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Foodie Friday: Brunch Cocktails for Mothers Day

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Whether it’s your wife, mother, grandmother or friend, Mothers day is your chance to show the moms in your life how much you love and appreciate everything they do. These amazingly strong patient and beautiful women that bring us into the world are always there for us, so it’s very important we show them how special they are.

There are many traditional ways to celebrate Mothers day not the least of which is brunch. For those of you that read Foodie Friday weekly you might remember the four part series I did on brunch not that long ago. This week I thought I would give you some recipes for tasty and delicious brunch beverages. I also invite you to review “Brunch Basics” parts 1-4 to brush up and get ideas for giving the mothers in your life a wonderful experience. Enjoy!

Brunch Basics 1
Brunch Basics 2
Brunch Basics 3
Brunch Basics 4

Bloody Mary

1 large can or bottle of low-sodium tomato juice (64 oz size)
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (saltiness varies by brand so also add to taste)
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
3 tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce (I like Tapatio)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 lemons, juiced
1 teaspoons celery salt
1 teaspoon minced onion (If you use dried reconstitute it with 3 tablespoons of boiling water and add it all in)
Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 cup Vodka (I like Grey Goose. You can adjust the amount if desired)

1 small jar green olives
1 small jar pepperoncini
1 bunch of celery, washed well and trimmed to fit glasses

Celery Salt Blend:
1 teaspoon celery salt
3 tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Combine all celery salt ingredients together and place in a saucer. Combine all bloody mary ingredients in a pitcher, stir together, and allow to chill. For a non-alcoholic version leave out the vodka. This mix also goes great in a light beer such as a pilsner.

Dip the rim of your glass into a saucer filled with a little of the mix and allow excess to drip off. Dip the rim of the glass into the celery salt blend. Fill the glass with ice and fill with bloody Mary. Garnish with celery rib, green olives, pepperoncini, and any other pickled vegetables you like, such as green beans or asparagus.


3 ounces Champagne or any sparkling white wine
3 ounces orange juice

To open your sparkling beverage, first remove the foil and wire guard. Hold the bottle away from yourself at a 45 degree angle and grab the cork firmly. Twist the cork gently while pushing on it. The vapor in the bottle will push the cork out if you keep the bottle at a 45 degree angle it will reduce the chance of fizzing drink spewing out. Pour it very slowly into a chilled champagne flute and allow it to settle until you have added desired amount. Gently stir with a long “bar” spoon Very slowly add your juice and serve. Garnish with a twist of orange.


3 ounces chilled prosecco
1 ounce chilled peach puree (you can find this in most grocery stores, if you cannot find it you can puree frozen peaches that you have thawed)

Open your prosecco in the same manor mentioned in the mimosa recipe above. Pour the peach puree into the bottom of the champagne flute. Very slowly pour in your prosecco. Stir gently with a long “bar” spoon. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Once again you can substitute a non-alcoholic sparkling cider in this drink.

There you have it! Three great brunch cocktails to help you tell mother how much you love her. Remember to give her a big hug and tell her how much she means to you. She deserves it!


Looking for some place to take your mother on Mother’s Day? Well check these out:

Sawtooth Winery 24th Annual Mother’s Day Wine Tasting EventNampa, Idaho   Join Sawtooth  Winery for an afternoon of wine tasting featuring local Idaho wineries, local vendors, live music by The Flavors, wine slushies, beer, food for purchase by Burgerlicious & St. Lawrence Gridiron food trucks. PLUS! Fun for the kids including clowns, face painting, Tiki’s Shaved Ice, interactive science experiments by Wine Wise Idaho, and a special appearance by the Sawtooth Yeti.

ARTE Y TAPAS Mother’s Day Brunch @ Galeria de La Raza feat. Rafael SarriaSan Francisco, California   After back-to-back sold out performances at Inner Mission CELLspace and the Red Poppy Art House, the ARTE Y TAPAS Performance Series is proud to announce its 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Brunch and debut performance at Galería de La Raza this Sunday! Music will be provided by Rafael Sarria of La Gente. Rafael will be joined by amazing vocalists Jillian Picazo and soul singer-songwriter Stina da Silva for a special performance of Boleros, Rancheras, Fado and more! There will be delicious all-you-can-eat tapas by Lovage Cooking include handmade tamales! Organic bourbon smoked chicken and mole verde, from-scratch grassfed beef sausage and cheddar berbere, veggie roasted wild mushrooms and 3-cheese with mole roja!!! Plus a fresh salsa bar, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and Mexican polvorones! And don’t miss the art exhibit: “Empujando Tinta,” a 10-year retrospective of Taller Tupac Amaru’s work, aka The Taller, which showcases a collective art studio that has produced political posters and art prints to national and global acclaim while reviving the screen printing medium. This collective’s work focuses on social justice issues such as globalization, immigration, LGBT justice, and food sustainability.

Mother’s Day Buffet BrunchLos Angeles, California   Come sit on Post Y Beam’s sunny patio next to the vegetable garden or sit inside with a view of the open kitchen and open hearth cooking. Menu includes: deviled eggs with smoked salmon, yogurt, granola and berry parfaits, caesar salad with focaccia croutons and grilled chicken, grilled farmers market vegetables, aged balsamic and arugula, seasonal fruit with minted berry coulis, scrambled eggs, smoked bacon & chicken apple sausage, biscuits & gravy, country style grits, egg station, carving station serving glazed pork leg, fresh biscuits, cornbread, breakfast rolls with preserves and honey butter, housemade carrot cake with bourbon vanilla buttercream frosting and buttermilk panna cotta.

Mother’s Day Tea and Cocktail PartyRio Rancho, New Mexico   Toro Bar & Grill has teamed up with local purveyors of fine teas and spirits to offer an educational, yet fun day based on fine teas and spirits. They will be offering tea cocktails paired with some tasty finger foods designed especially for these cocktails. Toro’s own Adrienne and Cheri along with some special guests, will guide you on how to create amazingly easy cocktails using everyday and not so everyday ingredients.

Mother’s Day BrunchMadison, Wisconsin   Celebrate the moms (and moms to be) in your life with a delicious all you can eat buffet at the Goodman Community Center this Mother’s Day. They’ll be serving up hot fresh food made by the teens from their Working Class Catering teen education and employment program working alongside accomplished chefs. This year’s menu is:  waffles, roasted potatoes with seasonal vegetables, Jordandal Farms bacon, sausage links, fresh fruit, Ironworks granola, a selection of house made baked goods and eggs made to order!

Mama’s Day Advocacy BrunchBrooklyn, New York   Join Ancient Song Doula Services as they celebrate Mama’s Day with advocacy and good food from local restaurants, vegan dishes and desserts. Commune together and share your stories on raising a family. Every family dynamic is different so come together and support one another and other mama’s in the community! After you eat, hit the streets and assist mama’s in the community at local train stations by helping with carrying a stroller or bags, or offering information on resources. Engage the community, initiate dialogue and inspire action in supporting better opportunities for all families. The first 12 people to buy tickets get a FREE Mama’s Day Advocacy T-shirt and everyone will leave with a gift bag. Come together and enjoy good food, music, poetry, and advocacy!

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet ExtravaganzaRoxbury, Massachusetts  For a special Mother’s Day, come to the Haley House Bakery Café Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet! Every mother receives a complimentary mimosa! Buffet Menu: Haley House signature muffins & scones, turkey bacon, chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, potato hash with onions and peppers, corn cakes with a roasted red pepper sauce, brioche French toast with Vermont maple syrup, roast chicken with onion rosemary biscuits and gravy, smoky collard greens, sautéed vegetables, an omelet station and an assortment of beverages.