Here come the last and, coincidently, the most trying weeks of the semester. One thing that keeps college students from getting completely overwhelmed is thinking about the night of Dec. 15, followed by a month off campus. How will you celebrate the conclusion of this semester? If you are of legal drinking age and want to blow off some steam, you will probably hit some bars. So instead of celebrating with those boring old shots of tequila, vodka and rum, here are some different recipes to use in your celebration after finals. The Vocachino will not only loosen you up, but will give you a caffeine kick as well! What could be better in a shot? It’s made with two ounces of vodka, 1/2 ounce of coffee liqueur, 1/2 ounce of espresso, 1/2 ounce of light cream, a dash of sugar syrup and a 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder. The recipe makes enough for four shots so invite some of your friends over for this caffeine-filled buzz! Drinkers, consider yourselves lucky because the B52 shot tastes just as good as it looks. Made with 1/2 ounce of Kahlúa, 1/2 ounce of Bailey’s Irish cream and 1/2 ounce of Grand Mariner, it is a shot that tastes more like a fluffy Italian restaurant dessert than alcohol. A popular shot at the campus bars is called a Kamakazie. Despite its name, it is not as strong as one would think. It is made up of one ounce vodka, one ounce triple sec and one part Rose’s lime juice. Triple sec just pushes the drink along instead of giving it a kick. A recipe I found entitled the Dixie Car Bomb is a fun alternative to the Irish Car Bomb. What makes this drink even better is the fact it is made with Milwaukee’s own Pabst lager. Yum! Mix a shot of a 1/2 ounce of Old Crow bourbon whiskey and 1/2 ounce of butterscotch schnapps, and drop it into a 15 ounce Pabst lager.
A real kicker is a shot cleverly named Five Best Friends. (And really, I’d say all these liquors are more like enemies, but you might enjoy it!) Here’s the recipe: 1/5 ounce Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey, 1/5 ounce Jagermeister herbal liqueur, 1/5 ounce of Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, 1/5 ounce of Jim Beam bourbon whiskey and, lastly, the kicker: 1/5 ounce of Jose Cuervo Especial gold tequila. Tequila is special because it will kick whatever drink you have to the next level. Be very careful with this shot! A similar recipe is the Three Wise Men, but it is a bit of a step down in my opinion. This shot includes these three leading men and their alcohol, which is also known as Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, Jim Beam bourbon whiskey and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey. Pour each of these evenly into a shot glass and enjoy the ride.
To finish, here is a recipe that’s a little out of the average college kid’s price range, but it is worth it if you can afford it! It is called a Flying Goose, and as both the name and price suggests, it is made with Grey Goose vodka. The recipe calls for one ounce of vodka, one ounce of melon liqueur and one ounce of pineapple juice.
However you choose to celebrate the conclusion of this semester, remember to be safe and enjoy. Hopefully you will try some of these fantastic shots!