A bunch of us girls are sitting here listening to some outstanding music (Hotel California by Eagles followed by some REM and Justin Beiber’s Favorite Girl—we’re a pretty eclectic group!), exchanging hilarious “girls’ night out stories” (some of which are pretty crazy) and laughing a lot. We’re also sipping luscious Cosmopolitans, which seem to be an element of most of the narratives we’re hearing. There’s a reason for that.
When you’re out to have fun, a little loosening up never hurts, and nothing does it in better taste than a perky, pink Cosmopolitan—the cocktail made famous by the TV show Sex and the City. It’s definitely a girly drink, but hey, we’re girls—and we do have excellent taste. We’re pretty sure you do, too, so our little group gathering is dedicated to growing our membership (including you!) and sharing a few of our cool ideas for a cosmo-fueled girls’ night out!
“Girls’ Night In” Spa Party
Okay, you got us. A spa party is as cliché as bar hopping for a girls’ night out. We do it with a bit of a twist. We make it a “girls’ night in”, and bring the spa to us. Check with your local spas to see which ones will come to your home for manis, pedis, facials, massages, etc. Have each guest bring an appetizer, and be sure to have plenty of Cosmopolitan components on hand! You’ll send everyone home relaxed, refreshed and ready to make their own Cosmopolitans with this handy “Oh, So Cosmopolitan!” Reversible Recipe Coaster! Speaking of recipes, here’s the basic recipe for a Cosmopolitan, which you’ll find on one side of the coaster:
4 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 Orange Slice
A Twist of Lime
Shake vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge on the rim, serve, sit back and unwind.
Belly Dancing Bash
Here’s an evening that will leave you breathless—in more ways than one. Take a belly-dancing class and shake what you’ve got for a couple of hours—long enough to work up a thirst. Then head to a favorite watering hole to cap off the evening with cosmopolitans, nourishment and a few belly laughs!
“Go Directly to Jail” Game Night
The beauty of a girls’ game night is that you can stay in and play board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Apples to Apples (a fabulous game!), Trivial Pursuit or whatever you love to play. Combine it with Cosmos and canapés and go for the win! Or, if you live near a casino, hit the gaming tables—blackjack, roulette, poker, the slots. The Cosmos will come to you. However, please do make it a point not to do anything that will cause you to “go directly to jail!”
On that cautionary note, we’ll save a few more Cosmo-cool ideas for girls’ night out until next time. Meanwhile, think film, France and far-out food!