Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2024: Best Mom-Made Spirits

by 24britishtvMay 12, 2024, 1 a.m. 28
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If your mom likes to make cocktails or drink spirits on the rocks, then you should get her a spirit to add to her bar cart. But instead of just any spirit, why not gift her a bottle of a spirit made by a mom? Here’s a roundup of some beautiful spirits made by mothers.

Isabel Santiago is a fourth generation master mezcalera and mother, and she’s breaking new ground in an industry where male master mezcaleros dominate. ZOMOS is an organic mezcal that’s perfect for gifting. “It tastes delicate and sweet with my womanly touch,” says Santiago. “It’s a different profile; it’s soft, subtle, and sweet. Subtlety smoked and very digestible — primarily the sweetness of the cooked agave predominates.”

Dr. Nicola Nice is a mom, sociologist and spirits historian. She founded Pomp & Whimsy to celebrate women and their role in the history of spirits. A modern take on the classic gin cordial, this liqueur boasts light citrus and exotic fruits with a dry, warm spiced finish with just the right touch of juniper. Buy a bottle of this delicious spirit and pair it with Nice’s book, The Cocktail Parlor.

Mel Heim is a mom, a master distiller and now CEO of Big Nose Kate western whiskey. This whiskey, which is a blend of rye and American single malts is named for the real Big Nose Kate, who was a legendary woman of the Old West.

Bestselling cookbook author and mother Meredith Erickson created this aperitivo inspired by the Dolomites after dozens upon dozens of readers contacted her about her rhubarb liqueur. Doladira is made with no artificial flavorings or colorings, and it contains 60 percent less sugar than most aperitivos.

After having her second child Kat Hantas was told to drink distilled spirits instead of wine, but she didn’t like the bland tequilas out there. She ended up infusing her, and it was so well received and sought after that she founded 21 Seeds with her sister Nicole Hantas-Emanuel and Sarika Singh (and both her co-founders also are moms to two children, too).

Kloe Colacarro enjoys disrupting the bourbon space. As both a mom and head of brand for Off Hours, she wants to take “bourbon out of dimly lit bars and brown leather couches and celebrate the spirit as one that can be enjoyed in all the in between moments of your life.” “More women love bourbon than you’d think,” she says, adding that 60 percent of her consumer base is women. “As a mom and entrepreneur, I love that the brand has attracted a predominately female audience in an industry that tends to skew male.” Colacarro enjoys drinking Off Hours Bourbon in spritzs and Bloody Mary cocktails.

Pronounced HI-maht, this farm distillery uses all locally harvested fruit to create an array of liqueurs, including the delectable blackberry. Ute Londrigan, mom and founder of Heimat, grew up making liqueurs with her grandmother in Germany, and when she and her family moved to New York, she started making them as gifts for friends. They were so well received that she founded Heimat in 2021.

“Before becoming a mom to my son Tommy, Solento felt like my baby,” says Raani Robertson, vice president of Solento. Solento is a USDA-certified organic and additive -free tequila. “It’s an elegant gift for moms because it says that you deserve to slow down and enjoy something special,” she says. “This is a day to celebrate moms and what they mean to us, and premium tequila makes for a perfect gift.”

Dr. Amy Maverick is a physician, mom and entrepreneur, and she founded Maverick Distilling with her husband Kenneth, who is an ophthalmologist and great-great-great grandson of Samuel Maverick, one of first mayors of San Antonio. This whiskey is a 2022 John Barleycorn Awards double gold winner, and it’s distilled in small batches using select, Texas-grown corn, rye and barley.

Elizabeth Arango Cruz is a mother of two and one of the very few women who are a maestra mezcalera. Cruz is a fifth generation master distiller, and she uses a natural fermentation process to distill her mezcal, which contains no additives or sulfites, making Mezcal Amarás an exquisite gift.

Master distiller Molly Troupe and parter at Freeland Spirits is also a mom, who is expecting her second child. To celebrate Mother's Day, Freeland is offering customers who purchase any 750 ml bottle, they can get 50 percent off Gin Minis 3-pack with MINISMOM code. Freeland Gin uses fresh, Pacific Northwest botanicals to create this fragrant gin.

Elsa Jimenez Mendez presides over each batch of El Buho, which is made by her children, Jose Isaac, Beatriz, and Octavio. Beatriz will be the next generation distiller in this family. This easy drinking mango mezcal is complex and layered with flavor.

Mom and master blender Rachel Barrie ages this scotch in fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía, Spain. This richly sherried Highland single malt Scotch whisky presents smooth vanilla, soft fruits and a memorably long, nutty finish, for which it has become renowned.

Geraldine Kavanagh is the head forager for Glendalough Distillery. A mom and forager, she forages for the rare andGlendalough Wild Rose Irish Gin elusive wild rose from the Wicklow mountains, which is one of two roses used to make this intensely floral gin.

Besides being the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby and all of its other accolades and awards, Woodford Reserve is made by Elizabeth McCall, master distiller. She is the first distiller in Brown-Forman’s history to be a mother. A mom of two, McCall is passionate about whiskey, horses and being involved in her community.

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