8 Easy-To-Make, Go-To Cocktails
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8 Easy-To-Make, Go-To Cocktails

That are really good.

1. White Russian
For all the coffee lovers out there. This is one of my favorites. Its taste reminds me of an iced latte, but it still has that kick of booze.

Ingredients: 5 parts vodka, 2 parts Kahlua (coffee liqueur), and 3 parts cream


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2. Cuba Libre
Truly a classic, and probably one of the easiest drinks to make. And, you can easily booze it up or booze it down. (I personally use diet Coke instead of regular Coke...but to each their own).

Ingredients: 4 oz. Coca-Cola, 1/3 oz. lime juice, 2 oz. rum (light or dark), lime wedge to garnish


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3. Jack and Coke
If rum isn't your thing, perhaps this one will be more to your liking. And, if you're a fan of that whiskey taste, but don't like it to be super strong, this drink is perfect for you.

Ingredients: 10 oz. Coca-Cola, 2 oz. Jack Daniel's whiskey


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4. Gin and Tonic
The great thing about gin and tonic is that you can adjust the ratio of booze to mixer to taste. So, whether you like your cocktails strong or a little bit weaker, this is a great go-to.

Ingredients: 1 to 3 parts gin, 3 parts tonic water, 1/2 oz. lime juice (can be adjusted), lime wedge to garnish


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5. Fuzzy Navel
If you like sweeter, fruitier drinks, this one is for you. This is a great summer cocktail!

Ingredients: 1 part vodka, 1 part peach schnapps, 4 parts orange juice


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6. Screwdriver
Probably just as simple (and as popular) as the Cuba Libre. This cocktail only contains two ingredients. If you prefer your drinks on the tamer side, I highly recommend this classic.

Ingredients: 1 part vodka, 2 parts orange juice


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7. Tequila Sunrise
You didn't think I'd leave out a tequila-based drink, did you? This cocktail combines the perfect amount of sweetness and booze...what's not to like? Now, a tequila sunrise isn't a tequila sunrise without that cool red-and-orange ombre effect...so to make that happen, combine your OJ and tequila first, and then slowly pour your grenadine on top.

There's a finesse to it!

Ingredients: 6 parts orange juice, 3 parts tequila, 1 part grenadine


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8. Dark 'n' Stormy
Not only does this one have a clever name, but it tastes great, too! If you're a fan of ginger, I highly recommend this one.

Ingredients: 1 part dark rum, 3 parts ginger beer, lime wedge to garnish (squeeze in juice)


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What Your Choice in Alcohol Says About You

Jager bombs are for frat dudes.

When it comes to drinking alcohol, we all have our beverage of choice. We know what we like and what we don't like, what tastes good, and what makes us puke our brains out after a night out.

If I were to go out on a date, or meet someone for the first time, I might judge him based on his drink order. The kind of alcohol you drink says a lot about you and the type of shit you're into. Here are some of my observations on what I think about your choice of alcohol.

Whiskey: If you're a girl and you "claim" to like whiskey, you're not a hard-ass. You probably don't actually like it, and whiskey sours don't count. I have yet to meet any female who actually enjoys taking straight shots of whiskey.

On the other hand, guys who like whiskey are hot. They remind me of cowboys or something. Yeehaw.

Scotch: Scotch is super luxurious and "mature". If you're a scotch drinker, you're probably sophisticated and cool, and have a few extra bucks lying around to spend on alcohol. You are the Chuck Bass's of the world.

Vodka: My personal favorite. If you're drinking vodka, you probably don't care what it tastes like, and you probably don't know what's going to happen by the end of the night. Vodka shots are for the people who drink to get drunk and have a great time. For that, I salute you.

Wine: Ah, wine. Perfect for a girls night in, or when you're out on a dinner date. You can't go wrong with wine, red or white, moscato or chardonnay. You're an easygoing, classy human with a good taste in beverages, congrats.

Tequila: Tequila is DISGUSTING, but it gets the job done. Good news is that after, like, three shots, you probably won't even realize how bad it tastes. Most of the people I know who drink tequila are crazy-ass girls who love to dance.

Champagne: Champagne is for celebrating, and terrible hangovers. If you're a college student and you're drinking champagne on the reg, stop. You're probably drinking Andr?, which is basically juice. If you're the girl walking around the party nursing a bottle all night, also stop. You're not getting drunk and you just look stupid.

Absinthe: I don't think I've ever come across anyone who has actually ordered something with absinthe. It tastes like ass, but if you're one of those people, that's kind of cool. You're probably into dark, weird shit because absinthe is like poison or witches' brew or something.

Rum: Rum is for people who don't know how to drink vodka, so they choose this instead. It's a good experimental drink for college kids who drink "rum and cokes". If you're a rum drinker, you probably like your drinks sweet, which speaks to your sensitive soul.

Gin: Gin is a drink for old retired guys who wear sweater vests. I really hope that none of you reading this are avid gin drinkers, because that would be a shame.

Beer: Almost every guy's go-to drink. College kids should probably get used to the taste of beer as soon as possible, because it's all you're gonna be drinking for the next four years of your life. Beer people are chill and are almost always down for anything. They're the types of people you want as friends.

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Six Cocktails To Make This Summer

Who doesn't love a homemade cocktail?!

Sun's out, drinks up! One of my favorite things about summer is the day drinking, and we've got the best summery cocktails for you to try! Whether you're at the beach, by the pool, or just lounging on the patio, you'll need a pitcher of some sort of alcoholic concoction!

White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria
It's like the big-kid version of strawberry lemonade! You'll need two thinly sliced lemons, one apple (cored and sliced, any kind), one cup of lengthwise-cut strawberries, one bottle of white wine (chardonnay or sauvignon blanc works best), half-a-cup of rum, and four cups of lemon-lime soda. Pour the wine over a pitcher full of all the fruit and refrigerate for about four hours. Take it out, pour the lemon lime soda, and drink up!

Raspberry Limoncello
Because what's summer without Prosecco, right? All you'll need is three cups of chilled Prosecco, one cup of chilled limoncello liqueur, one cup of frozen raspberries, and six sprigs of fresh mint. In a large pitcher, mix the Prosecco and limoncello together, then serve over the raspberries, garnished with fresh mint. YUM!

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade
This is for all you little whiskey girls out there. Gather up 12 oz. of fresh blackberries, half a cup of sugar, 7.5 oz of whiskey, 7.5 oz of lemon juice, one large rosemary sprig, and 6 oz of blackberry simple syrup. There are two parts to this fancy summer drank. For the blackberry syrup, put the blackberries and sugar into a small sauce pan over medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the syrup to get the seeds out, then let it cool. Combine the syrup and the rest of the ingredients into a shaker with a handful of ice. Shake it (ow ow). Pour over ice into glasses and serve!

Maui Island Breeze
Vodka time! You can make it as a single drink or into a punch. To make it into a punch, you'll need 36 oz of pineapple juice, 12 oz of vodka (or more), half a cup of cranberry juice, and up to one liter of sparkling water or lemon-lime soda. Pour over ice, mix it up, and enjoy!

Palomas
My favorite... Tequila! You'll need 1.5 cups of tequila, 4.5 cups of grapefruit soda, juice from six limes, and a few extra limes to garnish with. Combine the tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice and stir to combine. Pour over ice-filled glasses and garnish with that lime. Cheers!

Ginger Peach Moscow Mule
Moscow Mules are the bosses of beer cocktails. To serve four, you'll need three large peaches, peeled ginger root, a fourth cup of fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup of water, 6 oz. of vodka, 2 cups of ginger beer, lime or lemon for garnish. For the puree, cut the peaches in half and remove the pit (do not peel). Slice the peaches and reserve four slices for garnish. Combine the peach slices, ginger root, lemon juice, and water into a blender and puree until smooth. To make each cocktail, combine one cup of the puree with vodka in a large shaker filled with ice and shake until frosty. Divide into glasses over ice. Pour half a cup of ginger beer into each mug. Garnish with a lemon/lime and peach slice. Serve immediately!

With these recipes, you're sure to be the hostess with the mostest this summer... and for sure get your party on. Invite friends over for the day and play around with these recipes, because half of the fun is making them with the squad! You've got all summer, and every kind of liquor, so start experimenting! Warning: May Cause Lots of Running Man challenges.

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Cool Shots For You To Try On A Night Out

Bottoms up!

1. Jolly Rancher


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This is a very sugary-tasting shot for all of those out there who have a sweet tooth, hence the name "Jolly Rancher". So, basically, if you want to get drunk without tasting the liquor, this is the shot for you.

Ingredients: Melon liqueur, Amaretto, Sprite (or 7-Up), grenadine.

2. Mind Eraser


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Don't drink too many of these... or else it'll live up to its name (unless that's what you want, of course)!

Ingredients: Vodka, Kahlua (coffee liqueur), 7-Up.

3. Buttery Nipple


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A perfect combination of butterscotch and cream... and a fun name. What's not to love?

Ingredients: Butterscotch Schnapps, Bailey's Irish Cream.

4. Red-headed Slut


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These shots have some pretty G-rated names, huh? (sarcasm). Either way, this one is the perfect combination of sweet and booze.

Ingredients: Jagermeister, Peach Schnapps, cranberry juice.

5. Scooby Snack


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This shot isn't really what I imagined a Scooby Snack to taste like... but it still tastes great!

Ingredients: Midori, Malibu, creme de bananas, pineapple juice, whipped cream.

6. Pineapple Upside Down Cake


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If made correctly, this one lives up to its name. Just like the Jolly Rancher, it's perfect for people who don't like that super strong alcohol taste.

Ingredients: Jim Beam, Peach Schnapps, pineapple juice, stolichannya, maraschino cherry juice.

7. White Gummy Bear


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This one is a fun one. It has a sweet, yet tart taste to it. If you're a candy fan, try this one out!

Ingredients: Peach Schnapps, Cherry Vodka, Pineapple juice, Sprite.

8. Irish Car Bomb

Try at your own risk! The Irish Car Bomb isn't for everyone... but definitely worth the try, in my opinion! This one is a lot of fun to do with a group of people. The Irish Car Bomb is different from other shots in that it's a glass of beer... you drop in your two shots, and then drink as fast as you can! Just keep in mind that the Irish Cream seems to curdle pretty much the instant it hits the beer...

Ingredients: Guinness, Bailey's Irish Cream, whiskey.


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5 Summer Sangria Recipes To Try

You, too, can learn to love sangria.

Summer is quickly approaching, which means the return of all the best fruits. And what better way to enjoy these hot summer days than with some sweet summer sangria?

Now, if the thought of sangria makes you sick to your stomach, you're not alone. I'll be the first to say I originally hated the fruity alcoholic concoctions, but now that I live in Spain it's impossible to NOT drink Sangria.

I can honestly say it's now become my new go-to. As in yes, you too can learn to love sangria, thanks to the variety of options that are out there. Here are five recipes perfect for summer, and you're bound to love.

1. White Wine Strawberry Lemonade Sangria
Talk about a powerful duo! This white wine recipe mixes two classic summer drinks into one sippable delight by using lemons, apples, and strawberries for the fruit base.

Add a little rum and lemon lime soda and your summer senses will be tingling. It's the perfect way to satisfy your inner kids, yet still feel like an adult because alcohol.

2. Watermelon Sangria
Considering that watermelon is hands down one of the best summer fruits out there, it's a mystery I'd never thought to make it into a sangria. This recipe is a sweet, tangy treat and what's more, considering watermelons are 92 percent water it means you're technically hydrating the whole time, right?? So loooong, hangovers!

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3. Sunset Sangria
With a solid five star rating, you really can't go wrong with this Sunset Sangria recipe. The base of this Sangria uses rose wine, pineapple juice, and vodka. Combined with the plethora of fresh summer fruits, you'll be wanting to drink this sunset, sunrise, sunmidday. Always?

4. Tequila Sangria
If you're college experience was anything like mine, just the mention of tequila can make you want to run to the nearest trashcan/toilet thanks to one too many shots of the shitty stuff.

PSA: JUST SAY NO TO EL TORO.

That said, use a dece tequila mixed with a bunch of fruit and wine and you've got yourself a might combo. Plus, this sangria recipe is by far one of the easiest to throw together in a jar (literally).

5. Sparkling Red, Wine, and Blue Sangria
It may be a little early to start planning your Fourth of July, but this patriotic drink is too good to not try out earlier. If you're feeling ambitious and really festive, you can cut the apples into star shapes to really complete the visual.

The sparkling wine makes for a unique, bubbly take on traditional sangria thats sure to make your night lit like the Fourth. It is almost Memorial Day, after all.

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How To: Drink Without Gaining Weight

Our very (un)scientific tips on how to avoid the binge-drinking induced weight gain.

We live in a world of many unanswered questions, but the question most frequently asked by white girls, college students, and binge drinkers alike is: How do I drink without gaining weight?

While it may seem to be an impossible quandary, there are some ways to cut back on the cals, avoid the dreaded weight gain, and still keep your social life intact. Full disclosure: We're not doctors, or even nutrition experts, but here are some of our favorite tips to avoid the binge-bulge. (See what I did there?)
Do not, I repeat, do not, drunk eat. I'm going to let you in on a little secret. It's not just the eight drinks you downed at the bar on Thursday night.. and Friday... and Saturday... that are contributing to your binge induced-weight gain. The instant mac and cheese or leftover Chipotle you downed at 3 a.m. is also to blame. I know it's hard after a night out to not raid your fridge, but trust me, you will regret it in the morning. Just go to bed. And if you must eat, try an apple or fat free popcorn. While it may not satisfy your craving, it will at least suppress your appetite.
Choose low-cal beverages. This is tough, because it means you may need to give up some (or all) of your favorite cocktails. The thought of ditching your go-to "vodka cran" may make you anxious, but trust us, this is a good thing. (Also, stop with the vodka-cran already.) A shot of vodka alone is at least 64 calories, plus the more than 30 grams of sugar in cranberry juice. Woof. Pro tip? Ditch the high-calorie mixers. Sub in diet tonic water with a squeeze of lime. It may not taste as great as some of the more sugary drinks, but after a few vodka tonics, you won't even notice.
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Stick to a healthy diet. I know diets suck. but hear me out: If you're eating less, you're more likely to get drunk on less, which means you're drinking less, and ingesting less calories. But if take this route, my advice would be to drink slowly: Often your brain and your body aren't in perfect sync with one another. While your brain may be ready to take shot number six, your body may only need four shots to get drunk.
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Give it up. Your last option is to just stop drinking altogether. It's no secret that alcohol isn't great for you. But, who are we kidding? We all know we're going to be drinking next weekend. In that case, refer to tips 1-3.
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