As I mentioned in last Friday’s Quick Takes, I don’t know what I’ve been doing with my life, but I only recently discovered Grace of Camp Patton. I stumbled upon her site after someone told me that she’d written a hilarious blog post about pre-gaming before reading Style, Sex, and Substance. It was love at first sight. I am so smitten with her, in fact, that I twisted her arm into writing another post on pre-gaming for my own blog! She very sweetly agreed. Here, for your reading pleasure, is the awesome result… (Thank you, gorgeous Grace!)
Hopefully I’m not the only one that partook in healthy amounts of pre-gaming in college. But if it is the sad case that I am, let me preface by giving you Urban Dictionary’s definition of pre-gaming:
n. To drink before going to a party. Often pre-gaming happens at the house and involves taking shots.
Let me trust walk you through my beverage suggestions individually tailored to each chapter that I strongly recommend you prepare and enjoy before reading Style, Sex, and Substance . . . (Or was it let me trust walk you through my strong drink recipes individually tailored to each chapter that I recommend?)
Chapter One: How I Fell Out of My Minivan and Found Myself
by Jennifer Fulwiler
Recommendation: Get the party started with a totally morning appropriate Mimosa. I’ll leave ratios up to you, but I enjoy the easy to remember 1 part champagne:1 part OJ and one sprig of fresh mint that I’m sure you have handy in your carefully tended garden of herbs. Not to be consumed before driving — even if it is an innocuous minivan.
Chapter Two: Style: Balance, Beauty, and You
by Hallie Lord
Recommendation: Keep things classy with glass of sweet and trendy Muscato. Wine snobs will argue that this is no more a real glass of wine than White Zin is a restaurant worthy adult beverage but that doesn’t stop me from favoring it above all fancy wine. Also, my brother-in-law (9th grade) informs me that this is, “what all the rappers drink these days.” to which I happily say, “cheers.”
Chapter Three: God and Godiva
By Karen Edmisten
Recommendation: Chocolate wine. Two perfect genres marrying and living happily ever after. The end.
Chapter Four: Sex, Passion, and Purity
by Elizabeth Duffy
Recommendation: Exotic Sangria. Go all out. Scour Pinterest for a good recipe involving tequila, brown sugar, and if you health nuts must: fruit.
Chapter Five: Single and Seeking God’s Plan
by Anna Mitchell
Recommendation: Margarita gone wild. Mix equal parts water, limeade concentrate, tequila, and sprite with one bottle of Corona.
Chapter Six: What Works For You?
by Rebecca Ryskind Teti
Recommendation: Another white wine I enjoy, but that true connoisseurs might grave roll over, is Riesling. Why not take class it up and make a Riesling slushie or three to share: Riesling, strawberry vodka, Sprite, strawberries, and ice. Blend, drink, and enjoy.
Chapter Seven: Fruitful Friendship
by Rachel Balducci
Recommendation: My favorite girly drink recipe courtesy of my brilliant sister-in-law: equal parts gin, triple sec, and lemon juice topped with champagne. Be thirsty and careful. These are equal parts delicious and potent.
Chapter Eight: We Said Yes
by Danielle Bean
Recommendation: One drink my husband and I can agree on is the classic Margarita. Frozen, rocked, shaken, or salted. Your call.
Chapter Nine: Receiving, Creating, and Letting Go: Motherhood in Body and Soul
by Simcha Fisher
Recommendation: Bailey’s Irish Cream in your iced or hot coffee. Suitable for any occasion, but especially perfect for a particularly treacherous Monday morning.
Chapter Ten: Plugging in and Embracing Discipleship in the Twenty-First Century
by Barbara R. Nicolosi
Recommendation: A tame and tasty nightcap. To ease the end of the book pain, mix three parts club soda with two parts Port and a splash of lemon juice to make a Port Spritzer.
Enjoy the book, enjoy the drinks, and remember to follow the sage advice of Saint Thomas Aquinas, “Drink to the point of hilarity.”
Many thanks to Hallie for having me! It was an absolute pleasure.