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A Thoroughly Modern Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Do not ask us to pick a favorite spring holiday. From Easter and Passover to Cinco de Mayo and graduations, there’s something to celebrate every few weeks. But one holiday we are partial to is celebrating Mom, so here is the ultimate Mother’s Day Brunch menu.

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is the ultimate brunch holiday; we love celebrating the extraordinary ladies in our lives. This year we’ve partnered with Hangar 1 to toast Mom with their Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka. Because the minute the weather warms up, it’s full-on rosé season in our book and the only thing better than rosé wine itself is a vodka made with rosé wine.

 We don’t know about you, but we’re all about celebrating the modern Mother – you know, your friend who works hard and plays hard all while taking top care of her little ones. And we figured the ultimate Mother’s Day gift would be to give her a brunch where she didn’t have to lift a finger and where she could just sit back and relax with friends and toast the moment.

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Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Here’s a look into our dream Mother’s Day brunch that you can hopefully have alfresco. We’re including the menu (with six phenomenal spring recipes), a decor idea, a signature cocktail, and seven tips for Mother’s Day brunch perfection. 

Mother’s Day Menu

Here are six easy-to-execute (and mostly make ahead!) recipes for our Mother’s Day brunch. It’s a combination of healthy and indulgent, seasonal and classic flavors, and salty and sweet, so it’s sure to be a hit!

Rosé Raspberry Lavender Spritzer Cocktail

What do we love about the new Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka? It’s not only an innovative twist on classic vodka but also a gorgeous blush color that’s perfect for spring. It’s balanced flavor (with notes of apple, sweet pea blossoms, and cranberry) means you don’t want to make a cocktail that overshadows it.

Something light and fresh is perfect, like an Italian Sangria, a French 75, or this Rosé Raspberry Lavender Spritzer Cocktail, which is perfect for a brunch setting. You can make the raspberry lavender syrup in advance, and then you simply shake the drinks up during the brunch. We suggest setting up a cocktail station at your brunch table because guests love watching the cocktails being made right in front of them!

Maple Syrup and Black Pepper Bacon

You know when your bacon gets a bit of your pancake syrup on it, and it’s just so freaking good? That’s what inspired this recipe.

You cook bacon in the oven as usual (at 400°F for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on your desired doneness). During the last 5 minutes of cooking, brush it with maple syrup and, before serving it, give it a few cranks of freshly ground black pepper. 

Baked Almond Vanilla French Toast

This Baked Almond Vanilla French Toast is one of the most popular recipes on our site and we get why: it allows you to make French Toast for a crowd without having to stay put at the stove.

Charred Asparagus With Ricotta and Almond-Pistachio Dukkah

Inspired by one of our latest trips to Baja California, Mexico, this Charred Asparagus With Ricotta and Almond-Pistachio Dukkah dish is unexpected and a total crowd-pleaser.

You can char the asparagus and make the Mexican-inspired dukkah (an Egyptian nut and seed blend but made with cumin, oregano, pistachios, and almonds here) a day ahead. Then you toss the asparagus in lime and olive oil and assemble it all right before serving.

Baked Eggs With Creamed Spinach and Smashed Mint Peas

Few things are more comforting than baked eggs at brunch. For this Baked Eggs With Creamed Spinach and Smashed Mint Peas recipe, we recommend making the creamed spinach and smashed peas (without the herbs) a day ahead and then simply placing it all in a skillet and baking it when your guests arrive.

Mixed Berry Pavlova With Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Whipped Cream

The minute we think of Spring and desserts, we think of light, gorgeous desserts like the Aussie class, the Pavlova. Named after the ballerina Anna Pavlova, the dessert is classically just fruit and meringue layered together.

For our Mixed Berry Pavlova With Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Whipped Cream, we add a light-as-can-be lemon curd, a berry sauce, and Mascarpone whipped cream to make it to the next level.

Seven Tips For Mother’s Day Brunch Perfection

Now that you’ve figured out your menu, here are a few more tips to master your Mother’s Day brunch.

Have A Signature Drink 

Creating a signature drink is an instant way to make a special occasion even more special. We created this Rosé Raspberry Lavender Spritzer Cocktail with Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka for our Mother’s Day brunch. It’s a bit tart, a touch floral, just a tad sweet, and super simple to make. Not to mention that the color is a total showstopper.

By the way, a few other ways we like using Hangar 1 for brunch are in this Sparkling Sage Grapefruit cocktail or this Tomatillo Bloody Mary.

Cook A Super Seasonal Menu

The easiest way to make sure your food tastes amazing? Use in-season produce. For spring, our favorite seasonal ingredients are asparagus, peas, berries, and mint – all of which we included in this menu.

Make (Almost) Everything In Advance

A Mother’s Day Brunch like this is when you don’t want to be slaving away in the kitchen but out enjoying the excellent weather and even better company. So, make as much as possible in advance. For this menu, you can make all the food a day ahead or in the morning, so all you have to focus on is mixing cocktails and being in the moment. 

Keep The Décor Eclectic

Rather than stress about all the plates matching and the décor being just so, we say it’s way more enjoyable to use what you have and mix and match. The key is to keep everything in the same color palette so everything feels like it goes together even when it doesn’t.

Do Your Own Florals

Lately, we’ve been all about DIY on the florals for gatherings like this. On our trip to the farmers market for all the produce for this meal, we gathered all the fresh flowers we could find (namely, ranunculus, traditional carnations, proteas, roses, seeded eucalyptus, etc.) and put them together in a low vase so they were on the table but not stealing the spotlight.

Keep It Low Stress

No matter what you do, don’t take on more than you can handle. A stressed-out host does nothing but make all the partygoers feel stressed, too!

Be Sure To Toast Mom!

This day is all about Mom, so sit down and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the moment and toast Mom.

That’s all you need to know to create the perfect Mother’s Day brunch! Let us know if you have any more tips, and if you make the Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka cocktail or anything else, be sure to share it on social media with the hashtag #swsociety.

Hangar 1 Rose Vodka

About Hangar 1 Vodka

We here at Salt & Wind Travel are California through and through so we always look for a chance to support Golden State makers, be it local farmers or craft distillers. Hangar 1 is one of those distillers – based in the Bay Area (you should go visit them next time you’re in the area btw!), led by head distiller, Caley Shoemaker, always trying something new — they’re everything we love about the California spirit. So, we couldn’t wait to try this newest creation, their Rosé Vodka made by blending California rosé wine with their handcrafted vodka.

We took their blush-colored vodka as inspiration and ran with it for this, our thoroughly modern Mother’s Day brunch.

Easy Brunch Recipes

More Easy Brunch Recipe Ideas

Want even more ideas for brunch? Check out our more than 20 easy brunch recipes, from this Macadamia Nut Banana Tarte Tatin to crowd-pleasing Tropical Ginger Smoothies and our favorite muffin recipes!

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