Ah, Mother’s Day. That magical day in the middle of May where you are finally allowed to plant flowers in the Midwest. And cards and flowers and maybe brunch (occasionally with in-laws, every mother’s dream celebration) or an awkward breakfast in bed. I say this year, skip the breakfast– head straight to the day drinks. For Mother’s Day 2017: I give you the Rosé Aperol Spritz.
For those unfamiliar with a traditional Aperol Spritz, it’s a low-alcohol aperitif of Italian origin that is practically begging to be sipped on a patio. The traditional drink is 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol (What the hell is Aperol? Glad you asked– Aperol is a bitter herbal Italian aperitif much like the more popular Campari!), and a splash of club soda! Serve in a bit fat wine glass full of ice with an orange wedge preferably in the Italian countryside, but my backyard on a sunny Friday works just as well.
For this Mother’s Day I turned to Rosé to satisfy my desire for a bouquet of flowers. Swapping out prosecco for Rosé (sparkling or not– your choice), a DROP of rose water for a real floral kick, some Aperol and a top off of club soda and you have a refreshing, floral, springy, made-for-mom drink.
This drink is low alcohol and dangerously thirst quenching, which essentially means you can literally drink it all afternoon. You know– in honor of Mom!
Do your mom a favor this weekend: Skip the flowers, make her a cocktail. Cheers!
Rosé Aperol Spritz
Makes 1 Cocktail, Multiply for as many Moms are in the room
4 oz (sparkling or not, your choice!)
2 oz Aperol
1/4 tsp rose water
3 oz (or just a top off of the glass you choose) club soda
Rose petal for garnish!
Fill a large white wine glass with clear ice. Pour in rosé, Aperol, rose water, and club soda. Stir gently, top with petal and serve! Happy Mother’s Day!