Celebrating Mother's Day
Today we celebrate two of my favorite holidays - Mother's Day and World Cocktail Day. So what better way than to celebrate than by creating a drink in honor of my mother? Despite coming from an entirely non-drinking family I still owe much of what I love about cocktails to my mother. She taught me about flavors and colors and textures and how to value beauty and stop to smell the roses.
So today, in honor of Mother’s Day and World Cocktail Day I share this drink with ingredients in honor of things I learned from my mother.
AZ Distilling Commerce Gin - Because she taught me small local businesses are the foundation of strong communities.
St. George’s Pear Brandy - Because I spent my childhood in our family pear orchard which taught me the direct reward of hard work.
Lychee Liqueur - For giving me a love of Asian food. Growing up in a small town, we honestly had terrible "chinese" food. The kind I would never eat today. But she loved it and I owe those experiences to my willingness to try new foods and see the world beyond my small town.
Black Cloud Prairie Rose Bitters - No matter how much time she spent working in our orchard, or growing our own food for canning, she still found time to grow roses and other flowers in the yard. It's from her I learned to see and to value beauty in the world.
Simple Syrup - Darn her for passing on her sweet tooth! To this day she still hides chocolate candies in the house. Although there is no one left to go looking for them.
Antique Coupe Glass - As a small child we went to endless estate sales looking for inexpensive treasures. My mother has a large collection of vintage glassware and antiques. Not expensive items, but beautiful none-the-less. She taught me to love treasures of the past and to care for them for future generations.
For all of those who love unselfishly and give yourself to others as a mother or otherwise today we celebrate you. Now to the actual Recipe....
- 1.5oz Gin
- .5oz Lychee Liqueur
- .25oz Pear Brandy
- .5oz Simple Syrup
- 2 droppers full Prairie Rose Bitters
Stir over ice until chilled. Serve in a chilled coupe garnished with something you love.