Mixologist: Mother’s Day Cocktails

Nothing says “I love you, mom,” like a hand-made cocktail. This mother’s day (May 12; write it down now), make something personal. Like a cocktail.

For these vodka cocktails, I used Luksusowa ($25.45). It’s triple-distilled and charcoal filtered, resulting in drink that is smooth, crisp, clean, and clear—ideal for cocktails.

I also used Luksusowa Cherry for the cherry blossom, which is essentially a cherry mimosa that goes well with brunch.

Basil and Raspberry Smash

1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. simple syrup
5 basil leaves
10 fresh raspberries
1/2 oz. cranberry juice
Garnish: 2 fresh raspberries and a basil leaf

Muddle the basil and raspberries gently in a short glass. Add all other ingredients and fill glass 2/3 with crushed ice. Mix well using a bar spoon and top up with ice.

Cherry Blossom

1/2 oz. cherry vodka
1/2 tsp. vanilla syrup*
Garnish: vanilla stick

Shake vodka and vanilla syrup in a shaker with ice. Double strain into a chilled Champagne flute. Top with cold champagne, garnish and serve.

Apple and Vanilla Collins

1 1/2 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. vanilla syrup*
3/4 oz. apple puree
Soda water
Garnish: Lemon peel and apple wedge

Shake first four ingredients and pour into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Top up with soda water.

*Vanilla Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla extract

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