Moms can be hard to shop for. How can you possibly choose a gift for the woman that raised you and gave you everything? This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a cocktail instead of a boring bouquet of flowers during breakfast in bed, brunch or dinner. Whether she’s a tequila connoisseur or a whiskey aficionado, we have you covered.
Cranberry Pear Prosecco Cocktail
This spin on a classic Mimosa is ideal for Mother’s Day brunch, but it can also be sipped well into the evening. Cranberry juice and peach nectar give it a sweet-tart spring flavor, while prosecco adds uplifting bubbles and helps to lighten everything.
Blackberry Vanilla Float
Save room after dinner for this float, which serves as a dessert and cocktail in one. Homemade blackberry syrup is extremely easy to make, and its vibrant hue turns beautifully pink when mixed with club soda. Pour gin or vodka—Mom’s choice—and the blackberry soda over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and garnish with rosemary.
Bourbon Mint Lemonade
This three-ingredient sipper is light and refreshing, perfect for brunch or a cookout, especially because it’s easy to make in one large batch. Mix lemonade, bourbon and chopped mint in a pitcher, then chill until ready to serve. The longer it sits, the more the mint flavor will infuse the drink, so make it early if you want to enhance the refreshing factor.
Cucumber Tequila Cocktail
If your mom is a fan of fresh, vegetal flavors, this cocktail is sure to please her. Cucumber juice and lime bring out tequila’s sweet, peppery flavors and make this cocktail a beautiful bright green. Drink as is, or top with club soda to make it a Highball.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
Smoked Bloody Mary
No brunch, on Mother’s Day or otherwise, is complete without a Bloody Mary, and this variation is substantial enough to almost serve as a meal in itself. Smoked bacon, tomatoes and ice are a bit labor-intensive, but all three help to infuse a deliciously savory smokiness into the otherwise standard cocktail.
She helped you sell Girl Scout cookies when you were younger, and now you can treat your mom to a boozy liquid version of the snack. Layers of chocolate liqueur, coffee cream, crème de menthe and chocolate syrup mimic the flavor of Thin Mints when served in a glass rimmed with chocolate graham cracker.
Spicy Grapefruit Mimosa
If your mama is a firecracker, she’ll love this sweet and spicy Mimosa. All you need is red grapefruit and orange juices, fresh ginger, jalapeño and prosecco to make this pretty pink sparkler. Use fresh juices to really up the ante, but store-bought can substitute in a pinch.
Frozen Pineapple Margarita
This Margarita is perfect for warm spring days. Throw frozen pineapple, orange juice, lime juice, tequila and triple sec into a blender, and blend until you have a perfectly smooth tropical cocktail. Serve in a glass rimmed with either salt or sugar—whichever Mom prefers.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
Sometimes the simplest cocktails are the sweetest. Spend more time with Mom by quickly mixing this simple combination of Jameson and 7Up. Garnish with a cinnamon-stick-speared lime for extra flair and a subtle sweet and spicy flavor that will be infused in the cocktail as you sip.
Southern Comfort is the base for this New Orleans–inspired cocktail. Mixed with pineapple juice, club soda and cherry juice, the whiskey-based liqueur takes on a delectably sweet flavor. Make the drinks individually or in a big batch if you’re hosting a crowd to celebrate Mom.
Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash
Cheaper than a plane ticket, this cocktail will have mom thinking you booked her an island getaway. Hibiscus tea, tropical juices and coconut water pair perfectly with rum, while lime and mint give a welcome break from all the sweetness.