Welcome to Thursday! Before we get too much farther into it, I apologize for not posting yesterday. It was school registration day for my youngest.
Yesterday was a big day. I had a nervous but very excited tween, and my attention for the better part of the morning needed to be with her. Next Wednesday is “back to school”. I think she’s excited and I’m still trying to understand how she could possibly be in 6th grade already.
By the time I got home, I had to get on a conference call, and then I had a meeting with Amanda about Duran Duran Appreciation Day plans that I’m about to share!
This year, celebrate Duran Duran Appreciation Day with Daily Duranie! We are hosting an online video party, complete with a “suggested” cocktail list!
When: SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH. 11 am West Coast US, 1PM Central, 2PM East Coast US….please do the math from there to calculate the proper time for your area of the world. 🙂 This is a “Drop In” party, meaning that if you can’t make it at 11am, drop in whenever you’re able! We have a video viewing schedule that we’ll adhere to (see notes below!)
Where: ONLINE! We will be live tweeting throughout the day on Twitter, using the hashtag #DDAD19.
For ease of viewing, we compiled the videos into a single playlist, and I’ll tweet that out on Saturday. All you’ll need to do is hit “play”, then sit back, squee like a Duranie – and tweet with us! For now, here’s the general idea of what we’re watching and drinking.
Viewing Schedule with Progressive Cocktail Menu
- Kennedy Space Center show (“Something Alien’s Happening” Pimms No. 1 Cup)
- Behind The Music (“White Light Shining Bright” Gin &Tonic)
- Off the Record from 1981
- DD Talk Paper Gods (“High waters and neon” Green Screwdrivers)
- Hollywood Bowl 2015 (“We drank all of the vodka” Vodka & Tonic)
- Sing Blue Silver (“That’s what the band wants” Blue vodka lemonade)
- Reunion documentary (“Why don’t we have decent glasses?” red or white wine of your choice)
- Live from London
- Diamond in the Mind (“If you made it this far, you’re probably drunk” Tequila shots to finish you off.)
No really, if you tried the entire menu, you’re done now. Go to bed and sleep it off. Trust us.
Cocktail Recipes and shopping list
Pimms No. 1 Cup
One part Pimms No. 1 base mix* (this is made with gin)
Two parts “fizzy lemonade”, or ginger-ale
Pour over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish ideas: cucumber, mint, orange and/or lemon slices – whatever fruit you prefer.
*Simon’s recipe is to pour a “decent” measure of Pimms and top with ginger ale…. I’ll just remind everyone that the art of progressive drinking is a MARATHON, not a sprint.
Gin and Tonic
Does this really need a recipe? Just in case….
One part gin* of your choice, to two parts tonic in a glass over ice. Garnish with either lemon or lime, depending upon taste.
*Remember, it’s a marathon. 😀
Green Screwdrivers (there is a reason we went with a drink that is green in color for the corresponding videos. Maybe some of you will remember…) This drink has real measurements. A shot glass can be anywhere from 1.5-2 oz (or even more I guess. Good luck!!)
4 oz orange juice
1 oz vodka
1 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz lemon-lime soda
Pour over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a cherry, sit back and enjoy!
Blue Vodka Lemonade
The name sounds more complicated than it is, I promise!! (although by now – you may have difficulty measuring. Best. Of. Luck.)
One part vodka
One part blue curaçao
Two parts lemonade
Pour in a glass over ice. Garnish with a lovely maraschino cherry!
Vodka & Tonic
By now, maybe you’re cursing at Amanda and I, and perhaps we even deserve it. We’ve chosen to make it easy on everyone, and just throw in our own personal favorite!
One part vodka
Two parts tonic
Pour over ice. Garnish with lemon or lime. (we usually go with lime)
Simple. If you’re calorie conscious, you could always substitute club soda for the tonic. At this point though, who cares?!?
This should be self-explanatory. I’ll just say here that mixing alcohol can be regretful and leave it at that.
Open bottle of red or white wine – your choice.
Pour in glass.
Done. Could it really be any easier?!?
Last but not least….
We can’t imagine anyone making it this far….but if you did, pour yourself a shot of decent tequila, get yourself some salt and a lime. Steady yourself, and see ya on the other side!
- Bottle of Pimms No. 1 Cup
- Gin of your choice
- Vodka of your choice
- Blue Curacao liqueur
- orange juice
- lemon-lime soda (like sprite)
- fresh mint
- maraschino cherries
We hope to see tweets from many of you on Saturday! Rock your fave DD t-shirt, listen to all of the music with abandon, and celebrate the sheer pleasure of Duran Duran’s music for the last FORTY YEARS. Even during these turbulent, screwed up times -we can take a day, or even just a few hours, to marvel in the music that as accompanied us along our way. Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day!!