9 Cocktails to Make for Mother's Day

By Anna Painter Posted May 05, 2016

Parenting is thirsty work. Why not celebrate Mother's Day with a drink?

Sure, breakfast in bed can be a really nice way to celebrate the mother in your life. But you know what? Parenting can be very thirsty work. Raising kids is intensely rewarding, but it can be totally crazy-making too. I mean, have you ever experienced a toddler at 4pm? A tween who wants a cellphone? A teenager who wants the car keys? You might want a cocktail (or a mocktail) too.

Here are 9 fantastic drinks, some alcoholic and some not, that are steadying, well-balanced and entirely delicious. In fact, these drinks might just be the perfect way to celebrate your mom and tip your hat to the realities of parenting too.

Riesling Sangria with Lychees This fresh, fruit-filled sangria is a terrific addition to a festive Mother's Day brunch, particularly if you are entertaining a crowd. Give the mother in your life the biggest glass with the most fruit. She deserves it.

Cucumber and Mint Fauxjito A booze-free riff on a classic mojito from Food & Wine's own Justin Chapple, this refreshing cocktail gets its bubbles from club soda and a little sweetness from agave. Encourage the mother of honor to enjoy it with her feet up, far away from the dulcet tones of Dora The Explorer.

The Rabbit Gin Sour A little tart, a little fancy and a little frothy too, this classic cocktail is great gift-in-a-glass for a mother with a child who is learning to play the violin.

Cork County Bubbles A glass of something bubbly is almost always welcome, but why not dress it up a little for the mom who never fails to laugh at your jokes? This great champagne cocktail gets a boost from whiskey, yellow Chartreuse, lemon and honey.

Pineapple-Sake Sangria with jalapeño If the mom in your life likes spice more than sweet, whip up this tangy, sake-based sangria that gets its kick from jalapeño simple syrup. Remind her how great she is.

Lady Lavender's Mocktail With herbal notes from both lavender and basil, this bright, bubbly drink is the perfect nonalcoholic drink to serve on a breakfast tray to a mom who hasn't slept through the night in months.

Old Fashioned A well-made Old Fashioned can be more welcome than a big bunch of flowers for a weary, bourbon-appreciating mother. Particularly a mother who just learned her child needs braces.

Pab's Buck Nothing says "I am so sorry that your child just really lost it in a very crowded supermarket" like something cold and tequila-based. A great twist on the usual margarita, this cocktail gets an extra sour punch from rhubarb bitters and apple cider vinegar.

Mai Tai Why not make a classic Mai Tai for the mother that really needs a vacation - yes, right this very minute - but may not be able to take one. You might just want to garnish it with a tiny paper umbrella.

Mothers, we salute you!

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