La Mère—a Toast to Mother's Day
Forget the flowers and chocolates. Give mom what she really wants this Mother’s Day, a cocktail with her breakfast. Inspired by the classic French 75, this bubbly blend of sparkling wine, Lillet Rose (a delicate, fruity aperitif), and fragrant elderflower liqueur, the La Mère is a great way to say “thanks for all the years of picking up after me.”
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) Lillet Rose
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon (.5 ounce) St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup (4 ounces) dry sparkling wine, such as Cava or brut Champagne, chilled
1 Prep the garnish
• Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, remove a long strip of zest from each lemon and twist the strips.
• Juice the lemons.
2 Make the cocktail
In cocktail shaker, combine the Lillet Rose, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and the elderflower liqueur. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled flutes and top with sparkling wine.
Garnish each drink with a lemon twist and serve immediately.