9 Mindful Mother's Day Cocktails and Mocktails

Tea Party Cocktail Recipe

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon / Props from HAY

Sure, breakfast in bed can be a really nice way to celebrate the mother in your life, but parenting can be very thirsty work so don't forget the pairing. Raising kids is intensely rewarding, but it can be totally stressful too. I mean, have you ever experienced a toddler at 4 p.m.? A tween who wants a cell phone? A teenager who wants the car keys? You might want a cocktail (or a mocktail), too. Here are a few fantastic drinks, some with alcohol and some without, that are steadying, well-balanced, and entirely delicious. These Mother's Day cocktails and mocktails might just be the perfect way to celebrate a mom and tip your hat to the realities of parenting.

01 of 09

Riesling Sangria with Lychees

Riesling Sangria with Lychees
© John Kernick

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.

02 of 09


Screwdriver Cocktail

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

Pair this brunch beverage with breakfast in bed or a new juicer for mom. The extra effort for freshly squeezed OJ goes a long way, and citrus has all kinds of symbolism ⁠— longevity in Japanese culture, good fortune in Chinese culture, and health, love, and even pregnancy in Italy.

03 of 09

Pineapple-Sake Sangria with Jalapeño

Pineapple-Sake Sangria with Jalapeño

© Luis Garcia

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.

04 of 09

Lady Lavender's Mocktail

Lady Lavender's Mocktail
© Wendell T. Webber

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

05 of 09

Mai Tai

Mai Tai Cocktail

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

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 even want to garnish it with a tiny paper umbrella.

06 of 09

Tea Party

Tea Party Cocktail Recipe

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon / Props from HAY

This springtime sipper's celebratory and potentially a nod to the nostalgia of playing or attending tea parties with your mom. Naturally floral and aromatic lychee blends seamlessly with the perfumed elderflower liqueur St-Germain for a well-balanced cocktail.

07 of 09

Montenegro Paloma

Montenegro Amaro Cocktails
Carey Jones

This riff on the classic tequila cocktail celebrates sweetness and gentleness with orange and rosewater notes from Amaro Montenegro.

08 of 09

Bloody Majestic

The Bloody Majestic

Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

You can't go wrong with majestic in the name ⁠— or call it a golden bloody Mary. This light, bright brunch cocktail variation is a vibrant way to toast a mom, with ultra-premium sake with pineapple notes and fragrant citrus basil bitters.

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Soft Arms

Soft Arms Cocktail Recipe

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon / Glasses from Mamo

The obviously comforting name combined with soothing, low-alcohol ingredients, like sherry and blanc vermouth, are great reasons to dedicate this drink to a mom ⁠— especially if Riesling's their thing.

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