Mamma mia, Boozers. Mothers everywhere are steeling themselves for an onslaught of sappy Hallmark cards, flowers stuffed into coffee mugs emblazoned with “World’s Best Mom”, and crowded brunch buffets. It’s the thought that counts.
Motherhood is no easy gig, and whether the nurturing woman in your life has been a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a sister, or a family friend, it is nice to thank her for her contribution to your existence. What she probably needs is a stiff drink, but, like any true maternal figure, she doesn’t want to be too obvious about it. The Mother’s Little Helper is an excellent way to add a special kick to any drink, in the guise of a booze-filled fruity ice cube. She can add it discreetly to a glass of seltzer water or enjoy it with a proper glass of bubbly. Have a toast in her honor and give her a call — she’s always there, ready to offer advice and blushingly brush off your words of gratitude. Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Little Helper
A nice light spirit adds the right note to these cute little cubes. Vodka tends to have a crisp taste while gin provides a slightly herbaceous undertone, so either lends itself well to the strawberries. As always, we suggest you support your local distillers, which are seemingly popping up everywhere these days. We enjoy Smooth Ambler vodka and Catoctin Creek gin — local and flavorful!
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup vodka or gin
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Champagne or sparkling wine
Mint sprig, for garnish
Place strawberries in a blender and roughly chop, then add vodka or gin and sugar. Blend together on high until smooth (you can strain through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the seeds if you want, but this is entirely optional); pour into ice cube tray (a silicone ice cube tray comes in handy here) and freeze until solid, about 3 hours. Will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months at this point. Yield: about 6 cubes.
Put a cube in a glass of chilled champagne, garnish with mint, and kiss that special woman on the cheek.