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Five Foolproof Cocktails

After last semester, you can’t imagine drinking rum and coke at the BOP one more time, and let’s face it, after last Sinners, shots are not an option. It’s time to upgrade your two-ingredient drinks to three, so check out the list below for five cocktail recipes that are easy and won’t remind you of that one night out where vodka and lemonade became your worst enemy.

Moscow Mule

This American cocktail might be foreign to those not from the USA, but it is definitely worth a try. If you love ginger, then this is the drink for you. To make this light, refreshing, and zesty drink start by pouring by squeezing lime juice into a glass, and feel free to drop the rind in as a garnish. Add ice cubes and drop a shot of vodka in. Finally, finish the cocktail by filling the glass to the top with ginger beer. For those of you who want to be true Moscow Mule masters, you can purchase an official mug to impress your guests.

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White Russian

For the Big Lebowski fans out there, a White Russian is the perfect way to pay tribute to the Dude. And for those of you, who are confused by the previous sentence, I encourage you all to give this drink a go. Although it might sound strange, it is honestly one of my favorite drinks. All you will need to do is add half a shot of Kahlua and half a shot of vodka to a glass filled with ice. Finish the drink by pouring heavy cream on top, this will create a cloud like gradient that will make you look like a cocktail master.

 

Mint Julep

Another American cocktail, Mint Julep is a staple in the South. For those of you who like mojitos, try this alternative instead. First, pour a half a shot of simple syrup into a glass along with eight well-minced mint leaves, and then pour in your bourbon. Pack the drink with crushed ice creating a dome-like shape to finish the most dangerous snow cone you will ever have.

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Tequila Sunrise

With this drink, you probably won’t see the sunrise, but might be lucky enough to wake up before sunset. Feel free to play the song while making this drink and start the party sooner than later. This tangy cocktail requires a high-ball glass filled to the brim with ice. Combine two shots of tequila and 5 ounces of orange juice in another glass, stir, and add to the high-ball glass. Add the grenadine last, let it settle first and stir before drinking.

 

 

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Firecracker

This one is for my Irn Bru lovers out there who question why people love Coke so much when the world’s greatest soft drink stems from Scotland. In a large glass filled with plenty of ice, pour two shots of whisky for that slight burn in your throat, two shots of ginger beer for the firecracker in your mouth, and top off with Irn Bru for the finale.

Say goodbye to chasers and spirits and say hello to (slightly) more sophisticated drinks that will make you feel like you know what you are doing…. at least until you leave pres.

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