Mother’s Day Cocktail Roundup

Cheers To Mom!

by Roxana Garciga

Does your mom like to “cocktail”?  Chances are she enjoys a spirited concoction every now and then, especially when libations are in order. Mother’s Day definitely falls into that category and while moms can celebrate with tea, coffee or wine, sometimes sophisticated ladies like to enjoy a nicely crafted cocktail. 

Contemplating Mother’s Day conjured up a fond memory of my mom. My mother is not a drinker, by any stretch of the imagination, but she is curious and adventurous. This probably led her to drink the two tequila shots, generously offered by a tour guide while visiting the pyramids outside of Mexico City, many years ago. The guide said it would help her “ascend the pyramids.” Mother did just that…but quickly descended, claiming dizziness.

While not all moms will do tequila shots, they certainly deserve to let loose occasionally, this full time job of being a mom is no easy task. This Mother’s Day, take mom out for an “adult beverage”—a good cocktail has always been appreciated, whether it be a trusted classic or a new concoction. Here are a few fun cocktails served up by some South Florida eateries that are sure to please mom’s palate. 


3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 

Ariete Daiquiri: Havana Club Dark, Redland Guava, lime

This cocktail has great tanginess and texture, as they use puree of fresh guava. The oaky character of the rum fades nicely into the fruitiness of the drink. 

Food Pairing: Frita Cubana—chorizo, spicy ketchup, onions, “papitas.”

International Smoke

19565 Biscayne Blvd Suite 946, Aventura, FL 33180

Cold-Smoked Old Fashioned: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, orange blossom-cinnamon syrup, Corazon Bitters

The presentation of this drink is fun and functional. It is brought tableside in a fancy glass box filled with smoke, which is imparted into the drink.

Food Pairing: Smoked St. Louis Cut Pork Ribs—American Barbecue. 


The Diplomat Beach Resort
3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

Sailor’s Hitch: Cachaça, Japanese plum, charred lime

The cachaça is the star in this drink, giving it clean, grassy notes. Sour notes of plum give it nice balance and finish.

Food Pairing: Robatayaki—skirt steak and pork belly.

Pubbelly Sushi

various locations

Fu-Manchu: Sho Chiku Bai Junmai sake, pineapple, yuzu, spicy jalapeno syrup

This cocktail features sake as the base spirit. Just the right balance of sweet and spicy keeps you going back for more.

Food Pairing: Tostones con Ceviche—hamachi, ginger, soy, cilantro, red onion.

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