Womanista Food + Drink: Spring Cocktails

I am starting to really bask in the glow of a fabulous spring day, lately. The grass is green, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are chirping! There is no better way to appreciate the spring season than to sip a fresh, chilled cocktail outside as the sun sets, while enjoying the beauty of nature! Here are a few of my fave cocktails for doing just that.

The Strawberry Sidecar (I got this fab recipe and photos from the blog “My Life as a Mrs” – it’s such a fun & fabulous blog!)


For the Strawberry Puree:
2 cups fresh strawberries*
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbs lemon

*it’s perfectly fine to substitute frozen strawberries – just be sure you get the plain frozen strawberries (NOT the kind in the syrup).

For the Strawberry Sidecar:
2 ounces brandy
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce triple sec (orange liquoer)
1 ounce strawberry puree


For the Strawberry Puree:
Add ingredients to a non-stick saucepan and bring to boil (being sure to stir so the sugar doesn’t burn), reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes (until berries are softening). Then turn the heat off and allow mixture to cool. Carefully, pour into a blender (or food processor) and blend until smooth. Set aside until ready to use.

For the Strawberry Sidecar:
Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Close lid and shake vigorously until combined (a few seconds will do the trick!). You can either serve this straight up (no ice) in a martini glass or on the rocks (over ice) in an old fashioned glass.

The Paloma Cocktail (I first fell in love with a “Paloma” when I was visiting the Napa Valley in 2010. A bartender at the Bardessono Hotel whipped up this delicious, fresh, and perfectly balanced cocktail and I loved it so much that I had him write down the recipe for me. DELISH! This recipe is from the blog “Annie’s Eats” and it’s one of my fave recipes for a Paloma cocktail – simple, unfussy, and strong!)


½ cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
½ cup tequila or mescal
2 tbsp. simple syrup*
½ cup club soda, divided


Rim 2 cocktail glasses with juice from a grapefruit wedge and dip in coarse salt.  Fill glasses with crushed ice.  Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila and simple syrup in a liquid measuring cup or cocktail shaker.  Mix well to blend.

Pour ¼ cup of club soda into each cocktail glass.  Top each serving off with half of the cocktail mixture. Garnish with grapefruit wedges, if desired.

*To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is fully dissolved.  Chill before using.

Blood Orange Champagne Cocktail (This one is adapted from Bon Appetit & makes 8 servings)


1/4 cup crème de cassis (black-currant liqueur)
1 1/2 cups strained fresh blood orange juice (from about 6 oranges)
1 750-ml bottle chilled brut Champagne or dry sparkling wine
8 blood orange slices (optional)


Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons crème de cassis into each of 8 Champagne flutes or other glasses. Add 3 tablespoons juice to each glass. Fill each glass with Champagne, then stir gently. Garnish cocktails with slices of blood orange, if desired.


Happy Spring Sipping, womanistas!

xo, the Womanista

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  1. Terri April 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Womanista – I find blogs to follow when their content is shared on blogs I currently follow….. I imagine most people do…..I was looking forward to clicking on the link you provided to “Annie’s
    Eats” – until I read her comment…. That’s one blog I WON’T be following or recommending!
    You are always so sweet and joyful and I look forward to seeing your latest in my inbox!

    • Woman April 30, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

      Terri – thank you for being such a loyal, kind, and fabulous womanista! Though I don’t share Annie’s sentiment to keep all of my content for myself (I’m flattered when other people link to my blog & it’s a great way to find new readers!), I respectfully honor the fact that she works hard on her posts & photos and would prefer to control the way in which people enjoy them. So more power to her for that :-) But thanks again for reading! xo

  2. Ronnie April 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    These are all fabulous. To go with a perfect summer cocktail, do you have any favorite Caribbean resorts? Would love any help for planning a tropical getaway.

    • Woman April 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

      Hey Ronnie! I absolutely love the Viceroy in Anguilla (here is the post I did about it! http://womanista.com/womanista-travel-the-viceroy-anguilla/) It’s chic chic chic & fabulous.

      If you are looking for something more family-friendly, you can’t go wrong with the Atlantis in the bahamas!

      I’ve also stayed at the Gansevoort Hotel & The Regent Palms in Turks & Caicos and loved both of those as well!

  3. Deandra April 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing these! They sounds absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to sip them poolside!

    P.S If I ran a blog, I would have been honored to have it shared on the fabulous Womanista :)

    • Woman April 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      You are sweet! And let me know how you like these cocktails – they are seriously perfect for sipping poolside! xo

  4. Annie April 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    I’m glad you enjoy this recipe and photo, but they are copyrighted material and I require prior permission before reposting by others. These policies are clearly stated on my site. Please remove this promptly. Thanks in advance.

    • Woman April 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Hey Annie – sorry, was just trying to share my love for your recipe (It really is so good!) I will remove the photo – sorry! Your blog is really great :-) xo

  5. Caroline April 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    I meant to tell you when I saw you the other night, I LOVE reading your blog and look forward to new entries! Thanks for keeping me entertained and in the “know.” Keep writing please =)

    • Woman April 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      Thanks, Caroline! I loved seeing you the other night, too! xx

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