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The Lowdown: Brian Leopold, Zuma Blu Co-Founder

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The Lowdown is an email series from Team Zuma Blu that brings you unsponsored pro tips on what's good right now - stuff you don't want to miss!  This week, we take a peek inside what makes one of our co-founders tick.

Favorite Cinco de Mayo Cocktail:  Jalapeno Margaritas! Aye aye aye aye! (Same answer for every day of the year). Family recipe

  • 1 part tequila
  • 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 part water
  • 3/4 part orange liqueur
  • 3/4 part simple syrup (of which: 1 part sugar, 1 part water, bring to a boil; then let cool and infuse with jalapeno rings, longer = spicier)
  • Shake over rocks and serve with salted rim, jalapeno rings, and lime wedge
  • Tip: Skip the jalapenos if your'e not feeling particularly spicy 

Top 3 Places On My Bucket List:  Currently... 1) Seoul, South Korea to satisfy my incessant hankering for Korean BBQ.  2) Yellowstone.  3) Chasing summer for a year across the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Favorite Viral Video:  In case you missed Ludacris rapping Llama Llama Red Pajama, do yourself a favor and click this link now. We must've watched this 100 times last week. And when we weren't with Benji, I had I Spy on repeat (note, this song has explicit lyrics). 

Spotify Playlist:  It's been a gloomy spring in Minneapolis, so I've really been digging Dirty Heads Radio for the beachy California / island vibes. I've been playing Garland by Dirty Heads on repeat all week. I guess I have a tendency to get stuck on songs...

Netflix Series:  OMG - The OA! I'm a believer in alternate dimensions and I want to see them. Add that to my bucket list!

Podcast:  How I Built This from NPR is the absolute best way to pass the time on long road trips. I recommend it to anyone thinking about striking out on their own, working on a side hustle or running a startup, and/or has a belly button.

My Hero:  I'm inspired by many people and many stories. But my mom's story has always been a kind of reference point for me as I navigate life. She's the embodiment of grace. She's steady as a rock. She can achieve anything. Proof.

Favorite Zuma Blu Item:  Men's is coming at the end of this month! I have to swallow my screams of excitement every time I think about it. Otherwise, I really love the Ikat Blu Active Shorts that are coming out 5/15. They're super cute with the Coral Spaghetti Tank.  ;-)

If you have any tips we should know about, write to us at If we include your tip in a future Lowdown email, we'll send you a free gift!

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