Celebrate Women’s Day With a Mimosa Cocktail

Today is International Women’s Day, or as it’s known here in Italy, Festa della Donne. Before moving to Italy, I wasn’t too familiar with this day and it seemed to be celebrated mainly in Europe.

But, it’s believed that its origins are actually rooted in America. Although, there are many different accounts of events that led to this date, the one I hear most involves a tragic event which took place in a New York textile factory where a group of women workers went on strike to protest against the terrible conditions that they were working in.

It is said that during this protest, on March 8th, the women were locked in the factory so they were unable to leave.  A tragic fire broke out killing 129 workers. Even though this tragedy took place in the late 1800s, it wasn’t until 1977 that the United Nations officially recognized this day of memorial dedicated to the hard work and obstacles women have had to overcome and still have to overcome even today.

As the years pass, I’ve noticed that Women’s Day is becoming more and more international and how it is celebrated varies from place to place.

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Mimosa tree brightening up a gloomy day in Cosenza.

For example in Italy, it is tradition to give the women in your life a sprig of the beautiful and bright yellow Mimosa flower. However, this festa has become quite commercialized and some people will give their wife, girlfriend, and the other important women in their lives actual gifts.

Commercialism aside, it’s really important to not lose sight of what this day represents for women. March 8th is a day to acknowledge and celebrate the women in our lives whether they are mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, friends, co-workers, etc.

This was my tribute to two women in my life who inspire me and who have helped me to grow and become the woman I am today, teaching me important life lessons along the way, perhaps without them even realizing it.

So, what can you do to celebrate this special day dedicated to women?

Well, in Italy, many women get together with their female friends for dinner in a restaurant. Many restaurants have special menus and prices for women who have decided to celebrate this way.

Also, many museums throughout the bel paese are offering free admission to female visitors.

Or perhaps you organize a homemade dinner or aperitivo.

Since moving to Italy, I’ve started my own tradition of making mimosa.

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Image Credit: luvjnx

This cocktail is the perfect drink to prepare on Women’s Day because its colour resembles that of the mimosa flower from which it certainly got its name.

Not too mention they are so easy to make!

What you need:

Prosecco or Dry Sparkling Wine
Orange Juice (freshly squeezed is best)
Strawberries (to garnish)

What to do:

Fill half of a champagne flute with well-chilled prosecco.

Then fill the remainder of the flute with cold orange juice.

Top it off with a strawberry and you’re done!

Cin cin! 

Happy International Women’s Day!

Is there an important woman figure in your life?  Share your appreciation for her in the comments below!

3 Comments

  1. ciaochowlinda

    March 13, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I’m new to your blog so please excuse the delay in responding to International Women’s Day. So funny that I just met the person who posted above me (Karen in Calabria), when she gave a talk at the Italian cultural organization in my town in New Jersey. Anyway, back to your post, I love the tradition of giving mimosa flowers to other women on March 8, something I learned when I lived in Italy. Since then, I order the flowers and give them put to the ladies in my Italian chit chat group. They always love it.

    1. LuLu

      March 14, 2017 at 3:27 am

      Welcome to my blog and thanks so much for commenting.

      I love that you’ve carried on the tradition! It’s amazing how great receiving flowers feels. And there is something so beautiful about the bright yellow color of the mimosa, don’t you think? It just exudes happiness! 🙂

  2. karenincalabria

    March 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I, too, was first made aware of International Woman’s Day when in Italy. The Italians couldn’t believe I hadn’t ever heard of it as it began in the US. On a day like today, I like to think of my Grandmother who worked in a U.S. factory as a child. She said that they hid her in the Ladies Room when the inspectors came through. She would have liked this holiday as she was full of life and always loved a party! Auguri!

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