On a recent adventure to North Carolina (more on that later) to visit one of the most stylish friends I know, we had a mini party to catch up on all the new things with a new drink–Palm Breeze. Since meeting on a trip to Rome seven years ago, I knew that I wanted to celebrate Heather and her new baby. While her husband gave her some much needed rest and watched the baby, I surprised her with a mini party on the amazing rustic table he built. I was so excited to girl talk with her and cheers with our Palm Breeze drinks–an alcoholic spritz that is perfectly tropical. With the sun on our faces and the light wind drifting over us and Palm Breeze in our hands, we could have been on a beach. In fact, we were beside a lake. We were ecstatic over seeing each other, ecstatic over her new addition, and the fizzy drink–like a cocktail in a can, a malt beverage–matched our mood as we sipped and shared all the fun details about our lives. Seven years is a long time and we’ve slipped and slid in and out of each others lives but as we talked and drank our Palm Breezes we were still those girls in Rome from several years ago: spontaneous, carefree, confident, adventure seeking, with a love of travel, and friendship. The drink itself, Palm Breeze, and its two refreshing flavors–Ruby Red Citrus and Pineapple Mandarin Orange–inspired the other treats I made. As an homage to visiting her home in North Carolina and our setting, we drank from Mason Jars. I even used sugar and neon food dye to rim the glasses going with the tropical theme (it’s so easy: just use granular sugar, mixed with food dye, wet the rim of the glass, and dip into the sugar on a flat surface). It felt so fancy and fun and was such a treat for the both of us. Whether it was the drinks or the company (and let’s be honest, it was both): we had the best time. I made an ombré blue cake, going with the tropical theme to match the taste of Palm Breeze. And again, mixing that Southern vibe with the tropical drink, a delicious Blueberry Pie. We clinked mason jars over everything that has been going on in our lives and with the lake just outside the screened in porch, sipping our refreshing Palm Breezes, it was the perfect mix of party and relaxation–a welcome situation for both of us. We are very different (she has a sweet southern accent; I have a Chicago one; she liked the Pineapple Mandarin Orange Palm Breeze; I liked the Ruby Red Citrus Palm Breeze). But sitting at that table in North Carolina, sipping together, remembering the good old days, the days since, and the days to come, we laughed until our sides ached and simply had the best time. At heart, we’re two girls who love a good time, love to laugh, are a little bit sassy, a little bit sweet, confident and fun adventurers. Nothing about that will ever change. When I went to the store for supplies, I asked about Palm Breeze drinks and the manager (and this is no lie), in his sweet southern drawl, told me how they had started carrying them because they heard so many good things about them. He asked which flavor I preferred and when I told him I would try both he asked if I would let him know what I thought. I had to leave North Carolina before I made it back to the grocery store to let him, but I have to say, they were delicious–refreshing, just like my North Carolina Adventure. Be sure to check out the Blo Dry Bar + Palm Breeze events in San Diego, D.C., Austin, and Dallas. A blow out and a tropical spritz? Yes, please! You can find Palm Breeze at many of your local stores (like I did in North Carolina) or at Walmart. Have you tried it? Let me know!
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