To help celebrate Reading Romances Blogiversary, I am taking part in the Drinking and Winning Give Away Hop! Each person who leaves a comment to this blog post recieves an entry to win a $10 Amazon gift card. The contest will run from March 24th - March 28th! The winner will be announced on March 29th! It's that simple, just post a comment below for your chance to win! And don't forget to click on the link (photo) below to visit all the contest sites!
Having been married the first time at age eighteen, with the legal drinking age being twenty-one, I didn't really have a big twenty-first birthday party with all the celebratory requirements. So last year when my friends heard about the lack of a proper twenty-first birthday party, they threw me one.
But before I was allowed to attend the party, I had to get back into shape for a night of wild drinking. I had given up drinking when I had kids, and hadn't been drunk in over twenty years. We would go out to the local bars and they would introduce me to new drinks to tantilize my tastebuds. My favorite was the pinapple upside down cake shot. It was sweet enough to mask the harsher taste of alcohol
At the party, I learned many wonderful games such as flip cup, which is where you have two lines of contestants each slamming, drinking and flipping their red solo cups onto the table top. We also traded all night bracelets (which I think we were supposed to use on our bottles to keep track of them) with titles like lush or frisky. It was fun to give a bracelet to someone and tell them that they were acting like the label. Needless to say, I had a wonderful time and enjoyed my over twenty years too late twenty first birthday party.
Now that I survived the party, we want to do it each year. Hopefully I won't have to start training from scratch. After all, I already throw a little coconut rum into my lemonade on occasion. :)
What are your memories from a big party night? Do you have any favorite drinks I should try?
3/24/2012 06:34:30 am
I don't drink anymore but when I did my favorites were Long Island ice Teas and Sex on the Beach (don't ask me what's in it as I don't recall anymore)!
3/24/2012 08:45:32 am
What a fun thing to do. Loved the fact that your friends gave you a 21st birthday party even if it was 20 years later. <^_^>
3/24/2012 09:09:47 am
I remember my graduation night. All of us seniors went to a friends house and had one crazy party. The guys went and bought 3 32 gallon trash cans and everyone that came had to bring something to drink. Needless to say they were filled with whiskey, vodka, fruit punch, orange juice and what ever anyone brought. Was sick for two days. But it was a great night.
3/24/2012 09:40:31 am
I didn't have a big 21st bday party either. I turned 21 over Easter weekend and pretty much every one went home for the weekend. My favorite drink is a Cape Cod (which is pretty much a Cosmo with a lime wedge).
3/24/2012 11:16:04 am
Never been much of a party girl, but favorite drink is a Keoki coffee.
3/24/2012 11:43:57 am
I don't get a chance to drink much anymore since we moved to Utah; but I love appletinis!
3/24/2012 12:36:04 pm
I'm only 20, so I haven't drunk much yet.... Just Mike's and a margarita once, and an Ameretto Sour. The last was my favorite, possibly because it had so little alcohol content. :)
3/24/2012 03:22:39 pm
Thanks for the contest. I don't drink a lot but I love ot read. LOL
3/24/2012 04:33:08 pm
I rarely drink either and If I do I don't want to taste the alcohol. But, when we went to Jamaica I discovered Coffee Cream Rum, amazing! But, I have never found it in the states.
3/24/2012 05:37:43 pm
My 21st birthday was a dud too since I had an exam and the late shift at work. I knocked out once I got home. However, I did enjoy a nerdy night of cranium with an alcoholic twist and a few games of beer pong a few weeks later. I'm not a huge drinker anymore, but I still enjoy an Irish rootbeer here and there.
3/25/2012 06:45:41 am
What memories? LOL
3/25/2012 06:53:43 am
I got married at 19 and also never had a big 21st b-bday party. I guess it really is a rite of passage ;-) My favorite drink to have when I very rarely drink is a big, salty margarita!
3/25/2012 06:53:55 am
My "big 21st" was snowed out. A blizzard came through so my boyfriend (now my husband) walked across the road to a local bar. I didn't even get carded. Wooo! Party! I think we had one drink and headed back home to cuddle.
3/25/2012 07:47:21 am
My favorite drink was a variation of Long Island Iced Tea. I don't remember the name though. Otherwise, it's usually sangria.
3/25/2012 08:34:31 am
I've never been drunk, I feel stupid but I still order my strawberry daiquiris as a virgin..on the rare occasion I get one...The taste of any alcohol, at least the few I've tried, doesn't agree with me.
3/25/2012 02:45:16 pm
One time in college they served Everclear Punch. Wow, my stomach has never been the same since, LOL. Though I don't drink very often, I do enjoy an Amaretto Sour occasionally. It's slightly tart, and slightly sweet. Yummm!
3/25/2012 05:05:15 pm
I tend to keep it simple with a vodka sunrise or margarita.
3/25/2012 05:23:54 pm
I've never been much of a party person or a drinker. I've always been to shy to go out and party.
3/26/2012 02:29:11 am
For wines, I would suggest a Moscato. It's white, light, and crispy; a bit bubbly, too.
3/26/2012 02:51:35 am
I wouldn't have said I was drunk....I spent senior year as an exchange student in Argentina and the class went to Rio for senior break. We spent all day at the beach, I was bright red and was ready to pass out when we left for dinner at the early, for Rio, 9 p.m. We had 1 oz. apertifs which were probably 1/4 booze and no few liked them so several were passed to me. Let's just say I was happy and giggly.
3/26/2012 09:43:44 am
I don't drink much, but I like to keep it simple. A nice, malty beer, not too bitter. Even wine gives me trouble these days. I like after-dinner drinks like Grand Marnier, Chambord, and Drambuie, but the sweetness makes it hard for me to sleep. Man, I sound dull...
3/26/2012 04:17:50 pm
I too missed the big 21st birthday celebration (I was on blood thinners due to having a blood clot a couple of months earlier). I have to take them again now, have had to for years. Since I can't drink much due to the meds, I tend to just stick with virgin drinks. Although when I did drink I loved Tequila (straight, Strawberry Margaritas, Tequila Sunrises, etc).
3/26/2012 04:38:00 pm
I don't drink any more due to an allergy to alcohol that I developed. Many years ago (like 25) I liked scotch and water. My dad said don't drink sweet drinks and you won't have a hangover or get sick.
3/26/2012 05:14:41 pm
I had the flu on my 21st birthday so I never really celebrated it :( When I drink I usually have a Tom Collins or shots of tequila.
3/27/2012 07:25:04 am
I'm not a partier, so I don't have any memories, but I do have a drink I like. Malibu Baybreeze. You'd have to look it up to see what's in it, I can't remember it all, but it goes down smooth and you're buzzed before you knew what happened :P
3/27/2012 07:26:18 am
Oh and I might add that the reason I love it so much is that it's fruity and you can't taste the booze!
3/27/2012 07:42:56 am
my favorite drink is simply malibu rum and pineapple juice. thanks for the chance to win
3/27/2012 03:01:14 pm
Im partial to Mai Tais and hurricanes mmm sweet
3/27/2012 03:06:33 pm
I love lots of drinks. Depends on my mood. I recently discovered Hot Toddy. Yummy. It is a hot lemonade with cinnamon and whiskey. Very soothing especially if you don't feel well.
3/27/2012 04:49:20 pm
When my husband and I went to Jamaica years ago I had this drink called Ambassador's Reef, it had coconut rum, banana rum and one more thing in it that I can not remember. It has driven me crazy trying to find this recipe and 9 years later I still don't know what the third ingredient is. I can't even drink anymore due to pain meds and I still find myself looking for it, just so I can finally say I found it.
3/28/2012 05:56:22 am
Malibu and pineapple juice is my fave!!
3/28/2012 08:08:46 am
Melissa, I can't stand tea either, but Long Island Iced Tea is one of my favorites, 'cause a good one tastes nothing like tea. I've always assumed the tea in the name comes from the color, which is achieved by adding a little coca-cola. They pack quite a punch, due to the high alcohol to mixer content, which also makes them one of the more expensive mixed drinks to order in a bar. The local bar I used to like them from the best closed a couple of years ago, so I haven't ordered one in a while. If you can afford to buy all the different liquor's to make one, I would suggest making them at home, where you can adjust the amount of sour mash until you get a taste you like. Then when you order one in a bar, you can tell the bartender if you want more than the standard amount of sour mash.
3/28/2012 09:13:09 am
Happy late 21st! It sounds like you had an awesome time! For mine, my mom, brother and aunt took me out and had me drink a whole lot! Needless to say, I do not remember that night. Lol. I have been to some house parties (both when I was younger and now that I am older) and both times, people get crazy. The only difference really is the older you get, the people you party with are just the ones you know, not any random people. At least that's what I have come up with. My favorite drink is called a Jollyrancher. It tastes just like the candy and you can get it in different flavors. :)
3/28/2012 11:14:11 am
I didn't really drink much until I turned 21. My favorite drink is a tie between red wine or a classic gin and tonic which I was surprised to find I liked it.
3/28/2012 12:14:47 pm
I dont drink. Im not much of a partier either. My favorite drink is sweet tea. Yum! :) Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!
3/28/2012 01:20:42 pm
I don't really drink anymore but when I do I like wine mostly!
3/28/2012 02:53:23 pm
I like to drink tea when reading. Thanks for the giveaway.
3/28/2012 03:15:49 pm
You have some great friends there! Thanks for the giveaway; I love Amazon!!
3/28/2012 04:07:07 pm
Butterscotch and cream soda is the way to go :)
8/24/2012 08:35:19 pm
Good read. There is currently quite a lot of information around this subject on the net and some are most definitely better than others– thanks.
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