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11 Cocktails to Make for Mother's Day

Just as good as a bouquet of flowers.

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Your mom (and the motherlike figures in your life) deserves a day just for her. But what good is a dedicated day if she doesn’t have a good drink to pair with it? We’ve rounded up our top drinks for celebrating the holiday, from floral favorites that are just as good as a bouquet of her favorite flowers to sparkling sippers that will make her feel like royalty, plus a great alcohol-free option for those who don’t drink or mothers-to-be. These cocktails will please any mom’s palate as well as her heart.

  • Mimosa

    Mimosa

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    This easy two-ingredient drink is a perennial brunch favorite and is perfect for starting Mom’s day off right. Simply splash some orange juice into a Champagne flute, then top it up with sparkling wine. You’re sure to get bonus points if you serve it alongside homemade waffles or eggs Benedict too.

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  • Bright Lights

    Bright Lights cocktail

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    Ivy Mix, the co-owner of Brooklyn bar Leyenda, is the creator of this take on a rosé cocktail. By using rosé cava that’s gone flat to create a homemade syrup, you’re able to add a delightful flavor while also using up wine leftovers that would have otherwise been poured down the drain. When mixed with blanco tequila, sotol, verjus and celery bitters, you get a bright and balanced agave cocktail Mom will love.

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  • Fleur de Paradis

    Fleur de Paradis

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    This cocktail, created by star bartender Kenta Goto of New York City’s Bar Goto, combines gin, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit and lemon juices, simple syrup and orange bitters, which all get topped with Champagne for a festive finish. 

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  • Garden Gin & Tonic

    Garden Gin & Tonic

    Jamie Gordon

    If your mom is more of a garden-party type, this drink will do the trick. An ordinary Gin & Tonic gets an upgrade with the addition of blanc vermouth and orange bitters. The real magic, though, is in the garnishes. Slices of grapefruit, lemon, cucumber, strawberries and even a lavender sprig make for a stunning presentation.

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  • Charlie Chaplin

    Charlie Chaplin cocktail

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    Does your mom dream of simpler days and old Hollywood glamour? Then make her this long-forgotten pre-Prohibition cocktail. Invented at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria hotel prior to the 1920s, the recipe is easy as can be. Just shake together equal parts apricot liqueur, sloe gin and lime juice.

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  • Lavender Honey Cream

    Lavender Honey Cream cocktail

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    This delightfully floral and rich cocktail starts with Square One botanical spirit. Homemade lavender-honey syrup adds a soothing sweetness, while heavy cream and an egg white lend a fun frothy texture. Finish it off with a lavender sprig for the full effect.

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  • La Violetta

    La Violetta
    Adele’s

    Instead of giving Mom a bouquet of violets, give her this cocktail instead. It highlights the elegant floral flavor of creme de violette with gin, fresh lemon juice and lambrusco, making for a drink that’s both elegant and effervescent. 

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  • French 75

    French 75 cocktail

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    This classic cocktail is perfect at any time of day, from brunch through the evening hours. A simple combination of gin, lemon juice and simple syrup gets shaken and topped with sparkling wine in a Champagne flute, making for a festive favorite.

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  • Guava Rose

    Guava Rose cocktail

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    Rivaling a bouquet of roses for its appeal, this frozen cocktail combines cachaça, lime juice, guava puree and rose syrup. Simply throw it all into a blender with ice until it takes on a smooth texture, then serve it in a coupe glass garnished with a rose petal for floral flair.

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  • Strawberry Crush

    Strawberry Crush cocktail

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    This alcohol-free cocktail combines enough complementary flavors that you won’t even miss the booze. Muddled strawberries and mint join lime juice and simple syrup, which are all then topped with spicy, intense ginger beer. An additional strawberry and mint sprig garnish bring visual delight.

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  • Eau de Lavender

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    Rivaling a bouquet of roses for its appeal, this frozen cocktail combines cachaça, lime juice, guava puree and rose syrup. Simply throw it all into a blender with ice until it takes on a smooth texture, then serve it in a coupe glass garnished with a rose petal for floral flair.

    Eau de Lavender

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    This springlike fresh and floral cocktail is perfect for Mother’s Day, especially if Mom likes agave spirits. The mixture of tequila, lemon juice, honey syrup, lavender bitters and an egg white produces a bright, frothy drink that’s sure to please, especially when finished off with a lavender sprig.

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