Is there a mom in your life who deserves extra-special treatment this Mother's Day? Encourage her to rest her feet and relax with a daytime drink, served by you.
Here are five suggestions for Mother's Day cocktails that can be fixed with just a few ingredients. But don't let their simplicity fool you. Each one is a refreshing concoction she'll love, and taking the time to mix and serve it will show Mom just how much you mean to her.
Grenadine gives this drink a pretty pink hue that will look lovely served in a Champagne flute. Squeeze a few oranges, and cool the juice in the refrigerator. When the fresh-squeezed orange juice has cooled, combine two parts orange juice with one part chilled pineapple juice. Splash in a bit of grenadine. Fill a glass halfway with the juice mixture, then fill it the rest of the way with Champagne.
Pear Berry Cocktail
Pear-flavored vodka is the secret to this fruity drink. Use a store-bought variety, such as Absolut Pears, or make your own by soaking clean, whole pears in good-quality vodka. If you want to try your hand at making your own flavored vodka, plan ahead, as it takes at least a month to get a good infusion.
For the cocktail, fill a glass with ice. Pour in 1½ ounces of pear vodka, 4 ounces of cranberry juice and 1 ounce of club soda. For a garnish, toss in a few frozen cranberries, and put a slice of fresh pear on the rim of the glass.
Don't leave out the nursing mamas when it comes to Mother's Day drinks! If Mom can't enjoy an alcoholic cocktail, this virgin version of a tequila sunrise will be sure to please. Fill a glass with ice, and pour ½ cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice over the ice. Add a dash of grenadine, then garnish your drink with an orange slice and a cherry.
Store-bough peach juice can be used for this daytime cocktail, or you can make your own peach puree by simmering fresh or frozen peach slices in water for several minutes. Let it cool slightly, then puree the fruit in a blender until smooth. Fully cool the puree before using it in this recipe.
For the drink, you'll use one part peach juice or puree and two parts Champagne. The peach juice goes in the glass first, then the Champagne slowly gets poured over it. Leave space in the glass so you can drop in a few fresh peach slices as a garnish.
A greyhound is the grapefruit-juice version of a screwdriver. To make one, pour two parts pink or white grapefruit juice and one part vodka into an ice-filled glass. Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice is a little something extra that will take this recipe up a notch, or for an even fruitier drink, add a splash of pineapple or orange juice. Dress the cocktail up with a few slices of citrus fruit or sugar on the rim of the glass.
For all she does for your family, Mom deserves a good drink this Mother's Day. These five cocktails, made with love by you, are sure to please.
Meghan Ross is a freelance writer covering all things home and living. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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