There is no way I will spend time at (or in) a swimming pool without a tasty beverage in my left hand. Left hand because when I was younger the group of friends I spent time with required beverages to be held left-handed. A beverage in your right hand required pounding said beverage as a punishment for violating the scared left hand only rule. But I digress . . .
My friend MP, whom I’ve known for half her life, turned 50 June 9. She is a pool goddess. If it’s summer, that English (Language Arts) teacher is sunning and funning the day away. Why not combine the milestone birthday with her favorite summer activity? Which meant we also got to combine one of my favorite activities – day drinking – with her party. Saturday perfection.
Pool drinking requires some pre-planning. Obviously no glass bottles. Breaking one of those bastards would ruin a party in a heartbeat. No red wine. Cool chlorinated water, 90-degree sun, and a lounge chair is really no place for a velvety Cabernet Sauvignon. Really pool beverages mean light, cold, refreshing, and because it’s a daylong event, low alcohol content.
So we hit the liquor warehouse. I heart liquor warehouses; I can spend hours there. But that’s another post.
Going in we decided canned beverages were the day’s plan. Cans are super easy to load in a cooler, stay colder longer than a plastic cup, and are equally as simple to hold in a pool – less chance of committing the cardinal sin of pool party drinking: spillage.
We live in a wonderful time where the canned pool beverage selection is epic. There are seltzers, scrumptious beer-like sippy things, hard ciders, wines (insert happy dance), fruity beers, lemonades . . .
Roughly 30 minutes later, our heads spinning from stellar decision-making, we loaded up the cart with summery deliciousness in the form of a variety pack of Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Palm Breeze’s Pineapple Mandarin Orange, Straw-ber-Ritas, and Flip Flop Wines’ Fizzy Chill Red. Threw in some Fat Tire for the hubs, a couple bags o’ ice, and we were off.
MP dived right into the Truly’s blueberry and acai, sparking a lively conversation about how to pronounce acai. We settled on “a-sigh” even though Google says the correct pronunciation is “a-sigh-ee”. Too fucking pretentious for a pool party. I chose to start with the Straw-ber-Rita. Mainly because that’s much easier to pronounce.
Here are the grades our pool party beverages received:
Obviously I would be more of a hard ass with academic grades than MP is. She’s got to be nice, I suppose. But the clear winner of the day was the Palm Breeze. Give it a try and let me know if our grading scale needs a better curve.
Good thing is there are plenty of pool Saturdays left in the summer and a plethora of other pool-ready beverages to try. I can’t wait.
We have been friends for more years than we haven't. Perhaps because of that or simply because we both have jobs/family that seem to encourage escape, we often bond over an ounce or so of liquid magic. Through these experiences, we have discovered the joys that can come with a well-crafted cocktail, quality beer, and excellent wine. It's about quality for us, and we want to share that with you.