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Troop Beverly Hills

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Troop Beverly Hills

Image credit: Troop Beverly Hills, 1989

When a box of Girl Scout cookies landed on my desk this week, I was so happy that I practically jumped up and did “The Freddie”. Why Girl Scouts of America insists on selling cookies when most of the country is enduring a post-holiday diet I have NO idea, but I do know that I am powerless against the allure of Thin Mints. I’m also powerless against watching this week’s film Troop Beverly Hills (DVD/Download) while eating said Thin Mints.

If you are a girl who grew up in the late 80’s/early 90’s, you most likely remember this movie (or have it memorized like me). Shelley Long plays Beverly Hills housewife Phyllis Nefler, who takes charge of her daughter’s scout troop despite having zero wilderness experience. Instead of campfires and kumbaya, they have sleepovers at the Beverly Hills Hotel and lessons in diamond appraisal. Instead of door-to-door cookie sales, it’s celebrity fashion shows with Robin Leach. The scout troop is filled with future stars like Carla Gugino and Jenny Lewis, and even a young Tori Spelling pops up in rival troop The Redfeathers! Craig T. Nelson is likeable as always as Phyllis’ soon-to-be-ex-husband, and given the fact that I finally finished watching Parenthood, I literally cannot wait to see young(er) Zeke Braverman battling it out with a feisty redhead.

If you know this movie, then you also know what time it is. Yes, that’s right, it’s- COOKIE TIME! A box of them would be so niiice- (buy some!). This week, I’ll be mixing up a cocktail inspired by my favorite Girl Scout cookie. While watching Troop Beverly Hills, I recommend drinking a Thin Mint Martini.

Thin Mint Martini

Chocolate Syrup

Crushed Thin Mints

1 oz peppermint schnapps

2 oz white chocolate liqueur

2 oz half-and-half

To prepare glass, rim the edge in chocolate syrup, then dip in crushed thin mints. Swirl additional syrup around inside of the glass. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to chill. Then, mix remaining ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into prepared glass.

thin mint martini

I never joined the Girl Scouts as a child, but this was only because I didn’t have Phyllis Nefler as my troop leader. Had there been patches for turquoise jewelry appreciation and 60’s dance moves, I would have signed up immediately. Cheers, to khaki wishes and cookie dreams!

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