Instead of grabbing the first lotion-and-soap gift basket you find, put together a Mother’s Day gift your mom will love: the gift of booze. Go all out this year with a gift basket that includes ingredients to make the perfect Ginger Cosmopolitan, or pick and choose from the list to get her the right set of bartending accessories.
Maybe she’ll even make you a cocktail next time you come home for a visit…
Ginger Cosmopolitan Gift Basket — $90
This is a great all-in-one gift basket to give your mom everything she needs to make a killer Ginger Cosmopolitan. This cocktail is a nice twist on the classic Cosmo and it pairs wonderfully with Thai or Chinese food.
Start by printing out the recipe for a Ginger Cosmopolitan, then pack the following ingredients into a fancy box or basket:
Tito's Handmade Vodka ($22.99), an award-winning small batch vodka made in Austin, TX.
Cointreau ($23.99), a sweet orange liqueur and cocktail-making essential. Also try it in a Margarita.
3-4 limes and some cranberry juice
Banded Martini Glasses - $40 for 4
Look closely next time you're watching Mad Men, and you'll see that Don Draper has a set of glasses in his office with a silver band around the rim, just like these from West Elm. Whether your mom likes the TV show or not, she'll love a set of these classic Martini glasses. They are elegant and classy, yet durable enough for everyday after-work Cosmos.
Buy it: Banded Martini Glasses
Marimeko Cocktail Napkins — $6.75
These fun and floral cocktail napkins from Crate and Barrel will add a stylish touch to your mom's next dinner party or casual get-together. The line-drawn pattern has a retro feel and comes from design powerhouse Marimekko, a Finnish company known for brightly colored fabrics and patterns.
Buy it: Marimekko Paper Napkins
The Little Black Book of Cocktails — $9.95
This spiral-bound volume is a great way for cocktail beginners to learn their craft, and serves as a trusty reference for more advanced home bartenders. The book includes over 150 recipes for classic and modern cocktails, and offers tips on mixers, garnishes and bartending technique. Ask your mom to show off her newfound cocktail knowledge next time you go home for a visit.
Cocktail Shaker and Jigger — $18.18
Every bartender, novice or advanced, needs the right tools to make a masterpiece (or at least a decent Cosmo). If you're mom doesn't have these bartending essentials already, don't you think it's about time? All she needs now is some ice and a great cocktail recipe.