In college, there are certain things you must do.
Namely, hide your alcohol in the ceiling tiles so that you don't get busted by the RAs. I mean... I was totally 21, okay? Maybe? Shh, don't tell on me! Anyway.
I was known on my floor as a bartender of sorts--I could whip up a fruity and deadly concoction that not only tasted like candy, but would produce a heavy buzz before a night out on the town to over-priced city bars. I used my limited arsenal of whatever half-or-quarter-filled bottles that my friends snuck over plus whatever juice we could sneak out of the dining hall. Usually this all came out quite fruity and tropical tasting, very good.
^Pre-bar-buzz is necessary on a college student budget. Candy taste is equally necessary if you're a female and not quite used to alcohol yet.
These days, though a buzz while out with friends is much appreciated after a full week of work, I no longer have to rummage together an alcoholic beverage from what I have stashed in my ceiling tiles. I care more about flavor than punches packed--but I can still whip up something pretty tasty.
This cocktail, lovingly named Sassy Nostalgia, highlights one of my past favorite ceiling hides: 99 Bananas. Please feel free to sub out for a less intense liquor if you wish, but good ol' 99 really brings me back to my dorm room days. What's good about this one though, is that the banana flavor is not overpowering and blends nicely with the rest of the juices.
I picture sipping this on a sunny porch in the impending nice weather. Mmm...
Makes 1 cocktail
- 1.5 shots coconut rum of choice (I used Bacardi Rock Coconut)
- .5 shot 99 bananas
- 1 tiny can of pineapple juice (~1 cup)
- 1 tbs lime juice
- splash of cranberry juice
- ice for shaking
Combine all ingredients except cranberry in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then pour into your favorite glass that may or may not have been swiped from a beachside bar by your drunken friend last summer. Splash the splash of cranberry on top. Garnish with pineapple slice and serve!