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6 Mommy Cocktails You Need (And Deserve)

Last weekend, my friends and I did ‘Girls Afternoon Out’ with our daughters. The girls scooted around a playground as I sat on a bench with my two best girlfriends from college. Afterward, we did make-your-own pizza and sundaes. It was so much fun. But it made me really, really miss my friends — as in, just them and me.

In my twenties, when I was single, Friday and Saturday nights were ‘Girls Night Out’. Even after I met my husband, hanging with my friends was a regular thing. Now that I have two kids, ‘Girls Night Out’ has become more of a rarity. Thing is, I need those nights more than ever.

“The rewards of being a mom are felt with every toothless grin and squishy hug… but I don’t know a mom who would ever deny that this gig can also be exhausting and even isolating,” says Janet Frongillo, author of Mommy Mixology — a new book with cocktail and mocktail recipes just for moms (caution: may cause extreme thirst).

“To be able to sit down with other moms — our ‘people’ — and commiserate? Laugh? Even cry? It’s just good for the soul,” continues Frongillo, a mom of three boys who blogs at Muffintop Mommy. “I don’t know that it gets much better than putting your feet up and sharing a cocktail or mocktail, some party snacks, and a few war stories with girlfriends.”

Exactly! Directions: Check out these cocktails (and one awesome mocktail) plucked from her book, assemble ingredients and friends, enjoy.

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  • Watermelon Weigh-In Mocktail 1 of 6
    Watermelon Weigh-In Mocktail
    When I was preggers and feeling every bit like a swollen watermelon, I had to laugh when the hubs looked like he wanted to evaporate into the wall when I'd get weighed. "You did this to me, remember?" I'd say. (The sooner husbands accept blame for practically everything, the better.) Go with it and enjoy this time when numbers don't count.

    What you'll need
    3/4 cup watermelon chunks
    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    2 teaspoons sugar
    Dash of salt
    Handful of ice cubes
    Watermelon slice and lime wedges, for garnish (optional).

    What to do
    Place watermelon, lime juice, sugar, salt and ice in blender and blend to desired consistency. Pour into glass and garnish, if desired.

    Photo credit: Courtesy of Ulysses Press/Judi Swinks Photography
  • Muffintopmommy Mudslide 2 of 6
    Muffintopmommy Mudslide
    At some point post-baby, you'll have to go somewhere that requires a nicer outfit than a spit-up-stained shirt and yoga pants. If you're like me, you make a frantic dash to the store, try on everything, hate everything, and come home with the dreaded muffin-top restrictor undergarment. But when you don that garment, where does the muffin top go? Truth: It comes out your underarms and your tush. Just ditch that sucker and have a mudslide with friends instead!

    What you'll need
    3/4 ounces vanilla Stolichnaya vodka
    3/4 ounces Kahlua
    3/4 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
    1/2 ounce half-and-half
    Big squirt of chocolate syrup
    Ice
    Whipped cream for garnish

    What to do
    Shake vodka, Kahlua, Baileys, half-and-half and chocolate syrup with ice, strain into a chilled martini glass, and top with whipped cream.

    Photo credit: Courtesy of Ulysses Press/Judi Swinks Photography
  • Punchy Party Pants 3 of 6
    Punchy Party Pants
    Ginormous birthday extravaganzas at bounce places, museums and teddy bear factories: I've thrown these parties for my sons. Think dozens of preschoolers hopped up on sugar in an inflatable mosh pit, migraine ensured. Maybe it's better to invite the other moms over for some Punchy Party Pants and an aspiring and call it day.

    What you'll need
    1 (750 ml) bottle chilled champagne
    4 ounces Cointreau
    4 ounces brandy
    4 ounces (1/3 cup) carbonated water

    What to do
    Stir the ingredients together in a pitcher. Serve in martini glasses.

    Photo credit: Flickr/Alleyeson Jenny
  • Orange You Glad? 4 of 6
    Orange You Glad?
    Back in kindergarten, my parents went out one night and left me with my older sibs, who clearly had remedial babysitting skills. My parents returned home with friends for after-dinner cocktails to find that I'd played mad scientist: The only ice available was orange-juice ice cubes. Kind of genius, actually. And so I bring you, Stoli cubes!

    What you'll need
    6 ounces (3/4 cup) chilled Sprite (or Diet Sprite if you're watching the muffin top)!
    2 ounces orange vodka
    Ice cubes made out of orange juice
    Orange slice, for garnish

    What to do
    Pour Sprite and vodka over the orange juice cubes in a highball glass. Garnish with orange slice.

    Photo credit: Flickr/hellojenuine
  • No!Jito 5 of 6
    No!Jito
    "Please stop trying to swing from the chandelier".
    "NO!"
    "Please stop dancing on the table."
    "NO!"
    "Please don't call every man you see at Home Depot 'Daddy.'"
    "NO!

    You NO what you need? A NoJito, and a get-together with the girls!

    What you need
    8 to 10 fresh mint leaves
    4 lime wedges or 4 ounces (1/2 cup) fresh lime juice
    2 tablespoons white superfine sugar
    1&1/2 ounces white rum
    Ice
    4 ounces (1/2 cup) chilled club soda
    Lime wheel, for garnish

    What to do
    Using a cocktail shaker, toss in the mint leaves, lime wedges or juice, sugar and rum. Add a cup of ice, pour in the club soda, and shake it up. Strain into a tall Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

    Photo credit: Courtesy of Ulysses Press/Judi Swinks Photography
  • School Supply Slammer 6 of 6
    School Supply Slammer
    Before I had kids, I assumed taxes played for school supplies. Who knew? The list is usually extensive, and chock-full of stuff I've never heard of. I usually look like I've run a 5K by the time I've finished my shopping/scavenger hunt. I say, make it a party next time!

    What you need
    1 ounce Southern Comfort
    1 ounce sloe gin
    2 ounces orange juice
    Ice
    Orange-peel twist, for garnish

    What to do
    Shake the Southern Comfort, sloe gin, and orange juice with ice. Strain into a highball glass with ice. Garnish with the orange-peel twist.

    Photo credit: Courtesy of Ulysses Press/Judi Swinks Photography

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