07 May Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Mothers Day Gift Ideas for ALL your Moms
Mother’s Day is coming up and sometimes it seems difficult to find just the right treat for Mom. This year you can make Mom forget the way you used to whine as a kid with some great WINE inspired gifts. The Wine Coach, Laurie Forster is here with ideas for all the Moms in your life—your Mom, your mother-in-law, your BFF and maybe a little something for YOU!
For your Mom:
In Kindergarten Mom pretended your stick figures were a work of art and later in high school she read your English essay as if it were one of the great classics. Moms just plain love anything you craft yourself so why stop now? Make your dear Mom a Red Wine Bundt Cake that is deliciously flavored with her favorite red wine. The recipe calls for one cup of red wine so there will be plenty leftover to sip on while the cake is baking, BONUS!
Let’s face it all us Moms are busy so this isn’t totally homemade but it was made at home! This Bundt cake is made with the help of the Dough Boy! Laurie used the Pillsbury Moist Supreme Golden Butter Recipe box mix following the directions exactly except substitute 1 cup of your favorite red wine instead of water. Then to top things off create a red wine drizzle by melting 2 Tbsp of butter in 1/2 cup of red wine over medium heat. Add 1 cup sifted powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla until integrated and reduce to desired thickness. Pour all over the cake and serve.
For your Mother-in-law:
Whether your Mother-in-law is like a second mother or your toughest critic—her heart will definitely melt when you give her this gift of Brix Chocolate that is specifically blended to compliment her favorite wine. The gift set includes all 4 varieties of chocolate including milk, smooth dark, medium dark and extra dark along with wine pairings—it’s a party in a box! If that doesn’t convince her you are good enough for her son–nothing will.
Laurie recommends a bottle of delicious Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon with the BRIX Extra Dark Chocolate to win over any Mom!
Find Brix Chocolate at a store near you: http://brixchocolate.com/store-locator/
For your BFF:
Let’s face it no one knows more about the ups and downs you experience as a Mother than your BFF and she’s always there to cheer you on. So this Mother’s Day make your BFF’s day sparkle with a a sparkling cocktail…the French 75 or what Laurie calls “Mommy’s Little Helper.” Your BFF will love this so much she’ll invite you over to share a few!
French 75 Recipe
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Dry Fly or No 209 Gin
3 oz dry Sparkling Wine or Champagne
Add all the ingredients except the Sparkling Wine to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the Sparkling Wine and garnish with a lemon twist.
Simple Syrup Recipe
1 cup of sugar & 1 cup of water
Over high heat stir till the sugar is dissolved and bring water and sugar to a rapid boil. Reduce to low heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes or so. Allow to cool to room temperature and transfer to a covered container. Store in the refrigerator to be used within 30 days.
Plate Clips for Wine Glasses – Hang your wine glass of your plate so you can eat, drink and roam as you please!
Menu Baggy Winecoat – Take your wine with you in style!
Coravin – Drink without Pulling the Cork!
Laurie Forster is an award-winning sommelier, author and comedian. Her edgy approach to demystifying wine has been featured on FOX Morning News, Martha Stewart Living Today and ABC News at Noon. Forster is also the host of her radio show The Sipping Point on WBAL and her mobile application “The Wine Coach” was listed as one of the Top Wine Apps in Wine Enthusiast. As a laid back mom, wine expert and former Jersey girl, Forster tells it like it is. Laurie is currently on her 2014 Drink Your Glass Off tour with stops in Nashville, New York City, Chicago and Denver.