I was invited by Drizly and the Midwest Influencer Network to try this service and review it for you. Spoiler alert: It’s awesome.
What defines a great weekend varies person to person. A friend of mine spends her free time hiking, while others like parties or shopping or shows. For me, a great weekend involves some serious relaxation — in loungewear, because bras and real pants have no place in my sanctuary.
Oh, and it involves delicious cocktails. Like this one.
Let me paint the picture for you: I was exhausted and stressed. A long work week mixed with big life changes like planning a wedding and moving creates for one pathetically lazy Julia. Lance told me he was heading to a show, I knew it was bitterly cold outside, and I was already wearing stretch pants, so… no, I’ll stay home, thanks.
I mean, look at those cozy layers. How could I possible leave? I was craving some serious girl time: manicure, Netflix, and a super-tropical cocktail, reminiscent of our last vacation.
Problem: We haven’t been very good about grocery shopping lately, so we didn’t have the ingredients. I had a bottle of coconut rum I was hoping to finish off, but literally nothing to mix it with… and coconut rum isn’t something I imagine anyone likes by itself. So, I grabbed my phone, downloaded the Drizly app [available for iPhones and Androids, also can be used online], and ordered a few tasty adult-style treats. Then, I plopped myself down in front of the TV and binged-watch Buffy, because its sweet 90’s outfits and catchphrases, combined with the glory that is Spike, creates a great way to unwind.
For those who are lost, Drizly is an alcohol delivery service available to those of legal drinking age in ten major metropolitan markets. It has been available in other cities for some time and recently launched in St. Louis. For those of us in the Gateway City, Drizly delivers products from Randall’s Wines and Spirits; you pay the same as you would in stores for the products, and delivery costs merely $5 plus a tip for the driver. Delivery typically takes 20 to 40 minutes, and covers much of the area, including: Ballwin, Boulevard Heights, Brentwood, the Central West End, Clayton, Creve Coeur, Downtown St. Louis, Frontenac, Kirkwood, Ladue, Manchester, Maplewood, Olivette, Princeton Heights, Richmond Heights, Rock Hill, The Hill, Tower Grove, Town and Country, University City, and Webster Groves. Products can even be given as gifts.
My Drizly order arrived a wee bit more than an hour later — along with an apology for the Mardi Gras-induced delay — packaged in a large box. It takes me that long to get a pizza delivered many Fridays, so waiting around for alcohol was total cake. It’s alcohol they are bringing to my house. Just remember to bring your ID and credit card with you to the door, and the box is yours.
Well, the box is now Yogurt’s, actually, but what was in the box is mine. Booze and a cat toy… is there a greater combination for solo girl’s night?
Here’s what I loved most about Drizly: It’s not just wine, spirits, and beer — mixers are available, too. And as a cocktail lover, mixers make all the difference. It is literally digital access to a liquor store. To create my perfect tropical cocktail, I ordered a bottle of Absolut Raspberri, Fee Brothers Orange Bitters, and Del Monte Pineapple Juice.
For two servings of the Raspberry Mai Tai (or, in my case, one jumbo last-all-night serving), pour 10 oz. pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker, along with 1.5 oz. coconut rum and 1.5 oz. raspberry vodka.
Add a dash of orange bitters. Shake and serve over ice in two normal sized glasses or one gigantic glass.
I wanted to stay glued to the couch, so a jumbo glass was my best bet. No refills required!
That’s the face of pure pajamas-and-cocktails bliss.
But a night spent solo isn’t the only time delivered alcohol is unbelievably practical. Try it when a party runs longer than expected, on days you’re stuck at home waiting for the cable man, instances when you find out you’re having guests over right after work, those times you’d like to send flowers to someone who is too allergic for flowers, and occasions where you’re otherwise unable or unwilling to get in your car.
And for those of you in the St. Louis area, use code FreeSTL for one free delivery!
Thank you to Drizly and the Midwest Influencer Network for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. This service really was that rad. Drink responsibly!