Show Mom She’s a Classic This Mother’s Day

Show Mom She’s a Classic This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day... It’s a special day set aside to honor the matriarch of a family or even those wonderful women in our lives who love, comfort and nurture us. For some, the cliche of a youngster clumsily delivering a tray of assorted, easy-to-cook breakfast foods to Mom lying in bed, anxiously wondering how big of a mess she has to clean up rings true. For others, the thought of taking Mom out to a sumptuous meal is the ideal. After all, Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants.

Brunch is likely hands-down one of the more popular options for this special holiday, especially because  brunch tends to involve mimosas. And with equal parts orange juice and champagne, prosecco or sparkling wine, mimosas are the kind of mid-morning cocktail sure to be a hit with just about any mom.

There’s no need for mimosas to steal the show. The Bellini--prosecco and peach--or the poinsettia--prosecco and cranberry--are equally festive concoctions to serve. However, this year, doesn’t Mom deserve something a little something extra on her special day?

Making Mom feel extra special with a few classics

With the rise in California sparkling wines that rival French champagne, it’s time to celebrate Mom with the elevated simplicity of cocktails that feature sparkling wine.

No drink is more mom-worthy glamorous than the classic champagne cocktail. Soak a cube of sugar in Angostura bitters, drop it into a champagne flute or coupe glass, top with California sparkling wine and add a twist of lemon or orange and voila! Easy and impressive sophistication.

Perhaps you want to take it to the next level of celebrating mom. Then, consider whipping up these other classic champagne-based cocktails in her honor.


Alfonso Cocktail

Originating in the 1930s and named after exiled Spanish king Alfonso VIII, the Alfonso features the same ingredients as the classic champagne cocktail--bitter-soaked lump of sugar and sparkling wine. However, this delightful beverage calls for the sugar cube to be mixed with ½ oz of Dubbonnet or Curacao and ice to dissolve the sugar and get the liqueur cold, then poured into the champagne flute and topped of with sparkling wine.  Add that twist to give this cocktail that classic flair.


French 75

With an unclear history, this refreshing cocktail, similar to a Tom Collins, developed over time. And is easy to make. First, fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1.5 - 2 oz of gin, 1 oz lemon juice and a simple syrup. Shake until cold. Strain into a champagne flute and top off with California sparkling wine. Don’t forget that twist to make it magnifique!

Like these cocktails, Moms are classic and much deserving of honor celebration. This Mother’s Day remember to show your mom how much she means to you.

Isabella Crisman