International Women’s Day Cocktails

International Women’s Day is Monday, March 8 and what better way to celebrate than with some women-owned brands and cocktail recipes by female mixologists! See below for some recipes and brands to get you started.


By Emilee Lord of Halyard’s (Brooklyn)

Amantine women's day cocktail recipes

1 ½ oz Pomp & Whimsy
2 oz Dao Ren loose leaf green tea infused with vanilla bean (can use extract if you need to. 1/4 teas extract to 8 oz of tea)
½ oz fresh lemon

Shake and strain into coup. Garnish with tea leaf.

Amantine is the first name of the famous French novelist of the romantic period who wrote under the male pen name of “George Sand.” She was unruly, a champion of workers’ rights and women’s rights, a prolific writer, and someone who Victor Hugo described as ‘strong without ceasing to be tender’.

“Pomp and Whimsy has so much character and such, to my palate, bold florals that I wanted to work with it in an elegant way, letting those things stay forward in the profile. Jasmine and Green Tea have long been friends and I softened the loose leaf brew with a quick infusion of fresh vanilla bean.”


Butterfly Sip

monin cocktail recipeBy Melissa Nasits, Beverage Innovation Manager for Monin

1 1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Aperol Aperitif
1/2 oz Monin® Honey Organic Sweetener
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz Champagne Or Sparkling Wine

Combine ingredients in shaker in the order listed, except sparkling beverage. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled serving glass. Top with sparkling beverage. Garnish with flower.

“Gin is the liquor of spring, and with a touch of Aperol and bubbles, you cannot go wrong,” says Nasits. “This elegant sip is delicate while still delivering a hefty punch. It is the perfect springtime cocktail to complement your next flowery fête.”


Love Me or Leave Meinternational women's day cocktail recipes

By Steviee Hughes, Seventy 7 Lounge (Culver City, CA)

5 oz Pomp and Whimsy (woman-owned)
5 oz Castarede Armagnac (woman-owned)
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Egg white
Rimmed the glass with sugar

Coat the rim of a coupe glass with sugar, if desired, and set aside. Add the Pomp & Whimsy, Armagnac, lemon juice and egg white to a shaker. Dry shake until ingredients are well mixed. Add ice and shake again until well chilled. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with whatever you fancy – In the photo, I used flowers procured from a flower shop in LA owned by a woman named Greta Petcher.

“Did you know that the human voice is the only pure instrument? That it has notes no other instrument has? It’s like being between the keys of a piano.” -Nina Simone

Love Me or Leave Me was sung by Nina Simone and is now a cocktail. She fell in love with classical music at a very young age. At only three years old, she learned to play piano and was singing in her church’s choir.

Later on, she began performing in night clubs and her career took off in 1957 when she released her first album. Her songs about love, protest and black empowerment won the hearts of many. Simone was often called the “High Priestess of Soul.”

Along with other icons such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, she spoke and performed at demonstrations, becoming known as the voice of the Civil Rights Movement. Simone always shared her truth and inspired many other famous performers. Her work continues to resonate strongly.

Kombucha Americano

Kombucha AmericanoBy Melissa Nasits, Beverage Innovation Manager for Monin

1 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Monin® Orange Spritz Syrup
5 oz Kombucha (unflavored)

Fill serving glass full of ice. Pour ingredients into serving glass in order listed. Stir gently to mix. Add garnish and serve.

“This cocktail takes four beverage trends and puts them into one making this the trendiest drink around!” says Nasits. “Kombucha has been around for a long time and is seeing a rejuvenation in the cocktail world as a mixer since it can add flavor, acid, as well as bubbles. Vermouths are also making a comeback, which inspired this Americano. Put these two together, and you have a health-forward, low-ABV beverage that is great as a lunch-time reprieve or pre-dinner starter.”

Featured photo by Jakub Dziubak on Unsplash