Mother's Day Cocktails: Here's to Mama

You might have noticed that we like to refer to classical French cuisine when we talk about categories of cocktails or spirits. French cuisine has the five "mother sauces" (Bechamel, Espagnol, Tomate, Velouté, and Hollandaise), which form the foundation of almost all classical French cooking, and we have similar groupings of cocktail styles (sours, flips, highballs, etc.) that form the foundation of most cocktail techniques and recipes. 

In honor of Mother's Day, we'd like to offer you a Batch 22 cocktail recipe designed to appeal to each of five "types" of mothers. Now, there are surely more than five mother varieties (probably infinite), but we've chosen these five to highlight and have a little fun with.  

Please Don't Embarrass Me

This cocktail, inspired by a strawberry-infused drink called Mother's Blush, pays homage to all the moms out there who love over-sharing information about their children to anyone who will listen. This trait, though well-meaning, is often most unbearable when the child (or children) are present and are being referred to in the third person. While this cocktail was created to honor the mother, a few of them in quick succession will work wonders for the children as well.


  • 1 oz. Batch 22
  • 2 oz. Lillet Rose
  • 1 oz. Sparkling wine
  • 2 Fresh strawberries

In a tall glass, muddle the strawberries with the Batch 22. Add the Lillet and ice and mix. Top with sparkling wine, stir gently, and garnish with an orange twist.




Mama Cola

Here's a cocktail to honor all those protective moms who put soft drinks in our little, underage hands when bottles of booze were easily within reach. Thanks to them, we all waited until our 21st birthdays to take our first sip of alcohol. [Right?]

A few months ago, we discovered a wonderful spirit from the Dominican Republic called mamajuana. While it sounds like something you'd rather smoke than drink, it's actually a delicious, spiced rum with unique flavors and aromas. Sweet and caramel colored, mamajuana mixed with Batch 22, lemon juice, and soda water makes an amazingly satisfying version of Adult Coca-Cola.

In a double rocks glass with ice, combine:

  • 1 oz. Batch 22
  • 2 oz. Mamajuana
  • .25 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Soda or seltzer

Stir to combine and garnish with a lemon peel.

Grandma's in the Attic

This concoction, inspired by a spirit-heavy drink called the Mother-In-Law, packs something of a punch. For many of us, visiting with the in-laws is a welcome (if not wonderful) experience. For those of us who find such visits are made easier by some social lubrication, we offer this recipe. A blending of five different spirits and two different bitters, this multi-layered cocktail can be as bourbon forward as you'd like it. The original recipe contains only bourbon, but we've adapted it to incorporate Batch 22, which lightens it up and takes the sweetness down a notch.

Makes 3 cocktails.

In a shaker with ice combine:

  • 5 oz. Batch 22
  • 4 oz. Bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon Peychaud's bitters
  • 1 teaspoon Angostura Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon Torani Amer (citrus-gentian-like aperitif)
  • 5 ounce Gran Marnier or orange curaçao
  • 5 maraschino liqueur
  • 5 ounce simple syrup

Shake to chill well and strain into three chilled martini glasses.


Magenta Yenta

Every mother wants her children to be happy, but some maybe want it a bit too much. This cocktail celebrates the mother who makes her children's business her business and who works tirelessly to help her child find a mate. Her dentist's nephew. The girl who checks her in at the gym. The nice server who always waits on her table with a smile. Why not? They're all perfectly fine possibilities. (And you're not getting any younger!) Drink in this bright pink elixir, sweet and sour, with a dulcet edge and a pleasing tartness.

In a shaker with ice combine:

  • 2 oz. Batch 22
  • 1 oz. pomegranate liqueur
  • 1 oz. pink grapefruit juice (fresh is best, but a good, bottled cocktail will work)
  • Grapefruit twist for garnish

Rub a grapefruit wedge around the rim of a coupe or martini glass and dip the glass into a plate of sugar. Set aside.

Shake contents of shaker to chill well and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist or peel.


Lipstick Cheeks

Affectionate moms are great, but—as we say in the spirits biz—everything in moderation. Remember having to wipe the lipstick off your cheeks after greeting your mother, aunt, or grandmother? This special cocktail honors that near-universal experience.

Sweet and citrusy, this drink can be layered or mixed together—either presentation offers its own dramatic, lip-smacking effect.




Chill each of the following ingredients well before using:

  • 1.5 oz. of Batch 22
  • .75 oz. Blue Curacao
  • .75 oz. Chambord (or similar raspberry liqueur)
  • 2.5 oz. of Orange Juice
  • 2.5 oz. of Pineapple Juice

Combine ingredients in a tall Collins glass or similar. Let it layer out or mix it up for a dramatic green presentation.