Cynthia Bailey on motherhood, dating and specialty Mother’s Day cocktail

Cynthia Bailey and Access Atlanta's Vicky Ro
Brandon McKeown

It’s that time of year when we’re picking out the prettiest roses to hand to our beautiful mothers and mother figures – and thanks to “Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum Cynthia Bailey, you can also hand them a drink they’re sure to love (probably more than the roses)!

She’s a working mom who’s carved out a successful career as a model, TV personality and entrepreneur. Cynthia Bailey recently sat down with Access Atlanta to talk about her motherhood journey, how her dating life is progressing, and give us all the details on her new, easy-to-make specialty cocktail, the Seagram’s Escapes Tropical Sangria.

They say there is no love like a mother’s love, and Bailey credits her success to the biggest lesson she learned from her mom, her work ethic.

“One of the things that has helped me become really successful is the fact that I show up … I show up and do the work,” Bailey told Access Atlanta.

“In my industry, the modeling industry, the TV industry and entertainment in general, it’s a lot of competition … people have a choice; they want someone that is able to do the job … but I think there is something to be said about working with people that you actually like working with … and people that are professional … I think that is the secret to my success in a lot of ways,” Bailey said.

A success that Bailey has seen in many forms, from her modeling career early on to her time on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and even now, to her partnership with Seagram’s Escapes.

“They offered me the opportunity to create my own signature cocktail, the Peach Bellini, which you guys got a chance to see on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ … there was a lot of drama around that,” Bailey laughed.

She’s referring to the drama at the cocktail release party between herself, Nene Leakes and Kenya Moore. You can refresh your memory with the clip below.

“I love that we’ve been able to incorporate women’s empowerment movements within this partnership … we do initiatives to support Black-owned businesses … I’m hopeful that this partnership is going to go on and on and on for many more years to come,” Bailey continued about her Seagram’s Escapes partnership.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, you can try out the Seagram’s Escapes x Cynthia Bailey specialty cocktail. It was so easy to make, and the combined flavors made for a drink that moms (and everyone else) will enjoy! You can find the recipe below.

When it comes to her dating life, though, who has been sliding in Bailey’s DM’s? What are her must-haves, and what are her deal breakers? Where does her friendship with ex-bestie Nene Leakes stand? All questions that need answers … and we got them. Watch our full interview for all the deets and cheers to all the moms out there!

Seagram’s Escapes Mother’s Day Tropical Sangria


  • 1/2 cup sliced fruit (assorted berries, lemons and oranges)
  • 1/2 oz spiced rum
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1 can (7.5 oz) of Seagram’s Escapes Jamaican Me Happy

Directions: Add ingredients to a pitcher or glass with ice and stir to combine. Garnish with fruit slices. Chill until ready to serve.

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