Exam Stress Cocktails

By Matt Dowse

It’s getting to that time again: deadlines and exams are fast approaching, but it’s important not to let yourself get too stressed. You know what really helps reduce stress? Cocktails! Here are some fab drinks that are simple enough for you to mix on a student budget.

Vodka Sunset

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A nice simple one to get you started, and probably the cheapest to make!

You will need:

  1. Vodka (we recommend 50ml)

  2. Orange juice

  3. Raspberry cordial (squash)

We said this one was simple! All you need to do is grab a glass and fill it with ice, add your vodka (two shots should cut it) and then top it with OJ. Finally, (and here’s where the sunset part comes in), add a small dash (no more than a shot) of your raspberry cordial to the glass slowly and let it all sink to the bottom; it looks like a sunrise! If you want to be more adventurous, you could try swapping out the cordial for Raspberry schnapps for that extra kick.

Blue Bull

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Are you ready to step things up a little bit? Our next cocktail might cost you a little more than the last, but is a great way to start a night out and is definitely going to lift your spirits.

You will need:

  1. White Rum (we recommend 50ml)

  2. Blue Cuaraco (25ml)

  3. Red Bull (one can)

Another easy one this: grab your icey glass and add the rum, followed by your can of red bull. Finally, add the Blue Curacao and stir well until the drink is bright blue (and add more if you don’t quite get the effect). This drink is pumping with sugar, and definitely for those with a sweet tooth. If on a budget, you can always swap the Red Bull for a supermarket energy drink alternative.

Lynchburg Lemonade

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We’ve all been there: it’s the night after you hosted pre-drinks and the house is scattered with bottles, empty or otherwise. You should probably return that bottle of Jack Daniels your friend only drank half of, right? Probably, but using it to make this classic cocktail is much more fun!

You will need:

  1. Jack Daniels (Let’s have fun; go for 75 ml)

  2. Triple Sec (Throw in a 25ml shot for good measure)

  3. Lemonade

  4. Lemon (Make it a medium-large one)

Slightly more complicated to make is this one, but you’re a student: drinking cocktails is the reason you even came here to university, right? The first thing you want to do is grab your lemon, and chop it in half. Put one half to the side for now, and chop the other into slices, mixing these with ice in your glass. Next, add the Jack Daniels and Triple Sec, keeping a 3:1 ratio to the mix. Remember that other lemon half? Squeeze it tight and let the juice drop into your