Curiosity got the better of me while I was working out this week. Ironically, food was on my mind during a brutal set of dead lifts, so I polled my friends — who were also also mid-lift — on what the best Mother’s Day indulgence would be for them.
I was expecting to hear about decadent chocolates, glorious bouquets, or heartfelt handmade trinkets. Personally, I’d be satisfied with a bottomless cup of coffee, buttery croissants (without the guilt), and a thick Sunday paper. But I was wrong. So, so wrong.
Without any hesitation, “day drinking” was the undisputed, hands-down response. Not a wake-up-at-7 a.m.-and-hit-the-bottle-running type of day, but the kind that involves a cocktail around 2 o’clock or maybe some bubbly over a lazy lunch, followed by an afternoon nap to recharge in time for an evening of whatever libation your bartender is mixing. And only on the premise that you could wake up to that coffee and croissant, as well as an empty, quiet house the next morning.
Just what is it about day drinking that appeals to moms? Is it that we’re out from the shadow of darkness to be seen publicly? Is it the possibility that with another drink the day could take off in any direction? Maybe it’s a throwback to the carefree days when we actually could drink all day and not pay the price. And then there’s the social aspect, boosted by laughter, fuzzy conversations, and background music mixed with glory-days stories and forgetting all your worries for a little while.
I’ve concluded that it’s equal parts of each. And since I love fresh herbs muddled with the subtle sweetness of fruit almost as much as I love being a mom, I’ve come up with 5 refreshments inspired by some friends and fellow mothers. Think of each as a simple hats-off to the woman that carried you (or your children) for 9 months, and spent countless nights awake feeding, rocking, and unconditionally loving you. That lady deserves a little kick back, if only for a day. Or, in this case, maybe a day and a half.
5 perfect Mother’s Day cocktails to toast the woman you love
Note: If alcohol isn’t her thing, simply leave the booze out these recipes to make a mocktail she’ll adore.
1 shot of Tequilla Blanco
juice of 1 grapefruit, freshly squeezed
1 sprig of rosemary muddled with 1 tablespoon of sugar
top off with soda water
3 parts Prosecco
2 parts Aperol
1 part club soda or seltzer
tangerine sections or orange slice
1 shot of her favored vodka
sparkling limeade (I use Trader Joe’s)
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 part Ciroc coconut vodka
2 parts pineapple coconut water
5-6 mint leaves muddled with 1 tablespoon of sugar
fresh pineapple spears to garnish
1/4 cup white rum
5 fresh strawberries, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
juice of 1 lime
5 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup soda water
Muddle the chopped basil leaves with the sugar, half of the chopped strawberries and the lime juice. Pour the rum over ice and add soda water and basil mixture. Stir well. Add in the remaining strawberries.