Now this is how you show your Mother’s Day love

And for the save…you forgot to pick up a card. Amazon could not deliver the gift in time. The flower shop is closed. You can still treat Mom on Mother’s Day with a special cocktail or mocktail followed by yummy brunch. Mmm… I can just taste it!

Mama’s Mimosa



1.Pour champagne and top with Sparkling Ice Orange Mango

Sparkling Sorbet Bellini (Mocktail)

Pineapple Sorbet:



  1. In blender, puree pineapple chunks with sugar and water until smooth
  2. Chill pineapple mixture in refrigerator for 1 hour
  3. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions and store tightly covered in freezer until ready to use. Makes about 2 ½ cups

Sorbet Bellini Mocktail:



  1. In two 12 oz glasses, add 3/4 cup Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple
  2. Using small ice cream scoop, add 1/3 cup pineapple sorbet to each glass
  3. Garnish with fresh pineapple wedge and coconut flakes, if desired



Pineapple sorbet can be made up to a few days ahead of time so it’s ready to go when you need it. For a special twist, coat top rim of glass with water or pineapple juice and dip in coconut flakes.

As my kids know, I’m a tequila fan, so this Mango cocktail is on my mind.

mango cocktail

Fresh Mango Squeeze


1/2 part Jose Cuervo Especial® Silver
4 parts fresh mango chunks
4 parts ice
1/2 part freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 part triple sec
Pinch of salt
Lime wedges for garnish
Chili powder for sprinkling
Agave to taste


In blender, add ice, Jose Cuervo Especial® Silver, triple sec, mango, lime juice, agave and salt. Blend. Pour mixture into glasses. Garnish with lime and a sprinkle of chili powder. Enjoy!

Food writer extraordinaire Bonnie Stern

recommends this recipe in her National Post column and I have made it and recommend it highly. Most of the ingredients you will have on hand.

Photo credit: Food Network

French toast casserole 

This French toast casserole, from my friend Halen Kirzner, is my all-time favourite brunch dish. It is always a hit. Serve it sweet with cream and berries, or it is surprisingly delicious with bacon and sriracha.


7 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
1 unsliced challah or egg bread, crusts removed, cut into 1-inch pieces, about 1 1/4 lbs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup

to serve:
ice cream, whipped cream, Greek yogurt, mixed fresh berries

  1. In a large bowl combine eggs with milk and vanilla. Add bread cubes and combine well. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours to overnight.
  2. Place bread mixture in a buttered 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish. Combine melted butter with brown sugar and maple syrup. Drizzle mixture all over top of bread.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven (on a baking sheet to catch any spills) until puffed and browned, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before serving. Serve with your favourite topping, savoury or sweet. Serves 8.

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