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Putting on movies and having a quiet chill sesh with friends is 100% approved and recommended here at Girls’ Night In. But what about when you want a slightly different type of hangout—one that encourages conversation and connection among you and your friends? A night in that celebrates and embraces the joy of missing out. On September 22nd, in partnership with Ketel One Botanical, we’re encouraging women everywhere to stay in, recharge and relax by connecting with their closest girlfriends in celebration of the first-ever National Girls’ Night In.

In honor of the new holiday, we asked three women we admire how they would spend a perfect evening in. Read on below for wit and wisdom from our second expert — Co-founder of The GOOD Fest, Kate Van Horn—and get ready to raise a glass to National Girls’ Night In with us and Ketel One Botanical.

— Alisha Ramos, founder at GNI

Kate Van Horn, yoga instructor and co-founder of The GOOD Fest

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What does a girls’ night in mean to you?

It’s all about focusing on friendship and the things that fill you up. You need to treat times like this just like you would your work or a good workout, and give them your complete attention. I love the idea of disconnecting…no phones, just good company, good food and good cocktails. It doesn’t always work [laugh], but I will say that it’s a good rule to have. I try to draw from my yoga and mindfulness practices and focus conversation beyond the typical gossiping or venting. But don’t mistake me, it’s not all serious and sometimes it’s just about having a laugh. There’s really no right or wrong way to hang with friends. Regardless of the tone of the evening I do like to serve something on the lighter side and go for low ABV cocktails, like something made with Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint.

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The first ever Ketel One Botanical Girls’ Night In is on September 22nd. How will you celebrate?

With friends, enriching conversation and bit of Tarot Card reading. I’ll be having a mix of old and new, so I’ve planned the Tarot Card readings to ensure everyone is engaged (I find an activity takes the stress out of having to mix and mingle.) I’ll serve a refreshing, easy-to-prep spin on a Vodka Soda so my time is spent with my guests and not behind a bar. I love Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint for this—it makes creating a delicious cocktail so simple since it’s distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit and botanical essences, the crisp cucumber and fresh mint really kicks this simple drink up a notch.

What are your top 2-3 recommended tips for the perfect Girls’ Night In?

  1. Send invites! Because I live and breathe by my Google Calendar, I will send calendar invites to friends. Sometimes it’s the only way to make a night in with friends happen.
  2. Prep some great cocktails, but don’t become a slave to your bar. A quality spirit with unique characteristics, like each of the Ketel One Botanical varietals, is really all you need. Pair it with soda and fresh garnishes you scored at the farmer’s market and you’ve got a crowd pleaser that’s crisp, refreshing and a breeze to make. </br>
  3. Create a warm, comfortable and welcoming space. It’s the little things, like having the furniture set-up so it feels communal and everyone can see and hear each other. The space really sets the tone for any get-together.

One bonus tip: give each guest a memento of the evening. I do this with my yoga classes. I’ll have crystals on hand that embody self-love or another energy I’m trying to share that everyone can take home and use to remind themselves of the experience. It’s a nice touch to continue to spread the love.

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Kate’s recommended Ketel One Botanical cocktail recipe

Mystically Mint
Herbaceous, fresh and delicate, this mint-forward cocktail awakens the palate with its subtle yet sweet, earthy flavor.

Recipe:

1.5 oz. Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint
.25 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
3 oz. Fever Tree Soda Water
3-4 Slices Lime
1-2 sprigs Mint
1-2 sprigs Basil

Directions:
Combine first three ingredients in a wine glass over ice.
Garnish with sliced lime wheels, mint and basil.


When raising a glass for the first-ever National Girls’ Night In, the makers of Ketel One Botanical remind everyone to please drink responsibly.

Ketel One Botanical is a first-of-its kind spirit made from vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit and botanical essences. Made with 100% non-GMO grain, this 30% ABV spirit is an exceptionally smooth, fresh-tasting drink with no carbs, no artificial flavors or sweeteners.

Please drink responsibly.


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