At OpenTable, we’ve got the right restaurants for you — especially on Mother’s Day. Many of the more than 51,000 restaurants around the world are ready to celebrate moms on Sunday, May 12. Here are 15 marvelous Mother’s Day cocktails worthy of the #1 mom in your life. Not near any of these spots? Find a place near you on OpenTable.com. And, don’t forget to join our #DiningMode challenge to give the mom in your life your undivided attention on her big day. You can learn some fun stories – and be eligible to win $400 in our #DiningMode giveaway.
Byblos, Miami Beach, Florida
If you didn’t buy mom a bouquet of roses, at least order her a Gulab cocktail. Vodka-based, it’s perked up with rose water, pomegranate syrup, and fresh lemon juice. A spritz of rose water and fresh pink rose petals complete this picture-perfect potable. Make a reservation at Byblos.
Punjab Grill, Washington, D.C.
It’s called A Rose for Maryam, but it might as well be called A Rose for Mom. The blushing stem features Lillet Blanc, vodka, strawberry and peach purees, and rose water. A rosebud provides the finishing touch. Make a reservation at Punjab Grill.
The Balcony, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Each ingredient of the Clover Club was chosen for the quality it shares with moms. The gin is strong; the egg white is fluffy and comforting; the raspberry is sweet, and the lemon is sour, a reminder of all the sour times mom helped you through. Plus, it’s pretty in pink, just like she is. Make a reservation at The Balcony.
KYU, Miami, Florida
Moms score this cocktail for free on Mother’s Day. The Mother Dearest is made with vodka, Aperol, lemon, grapefruit oleo saccharum, Peychaud Bitters, and egg white. It’s garnished with rose petals for an elegant accent. Make a reservation at KYU.
Dirty French, New York, New York
Fruity and refreshing, the Petit Socco is a great Mother’s Day pick-mom-up. It features coconut-infused pisco, Pineau De Charentes, pineapple and lime juices, and cane syrup. It’s topped with a pair of fresh pineapple wedges for mum to snack on. Make a reservation at Dirty French.
Gratitude, Newport Beach, California
Call Your Mom. Yes, you should give your mother a buzz, but that’s also the name of this charming cocktail served in a mug you get to take home. It’s a refreshing mix of Lillet Rosé, gin, lemon, raspberries, tonic, and Peychaud’s Bitters. Make a reservation at Gratitude.
Pisco y Nazca, Washington, D.C.
If your mom has a thing for Sauvignon Blanc, then the Sour Grapes is for her. The winey cocktail is bolstered with pisco, lime juice, egg white, oregano syrup, and, of course, grapes. Down two or more of these and any preexisting sour grapes are guaranteed to be dissolved. Make a reservation at Pisco y Nazca.
CIRCA at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.
Forget time and money by ordering a couple of these cocktails. The Thyme Is Money is made with Belle Isle Ruby Red grapefruit moonshine, thyme, honey, grapefruit, and Allagash white ale. Just the break your mother needs after putting up with you for as long as she has. Make a reservation at CIRCA at Navy Yard.
BALEENkitchen, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Order this cocktail to warm the cockles of your mom’s heart. The Abagail features vodka, limoncello, Aperol, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Strong and sweet, just like your mother. Make a reservation at BALEENkitchen.
DISTRICT, Los Angeles, California
The Opium is floral forward. Forged from gin, grapefruit, rose water, lemon, Campari, Lillet Rose, and Riesling, it’s like a floral arrangement in a glass. And, yes, it’s totally addictive. Make a reservation at DISTRICT.
Tao Downtown, New York, New York
One rose is nice, two is better. That’s why the Tokyo Rose features Ketel One Botanicals Grapefruit Rose and rosé. The ruby refresher is filled out with Aperol and grapefruit juice. Make a reservation at Tao Downtown.
Osteria Morini, Washington, D.C.
Give mom a bouquet…of cocktails. The colorful arrangement of sorbet-sweetened, sparkling sgroppino cocktails includes strawberry lavender, lemon rose, and orange blossom. You’ll wanna take a picture before you take a sip – but don’t; stay in #DiningMode! Make a reservation at Osteria Morini.
Bar Biscay, Chicago, Illinois
If you think your mother is a gem, order her the Perfect Bijou. Made with rye gin, red vermouth, dry vermouth, green chartreuse, and orange bitters, it’s a play on the classic Bijou cocktail. Just one sip and mom will shine bright like a diamond. Make a reservation at Bar Biscay.
Island Creek Oyster Bar, Boston, Massachusetts
Light, bright, and refreshing, the Monkey Biz is a stellar spring-inspired sipper for Mother’s Day. Featuring dry vermouth, Monkey 47 gin, Lillet Blanc, and St. Germain, it’s garnished with a lemon peel. Perfect for raising a toast to your mom. Make a reservation at Island Creek Oyster Bar.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Noah Fecks (Dirty French); Rashi Dasol (KYU).