Top 10 Guilty Pleasures

1. One Direction. Or any pop star targeting tweens. Especially if they have a fantastic 3D movie.

2. Food Made for Kids. Chicken Nuggets, Corn Dogs, Spaghettios, Fish Sticks.

3. Watching the Same TV Shows Over & Over. Friends. Friday Night Lights. One Tree Hill.

4. Lifetime or ABC Family Movies. All of them.

5. Eating the Salt out of the Bottom of the Bag of Popcorn. It’s really disgusting, but I can’t help it. It’s extra delicious when it’s full of butter.

6. Leggings as Pants. Super comfortable.

7. Eating Deli Meat Plain. Ham or Turkey.

8. Boxed Wine. Chillable Red. Yum.

9. BOGO. I’ve spent so much money on things I don’t need just because they’re on BOGO.

10. Soft Pretzels from a Bar. I don’t even have to be hungry, but if I go to a bar that’s known for delicious soft pretzels, I’ll order them.

Awkward Vodka Bootcamp

No, this is not a drinking bootcamp. This is actually something your body will thank you for while you hibernate this winter.

If you like to drink as much as we do, it’s very important to try and stay active at the same time. And as we head into colder, darker months, it’s harder to get motivated to work out and stay fit. So we’ve come up with a very doable routine that anyone – seasoned athletes and rookies both – can commit to throughout the winter. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. awesome playlist
  2. days of circuit training
  3. days of cardio

The workout:

To avoid boredom and make time pass quickly (which is super important if you hate working out as much as we do), circuit workouts are key. Here’s a plan we suggest:

  • 5 minutes of warm-up
  • 10 minutes of circuits: 2 minutes of cardio (jumping jacks, high knees, quick feet, etc.) followed by 1 minutes of strength (push-ups, planks, squats, etc.) and end with 1 minute of rest time. REPEAT 3 TIMES
  • 5 minutes to cool-down

Based on your current fitness level, repeat the circuit anywhere from three to five times. We started with three and that has proved to be a tough enough 40 minutes for us…for now 🙂 You can mix and match your cardio and strength activities to keep the workout interesting. We have decided to do a different activity each time, which seems to be working well and is definitely challenging. Especially when we get to the ones we hate doing  – like burpees.

Then for the days of cardio, we prefer to go to 45-minute cycling classes, but you can do anything you’d like. Running, biking, swimming – whatever suits you best. And mix it up!

There you have it, Awkward Vodka’s workout plan. Much better than Kanye’s if I do say so myself.

It’s as easy as that! Well let me take that back. It’s not as easy as it sounds. See the picture below as evidence. That’s us after Day 1:


But our plan is to continue to stick with this routine so eventually it will become easier. And we’ll be super strong. See us already on Day 3. Look at that confidence, already taking barftastic gym mirror selfies:


Tips to keep in mind:

Hydrate. It is very important to stay hydrated before, during and after workouts.
Solicit a workout buddy. Let me tell you, it is way easier to get out of bed in the morning / stay accountable to these workouts if you know someone else is joining you. Plus, it’s always fun to have someone to commiserate with while going through these hellish activities.
Use apps: Not just for drinking anymore! One of our fav power hour app also works as a handy timer/playlist as we’re going through our circuits. After a minute, the song changes and so does our activity. We don’t need to keep an eye on the clock and get to enjoy soooo much more good pump-up music than with a regular playlist.

Let us know if you have any other tips or workouts we should consider. Joining us on our fitness kick? Let us know! We’d love to complain with you about how much it sucks.

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Happy National Vodka Day!

It’s like Christmas for Vodka lovers – National Vodka Day!

Here are some ideas of how to celebrate:

1. Try out a new vodka drink, like this delicious one.

2. Get a tattoo of the word “Vodka”

3. Go to happy hour after work. Drink lots.

4. Play a fun drinking game like Ring of Fire or the iPod Game.

5. Black Out.

6. Do a taste test between different types of vodka. Be sure to try out a new kind you’ve never had before.

7. Take artsy photos of Vodka bottles, martinis and other delicious vodka drinks and post on your Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter. Extra points if your chugging straight from the bottle in the pic.

8. Drink like a 21-year-old.

9. Order a vodka shot when you’re out tonight. Just vodka – nothing extra.

10. Stay out celebrating until at least 5 a.m.

For those of your who love everything awesome – it’s also National Taco Day!


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New Fave Drink: Vodka + Water + Special Ingredient

Vodka diet coke has been my favorite drink since I started drinking. It’s so easy and delicious. However, everyone likes to try out something new every once & awhile.

My new favorite drink: vodka water.

Well not just vodka water, but vodka + water + a squirt of MiO water flavoring

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Why I love this drink:

  1. Water – Since the drink is mostly water, you don’t get as dehydrated when drinking it. It’s the perfect drink for a day-party.
  2. Delicious – It’s so good. So far I’ve had strawberry and mango, and both are really yummy.
  3. Choices – You can change the flavor of a regular drink by adding lemons or limes, but this drink really gives you options.
  4. Low Cal – There are zero cals in MiO and water, so the only cals you’re drinking is from the Vodka.
  5. Gut Rot-Free – After a day of drinking something delicious and fruity like a strawberry daiquiri or cosmo, you probably get a bit of a tummy ache. That totally doesn’t happen with this drink! So awesome.

So try it out! You’ll love it.

Why I Love Fall

1. Football


2. Halloween


3. Comfort Food: Chilli. Soup. Pasta.


4. Fun Accessories: Boots & Scarves


5. Pumpkin-Flavored Deliciousness


6. Changing Leaves

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7. 13 Nights of Halloween on ABC Family


8. Carving Pumpkins


9. Candy Corn


10. Season Premiers: Scandal, New Girl, Mindy Project, The Voice, Castle and More!


11. Candles


12. Fresh Air & Open Windows: No More Air Conditioning


13. Smells: Cinnamon & Vanilla


14. Hot drinks


15. Jumping into piles of leaves



How To: Tailgate

WOOHOO!!! It’s finally here: Football Season!

The best part of football season, besides seeing the Packers kick ass, is tailgating. Since we’re from Wisconsin, we’ve been tailgating since birth so we’re pretty much professionals. Here are some tips and tricks for tailgating:

  • Plan ahead: Don’t forget charcoal, ice (depending on the temperature outside), water bottles, music or a lighter. While tailgating this spring, we forgot a cooler and ice, which resulted in this…


  • Chairs!: We could have easily put this in the above category, but we forget it so often that it deserves its own category. DO NOT FORGET CHAIRS. We looked like fools…


  • Bring Drinking Games: Drinking games make everything more fun. At the very least, bring along a deck of cards. My favorite tailgating game is definitely bags. Having a bags game set up is probably the best way to make friends at the tailgate lot.


  • Show Up Early: I’m not sure about anywhere else in the country, but you need to show up early if you’re going to Lambeau Field. We always score a spot in the Kmart parking lot because it’s the best. Quick tip: Don’t drunk shop in Kmart. I have a variety of Packer Swag that was purchased after tipping back a few too many.


  • Dress for the Occasion: This tip is two-fold. If you’re tailgating in December, wear layers! Ladies, don’t be “that girl” who wears just leggings, Uggs and a Jersey. You will freeze and be judged. And dress up in your favorite team gear! This means cheese heads, jerseys, earrings, gloves, jackets, pants, etc. If you have it, wear it.


  • Food!: Do not just drink and skip food – you will regret it. Plus tailgating food is delicious. Bring along a grill and cook up some hotdogs, brats and burgers. Remember chips, dip and condiments, too. If you’re fancy, try cooking chicken wings or soup a head and warm them up on the grill.

Any other tailgating tips we missed?


Power Hour Tips

Power Hour: A drinking game that means taking a shot of beer every minute for one hour which, using math, means drinking 5 beers in an hour. – Urban Dictionary

With yet another national holiday weekend upon us, we have a feeling a few of you might already be planning your weekend. Since we hope some of your plans include drinking, we’d like to share a few tips if that drinking happens to be a power hour (one of Awkward Vodka’s favorite past times).

Download an app. One way to ensure you complete the power hour on time and not miss a single shot is by downloading an app. You don’t have to worry about changing the music every minute or yelling at your friends to drink – the app will automatically switch the music, queuing your time to drink. GENIUS. We recommend Power!Hour, the best $.99 you’ll ever spend.

Do not, I repeat, do not attempt a power hour with hard liquor. While it may be tempting, do not use hard liquor as your drink of choice. That means 60 shots in 60 minutes. You most likely will die. We here at Awkward Vodka do not endorse this and definitely do not want to be blamed for death or alcohol poisoning. And I know what you’re thinking, mixed drinks aren’t that bad! Trust me, they are. You will either be passed out, puking or black out by halftime.

Always have an extra drink nearby. There is nothing worse than having to search for a beer when one runs out, especially if that means getting behind.

Make sure the beer is cold. I take it back – the one thing worse than having an empty drink is warm beer. You go through them fast in a group during a power hour, so make sure you have enough chilling for hours before you begin.

Music is key. During the power hour you can go through 60 different songs of your choice. And if you use the app we mentioned above, they all come right from your iTunes. Can you say best dance party ever? I guarantee you’ll hear, “I LOVE THIS SONG!” screamed at least 20 times.

Don’t double time. Just don’t do it.

With these tips we hope you can enjoy one perfect power hour this three-day weekend. But what about you? What other tips/recommendations do you have when it comes to power hours? We want to hear them!

10 Reasons to Date a Girl from Wisconsin

1. We know how to drink. Beer. Whiskey. Vodka. You name it. We drink it. And we know how to handle our booze so you don’t need to take care of us after a night of binging.

2. We love sports. And know enough to actually talk about what’s happening during a game. GO PACKERS!

3. We’re hilarious. See any other post on Awkward Vodka.

4. We’re typically low maintenance. Yes, we like to look good, but we also enjoy going to the bar in just a t-shirt and jeans. Have we ever been to a bar in sweatpants? You bet we have.

5. We’ve accumulated to the cold weather. And know how to dress for the cold so we’ll never need to steal your jacket.

6. We’re Tough. See above about the cold. Also most of us know how to change a tire, shovel a car out of the snow and get out of – or start – a bar fight.

7. We’re Smart. At least most of us are smart! Check out this list of the smartest cities in the country. Madison is #8, Appleton is #12 and Milwaukee is #26. Not bad! Minnesota doesn’t even show up on the list under #33 and it says “Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

8. We’re Not Afraid to Get Dirty. We’re not prissy since we either grew up on a farm or have been on one at some point in our life.

9. No Need to Wine & Dine. Obviously we love a nice dinner every now & then, but usually we’ll be just as happy with a delicious meal at Culvers as we are with a fancy dinner.

10. We Accept Hunting & Fishing. We’re okay with our guy leaving for a week to go hunting with friends, we’ll craft shop and scrapbook while they’re gone.

Scavenger Hunt Adventures!

Looking for something fun to do as the summer comes to an end? How about an awesome scavenger hunt?

Last year a good friend of Awkward Vodka left on a 6-month-ish road trip across the country. To keep up with her, we made an awesome scavenger hunt. All of the photos featured in this blog post are from her trip! (Except the last one from a scavenger hunt about 7 years ago)

This one has been edited a bit so it can be used almost anywhere! Try it out. You won’t be disappointed.


Photo of yourself in a bar – 1 point

With a drink in your hand – 3 points

Steal a pint glass that has either the city or school name on it – 20 points

Order and drink a vodka water – 5 points


Order and drink a shot of Southern Comfort in the South – 7 points

Order & drink a Water Moccasin shot – 10 points

Order and drink a Prairie Fart – 20 points

Photo of yourself shot-gunning a beer in public – 20 points

Take a body shot off of a random person – 50 points
Must provide photo

Invent a drink and convince the bartender to name it after you – 40 points

Stranger Danger

Each (sneaky) photo of a weird/creepy/nasty random person sighting – 10 points

Photo of a fire fighter – 10 points
10 bonus points if you are in the picture with them
10 bonus points if they are hot

Photo of a cross-dresser – 15 points
30 bonus points if you are in the picture with them

Find a cougar – 10 points
Not the animal

Run alongside someone who is running for 30 seconds – 30 points

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Find and photograph 10 good beards – 30 points

Photo of a man with a gnarly mustache – 20 points
10 bonus if you are in the photo also

Provide evidence of borrowed or found boxers – 30 points

All Things Pop Culture

Create your own “Call Me Maybe” Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez video – 10 points
10 bonus points per each new location incorporated

Find a flower and ask a stranger if they will “accept this rose” Bachelor style – 25 points


Find a jukebox and play Call My Maybe – 10 points

Photo of a celebrity sighting
C-List celebrity – 30 points
B-List celebrity – 40 points
A-List celebrity – 100 points
50 bonus points if you are in the photo with them

Jersey Chasin’

Photo wearing a jersey of local team – 10 points

Photo with an athlete – 25 points

Photo of yourself with the local mascot – 15 points
25 bonus points if you are doing something inappropriate to it

Run all the bases at a baseball field – 5 points

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Take a photo next to a state sign or a city population sign – 15 points

Photo of yourself in mid-air next to the ocean – 25 points

1,000 bonus points if you skinny-dip & provide proof

Photo of yourself at the dirtiest truck stop you can find – 10 points
40 bonus points if you are in the picture with a dirty trucker

Photo of yourself with as many people in cowboy hats as you can – 5 per

Photo of yourself with as many belt buckles as you can – 5 per

Photo of yourself either riding a bull or riding a bull rider – 20 points
20 bonus points if the bull or bull rider is cute

Photo of yourself with a person with a painted on outfit – 35 points

Collect as many beads as you can – 5 per

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Take a photo with mounted police – 15 points

Photo with Beiber cut-out – 15 points

Photo of crazy/unique/stupid license plate combos – 5 points

Photo of yourself outside of a Cum N Go – 5 points

Photo of yourself outside of a dirty strip club – 25 points

For Shits ‘N Gigs

Use a horrible pick-up line on a stranger – 25 points
Must share the results/reactions
25 bonus points if you get a picture with your victim

A picture of you requesting a song at a jukebox – 5 points
10 bonus points if the song is “Call Me Maybe”

Photo of yourself hugging something religious – 40 points

Record a video of yourself doing Karaoke – 40 points

Get a makeover at a mall makeup counter – 20 points

A picture of yourself being pushed – fast – in a shopping cart – 20 points

Photo with your doppelganger – 50 points

Photo in a photo booth – 10 points

Collect change from a fountain – 1 point per cent collected

Photo of graffiti – 10 points104_607218951330_6234_n

20 extra points if it’s on a train and you’re standing next to it

Photo with lawn gnomes that are in someone’s yard (not in a store) – 30 points

Photo of yourself in a tree – 20 points
25 extra point if you’re high up in the tree