Mothers Day Gin and Vodka Cocktails

Mum’s the Word – favourite cocktails for Mother’s Day

The co-founders and creators of Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka, made by the Dunnet Bay Distillery, are celebrating Mother’s Day in style.

The UK’s most northern mainland distillery is run by Claire Murray and Martin Murray, and they will be serving some deliciously thoughtful cocktails to celebrate their own mothers this Mothering Sunday.

Both of the cocktails they’ll be serving this Mothering Sunday contain Rock Rose Spring Edition – one of several seasonal and signature gins in their range. As for Claire, she looks forward to a Holy Grass Vodka this Mothering Sunday

Claire’s mother Margaret, the Distillery’s Production Supervisor, loves citrus flavours. Claire says: “For her, we will be serving a Lime in the Coconut cocktail which incorporates Rock Rose Spring Edition, with its deliciously coconutty gorse notes, with the Distillery’s own Coriander & Lime Liquid Garnish”. It’s a holiday in a glass…



50 ml Rock Rose Spring Edition Gin

25ml Fresh lime juice

10-25ml Simple syrup (to taste)

50ml Coconut water

A couple of drops of Coriander & Lime Liquid Garnish

To garnish: a lime wedge and a mint leaf (if available)


Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass with ice cubes. Add all the liquid ingredients and stir for 20 seconds until chilled. Strain into a frozen martini glass and garnish with the lime and mint.


Lynne, Martin’s mother, loves elderflower. Martin says: “It’s too early in the year for fresh elderflowers, of course, but my Mum loves the taste and so for her it has to be an Elderflower & Herb Gin Fizz”. This is a nod to a classic Gin Fizz taken to the next level with elderflower and rosemary notes.



50 ml Rock Rose Spring Edition Gin

30ml Elderflower Liqueur (such as St. Germain)

20ml Elderflower cordial

20ml Fresh lemon juice

Sprig of fresh rosemary

Soda water

To garnish: extra sprig of rosemary – plus elderflowers, when in season.


Pour the gin, liqueur, cordial, lemon juice and one sprig or rosemary into a cocktail shake filled with ice cubes and shake. Fill a Collins glass with ice and strain the cocktail into the glass. Top with soda water.

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and, when in season, some fresh elderflowers.


Think ahead during elderflower season: freeze mini-sprigs of rosemary with fresh elderflowers in ice cubes or ice balls so that you have attractive ice garnishes at any time of year.

As a mother herself, Claire Murray will be taking a break from helping to run the business whilst home-schooling 3 children. She’ll be dropping a strong hint that Martin should pour her a Holy Grass Vodka Coffee Edition Salted Caramel Martini – not an easy cocktail name to ask for after the first of these so we’ll just call it a Salted Caramel Martini. This is an elegant twist on an espresso Martini…




50ml Coffee Holy Grass Vodka

20 ml Caramel syrup (or to taste)

25ml Frangelico Liqueur

10ml Simple syrup (or to taste)

Sea salt

To garnish: coffee beans and extra salt for the rim, if you wish


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the liquids plus a pinch of sea salt. Shake well and strain into a chilled Martini glass (first frost the rim with salt if you wish – optional). Garnish with three coffee beans. Relax and enjoy…

You can buy Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka from

Rock Rose Spring Edition will be available from around 5th March priced at £37.50.

Coriander & Lime Liquid Garnish – from a range – priced at £12 each.

Holy Grass Vodka – Cold Brew Coffee edition – £34

To ensure the best chance of delivery in time for 14 March, order by 8 March.