By Aayush Shrestha
Are you tired of “shot-gunning” cheap beers or forcing down awfully repulsive hard liquor every time you indulge in some drinking? Haven’t you had enough mornings where your head feels like it weighs a hundred pounds, and your stomach feels like it’s going to explode? You can put a stop to these never-ending Sunday morning hangovers by simply avoiding beer bongs and tequila shots and switching to some flavorsome mixed drinks. Here are five delightful cocktails that all you 21-year-olds can easily prepare within the confines of your own dorm room.
1) The Bahama Mama
The Bahama Mama, as the name suggests, is rumored to have originated from the Bahamas. Today, it has established itself as one of the prime summer beach drinks. But, unlike the tropical islands, here at Albion, it is quite tough to serve it in a coconut. Nevertheless, this “Tiki-rum-cocktail” is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Combine the ingredients along with crushed ice in a blender or shake it up in a handheld shaker. If you are feeling fancy, garnish the drink with slices of orange and pineapples.
2) The Tequila Sunrise
The Tequila Sunrise is a very popular tequila based drink that came to prominence around the late 40’s. Regardless of its popularity, people still don’t seem know why it is called a “sunrise.” The components that make up the drink – the orange juice and the grenadine – create gradations in color that actually mimics a “visual sunrise” effect when they mix.
1 OZ tequila
1 OZ cherry mix or grenadine
First, mix orange juice and tequila and shake it up with some crushed ice. Then, slowly pour grenadine around the inside edge of the glass if you want to catch the sunrise. Once again, you can garnish it with orange slices and cherries.
3) The Cosmopolitan
Although commonly considered to be a feminine cocktail especially due to its popularity in Sex and the City, this fruity martini-like drink is perfect for a casual night out. Gentlemen, don’t be afraid to try it!
1 OZ vodka
½ OZ triple sec
½ OZ lime juice
1 OZ cranberry juice
Simply shake all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. When served, Cosmo’s should be chilled but without ice cubes.
4) The Dreamsicle
If you loved those fruity creamsicles when you were a kid, then you are going to love this one! The Dreamsicle is basically a fruity creamsicle with an alcoholic punch. So go out there and give your inner child a treat by indulging in this refreshing drink.
When making the Dreamsicle, make sure to pour equal parts of juice and cream into a shaker and then combine them with the rest of the ingredients.
5) The Tom Collins
The Tom Collins might not be the most colorful or exotic drink out there, but it is a classic. It is widely known as a “thirst quencher.”
1 OZ gin
½ (fresh lemon juice + sugar) or sweet and sour mix
The Tom Collins is arguably one of the easiest drinks to make. Pour the gin and the mix into a glass with ice cubes and stir it properly before topping it off with sprite. It is worth noting that the cocktail tastes significantly better with fresh lemon juice and sugar than with the sweet and sour mix.
So there you have it. Even though bartending may not be your forte, I am confident you can manage to mix up the ingredients and pour out these basic yet extremely popular cocktails. Needless to say, keep your composure out there.