Break might be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take one every now and then. Put down your books and make yourself a well-deserved drink (if you’re over 21, of course). There’s always time for a cocktail!
Wanting an excuse to get your friends back together after break? Look no further. This New Year’s-inspired take on a classic Planter’s Punch is made to be served in a bowl and is easy to scale up depending on the size of your get-together. The dark molasses and coffee notes of the rum are sweetened by the fruity citrus additions, making it a true crowd-pleaser.
1 ½ ounces dark rum
¼ ounce grenadine
1 ½ ounces orange juice
½ ounce grapefruit juice
Serve in a bowl with ice, and garnish each cup with half an orange slice.
Flavor profile: fresh and citrusy
Drink: at a low-key house party
Glassware: a regular water glass works fine
Each serving = about ⅔ of a shot
Start off spring semester on a good note with this riff on a classic vodka martini. This drink uses the herbal characteristics of Lillet Blanc rather than dry vermouth for sweetness and calls for a touch of cranberry juice, adding just the right amount of tartness to balance the cocktail.
2 ounces vodka
1 ½ ounces Lillet Blanc
½ ounce cranberry juice (no sugar added)
Stir with ice and strain. Serve with a lemon twist.
Flavor profile: light and just a little bit tart
Drink: after a long day of classes, paired with your favorite guilty-pleasure TV show
Glassware: coupe or martini glass, if you want to be technical
Each serving = about 1 ¼ shots
Hit the books shot / New year, new you shot
This shot tastes a lot like chocolate. Sweet, rich, easy to down and not too alcoholic, this bad boy is perfect for a party. The Kahlúa and orange juice provide the sweetness in the shot and balance each other out in an unexpected way.
½ ounce vodka
½ ounce Kahlúa
½ ounce orange juice
Flavor: sweet, dark, essentially like chocolate
Drink: at a party — it’s basically a yummier shot with half as much alcohol
Glassware: shot glass
Each serving = half a shot
Golden Bear reviver
This blue and gold take on the classic corpse reviver is a great way to start off a night of drinking with friends. Light but still strong, this balanced, herbaceous drink is bright blue, but don’t let that make you think it isn’t intense. Gin and Lillet Blanc give this cocktail its herby flavor, while the Blue Curaçao adds a kick of sweetness. If you’re a true cocktail connoisseur, consider rinsing the inside of your glass with absinthe beforehand.
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
1 ounce Blue Curaçao
1 ounce lemon juice
Shake ingredients together with ice and strain. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Flavor profile: light and balanced, but strong
Drink: with friends before a night out
Glassware: coupe glass
Each serving = about one shot
A back-to-school take on a traditional cocktail, the rye whiskey in this sour adds body and a slight spice to the drink. Orange juice and grenadine add sweetness to the tune of citrus and pomegranate, balancing out the cocktail. Feel free to top off this sour with club soda at the end for a lighter finish.
2 ounces rye whiskey
½ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce orange juice
¼ ounce grenadine
Shake ingredients together with ice and strain. Garnish with an orange peel.
Flavor profile: balanced, citrusy and lightly spiced
Drink: after dinner, maybe to impress a friend or a date
Glassware: coupe glass, or if with ice, in a rocks glass
Each serving = one shot