Mother's World Cocktail Day


Sunday, May 13 is a special day this year. Not only is it World Cocktail Day, but it’s also Mother’s Day! What a perfect combination. While in the past we’ve encouraged our young chefs to take control of the kitchen for the day, this particular combination requires someone with a few more years (and of-age taste buds!) under their belts. For all you adult children out there, don't let your mom down this Sunday--make her a cocktail!

First, what is World Cocktail Day? The Museum of the American Cocktail established this day to celebrate the day in 1806 when the word “cocktail” was first defined within the pages of The Balance and Columbian Repository, a newspaper published in New York State. In this edition, the editor wrote:

Cock tail, then is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters it is vulgarly called a bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said also, to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because, a person having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else.

With the caveat that our mothers never had fuddled heads, the SoFAB staff shared a few cocktails that our mothers were known to enjoy from time to time. They ran the gambit from Fuzzy Navels and Grasshoppers to Kir Royals and Old Fashioneds. Wine was a popular option, as were Gin & Tonics and anything involving a crème de something. Do these reflect a particular time in our drinking culture or place? Possibly, but more importantly, it shows that our mothers are all unique and you probably know better than we do what your mom wants to sip.

We’ve included a few of our favorite recipes here, but don’t forget about the SoFAB Pantry for any last minute Mother’s Day presents. Not only do we have new copies of the classic MOTAC Pocket Recipe Guide in stock, but we have plenty of other fun cocktail books, glassware and essential mixology equipment like hand carved muddlers and El Guapo bitters. Don’t miss the chance to make your mom (or yourself) a fancy cocktail and celebrate two well deserved holidays with one drink.

P.S.:  If you’re not up for fixing the drinks yourself, do everyone a favor and check out the brunch special at Toups South for Mother’s Day. Not only does the menu look fantastic, but their cocktail game is always strong. Then you can walk off your brunch with a tour around the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and happily accept your 2018 best child award.




For a bit of a history lesson about this guilty pleasure from Tujague’s, one of NOLA’s oldest bars, catch up here.

  • 1 oz. green crème de menthe
  • 1 oz white crème de Cacao
  • 2 oz. heavy cream

Shake well with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Grasshopper From Tujague's Facebook Page

Grasshopper From Tujague's Facebook Page

Kir Royale

Featuring two of mom’s favorites, champagne and a crème de something, this super simple cocktail looks decadent and tastes delicious.

  • 5 oz champagne, chilled
  • .25 oz. crème de cassis

Fill a champagne flute with the crème de cassis and then add champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Join us for the month of May 2018 as we Spotlight all Education Programs as part of the 10 Years of SoFAB programming! From cooking classes for children, hosting interns from across the country and globe, and assisting research fellows, SoFAB has continued to foster the curiosity and exploration of southern foodways from all levels of education and experience.