May 13 is the global celebration of World Cocktail Day which marks the publication date of the first definition of the word “cocktail.” The term “cocktail” was written by editor Harry Croswell on May 13, 1806, in response to a reader’s inquiry at the New York tabloid, The Balance and Columbian Repository.

For 2018, May 13 falls on the second Sunday in May, hence the date also concides with the celebration of Mother’s Day around the world. What better way to celebrate Mom’s special day than preparing her a glass of a freshly made craft cocktail? This way, you’re also toasting to World Cocktail Day!

We gathered bartenders from popular bars in Manila to share their special recipes for cocktails that are dedicated to Mom. Here are six cocktails you can prepare at home:

1. “Flowers for Mama”
  • Recipe by Lennon Aguilar
  • F&B Operations Supervisor at The Gilarmi Lounge, Discovery Primea
  • 6749 Ayala Ave, Makati, 1226 Metro Manila

Inspiration for the cocktail:

“When was the last time you said “I love you” to your mother? We sometimes forget that ‘mother knows best’ and that their wisdom and love surpasses what our hearts can feel and what our minds can comprehend.

Flowers for Mama symbolizes how I love my mother. I apologize if I don’t take every chance I have to say I love her, I apologize if sometimes I act like I don’t, and I apologize for the times I made her life harder. I love her because she’s the reason why I’m living and the reason why I’m surviving. This cocktail recipe for all the mothers who never ask for love in return but are always giving and loving as if their satisfaction comes from the love they provide rather than the love they receive.

Flowers for Mama is a cocktail with a right combination of sweet and tart. It is a happy and fruity drink with more fruit per sip, and the vinegar is more of an undertone. The acidic fragrance is created by the strawberry and rose essence, with fresh floral notes from Caorunn Gin and the rose-tinged, raspberry flavor of Hoegaarden Rosee. This recipe is perfect to sip for all moms this summer.”

Watch video recipe courtesy of Discovery Primea


  • 30ml Caorunn Gin
  • 15ml strawberry and rose shrub
  • 15ml rose syrup
  • splash of Hoegaarden Rosée

Garnish: rose petals and fresh strawberry slices

Strawberry and rose shrub:


  • 150 g of fresh local strawberries, chopped
  • 15 g of rose petals
  • 150 g of white sugar
  • 150 ml of cane vinegar
  • 15 ml rose water

In a clean jar, pour in all solid ingredients. Macerate strawberries and rose petals with sugar for an hour before adding the rest of the ingredients. Keep it refrigerated and frequently shake to blend the mixture. Keep it rested for a week before serving.

Rose syrup:


  • 100 g white sugar
  • 100 ml water
  • 10 g rose petals

In a pan over medium heat, bring all ingredients to a boil. Turn the heat to low and continuously stir until the sugar dissolves completely. After boiling, let the syrup cool to room temperature, then pour into a tightly sealed, clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator.

Flowers for Mama:

  1. In a Bavaria glass with ice, pour in all liquid ingredients.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Garnish with rose petals and fresh strawberry slices.
  4. Serve with a straw.

Check out another cocktail recipe by Lennon Aguilar

2. “Blessed” 

  • Recipe by Louisse Lloyd Oliverio
  • Bartender at Edge, Discovery Primea
  • 6749 Ayala Ave, Makati, 1226 Metro Manila

Inspiration for the cocktail:

“Thank you, Nanay for letting me grow my wings, for letting me fly, for catching me when I fall, for helping me stand when I can’t and for assuring me that I can fly again.

For my Nanay who loves wine forever, this cocktail is for you.

Blessed is a delicious cocktail that combines the best of summer by using fresh coconut water, classic red wine, tropical orange fruit and the natural sweetness of tequila and agave. It will be a great refreshing way to cool off warm summer nights. This recipe is a perfect cocktail for ladies especially for moms.

We soared even higher mom. Simply because you believed. We are so BLESSED to have you. Cheers to all Nanay!”

Watch video recipe courtesy of Discovery Primea


  • 30 ml Jose Cuervo Platino Reserva de la Familia
  • 15 ml Agavero Tequila Licor
  • 15 ml agave syrup
  • 90 ml red wine
  • 60 ml fresh orange juice
  • 60 ml fresh coconut water

Garnish: orange slices and mint sprigs


  1. In a red wine glass with ice, pour in all liquid ingredients.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Garnish with orange slices and mint sprigs.

3. “Aruga”

  • Recipe by Cyr Louie Frigillano
  • Bartender at Cove Manila
  • Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City


Inspiration for the cocktail:

“For this coming Mother’s Day, we are going to give tribute to all the mothers in the world for giving us exceptional care and love as we become who we are today. They also guide us in making right decisions and teach us how to be faithful to God. That’s why this cocktail is a tribute to my mother for her exceptional aruga. I used calamansi juice and calamansi liqueur because it reminds me of her calamansi remedy when I get sick, she always gives me calamansi juice to make me feel better. I added Sampaguita flowers in the recipe as a reminder of the flowers she buys every Sunday we attend church and offer it to the altar.”


  • 45 ml Tanqueray 10
  • 25 ml calamansi juice
  • 10 ml homemade calamansi liqueur
  • 25 ml sampaguita infuse syrup
Garnish: sampaguita flower
Glass: cope glass


  1. Chill the glass and set aside.
  2. Add all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake vigorously until chilled.
  3. Double strain the liquid with a fine strainer and garnish with three Sampaguita flowers.


Inspiration for the cocktail:

“Aptly named after my mother, I wanted to exhibit a cocktail both fragrant and floral, but one that packs a punch. Drawing inspiration from her best attributes, her femininity, and strength, the Maxima cocktail is distinctly aromatic on the nose and palate but finishes strong because of its tequila base. This is a drink that’s both a treat and an ode to all mothers!”


  • 30 ml Tequila Ocho
  • 15 ml mezcal
  • 22 ml blue pea syrup
  • 7.5 ml peach liqueur
  • 22 ml lemon juice
  • 1 dash lavender bitters


  1. Shake and strain.
  2. Serve in a rock glass.

Check out another cocktail recipe by Jason Hussein Ali aka Haven

5. “Oh Angelita“

  • Recipe by Vanessa Rabadon
  • Headbartender at Kampai
  • 5779 Felipe Street, Poblacion Makati

Inspiration for the cocktail:

“There is no way we can ever really thank our mother for all she does for us. Nevertheless, we must make it a habit to keep reminding ourselves of the various sacrifices she made while raising us. Mother’s Day is the best time to say the words how much you love and care for your mom. This unique cocktail is inspired by one of my mom’s favorite Ilongga dish with monggo which she cooks for us every Friday of the week.”


  1. 45 ml Akashi White Oak Blended Whisky
  2. 22.5 ml homemade Jackfruit Syrup
  3. 15 ml lemon juice
  4. top with Roasted Green Monggo Beans And Coconut Foam

Roasted Green Monggo Beans And Coconut Foam:

  • 10 gms green monggo beans
  • 180 ml coconut cream (Infuse overnight then strain)
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml sugar syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 150 ml cream

Mix all ingredients in a siphon/cream whipper and chill.

Oh Angelita:

  1. In a shaker, combine Akashi White Oak, lemon juice, and jackfruit syrup.
  2. Add ice, shake, and strain in a chilled coupe glass.
  3. Top with roasted monggo beans and coconut foam.
  4. Garnish with caramelized jackfruit.

Check out another cocktail recipe by Vanessa Rabadon

6. “Edith”

  • Recipe by Shinichi P. Itoh
  • Bartender at Versus Barcade
  • Uptown Parade – Ground Level, Uptown Parade, 38th St. corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Inspiration for the cocktail:

“Mother, Nanay, Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma, or Ermats—no matter what we call our moms, they are still the wonder woman of our life. She is the woman who brought us into this world and has always guided and protected us ever since we were born. She taught us different words of wisdom which we carry with us to this day. And how can we forget, how she loves to cook for us our favorite meal to make us happy.

So, this coming Mother’s Day, I was inspired to create a cocktail using some of the local flavors that I used to taste when my mother always cook our merienda in our province. This cocktail is a tribute to my mother, I will always love her for the rest of my life, and she will still be the only woman that makes my life complete. I name this creation Edith after my mother’s name.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers around the world!”


  • 60 ml coconut oil washed Very Old Captain Artisan Crafted Dark Rum
  • 10 ml homemade panutsya syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • top with homemade pandan foam 
Garnish: Pinipig on Top
Glass: Coupé Glass


  1. In a mixing glass, add the rum, panutsya syrup, and Angostura bitters.
  2. Add ice and stir until chilled.
  3. Strain in a coupe glass and top with homemade pandan foam.
  4. Garnish with pinipig on top and serve.

Check out another cocktail recipe by Shinichi P. Itoh

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