9 College Drinking Favorites Go Classy
Drinking in college was for one purpose and one purpose only: to get wasted on a small budget. You can’t say you truly wallowed in your spiked Big Gulp from 7-Eleven or had a hard time weaning yourself off of the mystery mix from the endless house parties.
As a college student, you may have thought the party ended at graduation, but that was just the pre-game to a life full of better alcohol indulgences (that aren’t made up of only two ingredients). Whether your college go-to is still a guilty pleasure or but a fond memory, here are nine of your favorite blast-from-the-past drinks and their more mature substitutes.
Instead of: Jungle Juice
Try: Port Royal Punch
What’s one way to quench the thirst of an entire house party? Fill a jumbo-sized plastic container with cheap vodka, fruit punch, and if you’re feeling really rowdy, maybe a tall energy drink. Here’s a better version of that model: Throw a summer barbecue and serve your guests this Port Royal Punch. Nothing says, “I’m ready to have fun and I’m glad you’re all here,” like providing a booze-filled bowl of rum, Sprite, fruit juices and Grenadine.
Instead of: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
Try: Yamazaki Autumn Delight
Cinnamon-flavored whiskey is a gateway drink for beginning drinkers of brown liquor. Whether you poured a measure into an apple ale or shot it straight, it was admittedly delicious. And whiskey is still delicious; so is cinnamon. Why stop now? Combine the two in a Yamazaki Autumn Delight with apple cider and cinnamon sticks.
Instead of: Cranberry Juice & Vodka
Try: Honey Berry Sling
College drinking often requires something easy and something cheap—a Cranberry-Vodka for example. Leaving college doesn’t mean ditching the ease. So how about a Honey Berry Sling? It’s made with vodka and cranberry, but comes with raspberry, honey and a twist of lime.