Celebrations and special occasions are always memorable when festive cocktails are involved. These five enchanting cocktails are filled with a variety of fresh fruit, herbs, elixirs and a few things bubbly – designed to put the “merry” in your Mother’s Day.
At one point in life, I think every little girl has had a fascination with Calamity Jane. This larger than life spirited and strong female has been portrayed just as sweet as she was sassy. Which is why this cocktail is called the Calamity Jane. A little sweet, a little sassy, quite spirited and a whole lot of delicious.Makes one cocktail
- 1 ounce Silver Tequila
- 1 ounce grapefruit juice
- 1 ounce orange juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- Squeeze of lime
- Splash of club soda if desired
- Garnish with lime slices
In a shaker, add the tequila, grapefruit juice, orange juice, simple syrup and squeeze of fresh lime juice. Shake gently and then pour over ice. Add a splash of club soda and a slice of lime and serve.
Back in the early days, gals in the west spiked their lemonade with gin. This was a leftover tradition from the English settlers who always enjoyed gin in their lemonade. I’ve given this old-fashioned drink a bit of an update by topping the cocktail with a splash of champagne. Because who doesn’t love a splash of champagne?
- One part gin
- Three parts lemonade
- Splash of champagne
- Fresh mint for garnish
For one cocktail, add 1 ounce gin and 3 ounces of lemonade to a 6-8-ounce glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of your favorite champagne and serve. Garnish with fresh mint if desired.
When I make this for a party I add one cup of gin and three cups of lemonade to a small pitcher. Give it a stir. Pour over ice in small glasses and top each glass with a splash of champagne. Garnish with fresh mint and serve.
I have an affinity for rosemary. It’s an earthy tasting herb that is highly fragrant with the scent of pine trees and the high desert mountains. Rosemary lends itself well to all sorts of sweet and savory dishes. It also makes a lovely addition to this cocktail that mimics the color of a western sunrise.
Makes one cocktail
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Slice of fresh lemon
- 1 ounce gin
- 2 ounces’ cranberry juice
- Dash of club soda
- Maraschino cherries
- Sprigs of rosemary for garnish
In a shaker, muddle together the rosemary, sugar and fresh lemon slice. Then add ice, gin and cranberry juice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a small glass with additional ice or into a martini glass and top with a dash of club soda. Garnish with maraschino cherries and a sprig of rosemary.
Desert Sky Champagne Cocktail
This champagne cocktail is one of my favorite cocktails for special occasions. Champagne pairs exquisitely with sorbet which makes this cocktail feel a bit more indulgent. I like to serve this as a starter with little nibbles or as a dessert with a lush selection of cheese and fruit.Makes one cocktail
- Good quality dry champagne, rose or brut
- Peach sorbet
Place a few small scoops of peach sorbet in the bottom of a champagne glass. Carefully top with champagne and serve.
I could sip this Strawberry Sangria every day of spring and summer. Sweet with the fresh, ripe flavors of strawberries and flirtatious with the flavors of a beautiful rosé. This strawberry sangria is just as lovely for a fancy brunch as it is for a backyard barbecue.Serves 4-6
- 1 bottle dry rosé wine
- 5 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- ½ cup fine sugar
- Club soda
- Sprigs of fresh mint or basil for garnish if desired
Place 4 cups of sliced strawberries in a blender and puree. Pour the puree into a fine mesh strainer and strain the juice from the pulp. Discard the pulp.
Mix the strawberry juice with the sugar until the sugar has been dissolved and you have a strawberry syrup.
Mix together the strawberry syrup with the rosé wine until nicely blended and then add the remaining 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries to the sangria.
Chill the sangria for about an hour and then serve over ice and top each glass with club soda.