10 Light & Refreshing Cocktails and Mocktails to Enjoy on Mother’s Day

There are a few things nearly every mamá wishes for on Mother’s Day: someone else to cook, someone else to clean, and to get to spend some quality time with her niños

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Dos Hombres Mezcal; Tequila Cazadores

There are a few things nearly every mamá wishes for on Mother’s Day: someone else to cook, someone else to clean, and to get to spend some quality time with her niños. Honestly, R&R should be Mother’s Day essentials. We work so hard caring for our children and running our households every day, that having a bit of time to take a deep breath and just chill is the best gift. And what better way to do that than with some tasty snacks and a yummy drink in hand?

Whether you want to treat yourself to a tasty cocktail or mocktail this Mother’s Day or you’re looking for a delicious drink recipe to serve the special mom or moms in your life, we’ve got you covered. Here we’re sharing 10 light, refreshing and totally sophisticated cocktails and mocktails that are sure to make the perfect refreshment for your Mother’s Day celebration.wp_*posts


post worthy cocktail

Photo: Woodinville Whiskey/Watergate Hotel via Kate Lieb PR

Mom will feel so special sipping on this swanky cocktail which features rose water and ginger cordial. It’s as beautiful and complex as it is tasty, and it’s a great option for anyone who prefers their drinks to be on the less sweet side.

Ingredients: 2 oz whiskey, .75 oz lemon juicem .75 oz ginger cordial, 2 drops of rose water, handful of basil leaves

Directions: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake well, then pour into a collins glass. Garnish with basil leaves.wp_*posts


palmilla cocktail

Photo: Villa One Tequila via Align PR

This tequila cocktail looks so sweet and pretty, but it packs a punch. Perhaps, just like your mami. It’s a twist on a classic paloma, with some added kick courtesy of a splash of poblano pepper liqueur. Yes, you read that right!

Ingredients: 1.5 oz silver tequila, .25 oz lime juice, .75 oz grapefruit juice, .5 oz Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Poblano Liqueur, .5 oz agave syrup, 1 pinch salt, 4 oz soda water

Directions: Shake the first six ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water and garnish with cayenne salt and a dehydrated lime or a fresh lime wheel.wp_*posts

Prickly Pear & Agave Margarita

prickly pear margarita

Photo: Tequila Cazadores via M Booth

Just imagine being served up this gorgeous margarita! The color alone makes it feel celebratory, so it’s perfect for Mother’s Day. The addition of elderflower liqueur elevates and modernizes the classic and we love that it uses prickly pear a.k.a. nopal.

Ingredients: 1.5 parts white tequila, .25 oz elderflower liqueur such as St. Germain, 1 oz lime juice, .75 oz agave nectar, 1 oz prickly pear puree, salt

Directions: Add all the ingredients and some ice to a mixing glass or cocktail shaker. Shake and serve on the rocks (salt rim optional). Garnish with a lime wedge.wp_*posts

Old Fashioned on Island Time

island old fashioned

Photo: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey/Exposure

This cocktail is serious business, but if you and your mom or mom friends are whiskey fans, it’s an amazing Mother’s Day option. It’s a take on a traditional old fashioned that’s packed with Latin flavors like pineapple and chile. It’s basically the perfect old fashioned recipe for the warmer months.
Ingredients: 2 oz single malt whiskey, .5 oz pineapple liqueur, .25 oz maple syrup, 2 dashes chile bitters, orange twist, dried pineapple (if available) sprinkle of cayenne.
Directions: Stir whiskey, pineapple liqueur, maple syrup, chile bitters, and orange twist  in glass over a large ice cube. Discard orange twist. Garnish with dried pineapple and a sprinkle of cayenne.


Bobby G.

bobby g cocktail

Photo: McQueen and the Violet Fog Brazilian Gin

Could this gin cocktail be any prettier? Gin is a quintessential spring and summer spirit, and this beautiful lavender-hued cocktail makes it feel super-festive and so appropriate for Mother’s Day. Plus, this one is super simple to make as it’s basically a fancy gin and tonic.

Ingredients: 2 oz McQueen and the Violet Fog Butterfly Pea Tea Infused Gin, .75 oz tonic or seltzer Directions: Dress glass with lemon slices. Pour gin and tonic water into glass.wp_*posts

Not Your Spanish Sangria

not sangria cocktail

Photo: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey via Exposure

This one is a unique twist on sangria that uses pureed fruit and sparkling apple cider in place of fruit chunks, though it does keep the essential orange slices. It’s the perfect treat to serve your favorite sangria-loving mamá and so summery too. It’s a great light and refreshing option for Mother’s Day.
Ingredients: 1.5 oz single malt whiskey, .75 oz amber vermouth, .25 guava puree, sparkling apple cider, orange slices
Directions: Combine Stranahan’s Blue Peak, Amber Vermouth and Guava Puree in goblet glass over ice. Top with dry sparkling apple cider and garnish with orange half slices.


It Takes Dos To Tango

dos to tango cocktail

Photo: Dos Hombres Mezcal; Drizly via KLG Public Relations

The flavor of mango speaks to our souls, so we’re pretty sure it would be hard to have just one of these brightly hued mezcal cocktails. This one calls for just a few basic ingredients and tastes like the most delicious mango margarita you’ve ever had.  It makes us smile just looking at it.

Ingredients: 1 oz mezcal, 1oz mango juice, .5 oz orange liqueur, .5 oz lime juice, .25 oz agave nectar

Directions: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a large glass rimmed with salt and sugar (yes, both!).


Sparkling Rosé Spritzer

non-alcoholic rose spritzer

Photo: Kelli Tungay on Unsplash

This refreshing elderflower rosé spritzer is perfect for moms who want to feel a bit fancy on Mother’s Day, but prefer to skip the booze. If you can find sparkling rosé grape juice (Welch’s makes one) that’s ideal, but if not, you can replace it with blackberry seltzer, which is available nearly everywhere.

Ingredients: 4 oz sparkling rosé juice or blackberry sparkling water, 2.5 oz lemonade, lemon slice, pear slice or edible flowers to garnish

Directions: Pour ingredients into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with your choice of lemon, pear or flowers.

Recipe courtesy of Peachtree Publishing Company.


Sour Apple Limeade

sour apple limeade

Photo: Timur Weber/Pexels

This sour apple limeade is another tasty, refreshing and slightly indulgent choice for teetotaling mamás. It’s spiked with sweet and sour mix and a splash of lemon-lime soda to give it some extra zing. Promise, this one will taste just like a delicious sweet/tart candy.

Ingredients: 1.5 oz sweet and sour mix, 1.5 oz limeade, 1 oz lemon-lime soda, slices of green apple for garnish

Directions: Add sweet and sour mix and limeade to a glass filled with ice. Top with soda and garnish with apple slices.

Recipe courtesy of Peachtree Publishing Company.wp_*posts

Ruby Red

ruby red mocktail

Photo: Kateryna T on Unsplash

If you want to sip on something tasty and indulgent without the alcohol, try this ruby red mocktail, an ideal alternative to a paloma or the above palmilla. It has both grapefruit and lime in it, and gets a little bit of fizz from tangy sparkling grapefruit juice, and then all those tart flavors are balanced with a bit of sweetness from the syrup.

Ingredients: 1 oz grapefruit juice, .5 oz lime juice, .5 oz simple syrup, 3 ozs sparkling grapefruit juice

Directions:  Pour all ingredients into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime and/or grapefruit slices.

Recipe courtesy of bubblysideoflife.com

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