Are you facing the dilemma of how to spoil your mom for Mother’s Day? Well, we’re serving up two options—one spicy, and one sweet! Chances are, no matter how old you get, your mom still appreciates those homemade gifts. So this year, why not invite her over for brunch and wow her with your cooking and bartending skills?
Chef Justin Addison and Gungaa Turek from the Williamsburg Lodge teamed up to share two super simple food and cocktail pairings. We have a little sugar, a little spice, and a bonus that’s “everything nice!” APRIL 2016 UPDATE: If DIY really isn’t your style—make a reservation now at the Williamsburg Inn’s Regency Room for an unforgettable Mother’s Day brunch.
Crêpes & Champagne Cocktail
HONEY RICOTTA Crêpes
- 16 crêpes (store bought or your favorite recipe)
- 3 cups ricotta cheese
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ lemon
- 2 Tbsp favorite jam (We used tomato conserve).
- 2 springs fresh mint
- 5 blackberries (diced)
- ¼ apple (diced)
- 3 strawberries (diced)
- 10 blueberries (halved)
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
- In a bowl, mix ricotta cheese, honey, lemon juice, and jam
- Fill crepes to desired thickness and roll.
- Pull mint leaves and place to side (save the stems!)
- In a small pot, over medium heat, add water and granulated sugar and bring to a bowl. Allow to simmer for two minutes. Pull off the heat and steep the mint stems in the hot simple syrup for three minutes. Then, chill.
- When simple syrup is chilled, toss in the berries, apple, one Tbsp of chiffonade mint, and simple syrup in a bowl. Let this sit for five minutes during this macerating process.
- In a mixing bowl, whip heavy cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks. Taste for desired sweetness.
- To plate, place two crepes per person on a plate, top with whipped cream and macerated berries, and enjoy!
PAIRED WITH “FLORAL FIZZ”
For this one, use your favorite dry or semi-dry sparkling wine or champagne. We chose Chateau Simonet. What makes this one so unique is the elderflower liqueur. And the St. Germain bottle is so beautiful, be sure to leave that as an extra gesture of love for mom!
1/2 oz St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
4 oz Chateau Simonet Sparkling Wine
Splash of Cranberry Juice
Garnish: Lime Twist
To build: just pour all ingredients into a champagne flute and garnish with a lime twist!
Frittata & Bloody “Maria”
BASIL, PEPPER & ONION FRITTATA
- 15 eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chiffonade
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Favorite fruit to serve with frittata
- Preheat oven to 350
- Place medium-sized cast iron skillet over medium heat
- In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs until well incorporated, mix in ¼ cup Parmesan and heavy cream. Place to the side.
- Add oil to the skillet once it's hot
- Sauté onions and peppers until tender. Season with salt, pepper, and 1 Tbsp basil
- Immediately add egg mixture and mix it well with the vegetables.
- Place in oven for 25-35 minutes or until cooked all the way through
- Garnish with remaining Parmesan cheese and basil. Serve hot with a side of fresh fruit.
PAIRED WITH BLOODY “MARIA”
Next up is our Bloody “Maria.” Forget the vodka; this drink calls for tequila! And not just any tequila—but George Clooney’s CASAMIGOS. Add a little 18th-century star power with Patrick Henry’s Revolutionary Bloody Mary Mix and you have an award-winning cocktail. Arriba!
1 1/2 oz CASAMIGOS Tequila
Patrick Henry’s Bloody Mary Mix
Lemon, lime, olives, and jalapenos as garnishes
Pour tequila over ice. Add Bloody Mary Mix; then garnish with olives and jalapenos. Lemon and lime slices are also an option!
And Everything Nice!
Finally—just in case your plans involve a more low-key cookout or dinner at home—we have a bonus cocktail that can go with just about any dish. This sangria recipe blends bottles of Rosé and Merlot. The true Spanish version is served dry and the only sweetness from this drink comes from the orange juice. That’s why we like it! Remember to refresh your fruit every couple of days to keep the slices from getting bitter.
2 Bottles of Red Wine
2 Bottles of Rose
4 oz Triple Sec
8 oz Orange Juice
Mix all ingredients together and add any fruit of your choice! We used oranges, lemons, limes, and apples. Add an optional splash of Sprite before serving.
Good luck and happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there—from the Making History Team!