Cheers to Mom!

Mother’s Day is a time to give back to the ladies in our lives and I think the gift of a finely prepared cocktail is welcome at most homes.

We bookend the occasion with easy-to-make cocktails designed for the aperitif course and dessert course. The Cherry Jussara welcomes Spring time notions of açai berry, cherry, and citrus for a lovely start to the afternoon.

A decadent ending to dinner comes in the form of Nonna’s Coffee, a dessert martini of amaro, coffee liqueur, and whole milk.

The Cherry Jussara is a marriage of berry and citrus elements designed by the VeeV Açai Spirit Company. VeeV Açai Spirit Liqueur is always a great option for low calorie enjoyment while delivering flavor that shines through many cocktails. Here we combine with the contemporary classic Cherry Heering to create a firm berry base to the recipe. Freshly squeezed lemon juice provides the essential backbone of acidity necessary for a balanced cocktail. A dash of Wholesome Sweeteners agave nectar keeps this acidity in check by mellowing the tartness just a bit. Feel free to substitute simple syrup for agave nectar. Simply combine two parts sugar to one part boiling water. Do not stop boiling until sugar is fully dissolved, stirring constantly. Let cool and bottle. This will keep in the refrigerator for future cocktail recipes. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig. It’s visually appealing and quite refreshing with crudité and salty snacks to start the afternoon.

Cherry Jussara
■1 ½ oz VeeV Açai Spirit Liqueur
■¾ oz Cherry Heering Liqueur
■1 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
■Dash of Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave Nectar
■Fresh Mint

Combine VeeV, Cherry Heering, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and agave nectar in cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Serve in rocks glass over ice. Garnish with sprig of fresh mint.

Nonna’s Coffee could certainly be serves as a “liquid dessert” but it will be delicious alongside anything chocolate, from brownies to cakes. Averna Amaro lends notes of cocoa, anise, and spice while Coffee Heering kicks in rich espresso and baker’s chocolate flavors. Combine these with a little dairy, whole milk in this case, and you have a decadent (but not overly sweet) dessert martini! You already saved calories on the Cherry Jussara so no need to count here!!

Nonna’s Coffee
■1 oz Averna Amaro
■1 oz Coffee Heering Liqueur
■2 oz Horizon Organic Whole Milk
■Whole or Ground Grenadian Nutmeg

Start by filling a martini glass with ice and water, placing it to the side for now. Combine Averna, Coffee Heering, and whole milk in cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Dump ice water from martini glass and strain shker into your CHILLED vessel. It’s important to get glass as cold as possible before pouring. No one wants to have dairy at room temperature! Once strained, garnish with a pinch of ground Grenadian nutmeg. Enjoy this Mother’s Day and throughout the year. Cheers!

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