12 legendary student cocktail recipes
A dozen concoctions that are so incredibly simple to make that they've achieved a cult status in the world of student drinking.
As much as we like the idea of cocktails, we're not the most patient of people - 'Yes, you're very good at balancing bottles on your nose, but we'd really like a drink now please.'
So instead of fancy cocktail recipes that require a degree in chemistry and experience as a professional juggler, we bring you 12 simple student cocktails, true legends of the student bar...
Snakebite & Black
What: Student life in a pint glass
How: Half a pint of lager, half a pint of cider, dash of blackcurrant cordial
Why: You can't claim to be a fully-fledged student until you've spent a night on the Snakey-Bs. It will make you act like a tit, cause you to lose all your memory in a Men In Black flashy light kind of way, and will make your tongue to turn a shade of red so bright that it can stop traffic. What's not to love.
What: The sweetest thing you will ever drink
How: 1/3 Smirnoff Ice, 1/3 Blue WKD, 1/3 Orange Bacardi Breezer
Why: This has to be tasted to be believed. You mix together three disgusting alcopops that you haven't touched since those halcyon days in the bus shelter, and rather than tasting like crap, IT TASTES LIKE SKITTLES. Not just a little like Skittles, but like you're actually tasting the rainbow. Do it. Do it now.
What: A bad idea
How: Vodka, Red Bull and a shot of tequila
Why: This is a very good question - but if you're bored of the usual vodka/Red Bull thing then why not spice things up by adding a shot of Mexico's finest. It doesn't taste very nice, it will get you into all sorts of trouble, but its initials make up the name of a car. Which is cool.
What: A grown up version of your favourite childhood thirst quencher
What: One bottle of Blue WKD, two shots of port
Why: We first drank a Cheeky Vimto longer ago than we care to admit, but it amazes us today as much as it amazed us back then exactly how much this tastes like Vimto. Mixing your Dad's favourite tipple with your 13-year-old cousin's favourite Saturday night accompaniment should not taste this good.
How: Pour one full bottle of Buckfast Tonic Wine into a 2L bottle, fill the rest up with lemonade.
Why: You have never truly understood the concept of the term 'bouncing off the walls' until you've seen someone in the midst of a Buckie high. Commonly known as a drink favoured by the underage and those with low incomes (thanks to its high alcohol percentage), adding the lemonade makes it much more acceptable. Honest.
What: One for the seven people on the planet who like Cherry Coke.
How: One shot of vodka, one shot of Cherry Sourz, top up with Coke.
Why: As you may have gathered, we don't much care for Cherry Coke. But if you're going to drink it then you may as well get drunk. That's some profound - and not at all worrying - logic we just hit you with right there...
What: A touch of much-needed class
How: Half a glass of rosé, top up with lemonade, ice and a slice of lime
Why: Because bright green drinks that taste like Skittles and lager/cider concoctions aren't to everyone's taste. This refined, refreshing and simple cocktail is perfect for this time of year - thought in fairness, not if it's pissing it down. Which it always is.
What: A DIY alternative to one of our favourite drinks
How: Add one or two shots of tequila to a good Mexican lager.
Why: Because telling people you're drinking a desperado makes you sound really bloody cool - and let's be honest, that's all that matters.
What: Beer for people who don't like beer
How: Half a pint of lager, half a pint of Smirnoff ice
Why: Some people don't like beer - adding Smirnoff Ice makes it much more tolerable. Some people don't like Smirnoff Ice - adding beer makes it much more tolerable. If you don't like either, well, good job there are 11 others you can choose from.
What: Something for those who like the taste of cough syrup.
How: Half a pint of lager, one shot of Amaretto, fill up with Coke.
Why: As you may have gathered by now, we're big fans of things that when added together taste like other things. This is one of those things, alright. So... we like it.
What: The beginning of the end
How: Put a shot of Jagermeister (including the glass) in a glass of Red Bull. Then neck it.
Why: Because everyone else drinks them, and you don't want to feel left out, do you?! If you want to try something different you can replace the Jager with a shot of Cointreau (Skittle Bomb), Goldschlager (Glitter Bomb) or if you're feeling particularly ballsy, red After Shock (Fire Bomb).
What: The most dangerous of all the animals...
How: Put some vodka in some Red Bull. You should probably write that down - it's a toughie.
Why: Honestly, we don't know. No good can come of this.