The Friday Tipple: Mother’s Little Helper

Mother's Little Helper

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.

The Friday Tipple: Mother’s Little Helper

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.

The Friday Tipple: Pumpkin Pie

You know what’s coming, American Boozers. Yes, Thanksgiving. Watching Uncle Greg wrestle with the turkey, being forced by Grandma to sit at the kiddie table, again (“I’m sorry, honey, there just isn’t room for everyone at the big table. And the kids love you so much, dear.”), and that classic moment when your mom insists that you show everyone your impersonation of Adolf Hitler. Good times.

What you really need after you’ve eaten the last bite of Aunt Irma’s famous Ambrosia salad with the gummy bear surprise, is a drink. Something festive for which you can truly give thanks. Enter the Pumpkin Pie cocktail — believe us, you need this far more than you ever needed any traditional piece of pie. Made with our signature Pumpkin Juice, we keep it simple by adding Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka.

Yes, we know, we were skeptical too: “Whipped cream vodka? Not possible.” However, it turns out that you really can make vodka taste like pretty much anything under the sun, and, while we know that we could probably come up with our own housemade version, we suggest that you give yourself a break. Buy the Pinnacle, whip up a quick batch of Pumpkin Juice, and loosen your belt. You know you need to build up your strength for Black Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pie

This drink tastes astonishingly like a slice of pumpkin pie, but without the fiber.  We added just a soupçon of Nocello, which imparts a slight undercurrent of nuttiness — rather like your family, we suspect.

3 ounces Pumpkin Juice (recipe here)

1.5 ounces Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka

Splash of Nocello

Whipped cream and nutmeg for garnish (optional, but do it anyway)

Pour the pumpkin juice, vodka, and Nocello in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg.