Fresca is finally getting friskey.
In this episode: the boozy drink a decade in the making...and more.
Good morning, fam!
It’s the first day of October which means I’ll probably start thinking about my Halloween costume…in approximately 29 days. If you have any ideas that aren’t from Stranger Things or Euphoria, feel free to throw them my way.
Knowing me, I’ll probably just end up dusting off the ‘ol Bop It costume from like five years ago (this time without a precariously placed “Pull It”).
While I dig it out of our storage closet, enjoy this week’s recs.
Break out those Beanie Babies, reheat that Kid Cuisine, and let’s get into it!
Here’s what I have for you this morning:
As a writer who wants to start sharing more funny stories from my life, David Sedaris is the blueprint. I just read through his newest book Happy-Go-Lucky and as funny as it was, I can’t help but feel he’s become a little too unrelateable. After all, one of his essays is about buying the apartment above his Upper East Side apartment in Manhattan just so his boyfriend can practice the piano. Yeah…I’ve totally been there.
What did we watch for this week’s movie night? Surprise! It was a double-feature! Bob and Jess were shocked to hear I’d never seen the cinematic masterpiece Magic Mike, so what did we do? We watched it Thursday night and then watched the sequel Friday. That’s a lot of Channing Tatum without clothes. I was also surprised to learn there is wayyy more plot in both movies than you’d expect.
It’s official - Fresca has finally launched Fresca Mixed, their canned cocktails, and it’s exactly what we’ve been waiting for. As someone who was raised on Fresca and has literally mixed every alcohol under the sun with it, I’ve been saying they should do this for years. The Vodka Spritz flavor is for the purists and the Tequila Paloma is for those looking for a sweeter twist. All I can say is that if they come out with a whiskey flavor and name it “Friskey,” I’m suing.
At a birthday party for two of our friends (HBD Chris and Grace!), they shared some Koval Cranberry Gin Liqueur and it was amazing. It was like sucking on pine cones covered in cranberry in the best way possible. It’s 100% replacing Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash as my favorite cranberry drink and my holiday sipper.
Staying on the booze train, I went to Abby’s work event at a renovated Tower Tee where we ate, drank, and played putt putt. While doing so, I was introduced to my new favorite summer cocktail…just in time for summer to end. The Juan Daly is two things: The Rock’s Teremana Tequila and Arnold Palmer (in a can). Apparently is named after this guy who looks like the Guy Fieri of golf.
Our last stop on the booze cruise? I picked up a four-pack of Brick River’s Autumn Spice cider and it will be my fallback this fall (eh?). It’s not too sweet, it’s 5% ABV, and tastes like apple picking at Eckert’s Farm (it’s a St. Louis thing).
Did anyone else lose their shit when you saw Into the Spider-Verse back in 2018? Well, here’s how it pushed back against the “Pixar Look” and forced animation to evolve.
Here’s 50 ways to be ridiculously generous while also feeling ridiculously good.
This was 100% me the first day it hit below 70° here in St. Louis.
In another life, I would hands down have been a hip hop dancer. This is probably why I waste entirely way too much time watching Les Twins online. If you’ve never heard of them, start with this video.
You made it to the end! As a bonus, I’ll leave you with this.