The snow has has melted, and the first flowers of spring are breaking through, and you’ve cast off your parka for an adorable trench. Yes, it’s the time of year when one cannot help but contemplate that perpetual question: Does this dress go with this cocktail?
Just kidding! About that being a perpetual question, that is. But, cocktail and dress pairings — that’s no joke. I set about to pair up my fave fresh-as-spring cocktails with marvelously matching warm-weather frocks. Now, without further ado…
Blueberry Mojito Royale + Illustrious Illustrator Dress
When I stumbled upon this recipe from Domesticate Me, I was first struck by how gah-orgeous it is! Blue and green happen to be one of my fave color combos, and blueberry and mint sure do mix well together. Making it couldn’t be more simple! Just muddle, mix, and enjoy (ideally while wearing the Illustrious Illustrator Dress, of course).
- 1/3 cup blueberries (plus extra for a fancy blueberry swizzle stick)
- 6-8 leaves fresh mint
- 1 tablespoon sugar in the raw (more if you like it sweeter)
- 2½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces light rum
- Crushed ice
- 2 ounces chilled Prosecco or champagne
- Place the blueberries, mint leaves, sugar, and lime juice in a glass. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, muddle ingredients in the bottom of the glass until the blueberries release their juice.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour the rum over. Give it a stir.
- Top with chilled champagne or Prosecco, and garnish with extra mint and blueberries if you’re feeling fancy.
Nectarine Sangria + Show Must Glow On Dress
This tasty recipe from Heather Cristo just looks like the type of thing you should be sipping in a sun-dappled field of flowers. Or maybe in a vineyard in Sonoma? Both pretty good choices, if you ask me. The Show Must Glow On Dress‘ vibrant orange, feminine-but-easy silhouette, and sprinkling of blossoms make it the wearable equivalent of this light and luscious libation!
- 2 cups nectarine puree
- 1 cup peach brandy
- 1 bottle chilled prosecco or dry white wine of your choice
- 4 nectarines, sliced
- 2 nectarines, pitted and chopped (for puree)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- ½ cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- To make the puree, add the pitted and chopped nectarines, water, sugar, and salt to a small pan.
- Cook for 3-5 minutes until thickened, then add to blender and puree until smooth.
- To make the sangria, add 2 cups nectarine puree, brandy, and prosecco to a pitcher.
- Stir well, then add the sliced nectarines. You can serve immediately or let marinate in the fridge. Serve chilled.
Watermelon Lime Mint Agua Fresca + Day-to-Bay Routine Dress
I had to include this alcohol-free agua fresca from Jennifer Chong, because it’s seriously delicious, totally refreshing, and just about the prettiest watermelon-pink I ever did see — kinda like the cheerful hue of the Day-to-Bay Routine Dress!
- 5 cups of watermelon, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of mint leaves
- juice from 2 limes
- Add watermelon, lime juice, and water to a blender, and blend until smooth.
- Muddle together watermelon puree and mint leaves. You can serve as is, or strain the leaves out, and pour over ice.
+What’s your fave spring cocktail and style?