Mother's Day Cardamom Cocktails

While I am not a mother myself I do have not one but 2 amazing moms who I've been blessed with. On top of that many of my friends are awesome moms so it is absolutely worth celebrating... with cocktails (seriously, what did you expect).

I decided we needed some cardamom infused drinks because I hear you people like puns. I mean, you're monsters, but I'm not here to judge. So I present to you two cardaMOM cocktails to please your mom and make her forget about all the grey hair you've given her.

The first drink is the mildly floral, sweet Coconut Cardamom Cooler;

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DRINK INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 oz St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 2 oz coconut water
  • 0.5 oz gin
  • 1 tbsp cardamom syrup

HOW TO MIX THE DRINK:

Start by making your cardamom syrup. It's dead easy. In a small saucepan add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 a teaspoon of ground cardamom. Stir over medium heat until the mixture comes to a gentle boil and the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool and add a tablespoon of plain vodka as a preservative. Store in your fridge.

Place all the above ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled and pour into a rocks glass over ice. The booze content in this one is low so great for your mother's day brunch.

Secondly we have a drink that carries a heavy rose scent and a punch of sour lime - the Hendrick's Rose;

DRINK INGREDIENTS:

  • 0.5 oz St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2.0 oz Hendrick's gin (because it already has notes of cucumber and rose)
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 4 drops rose water
  • 1 pinch ground cardamom
  • 2 sliced cucumber rounds
  • For garnish 1 cucumber round and 1 sprig thyme (as you like)

HOW TO MIX THE DRINK:

Pour the gin and rose water into the bottom of your shaker. As you can tell from the scent a tiny bit of rose water imparts a LOT of flavor. Drop in 2 cucumber rounds and muddle. Add all the other ingredients - except the garnish. Fill with ice and shake until chilled. Pour into a martini or coupe glass, top with a tiny pinch of cardamom and garnish for extra fanciness. I promise when drinks look fancy they taste better. It's science... or something.