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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching on Sunday, May 12, we’ve collated a list of presents to gift Moms who are cocktail enthusiasts, at-home chefs, coffee lovers, and more. 

See below for the following gift inspiration from Bluebird Distilling, Cake Life Bake Shop, Char & Stave CoffeeEl Merkury, Poi Dog SaucesTamworth DistillingTenango Rum, and The Pathfinder Hemp and Root.

Bluebird Distilling

Bluebird Distilling, Phoenixville’s award-winning grain-to-glass craft distillery, boasts a bevy of premium (and giftable) spirits, including its flagship Four Grain Bourbon (750ml, 92 proof, $54.99), uniquely crafted with red winter wheat, rye, corn, and barley, as opposed to most bourbons that only contain three grains. Charred in American Oak Barrels to produce an exceptionally balanced spirit, this 92-proof sipper boasts a one-of-a-kind taste that every brown spirit-lovin’ Mom will appreciate.

Tasting Notes:

  • Nose: Sweet spice, oak, and vanilla
  • Palate: Sweet corn, smoke, vanilla
  • Finish: Medium-dry finish of toffee and butterscotch

Gift-givers can purchase a bottle in-person at Bluebird Distilling’s bottle shop.

Bottle shop hours of operation are 1 – 11pm every day

100 Bridge St, Phoenixville, PA | | Instagram: @bluebirddistilling

Cake Life Bake Shop

Nothing says “I love you, Mom” more than a sweet (or savory!) treat from Cake Life Bake Shop, Philadelphia’s award-winning small-batch artisanal bakery and all-day café. The Fishtown bakery boasts a multitude of seasonally-inspired confections that are sure to put a smile on Mom’s face, including Strawberry Shortcake, Lemon-Raspberry Cake, and Honey-Lavender Cake. Gift-givers can also order Cake Life’s signature box of Petal-Pistachio Cookies, iced and decorated to perfection with dried flower petals, freeze-dried raspberry dust, and rose sugar.

Those looking for a more savory addition to Mother’s Day brunch can order Spinach, Artichoke, and Goat Cheese Quiche, inspired by the popular dip, or a classic Western Omelette Quiche.

Pre-orders are highly encouraged, and can be made online for pick-up or local delivery. Orders must be completed by 2pm four days prior to the desired pick-up or delivery date.

PHOTO: Petal-Pistachio Cookies

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Saturday 8am – 9pm, Sunday 8am – 7pm

Cake Life Bake Shop | 1306 Frankford Ave | | Instagram @cakelifebakeshop


Char & Stave

Gift-givers looking for the perfect addition to any coffee enthusiast’s lineup can head to Ardmore or Chestnut Hill’s Char & Stave, Bluebird Distilling’s roastery and full-service café-by-day, cocktail bar-by-night. In addition to the roastery’s barrel-aged blends, Char & Stave also offers five signature roasts, including Bluebird Morning ($18), Everyday ($18), Workout Fuel ($19), Dark Voodoo ($18), and Adventure Espresso ($18). 

Char & Stave also produces “coffee by whiskey people,” with Barrel-Aged Roasts that utilize a process strikingly similar to the aging process of the distillery’s wide catalogue of brown spirits. Char & Stave’s flagship Four Grain Bourbon Aged Blend ($25) is aged in brown spirit barrels used to make the distillery’s noted whiskeys and bourbons. 

Gift-givers can purchase online for nationwide shipping or in-person at Char & Stave’s locations in Ardmore or Chestnut Hill. 

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7am – 11pm, Friday from 7am – 12am, Saturday from 8am – 12am, and Sunday from 8am – 11pm

Ardmore: 21 Rittenhouse Pl | Chestnut Hill: 8441 Germantown Ave | | Instagram: @charandstavecoffee  

El Merkury

El Merkury, Philadelphia’s home for scratch-made Central American street food, encourages gift-givers to think outside of the (cake) box for Mother’s Day with a Churro Cake ($75), the customizable dessert that combines that classic churro crunch with the rich texture of cake. Customers can pick Mom’s favorite flavors for the cake, frosting, churro filling, and up to two toppings (additional toppings are available for $5). 

Pre-orders can be made online until Friday, May 10th, and must be picked up at El Merkury’s Chestnut Street location between 10am – 12pm.

Hours of operation: 

Reading Terminal Market: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 6pm, Sunday, 9am – 4pm    

Flagship Chestnut Street: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 11pm    

PHOTO: Churro Cake

Rittenhouse: 2104 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA | Reading Terminal Market: 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia PA | | Instagram: @elmerkury


Poi Dog Sauces

Poi Dog Sauces, purveyors of Hawai’i at home condiments led by founder and acclaimed Chef Kiki Aranita, is the perfect gift for foodies or at-home chef ‘s looking to get saucy and expand their condiment collection.

As seen in The New York TimesGood Morning America, Food NetworkBuzzFeed, and more, Poi Dog Sauces showcase island-inspired flavors such as the newest batch of Chili Peppah Water, as well as the beloved Guava Katsu Sauce and Huli Sauce. These sauces are available nationally via Amazon, the Poi Dog website, as well as in select retailers

See below for descriptions of each sauce.  

  • Chili Peppah Water ($16/9 oz. | Vegan, gluten free) – Chili Peppah Water is found on most tables in Hawai’i, nestled next to the shoyu. We say “chili peppah water over everything” and “everything” refers to rice, meats, macaroni salad, vegetables, and more. The newest iteration of the seasonally-changing sauce is dubbed Noelani, after founder Chef Kiki Aranita’s younger sister. Batch: Noelani features Espelette and Ancho Peppers from Boonville Barn Collective. Chef-developed, Chili Peppah Water is the perfect seasoning for Hawaiian style plate lunches, poke bowls, raw oysters, margaritas, mocktails, and more.
  • Huli Sauce ($17/12 oz. | Vegetarian) – Sweet pineapple, deeply savory miso, fragrant Chinese five-spice — this sauce is versatile. Use it to baste your chickens, but also give your mushrooms, your vegetables, your burgers, a deep, sweet savoriness. 
  • Guava Katsu Sauce ($16/12 oz | Vegan) – Tropical, umami-rich, fruity and gingery. A Japanese-style bbq and dipping sauce made with guava, miso, ginger, tomato and dried mushroom. Meaty, rich and deeply flavorful — but it happens to be vegan!

At-home chefs looking for inspiration can check out this doc, featuring past applications of Poi Dog Sauces. Gift-givers can purchase a three-pack that includes each of the sauces online for nationwide shipping. | Instagram: @poidogforever

Tamworth Garden Sylvan Mist

Give the gift of luxury this Mother’s Day with the world’s first wearable and drinkable gin from Tamworth Distilling, the rural New Hampshire distillery best known for its bold experimentation with local flora and faunaTamworth Garden Sylvan Mist (100ml, 150 proof, $80), an enchanting gin atomizer that goes well beyond the glass. This consumable cocktail garnish branches between both scent and spirit as a wearable woodsy fragrance and cocktail modifier. 

Birthed from two years of research and development, this high-density aromatic gin and perfume is a world first and is presented in a 100 ml glass bottle with an atomizer spray pump and gorgeous gold hardware. The limited-edition cocktail garnish and alluring scent is presented in a luxurious turquoise gift box and is available for $80. 

The assembly of boronia flower and violet leaf establish the base structure of a classic perfume. While balsam fir and citrus rind contribute weight and ground the base notes, chamomile flowers round out the brightness, offering mellow soft, top notes.

Tasting Notes:

  • Notes of sunny boreal forest, fresh cut grass, violets, kiwi skin, and honeydew melon

Gift-givers can purchase a bottle online for nationwide shipping.

15 Cleveland Rd, Tamworth NH | | Instagram: @tamworth_distilling 

Tamworth Garden Barrel Reserve Flora Gin

For Moms who are fans of aged spirits and gins, gift-givers can turn to one of Tamworth Distilling’s renowned creations, Tamworth Garden Barrel Reserve Flora Gin (750ml, 100 proof, $55). Staying true to the New Hampshire distillery’s robust sustainability efforts, this spirit gives a second life to wheat whiskey barrels. The distillers rested Flora Gin in these barrels for over a year, extracting the wood sugars and flavors, transforming the fresh-cut flower flavors of the gin into something more tropical. 

The mellowing effect gives it a whiskey drinkability, while the botanical base makes for excellent cocktail potential. Left at a sizable 100 proof, it surprisingly lacks heat which creates the perfect sipper. Whether Moms are looking for a spirit to enjoy neat, or as a base for their next libation, Tamworth Garden Barrel Reserve Flora Gin is the perfect gift.

Gift-givers can purchase a bottle online for nationwide shipping.

15 Cleveland Rd, Tamworth NH | | Instagram: @tamworth_distilling 

Tenango Rum

Sofia Deleon, Guatemala City native and owner of Philadelphia’s El Merkury, is a visionary aiming to reshape the world’s perception of rum with her brand-new spirit, Tenango Rum (750ml, 80 proof, $49.99). Inspired by Deleon’s great-great grandmother, a pioneering woman distiller in the 1920’s, Tenango is an homage to family, good times, and the female entrepreneurial spirit.

The rum also provides a sustainable income for Guatemalan communities via employing women and craftspeople to hand-make the vibrant covers that adorn each bottle. The traditional Mayan sheaths are woven on a traditional foot loom by a Guatemalan Kik’che’ Women’s co-op that specializes in this cultural practice.  

Tenango features rich notes of cocoa, banana, coffee, almond, and tropical fruits, which seamlessly dance with the whiskey notes imparted by the second use barrel, adding flavors of butterscotch and caramel, making this the perfect rum for whiskey lovers. 

Gift-givers can purchase a bottle online for nationwide shipping at PLCB stores. | Instagram: @tenangorum

The Pathfinder Hemp and Root

For mixologist Moms who want to destroy bad vibes: The Pathfinder Hemp and Root (700ml, $39.99), made from fermented and distilled hemp, is a non-alcoholic elixir with the intense flavor and aromatic characteristics of a spirit. Made with botanicals, natural terpenes, and bad-vibe-dispelling mystique, the zero-proof elixir has risen to cult status from features in outlets such as The New York Post, Food Network, Forbes, Bloomberg Pursuits, The New York, and Oprah Daily and with noted bartenders nationwide — including Death & Co, Amor y Amargo, Zig Zag, PDT, Pacific Standard, and more. 

This ingenious zero-proof spirit is fermented from hemp and carefully refined by copper pot distillation. The base liquid is then blended with an alchemy of wormwood, angelica root, ginger, sage, juniper, saffron, orange peel, and wild-crafted Douglas-fir, to yield a revolutionary spirit of both character and complexity.   

In drinks, The Pathfinder shines in every type of cocktail – from no-, to low-, to full-ABV sippers. Moms interested in mixology can use The Pathfinder to mix up a no-alc Spritz, a lower-ABV Espresso Martini, a Cold Brew Old Fashioned, and more. This no-alc libation can also be taken as a shot, sipped neat, served on the rocks, or used to modify a multitude of classic cocktails. In other words, it fits right into the back bar of imbibers’ favorite cocktail destinations as well as it does on Mom’s bar cart.   

Gift-givers can purchase a bottle online for nationwide shipping. | Instagram @drinkthepathfinder