Somehow, my life has turned into a Drew Barrymore movie. I’m a fully grown adult woman about to attend her first prom, 18 years late. Also, I’m really hoping to be kissed by a hot teacher (preferably, the one I’m married to). Am I nervous about the big night? No- because Never Been Kissed (Disc/Download) is there to show me the way.
In high school, I was totally Josie Grossie. Bad skin, retainer, oily hair, hands permanently attached to a book. Prom was too terrifying a prospect for that girl to handle. But then I grew up, lost the retainer and the zits, got a stylish bob, started writing books in addition to reading them, and realized maybe a big school dance isn’t such a scary thing after all. Drew Barrymore certainly handles it well in this movie, as an adult posing as a high school student for her newspaper. She wears her Shakespearean prom gown with confidence, knowing she’s way past all the pettiness. The mean girls still exist, and they still try and torment her, but the great thing about growing up is that you realize how lame the bullies are. Plus, this lady can legally drink and they can’t. That privilege trumps flawless Jessica Alba skin any day.
The prom theme of Never Been Kissed is great literary pairs. This got me thinking about cocktail pairs—those two ingredient drinks that are a perfect combination. High school Elizabeth would have gone for beer, but adult Liz gravitates toward fancy liqueurs. So why not combine the two? While watching Never Been Kissed, I recommend drinking this Pink Satin cocktail.
1 oz Campari
6 oz IPA beer (I use Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin)
Fill a highball with ice, and pour in Campari and beer. Stir gently to combine. Top with a few dashes of grapefruit bitters.
It’s pretty rare in life to get a do-over. Not that I regret my high school experience, but I don’t think there’s a single person out there who wouldn’t like to pass some of their adult knowledge onto their younger self. Personally, I wish seventeen-year-old me would have known the following things:
- You will never be thinner than you are right now. Enjoy it.
- Don’t stress about not having a boyfriend. You’ll find your prince charming, and he will make you laugh every single day.
- It’s okay not to know what you want to be when you grow up. You’ll figure it out eventually.
- Turtleneck and a sweatshirt- not a good look.