Mother’s Day is traditionally a perfect brunch Sunday with the family, but we don’t believe in brunching without a nice cocktail (or two!). So, for all the mamas out there, we have rounded up some seriously tasty Mother’s Day brunch cocktails for you to try at home. They are easy to make and cover all manner of alcoholic preference, so everyone will leave happy…even if you’re just there to support mother dearest.
White Wine-Berry Sangria
We had to start with with a classic: Sangria! This is a brunchtime classic that goes with a variety of menus, and isn’t quite as strong as some other cocktails. We used Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc, which is perfect because it is sweet enough to be used in the cocktail, but clean enough to drink on it’s own. And because it has fruit in it, you can even convince yourself this is a “healthy” option.
1 bottle dry white wine (We chose Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc)
1 cup lemon-lime soda (You can add extra for more sweetness)
1/2 cup pomegranate Van Gogh vodka
A splash of Elderflower Liquor (again, we like it sweet!)
In a pitcher, combine wine, soda, vodka and elderflower.
Put a few raspberries and a small handful of chopped strawberries into the bottom of each glass and muddle. Fill glass with ice, then top with sangria and a few blueberries. Stir. We recommend these stemless, plastic Sur la Table wine glasses for this drink because they’re dish washer safe, and harder to spill (double yay!)
This one could also pass for a Cinco de Mayo drink, thanks to our friends at Patron. It packs a little more of a punch, so feel free to add more elderflower liquor or sparkling wine if you want to temper the drink down. Another reason we love this cocktail is that it allows you to participate in the #ArtofPatron social media contest! Decorate your bottle (we know moms love a good craft) and post the picture to Instagram…you could be reposted by Patron! It’s a cocktail and an activity all in one.
1½ oz. : Patrón Silver
1 oz. : Elderflower Liqueur (We are big Pimm’s fans)
½ oz. : Fresh Lemon Juice (Perfect juicer from Sur la Table for this!)
½ oz. : Simple Syrup
2 oz. : Sparkling Wine
Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker except the sparkling wine. We recommend using a citrus presser like this one from Sur la Table when juicing the lemon to keep your hands from getting too sticky. Shake vigorously and strain into a champagne flute or wine glass (we kept the ice in the glass for an extra chill). Top off the cocktail with some sparkling wine and finish with a lemon wedge while making sure to twist some extra lemon over the cocktail.
And for the vodka girls out there, we chose a lower calorie option thanks to Skinnygirl vodka! This is the sweetest of the bunch, and can either be served shaken or on the rocks. It’s a stereotypical “mom move” to leave ice in the drink, so we followed suit here and ended up with a delightful end to our brunch cocktail extravaganza!
1 ½ parts Skinnygirl™ Meyer Lemon Vodka
2 parts club soda
Splash of sugar free lemonade or lemon lime soda
We added a few raspberries on top for extra color
Combine vodka and soda over ice. Top with lemonade. Garnish with fresh fruit (I chose raspberries!)