These drinks are VSCO girl-approved.
I’ve come to the conclusion that, oftentimes, drinks that look prettier taste better. This probably has something to do with the sugar content in those colorful juices and syrups, but I digress. VSCO has been monopolizing on this trend of aesthetically-pleasing food and drink. And, as it happens, VSCO girls are having a moment right now. We’ve all seen those trendy teens who are posting heavily-edited pastel photos, carrying Hydroflasks and wearing scrunchies. The term has been popularized on TikTok, Twitter and other forms of social media. Whether we like it or not, we are living in the era of the VSCO girl; so we might as well start drinking like them too. Below is a list of recipes for beautiful, tasty cocktails that are manageable to make on a student budget. Enjoy responsibly, and don’t forget to post a picture of these beverages to your feed, sksksk.
Rhubarb Rum Cooler
2 oz. white rum
2 oz. rhubarb simple syrup
2 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, pink or white
2 sprigs rosemary (one for garnish)
Lime wedge for garnish
For the rhubarb simple syrup:
2 stalks fresh rhubarb, chopped
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
To make the simple syrup, add the rhubarb, water and sugar to a saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring. Once the sugar is dissolved, boil for 10 minutes. Strain the rhubarb and put syrup back on the stove to simmer and reduce for five to eight more minutes. Let the syrup cool in the fridge while preparing the rest of the cocktail.
Muddle a sprig of rosemary at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the rum, simple syrup and grapefruit juice. Fill the remainder of the shaker with ice. Shake well then strain over fresh ice in a glass. Garnish with lime wedge and rosemary sprig.
3 oz. tequila
1 ½ oz. Campari
½ oz. pink grapefruit juice
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
6 oz. chilled Italian orange soda
Pinch of salt
This classic Italian cocktail is very simple to make. Add the tequila, Campari and fruit juices to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Add orange soda to the shaker and strain over a glass with ice. Finish with a pinch of salt and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Violet Gin and Tonic
2 oz. gin
4 oz. tonic water
½ oz. violet liqueur (or substitute with any fruit liqueur of choice)
¼ teaspoon jam of choice
Lime wedges, for juice and garnish
To make this drink, add the gin and liqueur to a glass filled with ice. Squeeze in lime juice to taste. Add tonic water and stir gently to combine. Mix in jam and garnish with lime wedge.
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