SPONSORED There's n o better excuse than your mother for a delicious, refreshing cocktail. I’m serious, just ask her. She knows best, of course. Let her kick back with three easy-to-make, holiday-worthy, inspired-by Mom cocktails. If you are serving a brunch, try an update on a classic mimosa using Solerno Blood Orange liqueur. Its impressive bottle would also make for a great gift. Pour a ½ ounce of Solerno in the bottom of a champagne flute, and then fill the flute with your sparkling wine of choice. Garnish with a slice of blood orange.
My latest cocktail obsession is Lillet Rosé. Created from the same Grand Cru varietals used in the Blanc and the Rouge, it is Lillet’s first new offering in 50 years. It’s a brighter, fruit-forward aperitif thanks to an addition of fruit liqueur that complements the traditional sweet and bitter notes. I first saw this recipe courtesy of the original hostess-with-the-mostess Martha Stewart, and it does not disappoint. Combine six ounces of Lillet Rosé, six ounces of ruby red grapefruit juice, and three ounces of gin. Shake with ice. Strain into three stemmed cocktail glasses. Garnish with an edible flower! My own mom’s perfect Mother’s Day drink would marry her favorite fresh flavors of lime and raspberry, and be refreshing enough to drink on the porch, in the sun with her kids (all while we are admiring and complimenting how nice her garden looks this May.) First, make simple syrup with fresh mint. Homemade simple syrup makes the most simple cocktails special. It's also easy to make ahead of time, or even package in a pretty bottle for a gift! In a small pot, bring one cup of water to a boil over medium heat, stir in ½ cup of sugar. Shut off the heat and add mint leaves. Set aside to cool. After about three minutes, you should smell the mint. Strain out the leaves and set aside. In a large pitcher, muddle together two pints of raspberries, juice from two limes and ¼ cup of sugar with a wooden spoon. Add the mint simple syrup and a bottle of chilled sparkling wine; try it with LaMarca Prosecco. Pour into champagne flutes and garnish with a raspberry. The best drink is one shared with someone you love. Cheers, Mom! - Lindsey Coleman