It’s that time of year again where we all rush to the mall in search of the perfect fragrance for mom. We book reservations for brunch and order the prettiest bouquet of flowers. Take it from me (a mom of two) all of that is fine and dandy, but what I really want on Sunday is a fabulous brunch prepared especially for me and a nice tall drink to toast to.
Here are three cocktails that are sure to impress – cheers!
‘Café Con Leche’ Vodka Granita
I love chocolate inspired cocktails and I love café con leche, so what better way to start your Mother’s Day brunch with a decadent yet refreshing granita.
A granita’s consistency is somewhere between a sorbet and a sno-cone and what’s even better is you don’t need any special tools to make them.
Serves about 4
2 cups black coffee
3-4 teaspoons of sugar to your preference
2 cups Belle Gabreille Chocolatier (or your favorite coffee or chocolate liqueur)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream
Kid-friendly Version: Substitute coffee for hot chocolate mix (prepare hot chocolate with water not milk) and omit liqueur. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the whipped cream topping.
Mango Madness Bellini
Its mango season here is South Florida but if you don’t have access to fresh mangos don’t worry frozen will work perfectly too.
Serves about 2
4 ounces prosecco
4 ounces of mango puree (or store bought juice works well)
Kid-friendly Version: Substitute prosecco with your favorite lemon-lime soda.
Orange Cranberry Cosmo
This Cosmopolitan is a tad bit sweeter than the classic cosmo – just like your mom.
Serves about 3
1 oz. citrus flavored vodka
A splash of grenadine syrup
1 oz. Crandberry juice
A splash of lemon lime soda
1 fresh lime
Kid-friendly Version: You have all the ingredients here to make the classic Shirley Temple, omit the vodka and garnish with a maraschino cherry.