The Cocktails You Loved in College — All Grown-up

Gone are the days of cheap liquor and discount beer; it's time to graduate to some more sophisticated versions of your old favorites. REDBOOK.

Stoli Lemon KissInstead of a Lemon Drop...
Stoli Lemon Kiss
1 part Stoli
3/4 part fresh lemon juice
3/4 part simple syrup
Dash of grenadine

Build the first three ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Stir and top with grenadine.

Instead of a Jack and Coke...
Pedro Cardamom Collins
1.5 oz. Brugal Extra Dry Rum
.5 oz Cardamom Syrup.
75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Shake and strain into Collins glass with ice. Fill with club soda, garnish with a lemon wheel.

Created by John McCarthy, Greenwich Project.

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Instead of a Slurpie and Vodka...

Bella Sorbetto
1 scoop of softened sorbet
1 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
4 oz Prosecco

Shake Solerno and sorbetto in a cocktail shaker without ice. Pour into a martini glass or Champagne coupe and top with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with an orange slice.

Instead of a Gin and Tonic...
NOLET'S Silver Dry Gin Bramble
1 oz NOLET'S Silver
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup
Cassis Liqueur

Pour NOLET'S Silver, lemon juice, and simple syrup into an ice-filled rocks glass and stir well. Top with a light drizzle of Cassis liqueur.

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Instead of Smash Punch...
Royal Ruby Punch
6 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
3 oz Hendrick's Gin
3 oz Lillet Blanc
6 oz strong, freshly brewed hibiscus tea
1.5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
1.5 oz vanilla simple syrup
3 oz dry, sparkling white wine

Combine all ingredients except for the sparkling wine in a punch bowl and chill in the refrigerator. Ten minutes before serving, add a large block of ice and the sparkling wine. Garnish with thin wheels of lime and orange and edible flowers.

Serves 10.


Instead of a Whiskey Ginger...
Jack and Ginger
2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
1 1/2 oz mango juice
1 oz ginger ale
1/2 oz ginger syrup
Fresh grated ginger, to taste

Combine Wild Turkey Bourbon, mango juice, ginger ale and ginger syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Grate fresh ginger over the top to taste.

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Instead of a Vodka Cranberry...

Cranberry Cooler
1.5 oz Wild Turkey 81
1 oz Applejack (or other apple brandy)
1 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.

Instead of Jungle Juice...
Peg Leg Punch
1 bottle of Brugal Extra Dry Rum
2 oz Highland Park 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky
2 oz Gran Classico Bitters
8 oz Cocchi Americano
2 oz agave syrup
6 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
6 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
6 to 8 slices of orange rind
6 to 8 slices of lemon rind

Pour all ingredients into large punch bowl and add ice, chill for at least an hour, sweeten to taste, top off with champagne serve with an orange and lemon rind in chilled rocks glass with one large cube of ice.
Serves 15 to 20 people.

Created by Kenneth McCoy, Rum House/Ward III (NYC).


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