If there’s one thing that’s made everyone in greater Tucson collectively reach for another drink and a handful of cookies, it’s this past year. Since last March the world has been turned on its head, and many of the most popular activities and events throughout Pima County have been canceled. But don’t worry, as normalcy slowly returns, so too are the events around town. This includes the ever-popular Cookies & Cocktails event.
Cookies & Cocktails is an annual event put on by the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. While the selling of Girl Scout Cookies helps raise money for troops throughout the area, the cookies and cocktails event is designed to bring parents, supporters, and lovers of Thin Mints together over some delicious snacks and a few adult beverages.
Typically, the event is an in-person activity, but this year the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is putting on a special “Take-Home” edition. It will be all the fun of the previous years, only you get to enjoy the snacks and drinks back at home.
The event is, as you’d expect, cookie-themed through and through. Except, instead of Samoa cookies and Thin Mints coming out of the freezer, some treats are built off of these cookies. You’ll find more decadent treats, ranging from cupcakes with bits of Girl Scout cookies mixed in, to cookie sandwiches and everything else in between (every year the treats differ and become more elaborate). In addition to this, the cocktails are all cookie-themed as well.
But don’t worry, all of the cocktails are offered “to go”, which allows you to pick up the drinks and the treats and take them back home with you.
There will also be treats for the kids this year. Normally it is an adult party for Girl Scout supporters, but because it’s more difficult than ever to hire a babysitter, you’re welcome to pack the kids into the back seat and pick up goodies for them as well. And while this is usually a dress-up event, because it’s a drive-through experience where you will be socially distant while picking everything up, you can dress as you’d like (or dress for a cocktail party up top, while wearing PJs and slippers down below.
More than ever the local Girl Scout troops need help with raising money. Last year local troops throughout Tucson took a big hit because cookie season was dramatically impacted by the pandemic. Girls and their parents were not able to make the same kind of sales as they normally would, which has left many troops without the kinds of funds needed for classes and programming. And with so many schools closed for the duration of the school year younger children have been missing out on educational opportunities, which makes the Girls Scouts that much more important than ever before. All of the money raised through the Cookies & Cocktails event will go back into the troops that make up the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.
When you arrive at the event, which is April 7 and runs from 4 PM until 7 PM (tickets available through the link provided here) and is held at the Sahuaro Girls Scouts of America headquarters, 4300 East Broadway Boulevard, you will present your ticket for either the “Night Out” (which is the adult-themed option) or “Family Fun.” You will be able to select two boxes of deserts, which feature the six most popular Girl Scout cookies, which are then prepared by local restaurants into the delicious snacks, and you will then be able to play several “drive-through” games where you can win a cocktail-in-a-bag, different wine options, and so much more.
To learn more about the event and what to expect, make sure to check out the event page, and then on April 7 make room for dessert (and cocktails).