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12 Best Cocktails to Make for Mother’s Day Brunch

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This year, do more than just send flowers. Make mama feel special by hosting a Mother’s Day celebration, complete with these beautiful springtime brunch cocktails. She may not be able to admit it, but we promise it’ll solidify your spot as her favorite child.

 

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Bellinis are a no-brainer for Mother’s Day brunch, and while you can’t go wrong with the tried and true combination of peach purée and prosecco, you can do even better with this herbal twist. Peach liqueur (use a good one) melds beautifully with the bitter citrus flavors of Suze, and a sprig of tarragon adds a savory aroma that makes the cocktail wonderfully food-friendly.

The Essentials

Peach Liqueur
Suze Aperitif
Prosecco
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Everyone loves a Bloody with brunch, but this uniquely flavored big batch recipe ensures you’ll have more than just one. Briny amontillado sherry gives the already savory potato vodka-based cocktail even more umami depth. Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, Old Bay and Maggi seasoning put it over the top.

The Essentials

Potato Vodka
Sherry
Tomato Juice
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Sweet and fruity, this vanilla and blackberry cocktail is an elegant addition to any brunch. Invented in New Orleans, the Evangeline combines crème de mûre with homemade Madagascar vanilla bean syrup, along with gin, orange juice and an egg white for creaminess. It’s simultaneously light and decadent.

The Essentials

Gin
Crème de Mûre
vanilla syrup

If your mom’s day—or yours for that matter—doesn’t start before coffee, you need to serve this buzzy tiki cocktail. Potent cold brew coffee mixes with spiced rum and nutty orgeat for a java-tail that’ll wake you up and keep you going all the way through brunch.

The Essentials

spiced rum
cold brew coffee
orgeat
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While you’re out shopping for flowers to give to your mother, pick up some extra roses for this spritz, which is made with lightly bittersweet, citrusy Aperol, sparkling wine and homemade rose petal syrup.

The Essentials

Aperol
Rose Petal Syrup
Sparkling wine
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Every mom loves a good bargain, so yours is sure to appreciate this wine-tail made with Trader Joe’s famous Two Buck Chuck. It pairs rosy-hued white zinfandel with muddled pineapple chunks, mint leaves and rum for a brunch-appropriate update on the classic Mojito.  


 

The Essentials

pineapple
mint
white zinfandel
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Skip boring old Mimosas and Screwdrivers, and opt for this orange juice cocktail instead. This tiki-fied take on the Harvey Wallbanger swaps out vodka for golden rum, whose spicy flavors are delicious with allspice dram and sweet vanilla liqueur. Use freshly-squeezed OJ for the tastiest results—mom deserves it.

The Essentials

gold rum
vanilla liqueur
orange juice
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Shaking up a proper foam for this gorgeous Gin Fizz may take some time, but it’s necessary if you want to achieve a perfectly creamy head capable of supporting the aromatic lavender bitters dashed on top. Garnish with an actual sprig of lavender to make the drink smell even more amazing every time you lift it to your face.

The Essentials

Gin
Egg Whites
3 dashes Lavender Bitters (plus more for garnish)
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If your mom is a cool mom, she’ll love this uber-trendy matcha cocktail. Made with vodka, cold brew matcha tea and oleo saccharum syrup, this brightly-colored, effervescent cocktail is grassy, a little tangy and even more refreshing than iced tea.

The Essentials

Bison Grass Vodka
Cold Brew Matcha
Soda
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The Gin & Tonic gets a springy makeover in this bright yellow cocktail. Made with a lavender cordial for added floral notes and a spicy ginger syrup to amplify the tonic’s botanical flavor, it’s a garden party in a glass. Bonus: Your leftover homemade cordial and syrup make for excellent Mother’s Day gifts when packaged in cute little Mason jars.

The Essentials

gin
ginger syrup
Tonic
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Embrace spring produce and whip up a batch of these seasonal, tangy Margs. Don’t let its pretty pink hue fool you—this Margarita looks like a lamb, but tastes like a lion. Homemade rhubarb and rosemary syrup serves as a flavor powerhouse, along with vegetal tequila, floral St-Germain liqueur, zesty lime juice and a pink hibiscus salt rim.

The Essentials

blanco tequila
St-Germain
rhubarb and rosemary syrup
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Not all mothers want dainty drinks made with light spirits and floral flavorings. This is the cocktail for mothers who take their brunch seriously. This a.m.-friendly take on a Whiskey Sour is inspired by everyone’s favorite breakfast sandwich. You’ll need to make bacon-infused bourbon ahead of time, but it’s worth it for the savory, salty edge it gives the drink. Now go forth, get infusing, and make mama proud.

The Essentials

Bacon Whiskey
Fresh Orange Juice
Egg Whites

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