Dia de Las Madres + Piña Colada

Dia de las Madres, Mother’s Day is a day centered on mama. In most countries Mother’s Day is spent giving her the royal treatment. In Spain Mother’s Day is celebrated the first Sunday in May. In Mexico it’s always celebrated on May 10 and it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is. In the United States we celebrate Mother’s Day the second Sunday in May and this year it falls on Sunday, May 13.

On this day children might serve mom breakfast in bed, make beautiful cards for her, recite poems, and shower her with all the cute crafts and cards often made at school. In Mexico mothers awaken to her children or other family members serenading her in the early morning with Las Mañanitas, a traditional birthday and mother’s day song.

I remember when I was a young teen my older cousins, Lydia, Lucy, and their boyfriends at the time taught several of us the lyrics to Las Mañanitas. Carol, Margie, Krista, Julian, Fito, Gordo, my brother Michael, and I all learned how to sing Las Mañanitas while someone played la guitara. Soon after we learned the song we all crammed into someone’s van and then we proceeded to go to each of our mother’s windows to serenade them with this lovely song. As I was writing this post all of a sudden I remembered this event. I remember I had such a great time hanging out with all my cousins and it felt like we were taking part in such a grand and noble act. As I look back, I think we were.

So mom, although we can’t be with you this year for Dia de Las Madres, please know that we are with you in spirit. We will always treasure you and your love for us.

Here’s a sweet drink for you on your special day. We love you muchisimo and can’t wait to see you in June.

Here’s a little sweet drink for Vangie, our sweet mother and to all the wonderful mother’s out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

Piña Colada

Yield: Makes about 2 drinks


2 ounces coconut rum
1 ounce banana liqueur
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 fresh ring of pineapple, cubed
1 cup crushed ice
Coconut shavings and mint, for garnish


Combine rum, banana liquor, pineapple juice, cubed pineapple, and ice in a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately with grated coconut and a sprig of mint as a garnish.

Written by Veronica / Photos by Jeanine

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  1. Veronica–
    What a wonderful story about how your cousins and you celebrated. In Colombia where I am from, we didn’t sing “Las mañanitas.” However, we did wake our mom up with a great “desayuno” that included arepa de chocolo, chocolate caliente, “pandequeso”, and fresh tropical fruits!

    I sill remember vividly how our family gathered to celebrate not only our mom but also our great grand aunt and grandma!

    The recipe sounds very enticing and easy to make, I will be sharing it with my readers…


  2. I have lived in Mexico for 25 years–and have been a mother for 22 of them. Here, we have such a special way of celebrating Mother’s Day, as you know. It is a huge celebration–and I’d like to enjoy one of your piña coladas with it! Lovely photos.

  3. Such a beautiful post 🙂 Mi suegro called me from Mexico this morning and played me Las Mañanitas! Now all I need to round out my day is one of these fantastic piña colada’s…they look like perfection. Feliz dia de Madres!

  4. Feliz dia de las madres! I feel you ladies. I am away from my mom too and miss her dearly.

  5. wow- fresh coconut! This has got to be simply delicious. Although you are your mom are divided by distance, it appears to be that you are still connected through your hearts!

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