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How to Turn College Spirits Into Grown-Up Cocktails

There are better things you can do with Jägermeister, Fireball, and Everclear.
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It may come as a shock to your college self that Everclear's intended use is not mixed into a Solo cup with Gatorade. It's true! There are plenty of things we consumed in our more reckless days that we'd like to forget—provided we can remember them—and not necessarily because they're bad, but because we didn't know what the hell we were doing.

In the interest of research, I drank my way back in time to bring you grown-up, adult riffs on our favorite school spirits with a few names you may not have heard in a while (trigger warning): Jägermeister, Fireball, and Everclear. Think of it as a luxe tribute to your pre-game days, or as the French call it, une préchauffe, which, let's be honest, sounds better already. So grab a shaker or a friend who knows their way around a liquor cabinet, and let's take a taste down memory lane, shall we?

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JÄGERMEISTER

Jägermeister Old Fashioned

  • 1 part Jägermeister
  • 1 ½ part Bourbon
  • Orange or Lemon Zest


Stir ingredients in a mixing glass, strain into a rocks glass filled with a chunk of ice.

Created by Nils Boese, Jägermeister Global Brand Ambassador, Hildesheim, Germany

Jägerita

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  • ½ part Jägermeister
  • 1 part Tequila
  • ½ part Cointreau
  • 1 part Lime Juice


Shake all the ingredients on ice, strain into a cold coupe glass.

Created by Nils Boese, Jägermeister Global Brand Ambassador, Hildesheim, Germany

Jägermeister Daiquiri

  • 1 oz. Jägermeister
  • 1 oz. Appleton Signature
  • .5 oz Demerara
  • .75 oz. Lime Juice
  • Orange Peel


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Shake all the ingredients on ice, strain into a cold coupe glass.

Created by Hubertus Circle San Diego

3 Dots & A Deer

  • 1 oz. Jägermeister
  • 1 oz. Clement Blanc
  • .5 oz. St Elizabeth's Allspice Dram
  • .5 oz. Taylors Velvet Falernum
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • .75 oz. Lime Juice
  • .5 oz. Honey Syrup
  • Mint Sprig
  • Orchid


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Created by Hubertus Circle San Diego

Jäg-oire

  • 3/4 oz. Jägermeister
  • 1/4 oz. Poire Williams (Eau De Vie)


Pour the Poire Williams (Eau De Vie) into a shot glass and add in the Jägermeister. You can serve it warm or give it a little stir, depending on your preference

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Created by Jane Danger, Mother of Pearl, New York

Jägermeister Paloma

  • 1.5 oz Jägermeister
  • 1oz fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • .5oz fresh lime juice
  • .5oz agave nectar
  • Fill with Izze grapefruit soda
  • Garnish: Grapefruit peel
  • Glass: Highball Glass


Method: Combine all ingredients except the grapefruit soda in the small tin add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice fill with grapefruit soda, stir, garnish and serve.

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Created by Willy Shine, Brand Meister

Black Julep

  • 0.375oz Jägermeister
  • 1.25oz Cynar 70
  • 0.375oz Crème de peche
  • 0.75oz Cold Brew
  • 3 drops saline solution

Combine all ingredients and swizzle over crushed ice. Topped with confectioners' sugar and mint

Created by Dave Purcell, Melrose Umbrella Co, Los Angeles

FIREBALL

Apple Pie on the Rocks

  • 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz. Fireball Whiskey
  • 4 oz . Organic Apple Juice
  • Pinch of Ground Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar for the rim Grind a little finer for more successful sugaring
  • Optional: Cinnamon Stick for Garnish
  • Ice


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Wet the rim of your rocks glass just a little, and gently sugar the rim with the brown sugar. In a martini shaker, pour the vodka, Fireball, apple juice and ground cinnamon together with a handful of ice cubes. Shake 10 times and pour the contents into the glass without wiping off the sugar rim. Serve chilled and with a cinnamon stick, for garnish.

Recipe courtesy of veganyackattack.com

Fireball Sangria

  • 1 cup orange peach mango juice (Dole makes this)
  • 1 cup Fireball whiskey
  • 1 bottle dry red wine (or sangria wine)


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Combine the juice, whiskey and wine in a large pitcher. Add the frozen fruit and allow to chill for 10 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of gogogogourmet.com

Fire in Ice Apple Cider

  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup cinnamon flavored whisky (used: Fireball)
  • splash ginger beer
  • apple slices, for garnish (optional)


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Add the ice, cider, and whisky to a blender. Blend until smooth and well combined. Divide the drink between glasses. Top with a splash of ginger beer and garnish with an apple slice.

Recipe courtesy of gogogogourmet.com

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

  • 1.5 ounces Fireball Whisky
  • 1.5 ounces RumChata


Mix together with ice and serve.

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Recipe courtesy of thisgirlwalksintoabar.com

Cinnamon Old Fashioned

  • 3 oz Fireball Whiskey
  • 1.5 oz maple syrup (real maple syrup)
  • 3 oz fresh orange juice


Juice fresh oranges and make sure that seeds are removed. Mix fireball, maple syrup, and orange juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with fresh orange peel.

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Recipe courtesy of www.thenativetransplant.com

Fireball Pink Lemonade

  • 1 bottle lemonade (24 oz.)
  • 1 cup Fireball cinnamon whisky
  • 1-2 tbsp. grenadine
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 lemon, sliced


Pour the lemonade, Fireball and 1 tbsp. grenadine into a large pitcher. Stir and taste, adding grenadine until you reach the desired color/flavor you'd like. Fill mason jars or other glasses with ice. Pour in pink lemonade, and garnish glasses with a slice of lemon.

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Recipe courtesy of Delish.com

EVERCLEAR

Strawberry Ginger Vodka

  • 16 oz. Fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup Chopped ginger
  • 10 oz. Filtered water
  • 10 oz. Everclear®
  • 4 oz. Simple syrup


Rinse and slice strawberries. Combine sliced strawberries, chopped ginger and Everclear® in a quart-sized jar. Muddle thoroughly. Then fasten the lid and shake well. Let steep for 24 hours. Strain out all solids. Combine infusion with water and simple syrup to dilute. tir, bottle and enjoy.

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Recipe courtesy of makeityourown.com

Lavender Vanilla Liqueur

  • ¼ cup Dried or fresh lavender buds
  • 1 Vanilla bean (half)
  • 6 oz. Everclear®
  • 7 oz. Filtered water
  • 13 oz. White simple syrup


Cut vanilla bean in half and split it open down the middle. Combine lavender, half vanilla bean, Everclear® and water in a quart-sized container. Let steep in a cool, dry place for 48 hours. Strain out lavender and vanilla. Add simple syrup and mix thoroughly. Bottle and enjoy.

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Recipe courtesy of makeityourown.com

Blueberry Earl Grey Liqueur

  • 6 oz. Everclear®
  • 7 oz. Purified water
  • ¼ cup Earl Grey tea (or 3 bags)
  • 6 oz. Fresh, ripe blueberries
  • 13 oz. Simple syrup


Blend Everclear®, water and tea in quart-sized container. Let steep for 30 to 90 minutes to taste. Once steeped, remove tea and add blueberries. Steep in a cool, dry place for 24 hours. Strain out blueberries and blend with simple syrup. Bottle, store and enjoy.

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Recipe courtesy of makeityourown.com

Blackberry Sage Infusion

  • 12 oz. Blackberries
  • ¼ cup Sage
  • 10 oz. Everclear®
  • 10 oz. Filtered water
  • 4 oz. White simple syrup


Place sage in a quart-sized jar and bruise with a muddler. Add blackberries and muddle well. Add Everclear®. Steep for 48 hours in a cool, dry place. Strain with a fine mesh strainer. Combine infusion, water and simple syrup. Stir, bottle and enjoy.

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Recipe courtesy of makeityourown.com

Watermelon Jalapeno Liqueur

  • 1 cup Ripe watermelon (chopped)
  • ½ Medium jalapeño (sliced)
  • 6 oz. Everclear®
  • 11-13 oz. White Simple syrup


Combine jalapeño and Everclear in a sealable container. Steep 10-15 minutes for desired spiciness. Strain out jalapeño. Add watermelon and steep in a cool, dry place for 48 hours. Strain with a fine, mesh strainer, pressing with a spoon of muddler. Add simple syrup. Bottle, store in the refrigerator and enjoy.

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Recipe courtesy of makeityourown.com

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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