Cocktails a Mother Could Love

Forget flowers and chocolates; Mother’s Day is all about brunch. While Mimosas and Bloody Marys are our standard beverages for the meal, your mom deserves something really special on Sunday.

We suggest fixing a cocktail that’s refreshing, fruity and delicious—and, naturally, pink. So, pick up a bottle of rosé wine, since the light-bodied vino is the perfect addition to a springtime tipple and can be used in a variety of ways.

It works great in place of red wine in a Sangria, and a sparkling rosé is tasty in a Bellini or French 75. We also got three original recipes from a few excellent bartenders around the country.

Mixologist Steva Casey specializes in seasonal concoctions at Birmingham, Ala., restaurant Veranda on Highland. And her Madame Bovary-inspired Le Mot Juste is a powerful-yet-delicate creation that features sparkling rosé, cognac, Dubonnet and the Italian amaro Ramazzotti.

Or whip up the fizzy, strawberry-infused Mother’s Blush (pictured above) from all-star bartender and frequent contributor Charlotte Voisey, which calls for Lillet Rosé, a version of the historic French aperitif.

And if your mom’s a serious cocktail fan, she’ll love Cocchi Americano Rosa, an elixir that was first released in January and is now rolling out across the US. It combines a vermouth-like botanical bitterness with rosé’s fruity character. Try it in the Ha Long Bay from the new New York spot L’Amant.

No matter which drink you decide to make, your mom will have a spirited day. Cheers!

Le Mot Juste

Contributed by Steva Casey

Add the first three ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the rosé.

Mother’s Blush

Contributed by Charlotte Voisey

  • 2 Fresh strawberries, cut in half
  • 3 oz Lillet Rosé
  • 1 oz Sparkling wine
  • Garnish: Orange twist
  • Glass: Tall

In a tall glass, gently muddle the strawberries. Add the Lillet Rose, fill with ice and top with the sparkling wine. Stir, and garnish with an orange twist.

Ha Long Bay

Contributed by L’Amant

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Cocchi Americano Rosa
  • .75 oz Lime juice
  • .75 oz Strawberry Syrup*
  • 8 Basil leaves, torn into pieces
  • Club soda
  • Glass: Highball

Combine all the ingredients except the club soda in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda

*Strawberry Syrup

  • 2 cups Fresh strawberries
  • 16 oz Water
  • 2 cups Sugar

Combine the strawberries and water in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and add the sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves completely. Strain and let cool completely before using.

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