Gather for a Girls' Night In

If you don’t have time for a girlfriend getaway, plan a Girls’ Night In with your besties. Here’s how.

A new movement is afoot called Girls’ Night In, designed for gals who want to gather with their besties for cocktails and girl talk. As technology is making us all feel increasingly isolated, a Girls’ Night In is perfect for helping us feel more connected to each other. There’s even a club called Girls’ Night In Club (www.girlsnightinclub.com), offering tips and inspiration for hosting an event.

I first heard about this new trend when I received a press release about National Girls’ Night In (held every year on Sept. 22) from the folks who make Ketel One Vodka. The company recently introduced a new line of vodkas with infused botanicals, lower alcohol, and lower calories. So I thought it would be fun to plan a Girls’ Night In with my gal pals to sample cocktails and indulge in precious girl time.

My friend Jeri, who’s a fabulous cook, offered to host the event and make snacks, and I supplied the Ketel One Botanicals and mixers. Ketel One Botanical is crafted from vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit and botanical essences.

It’s also made with 100 percent non-GMO grain, producing an exceptionally smooth, fresh-tasting drink with no carbs, no artificial flavors, no added sugar, and no artificial sweeteners. The most delicious part? It’s only 73 calories.

Real Botanicals + Natural Fruit Essences

Try Them All To Decide Which One is Your Favorite!

The Ketel One Botanical line offers three varietals in beautifully illustrated, botanical-inspired bottles: Peach & Orange Blossom, for those who enjoy lush, juicy white peaches and bold notes of fragrant orange blossoms; Cucumber & Mint, for those who appreciate crisp cucumbers and light tones of fresh garden mint; and Grapefruit & Rose, for those who seek zesty, mouthwatering grapefruit and the refined elegance of rose petals.

As we sampled the Botanicals, my friends and I quickly discovered our favorites. Surprisingly, Jeri and I loved the Grapefruit & Rose. It tasted very summery and paired perfectly with club soda for a light, easy beverage.

Betsy loved the Cucumber & Mint, which she said tasted refreshing and would be awesome in a mojito. Margaret and Katherine liked the Peach & Orange, which Margaret described as “dangerously good!”

The Girls’ Night In wasn’t just about cocktails, however. We grazed on tasty nibbles and enjoyed getting to know each other better. We laughed and commiserated about the ups and downs of life and, at evening’s end, agreed we should do this more often.

Maybe next time we can invite a fortune teller or play cards. Whatever we do, we’ll enjoy the closeness and conversation that only comes from gathering together in good company.      

Find Out More

Ketel One Botanicals are available wherever fine spirits are sold. Discover more about this tasty, refreshing low-calorie vodka at www.ketelone.com/vodkas/botanical/

Peggy Sijswerda

Tidewater Women Magazine, Editor & Co-Publisher.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com
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