Revamp Your College Mixed Drinks Into True Cocktails
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My first drink as a 21-year-old, legally imbibing citizen was an Amaretto sour at one of the popular college bars on Pearl Street, in Boulder, Colo. I remember it tasting like sugar, and I remember liking it. I have pictures to document it. And perhaps unfortunately, it was possibly the most dignified drink I had as a new 21-year-old — but I digress.
Now, a few years out of college, I've hopefully reformed my ways. I've jumped on board the craft cocktail scene faster than a bro can shotgun a beer, no looking back now. And now, friends who want their cocktails to match their food aspirations ask me how to make a better cocktail. I say: take those same drinks from your college years and make them better.
[slideshow: Yes, it is in fact possible to revamp some of those cocktails that you couldn't get enough of in college into true, classic cocktails. In fact, many bartenders are already taking that challenge head-on. Amaretto sours, apparently my kryptonite as a 21-year-old, usually made with syrupy-sweet sour mix, are now being made right; Long Island Iced Teas are void of sour mix; and Cosmopolitans (another weakness of sugary drink lovers) are being made with real fruit juice. Yes, it is in fact possible. Whether you're a college student looking to dive headfirst into mixology (bravo), or are simply nostalgic for the days of Long Island Iced Teas and monkey juice*, you'll dig these "grown-up" versions of your favorite college drinks. Click ahead for revamped "college cocktails."
*There is no craft cocktail equivalent of monkey juice. Sorry to disappoint.
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