Sprang break drankz: Recipes to explore

We can’t all afford a vacation to a tropical destination, but we can afford to make their fruity drinks

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At home or in Mexico, the hangover from these drinks is the same. Drink responsibly.

BRUCE MULMAT, Evergreen columnist

Aight kiddos spraaaang breaaaak is right around the corner and you bet we will be getting blasted – be it on beaches (SHOUTOUT TO CORONA BEER BAYBEE), in the desert, on a mountain or just sitting around in your apartment or parent’s house. So I’ll be dropping some mixed drinks with the vibe of a much deserved week (or longer?) of decompressing.

Mai Thai

1.5 ounces of white rum (I love Bacardi superior), .5 ounce of lime juice, .5 of orange curacao, .5 orgeat syrup (I had to google this one) and three quarters of dark rum (I’m a fan of Kraken).

If you’re going back to your parent’s house, this would be a great place to try and pretend to be classy in front of them. This drink has a lot of different ingredients, and it is critical to pour all of these liquids into a mixer with ice. Then shake heavily and pour into a glass. You could garnish the class with small pieces of fruit as well. I’m quite partial to putting some pineapple on.

Frozen Margarita

Margarita mix, tequila, a whole lot of ice and just put it into a blender. You do you on portioning it.

Look, who doesn’t enjoy a frozen drink? I understand if tequila isn’t the drink for you, but no one could argue that a frozen marg is not the ultimate beach or poolside drink for a hot day. The only real issue for either of those locations is getting a blender to work. I would recommend just getting a super long extension cord and a good cooler. You can make it work.

Mimosa

This is another simple one, mix orange juice and sparkling wine.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and this is just the mantra to use when making a mimosa. If you like more sparkling wine, just go light on the OJ. I recommend buying OJ without pulp, but again it is all up to your personal preferences.

Mojito

2 ounces of light rum (I prefer Bacardi superior), 8 ounces of soda water and an ounce of lime juice. You could add in some mint leaves to make it look classier.

This is my go-to party drink, a perfect combo of lime juice, soda and Bacardi. It is nice and simple, with a little bit of carbonation which is so refreshing and just enough lime to make it a delicious drink that you could enjoy on the beach, in a club or just hanging out.

Jello Shots

The portions on these are a lot of trial and error here, or just follow the instructions on the box.

As a famous philosopher once said, “Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, EVERYBODY,” and what better way to listen to this great man’s advice than doing some Jello shots?

Strawberry Pineapple Hotness

Two strawberries, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 ounces vodka (Tito’s is the best vodka for any sort of mixed drink, do not use it for hand sanitizer), 2 ounces of pineapple juice, half a teaspoon of adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles and a pineapple slice to put in the glass.

This drink has a lot going on, but the preparation is worth it. Muddle (a fancy way of saying stir an ingredient into a drink) strawberries and sugar into a cocktail shaker. Then add the rest of the ingredients into the shaker and shake thoroughly. After, strain the mix into a glass filled with ice, and throw the pineapple slice in. 

My main complaint with this drink is cleaning out the cocktail shaker but the drink is delicious. Out of all the mixes on this list, I would recommend this for anyone who wants to get out of their comfort zone this spring break, especially if you want to show off your drink skills or wide range of taste.