Drinking Hacks

It's a new year and it's time for new habits. Here are some great drinking hacks to make booze fun, healthy and not break the bank. 

Healthy Hops

60 Healthier Drinks for Boozing

Here are some healthier alcoholic options, or healthy twists on your favorite drinks to try:

Bombay Magic
(health)
Squeeze 1/2 lemon. Pour 1/2 shot glass of Cointreau, 1/4 shot glass of either tequila or vodka. Top it off with club soda. Use a mint leaf for garnishing.

Bloody Mary
(delish)
"Start with ¾ cup of no sugar-added, low-sodium tomato juice and add the juice of ½ lemon, a dash each of hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce, fresh ground pepper to taste, and 1 shot of vodka. Garnish with a lemon wedge and celery stick." (greatist)

Mojito
(glamour)
Combine a shot of rum, mint, limesoda water and 2tbsp simple syrup over ice. (You can buy low calorie simple sugar, just add 2tbsp sugar, or 2tbsp honey)

Fruity White Sangria
(health)
Slice up the fruit (pineapples, oranges, cherries, etc.) Pour a 12-oz. can mango juice, a 12-oz. can pineapple juice, 1 liter bottle of seltzer, 1 bottle white wine into a serving pitcher and add ice. Stir and refrigerate so the flavors blend.

Rum and Coke
(glamour)
Substitute regular Coke with Diet Coke or Coke Zero for a healthier take on a classic drink. Mix with your favorite rum

Seabreeze
(glamour)
Mix 4 oz. of grapefruit juice, 1½ oz. of cranberry juice, and 1 oz. of vodka over ice and garnish with a slice of orange

Spiked Strawberry
(health)
Combine 2 oz. strawberry vodka, 2 oz. light lemonade, splash of fresh lemon juice,  in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry. Optional: For a more intense strawberry flavor, a splash of stained strawberry puree may be added.  

Vanilla Vodka and Diet Ginger Ale
(glamour)
1 shot of vanilla vodka mixed with diet ginger ale, garnish with lemon peel.

Skinny Arnold Palmer
(health)
Fill 1 glass with ice, pour 1 shot of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, fill glass with light lemonade, and garnish with lemon wedge

Slim Screwdriver
(health)
Fill a glass with ice, then add a shot of Stoli O or Skyy and a splash of orange juice. Fill the rest with diet 7-Up. Mix. Also can be garnished with a slice of orange

Best of the Beers

Here's a small list of the "healthiest" beer choices you can make the next time you're looking for something new to try:
Pacifico
Guinness Draught
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Samuel Adams Light Lager
Abita Purple Haze
Left Hand Good Juju
Yuengling Lager
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
Deschutes Chainsbreaker White IPA
Beck's Premier Light
Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale
MGD 64
Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat Beer
Michelob Ultra
Amstel Light
O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
Heineken Light
Porterhouse Oyster Stout
Coors Light
iKi Yuzu
Corona Light
New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale
Tangerine Wheat Fruit Beer 
Fentiman's Traditional Ginger Beer
18 Healthiest Beers
The 10 Healthiest Beers
Beer vs Wine

Hacks

Tips and Tricks

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>Drink at least two bottles/glasses of water before bed
>Eat something greasy (french fries are your friend)
>Get plenty of sleep
>Take a multivitamin before drinking

Make your $10 bottle of wine taste like at least a $45 bottle:

>Blend in a blender for 30 seconds to aerate it
>Pour the wine into a container with a "wide mouth" and let it sit for about 10 minutes
>SWIRL!
>Mull red wine
>Make sangria
>Add some fizz with seltzer or club soda
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Accessories and More to Make Drinking Easier:

>Wine Bags

These are really useful, cute and important. They not only keep your wine safe and cold, but more often than not make really fun gifts for people.
Tube Socks as Wine Bags
(buzzfeed)
10 Homemade Wine Gift Bags
(SheKnows)

>Use frozen or chilled fruit to chill your wine or mixed drinks. This way, you get a bit of extra flavor, a cool drink and it won't get watered down by ice. Grapes, strawberries, blueberries are the best.
(imgur)

>Rapid chill bottles of beer, wine or liquor by wrapping the bottle in a cool, damp towel and then placing it in the freezer for about ten minutes.
(cremedelacraft)

>Fun for parties, gifts or a Saturday evening, flavor mini bottles of vodka with Skittles. You can even select flavor vodkas to compliment the Skittles flavors (vanilla, mandarin, citrus, etc.)
(complex)

25 Booze Hacks Ever Drinker Needs to Know

>Filter cheap vodka through a Brita Filter to make it taste better.

>Infuse fruit with vodka to make a nice boozy snack. Cut a hole inside of the desired fruit and insert a bottle of vodka. Keep the bottle in there until the bottle is empty. Keep the fruit in the refrigerator overnight and then enjoy the next day! 
(brainjet)

>Revive the fizz in a bottle of champagne by dropping a raisin in your glass and waiting a few minutes.

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>A Red Solo Cup has measurements built in
(diply) 

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Drinking on a Budget:

>When going out for drinks try and aim for Happy Hour or ask what the drink specials for the day are. This way you save yourself a few bucks and get to try something new.

>(bourbonbanter)

Pre-Drinking on a Student Budget

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 Please drink responsibly!

 

St. Patrick's Day Drink Recipes

Shamrock Juice:
(mixthatdrink.com)

Ingredients:
1/2oz gin
1/2oz white tequila
1/2oz light rum
1/2oz vodka
1oz Blue Curacao
4oz fresh squeezed orange juice

Fill a hurricane or parfait glass with ice. Pour in the liquors and top off with the orange juice. Garnish with an orange wheel and cherries.

Honeydew Martini:
(mixthatdrink.com)

Ingredients:
3oz vodka
1/2oz Midori
1/2oz triple sec

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice. Pour all your ingredients in with it. Shake it up well and strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Irish Hammer:
(mixthatdrink.com)

Ingredients:
1 part Jack Daniels
1 part Irish Mist
1 part Bailey's Irish cream

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the liquors, and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into a shot glass.

Irish Car Bomb:
(mixthatdrink.com)

Ingredients:
3/4 pint Guiness stout
1/2 shot Bailey's Irish Cream
1/2 shot Jameson Irish Whiskey

Pour the Bailey’s Irish Cream into a shot glass, followed by the Jameson Irish Whiskey. Next, pour your Guinness into a beer mug. Let the foam settle. Drop the Bailey’s/Jameson shot glass into the Guinness. Drink fast.

Everybody's Irish Green Martini:
(cocktails.about.com)

Ingredients:
1 part Irish Whiskey
Creme de menthe
Chartreuse

Green Beer:
(cocktails.about.com)

Ingredients:
Your favorite light colored beer
Green food coloring

Pour beer into glass, drop in a few bloops of green food coloring to make as green as you like!

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day Drinking Games

McNickels
"This is much more than the Irish version of the popular “Quarters” game (where drunks try and bounce dirty coins into perfectly good glasses of alcohol). In this version, if you bounce your nickel into the glass you actually drink the nickel too. And in this case it pays to win, because if you hork it all up… you get enough change for another drink! Genius!"

Leprechaun Coin Treasure Hunt Game
This can be played by people of all ages. However, the 21+ version gets pretty intense. Hide plastic gold coins, or gold foil chocolate ones. Set a timer for five minutes. When the timer dings, gather all participants. The person with the least amount of coins collected (or anyone with 0) has to take a penalty. (Here's where some creativity comes into play, you can come up with penalties on the spot or even make a wheel or put penalties in a hat and they have to pick one out, etc.) Next, set a timer for 7 minutes. At the end of the 7 minutes, gather and the person with the least amount of coins pays a penalty. Repeat until all of the coins are found.

Shot Potato
All you need for this is a potato, some shot glasses, Irish Whiskey and some pals! Put on some jams, try out Pandora's Celtic station, and toss the potato to each other. The person that ends up with the potato at the end of the song, or if someone pauses the song, then that individual must take a shot.

Fisty Kisses
"Up to five people can play and the rules are real easy. Everyone applies a heavy coat of lipstick (men included) and drinks from a communal pitcher in a clockwise fashion. The last person to get the pitcher pretends to be angry and yells, “Hey! There’s lipstick on my glass! Who did this?!” The first person to laugh gets punched in the mouth. Socko!"

Contests
Contests have winners and losers and both can be pretty fun when booze is involved. Having contests with rewards and penalties makes the night just as interesting as a drinking game! Here are some suggestions:
"Who's the Greenest" (the person wearing the most green wins and is absolved from ONE penalty during a drinking game of his/her own choosing and may actually pass the penalty to someone else. The poor sap not wearing any green, or the least amount, must chug a beer and issue a public apology)
"Which Whiskey is Which?" (set up a line of shots and glasses full of assorted liquors and beers. Find contestants to taste each kind and attempt to identify the drink/brand. The person with the most guesses correct wins and goes home with a full bottle of Jack.)
"Get Jiggy Wit It" (this is most likely best to be played towards the end of the evening. Set up an Irish Jig contest!)

Please have fun and drink responsibly!