Weather Up Cocktail + Girls Giveaway

Weather Up Cocktail | Sarcastic Cooking

Girls. You either love it or you hate it. That is what I have found in my experience with people’s opinions about this show. I am on the loving end of this show. Does that make me a hipster? A hipster doofus? Possibly, but I don’t care! Mike is on the hating end of the spectrum. He says the girls are too whiny and they wear weird clothes. I also think he hates how much I love this show, so much so that if I am watching it with him around, he has to give me a running commentary about whatever he doesn’t like or disagrees with. I have taken to watching this show alone when he is not around to make both our lives easier.

For those of you unfamiliar, Girls is a show on HBO about a group of post-college twenty-something girls living in New York. It follows their loves, losses, job issues, and sometimes mental breakdowns. There are moments where this show rings true and moments where I feel like there is no way there is a girl out there that can relate to this. For example, when the character Hannah visits home and feels  out of place because she has so moved on to bigger and better things, I can relate to that. But then when Hannah had a mental breakdown and dealt with OCD while compulsively jamming Q Tips in her ears, I could not get on board with that. I could barely watch those Q Tip scenes without dry heaving!

Unofficial Girls Guide to New York

The soundtrack to this show let alone is reason enough to tune in. Know that Icona Pop song,I Love It? Yeah, I first heard that song on the show and felt it was such an awesome girly anthem that I listened to it three (maybe seven) times in a row.

Oh, man, and the guys! I find myself liking the male characters even more than the girls this season. I kind of feel the same way about Girls as I do about the Real Housewives of New Jersey. I love to watch the craziness of the women, but the guys are where the real hilarity and entertainment are at.

The characters are simultaneously loving, heartwarming, and annoying as heck. But, I find that I probably was like that a few years ago. Plus, I could probably say the same thing about some friends of mine right now. This show is about coming of age and trying to figure out life. At the age of 29, I still feel like I am doing that.

Sorry for all the Girls gushing! Let’s get down to the recipe and the giveaway!

The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York is an amazing book. It serves as a guide to all the places and boroughs featured on the show in addition to sharing some of the recipes from local eateries or recipes made by characters on the show. Some that stuck out to me were Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes, Brooklyn Pad Thai, and Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake just to name a few. I found it quite enjoyable to read because there was more content than a regular cookbook. Luckily, you have your very own chance to win a copy of this stunning book (Stick with me to see how to win!)!

Weather Up Cocktail | Sarcastic Cooking

When scanning through which recipes to create, I got sucked into this strong cocktail. Maybe it was the name that drew me in due to all the crappy weather that has been swirling about the nation these days. Who knows?

Ok, to win your own copy of the book, leave a comment below telling me one of your favorite moments on the show or which age in your twenties was your least favorite and why! Is that too homework-y? Sorry! I really just want an excuse to chat more with you about the show and funny moments from my youth!

The giveaway will be open until Sunday January 26th at midnight. One winner will be drawn at random and notified via email. You have 24 hours to respond and if I don’t hear from you, another winner will be drawn. For an extra entry in the giveaway, like my page on Facebook and leave a separate comment stating you liked it.

Good luck Girls fans!

Weather Up Cocktail + Girls Giveaway

Yields: 1 Cocktail

  • 2 Ounces Amaretto
  • 1 ½ Ounces Cognac
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Ice
  • Orange Peel, for garnish
  1. Add amaretto, cognac, lemon juice, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake well for about 30 seconds to break apart the ice.
  2. Pour cocktail into chilled wine glass and garnish with orange peel.
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York. I was not compensated otherwise. All opinions are solely my own.

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  1. carol m says

    My least favorite age was 20. I was last to turn 21 so everyone else was already going to bars and I had to find other things to do. I tried using a fake ID, but that didn’t turn out too well.

  2. says

    OMG, I’m dying bc we don’t have HBO anymore. After last season, I totally needed this lighter season. (I have fears about Q-Tips now…). I saw the first two episodes when they were on the HBO website and they were so good. My favorite episode is the “Crack Incident” one from season 1.

  3. Starla Bates says

    I am so excited to learn more about this show, it seems awesome. 20 was not a good year at all,family issues after family issues after family issues. Cheers to now being 22 ;-)

  4. says

    I remember I first heard that song because you immediately sent it to me after I broke up with he-who-shall-not-be-named. (Incidentally, 23/going into 24 was not so awesome.)

  5. says

    I watch Girls and overall, I love it. Some of the scenes are so damn awkward though, they actually make me uncomfortable. I just got caught up with the current season last night and found the scene where Adam is confronted by his ex-gf (what’s her name, Maria?)and her friend in the coffee shop pretty amusing. I was like, hell yeah, I’d totally love a moment like that with a few of my exes!

  6. says

    Totally love the show! It’s super-outlandish but on a much saner scale I can emphathize with what they’re going through. To not repeat Ellen with why 20 stinks, I’ll say that 23 was my least-fav year. Poor life choices, including crazy roommate and crazy boyfriend, made for an overall pretty depressing year. Happily I was rid of both crazies by the time 24 rolled around!

  7. says

    I’m obsessed with Girls. I think my boyfriend is the lone male that actually likes it! I have soooo many fave moments from the show, but the episode where Shoshanna accidentally smokes crack is up there. Only Lena Dunham could make crack funny.

  8. Leslie says

    My least favorite year of my 20s was 23. We had a new baby and were just beginning our careers in a new town with no family, friends, or money yet. I thought our lives would always be difficult and we would always be broke.

  9. says

    I haven’t been able to watch this season yet :( (Michael hates it too lol. I think I’m on a kinda liking it end of the spectrum, even though I relate to almost none of it lol.)


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