Four Great Drinks for Mom on Mother's Day

A.J. Rathbun
mother's day drinks seattle magazine
The Best Morning in May cocktail

Mother’s Day is this weekend (hopefully you haven’t forgotten), and if there’s one thing I know it’s that mom deserves a good drink. I’m not saying you were hard to raise as a child, but maybe you shouldn’t have been out so late that one night when she had to wait up way past her bedtime. Or those few other things we won’t mention. Because of this, and because of all the awesome things moms do, here are four great drinks: two for when you're out on the town with mom and two to make for her at home.

When You're Out And About

The Best Morning in May, Local 360
This is a combo-mom celebratory drink from Copperworks Distilling Company and Local 360, as it uses the former’s delicious gin and was created by the latter’s beverage manager Mike McNett. It combines the Copperworks gin with Starvation Alley cranberry juice (which is amazing, and made from 100 percent Washington cranberries with no addititves or sweeteners), a bit of fresh lime and a bit of simple syrup. Yummy. The drink will be available on Mother’s Day (and days nearby) at Local 360, but to really make a day of it be sure to stop by the distillery with mom before stopping by the restaurant.  

Capri Sun, Agrodolce
I suggest taking mom on an Italian vacation in Seattle by setting her up with a Capri Sun. Its Italian-inspired combination of the luscious lemon liqueur Limoncello, sparkling wine and cured grapefruit has made it a hit on Agrodolce’s brunch menu. The restaurant also has a special Mother’s Day food menu to accompany the drink, highlighted by things like savory gougeres, a smoked salmon scramble and chocolate cannoli.

When You're At Home With Mom

Listen to Your Elders
This one makes perfect sense for mom. Not only because she is naturally an elder you should listen to, but also because it tastes great. If that wasn’t enough, it was created by my pal Rebecca who is a fantastic mom.

Ice cubes
1-1/2 ounce Hendricks gin
1/2 ounce St- Germain elderflower liqueur
Chilled Champagne or sparkling wine

1. Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice cubes. Add the gin and the St-Germain. Stir well.

2. Strain the mix into a cocktail glass or flute. Top with chilled Champagne.

A Slight Variation: If you can lay your hands on edible flowers (and I don’t mean just grabbing whatever’s pretty in the backyard--which leads to stomach aches) at a local shop, they make an ideal garnish for this one.

Happy Youth
This one’s a great way to assure mom that you do, indeed, understand that you had it pretty swell while growing up, and that lots of that swell-ness was because of her. The recipe, from Champagne Cocktails, also uses rosé sparkling wine, which is lovely, effervescent and a bit delicate–while still having lots of personality.

Ice cubes
1 ounce Cherry Heering cherry brandy
1-1/2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 ounces Simple Syrup
Chilled extra- dry rosé sparkling wine

1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the Cherry Heering, the orange juice, and the simple syrup. Shake youthfully.

2. Strain the mixture into a flute glass through a fine strainer. Top with the sparkling wine.