Happy International Women’s Day!
To celebrate I give you the perfect feminine cocktail. It is beautiful and strong, just like all of the amazing women in my life. The vibrant pink color comes from the Campari and lavender bitters with a subtle floral flavor from rose water.
The cocktail is not too sweet, if you wanted to make it less strong you could always add some soda water or to make it sweeter just add a dash of simple syrup. The egg whites give a wonderful froth on the top of the drink.
You can watch the video of me making the cocktail here.
I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by influential, supportive, and smart women in my life. From my grandmas, my mom, my sisters, aunts and cousins who I’ve looked up to all my life. My family is definitely dominated by women. I have two sisters who have followed their dreams, and inspired me to follow mine. Out of 16 cousins on one side of my family, 12 of them are women from lawyers, doctors, marketing directors, chefs, teachers, and mothers who are raising girls of their own. I am lucky enough to also be marrying a supportive man with 5 sisters!
To be honest, after moving abroad I felt a bit lost. I had decided to leave my dream job at Whole Foods Market corporate office to follow my boyfriend’s job in Manila. I was nervous to give up my job because I had no idea what I was going to do career wise and didn’t know how I felt about being a “trailing spouse.” Being proud of where my career had taken me, it was going to be a shift to figure out what I wanted to do next. There were times I would get down on myself for not having a job. When I was at Whole Foods I was proud of telling people about where I worked and now I had to tell people I was here for my boyfriend and didn’t have a plan.
Moving abroad I had to start from scratch and figure out what it was that I wanted to do. At first I was embarrassed to say I started a blog. I felt like it was so cliché. Instead, I have met so many more amazing women than I ever could have imagined. Always showing support, never judging, and encouraging me to keep working hard at whatever it is I want to do (even if that was getting pampered with facials, massages, pedicures and traveling).
I have done pop-up dinners, cooking classes, food tours, learned food photography (from the amazing woman at Broma Bakery, in might add), continued to blog and do nutrition consultations. I have gotten nothing but support for it all. We have started a ladies night and I have joined a Lean In group where we support and learn from each other, and also have fun cocktail nights 🙂
I also started volunteering with Thrive, a women founded organization that feeds kids and mothers healthy food in the slums in Manila.
I think often of how incredibly lucky I am to have such strong women inspiring me both near and far. So thank you to everyone for supporting women around the world!!
Let’s celebrate how far we have come and keep working to move forward, we all know there is still a lot of work to be done. I want all women to have this amount of support in their life, to follow their dreams, and be supported throughout their journey.
Makes 1 cocktail
1 1/2 oz gin
1 oz Campari
splash of rose water
2 dashes of lavender bitters
1/2 of 1 egg white
* I made floral ice but getting edible flowers and pouring them into a large cube ice tray. It makes a basic cocktail look fancy and it is super simple!
Cheers ~ Amanda