with crushed ice and garnish with 4-6 rose petals and Lemon zest.
- 2 oz Cîroc Watermelon
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- .5 oz creme of coconut
- .5 oz lime juice
Method: Build in a glass with crushed ice and garnish with a watermelon wedge.
Wild Rose Gin Smash
(Created by Eron Plevan, ALEX&NDER, Louisville, Kentucky)
- 1.5 oz Copper & Kings History of Lovers Rose Gin
- 1 oz simple syrup
- .5 oz fresh lemon juice
- 2 basil leaves
- 2 slices of strawberry
- 1 lemon wheel, halved
Method: In a rocks glass, muddle the basil leaves, strawberries, lemon wheel (avoid muddling the rind), simple syrup, and lemon juice. Add pebble or crushed ice and then add 1.5 oz Lovers gin. Quick stir to combine, then top with more ice. Garnish with a basil leaf and strawberry slice.
(Courtesy of Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Brand Ambassador)
- 2 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon
- 1 oz Grand Marnier (or another orange liqueur)
- 3-4 oz lemon-lime soda (OR seltzer for a lower calorie version)
- 1 navel orange, freshly juiced
- Orange wedges for garnish
- Sprig of fresh mint
Method: Fill a glass with crushed ice. Pour the bourbon, Grand Marnier and fresh orange juice in the glass. Give it a gentle stir. Top it off with the soda, and orange wedge and a few mint leaves. Serve!
- 2 oz The Botanist Gin
- 1 oz fino sherry
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- .5 oz simple syrup
- 3 snap peas
Method: Add simple syrup and snap peas into a shaker and gently muddle. Add The Botanist Gin, lemon juice and fino sherry into the shaker. Then add ice and shake. Fine strain over a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and snap pea.
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