There’s a reason why most classic drinks were not made in college. Cramped spaces, lack of tools and lack of sleep does not a great cocktail make. What is the legal-age, sophisticated college drinker to do in a sea of Jungle Juice and Jägerbombs? Before you pick up that beer bong again, try these delicious cocktails that require few ingredients and, most important, can be made right in that little red cup. What drinks did you wish you knew about in college?
Remember those sugar packets you took from the dining hall? You’ll need them for your first grown-up drink. The Old Fashioned uses the most bare bones of ingredients: spirit, sugar, bitters, water and can be made quickly—even in the most cramped situations. Even though the drink is traditionally made with whiskey, the Old Fashioned can be made with basically any spirit. And isn’t being versatile what college is all about? Get the recipe for The Old Fashioned.
When in doubt, bitters solve everything. The Pressing Charges combines ingredients easily found at any college party. But unlike most dorm-y drinks, it goes beyond adding ginger ale and club soda to bourbon. What makes this drink so good is the addition of Peychaud’s bitters, contributing bite to the sweet, spicy and bubbly elements of the cocktail. So if college is all about learning life lessons, here’s a tip: Always carry bitters in your pocket. Get the recipe for Pressing Charges.
There aren’t too many situations where sticking your finger in a cocktail is appropriate. But desperate times demand desperate measures. With its pretense-free nature and ease of preparation, the Negroni is a cocktail meant to be enjoyed by all. The ingredients may not be in every college student’s pantry, but if you’re tired of slinging Jägerbombs to get your bitter needs met, this is the cocktail to know. Get the recipe for the Negroni.
For most, tequila was ruined by these four formidable college years. (Remember spring break in Cabo? Neither do we…). Why not ditch the shots and save the tequila and salt for a great cocktail? The Paloma takes the grapefruit soda we enjoyed as children and combines it with the tequila-and-salt combination that makes us think of all those past mistakes. Together, the two create a drink that’s tasty and refreshing. Finally, a drink that does tequila justice—and you can make it just as fast as you can take a shot. Get the recipe for the Paloma.
It’s one thing to get fancy with your own cocktail choices but what about your friends’ drinks? If you’re willing to stretch your college budget, this recipe for the Garrick Club Punch intensifies your party game by capitalizing on a touch of luxurious Grand Marnier or elegant Maraschino liqueur. Also adding sugar, gin, lemon juice and club soda, the result is a sweet, light and bubbly drink that will leave your dorm mates saying goodbye to Jungle Juice forever. Get the recipe for the Garrick Club Punch.