When I was a teenager, I was quite literally obsessed with John, Simon, Nick, Roger and Andy…otherwise known as Duran Duran.
You can not imagine the extent of my adoration back then (or can you…any Durranies out there?).
My room was splattered with everything…them.
THEY were in frames along with some of our family photos throughout the house (thanks for humoring me mom).
I went to every concert…I even attended the 1st MTV Award Show in NYC (where sadly to a 16 year old me, I met their wives). If you want to find out how “I” am forever immortalized in MTV history thanks to my crazy love affair with Duran Duran, read here.
My girlfriends and I perfected British accents and we spent weekends calling overseas to talk to the English operators asking them if they knew Simon-John-Roger-Nick-Andy or their parents, teachers or trash-men. We badgered them with questions and they kind-of humored us. We can’t have been the only crazy teenagers that did that…right? Seriously, I can’t make stuff like this up! Funny enough it actually didn’t cost our parents a dime when we did that, lol!
Local boys were the furthest things from our minds, since ya know they weren’t THEM or even English! This kept our parents happy (which is one reason they may have indulged our teenage dreams).
The second my friends and I were allowed to have alcohol, we HAD TO have what they drank…Stoli aka Stolichnaya Vodka. Ya know ’cause somehow THAT brought us closer to them! We had read in Teen Beat, Tiger Beat or Bop that our guys asked for Stoli to be stocked in their dressing rooms before shows – so it must have been true!
Flash forward to today…my music of choice is 30 Seconds to Mars, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, etc. However I am still loyal to “my boys” (I liken it to a girls first crush, even my kids know who “my boys” are)…I still see them in concert (they have made some phenomenal music over the past 2 decades which I continue to enjoy). Once as a grown woman at a Duran Duran concert, John Taylor stared right at me for quite a while and smiled. I was in the 2nd row…our eyes were locked, time stood still, I was enjoying our “moment” together…meanwhile my sister was shaking me to death screaming OMGAWWWD, HE”S LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU!!!! Which I have to say was completely mortifying. Sorry about that JT!
And…I still enjoy Stoli. These days I dig Stoli-O, which is the orange flavored vodka. For my husband and I, as well as a quite a few of our friends (this drink happens to be named after one of them….but THAT is another story) this is our go-to drink at our local pub, and a cocktail we regularly make at hang-outs.
It’s light and refreshing and if you use Diet Sprite or club soda, it has way less calories than most cocktails. Squeezing in a slice or two of fresh orange is a must! Even a sprig or two of mint is tasty.
Try it and maybe play a Duran Duran track while you do 🙂
3-4 oz Stoli-O Vodka (depends on your preference for strength)
Diet Sprite, Sprite or club soda
Juice of 2 orange slices
Fill a 16 oz glass 3/4 of the way with ice. Pour in your vodka, top it off with your sprite, add in the fresh squeezed orange, stir and enjoy!