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Here are the drinks for the first 10 weeks of College & Cocktails! Regionals will get its own mini-menu, and the menu for Nationals will feature cocktails for each team that makes it (but I'll post that closer to the end of the season...) Each week has both a Boozy Beverage with a Non-Alcoholic counterpart-- supplemental drinks inspired by weekly C&C episodes will get posted as they come into existence and might not always have an N/A option.

Most specialty liqueurs can be found at big-box liquor stores like Bevmo or Total Wine & More. Not only that, but they usually can be found in mini-bottle form if you don't want to buy a whole bunch. Non-basic juices I usually source from places like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or Sprouts. Fresh is best in all cases, but not always realistic. You can still make a great drink with bottled juices!

Enjoy responsibly, and of course, while watching Gymnastics.

Cheers!


   
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Week 1: The Stick Gimmick
In honor of the Super Sixteen meet in the opening week, this winter refresher has a Stick Gimmick of its own.

Boozy
2oz Bourbon
.75oz Pomegranate Liqueur
.75oz Pomegranate Juice
.75oz Clementine Juice
Prosecco

Non-Boozy
1.5oz Pomegranate Juice
1.5oz Clementine Juice
Sprite

Make the Drink:
* Combine Bourbon, liqueur, and juices in a glass with ice. Top with Prosecco, and garnish with a Clementine Wheel and an awkward cinnamon stick that may just be there to get the crowd worked up.
* N/A version, build all ingredients in a glass with ice. Garnish the same as the boozy one!


   
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Week 2: The Ninja Level 10
You know it's gonna be good, but somehow always a suprise.
 
Boozy
2oz Vodka
.5oz Elderflower Liqueur
1oz Clementine Juice
Elderflower Soda (or Ginger Ale)
Fresh Thyme
 
N/A
2oz Clementine juice
1oz Elderflower Syrup
Elderflower Soda (or Ginger Ale)
Fresh thyme
 
Clap a few sprigs of fresh Thyme between your hands like you're trying to make a chalk-cloud for your first promo-video. Put that in a glass along with some ice, add in your vodka, liqueur, and juice, (or juice and syrup for the n/a version) then top with chosen soda and more fresh thyme.
 
BONUS DRINK: The Dial 1-800-Kazakhstan
So in Kazakhstan, they drink a lot of vodka and a lot of tea, and their national drink is based off of fermented mare's milk... so... future Olympians, good luck!
 
Boozy
2oz vodka
1.5oz chai concentrate
1oz coffee liqueur
1.5oz heavy cream
 
N/A
3oz chai concentrate
3oz dairy of choice
Fresh nutmeg
 
Shake briefly with minimal ice to combine. Pour over new ice and top with fresh grated nutmeg. Sip while considering your path to Olympic glory.

 


   
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Week 3: The Unintentional Dismount
One too many of these and you, too, can perform an unintentional dismount from something.

Boozy
2oz Reposado Tequila 
1oz St George Spiced Pear Liqueur
1.5oz Pear Nectar
.5oz Lime Juice
1oz Cinnamon Clove Simple Syrup
Fresh Rosemary

Non-Boozy
3oz Pear Nectar
1.5oz Cinnamon Clove Simple Syrup
1oz Lime Juice
Fresh Rosemary
Soda Water

Meet Week Prep: Cinnamon Clove Simple Syrup
.5c (100g) Brown Sugar
.5c Boiling Water
2 Cinnamon Sticks
6-8 Whole Cloves

In a mason jar or other air-tight container, combine all ingredients. Wait until cool, secure the top, then stash in the fridge until next week's cocktail. Leave the spices in the syrup until you're ready to use it.
** Will keep up to 4 weeks in the fridge

Prep Your Glass:
On a safe surface (like a plate) light a small sprig of fresh rosemary on fire. Take your glass and place it upside down over the rosemary until the fire goes out and the glass fills up with smoke. Leave the glass upside down over the rosemary while you make your cocktail.

Make Your Drink:
Combine all ingredients (except soda water) in a shaker with ice; shake to chill. Double-strain into your prepped glass, top off with ice and soda water.

Stick the Landing:
Garnish with fresh sprig of Rosemary

**if you can't find the Pear Liqueur (or just don't want to buy it for one drink lol) increase the Pear Nectar to 2oz and the Simple Syrup to 1.25oz.

[That Pear Liqueur is DELICIOUS though. Very much recommended just to have if you’re building a home bar. Great in sparkling wine or on its own over ice.]

Bonus Cocktail: The Dead Gina
This one’s a shot with no N/A counterpart, and if you were around for last week's C&C then you know why. Shake all ingredients with ice to chill, strain into a short glass and knock it back like you’re Gina….

.25oz vodka
.25oz melon liqueur
.25oz amaretto
.25oz cranberry juice


   
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Week 4: Clutch Routine
What is even considered a clutch routine anymore? Just a basic hit? Like this drink?

Boozy
2oz London Dry Gin
2oz Cucumber Infusion
Sparkling Water

N/A
3oz Cucumber Infusion
Sparkling Water

Meet Week Prep: Cucumber Infusion
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
3 oz lemon
3 oz simple syrup
Blend thoroughly and pass through a fine mesh sieve. Store Cucumber Infusion in an airtight container/mason jar until ready to use

Make the Drink:
In your glass of choice, combine Gin (if using) along with Cucumber Infusion and ice. Top with sparkling water.

Stick the Landing:
Garnish with a cucumber ribbon and lemon wheel


   
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Week 5: Up To The Level
Top this drink off with fizzyness Up To The Level of whatever you think is appropriate… Keep in mind, some judges don’t believe in mixer!

Boozy
2oz Dark Rum
1oz Fig Preserves
.75oz Lemon
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Ginger beer
Fresh Thyme and Fig Slices

N/A
1.5oz Fig Preserves
1.5oz Lemon Juice
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
7up
Fresh Thyme and Fig Slices

Make the Drink:
In a cocktail shaker, combine Rum (if using), Fig Preserves, Lemon Juice, and Bitters. Shake to chill and strain over fresh ice in your glass of choice. Top with Ginger Beer or 7-Up depending on your chosen recipe. The

Stick the Landing:
Garnish with Fresh Thyme and Fresh Fig slices


   
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Week 6: The Beam Witch
This concoction can either be a benevolent refreshing treat or leave you on the floor staring up at the ceiling feeling cursed.

Boozy
2oz White rum
1 oz coconut cream
.5oz Lime
.75oz strawberry syrup

.25 Bar Spoon of Food-Safe Cocktail Glitter

N/A
2.5oz coconut cream
1.5oz lime juice
1.25oz strawberry syrup

.25 Bar Spoon of Food Safe Cocktail Glitter

Make the Drink:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Serve up, strained into a chilled coupe glass.


Stick the Landing:

Garnish with a lime twist and marvel at the sparkly beauty

 


   
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Week 7: Controversial Score
Some people won’t agree with it, some people love it. Makes the meet just a little bit spiiiicy!

Boozy
2oz Tequila
1.5oz Jalapeño Limeade Base
Sparkling Water

N/A
3oz Jalapeño Limeade Base
Sparkling Water

Meet Week Prep: Jalapeno Limeade Base
.75c sugar
.5c agave
1/2 c cilantro
1 Jalapeño, sliced
1.5c fresh lime juice

In a saucepan, combine sugar, agave, and lime juice. Heat only until sugar dissolves. Transfer to an airtight container, stir in cilantro and sliced jalapeno, seal and fridge overnight. Strain out solids before using.

Make the Drink:
Combine all ingredients into your glass of choice with ice. Top with sparkling water

Stick the Landing:
Rim your chosen glass with tajin before making the drink, then garnish with a Jalapeño slice after.


   
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Week 8: Just a Small Hop
Is that the only deduction that's going to be taken? If you've had a couple of these, possibly!

Boozy
1.5oz Gin
1oz Apricot Nectar
2-3 Fresh Basil Leaves
.5oz Honey Syrup
Soda Water

N/A
3oz Apricot Nectar
1 oz Honey Syrup
2-3 Fresh Basil Leaves
Soda Water

Meet Week Prep: Honey Simple Syrup
Combine equal parts honey and boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Can be used immediately or made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the fridge

Make the Drink:
In a cocktail shaker muddle together basil leaves, honey syrup, and apricot nectar. Add in gin, shake with ice to chill. Double-strain over new ice in your glass of choice.

Stick the Landing:
Garnish with a piece of fresh basil


   
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Week 9: Line-Up Depth
This late in the season, let’s test out what’s been chillin’ on the back shelf

Boozy
2oz Japanese Whisky
3oz Sencha Green Tea
1oz Yuzu Ginger Lemongrass Syrup
Fresh Shiso

N/A
6oz Sencha Green Tea
1.5oz Yuzu Ginger Lemongrass Syrup
Fresh Shiso

Meet Week Prep 1: Yuzu Ginger Lemongrass Syrup
250g Sugar
150ml Water
2 Lemongrass Stalks, crushed flat and roughly chopped
50g Fresh Ginger, sliced thin
60ml Yuzu Juice

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain out solids and store in airtight container until ready to use.

Meet Week Prep 2: Sencha Green Tea
Find your favorite Sencha Green Tea and steep to listed instructions. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.

Make the Drink:
Stir together Syrup and Whisky in a highball glass. Top with ice and chilled Sencha Tea.

Stick the Landing:
Garnish with Fresh Shiso.


   
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Week 10: Leotard Bonus
This one is bonkers pretty, so should be good for a few extra tenths.

Boozy
2oz Bourbon
1.5oz Peach Nectar
1oz Lemon Juice
.5oz Simple Syrup
3oz Chilled Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

N/A
3oz Peach Nectar
2oz Lemon Juice
1oz Simple Syrup
4oz Chilled Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

Meet Week Prep: Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Steep 5-6 dried Butterfly Pea Flowers in 4oz hot water until it's a beautiful deep blue color, about 5 minutes. Strain flowers out and store in an airtight container in the fridge overnight until ready to use.

Make Your Drink:
In an empty glass combine Peach Nectar, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, and Bourbon. Stir to combine and fill glass with ice. Add a little cocktail glitter to your Butterfly Pea Flower Tea and stir well. Holding a spoon upside down on top of the ice, gently pour the Butterfly Pea Flower Tea over the back of the spoon. Admire what would be a gorgeous leotard color combo then stir to combine to enjoy.

Stick the Landing:
Already stuck. This drink doesn’t need anything else!

 


   
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CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 

Conference Championships felt like a good time to revive a few of the first NCAA inspired cocktails I made a while go. Two Boozy, two Mocktail, all condensed in one post!

Flying Banana Jesus
This one will leave you feeling flying like Suni

1 oz light rum
1 oz spiced rum
1 oz banana liqueur
.5 oz Creme de cassis
1 oz pineapple juice
.25oz grenadine

Make the Drink
Combine all ingredients and shake with ice to chill. Double-strain over fresh ice in a fun glass.

Stick the Landing
Garnish with a variety of fresh fruit, enough to match the unique look of this vault.

Collegiate Elite
Dazzle the masses with that high-end difficulty and finesse.
2oz blanco tequila
1oz limoncello
.75oz lime
.25oz simple
Eggwhite
3 slices fresh jalapeno
Lime bitters

Make the Drink:
Dry shake (no ice) all ingredients hard for 1 minute. Add 3 ice cubes and shake vigorously until chilled. Double strain into a coupe glass.

Stick the Landing:
Using a dropper, dot surface of foam with lime bitters at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions. Take a toothpick and draw a circle in the foam, dragging the toothpick through the bitters and serve.

College Salute
Present it in such an ostentatious way that you fall over and salute yourself out of 1-tenth.

1.5oz pomegranate juice
1oz mango juice
1oz pineapple juice
.5oz lime juice
2oz tonic water

Make the Drink:
Prep your glass by pouring 2 oz of tonic into your frozen glass of choice. Top with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine all juices and shake with ice to chill. Strain into your prepped glass.

Stick the Landing:
Garnish with a fresh mint sprig poked through a lime wheel.

Front Chicken Dump
No matter the name, everyone and her aunt Patricia in NCAA and L10 will want to try it.

2oz pineapple juice
1oz lemon juice
1oz simple syrup
Fresh Mint
Ginger beer 

Make the Drink:
Shake pineapple, lemon juice, and simple syrup with fresh mint with ice to chill. Double-strain into a glass with fresh ice and top with ginger beer.

Stick the Landing:
Mint sprig for garnish.


   
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Drinks for Regionals! Only one drink does not have an N/A counterpart, and that's because (like the drink says) Commentary is Hard... Enjoy!

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Sudden Blood Deathmatch
A riff on a Blood and Sand felt like an appropriate homage to the teams in the first round of regionals.

Boozy
1.5oz Lismore Speyside Single Malt Scotch
.5oz Cherry Heering Liqueur 
.5oz Sweet Vermouth
.25oz Cinnamon Clove Simple Syrup (recipe from Week 3)
.25oz Lemon Juice
1oz Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange Juice

N/A
2oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice
5-6 Whole Cherries (thawed frozen works)
.5oz Lemon Juice
1oz Cinnamon Clove Simple Syrup
2-3 Drops Liquid Smoke

Make the Drink 

Boozy
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake everything with the intensity of those head-to-head elimination meets. Double-strain into a frozen glass.

(N/A)
Muddle 5-6 cherries in a cocktail shaker with Cinnamon Clove Syrup. Add in the orange juice and liquid smoke, and just like with the boozy version, shake vigorously with ice to chill. Double-strain into a frozen glass and top with soda water.

Stick the Landing
Garnish with an orange peel and Luxardo Cherry.

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What Happens in the Air, Stays in the Air
The final sparkles make for a deduction-free beverage, regardless of how it looked going from point A to point B.

Boozy
1.5oz Tequila
1oz Lemon Juice
.75 Simple Syrup
5 Dashes Rose Water
.25 Bar Spoon Cocktail Glitter
Sparkling Rosé Wine

N/A
1oz Lemon Juice
.75oz Simple Syrup
5 dashes Rose Water
.25 Bar Spoon Cocktail Glitter
Sparkling Rosé Grape Juice

Make the Drink
In a cocktail shaker combine the lemon juice, simple syrup, and tequila (if using) and shake to chill. Double-strain into a champagne flute and top with the designated bubbles.

Stick the Landing
Float 5 dashes of Rosewater over the top of the completed drink and garnish with a lemon wheel

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Gym Slam
Four events, four ingredients, let's see if we can get another on the board!

Boozy
2oz aged rum
.75oz Pineapple juice
.5oz Lime
.5oz Orgeat (almond syrup)

N/A
1.5oz Pineapple Juice
1oz Lime Juice
1oz Orgeat (almond syrup)
Club Soda

Make the Drink
Combine all ingredients (except club soda) in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Once chilled, pour straight into glass of choice. For the N/A version, top with club soda.

Stick the Landing
Garnish with a fresh mint sprig

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Commentary is Hard
Like commentary, this drink is not for everyone. Spirit-forward and honest with a level of nuance and complexity that seems hard to come by sometimes.

Boozy Only
2 oz Larceny Bourbon
.5oz LoFi Sweet Vermouth
.5oz Genepy le Chamois
1 dash Orange Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Make the Drink
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Stick the Landing 
With a vegetable peeler, make a two-inch long peel from the rind of a lemon. Squeeze the oils from the peel over the top of the drink in the glass and run the peel around the rim and down the stem of the glass. Drop the expressed peel into the drink and enjoy!

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No Numbers, Only Vibes
Why let Numbers get in the way of the Vibes? Certainly won't happen if you're drinking this!

Boozy
1.5oz Vodka
.75oz Lemon Oleo Saccharum (or Limoncello)
.75oz Lemon Juice
.5oz Chambord

N/A
1.25oz Lemon Juice
1.25oz Lemon Oleo Saccharum
5-6 fresh raspberries
Club Soda

Meet Week Prep: Lemon Oleo Saccharum
With a vegetable peeler, peel 10-15 lemons. Weigh the peels, and measure out an equal weight of superfine white sugar. Toss peels and sugar together and pack into a mason jar. Seal and store, untouched, in the fridge until all the sugar is dissolved. When ready to use, strain the resulting oleo through a fine mesh strainer. Squeeze as much liquid out as you can with cheesecloth.

Make the Drink
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake hard to chill. Double-strain into a chilled coupe glass. For the N/A drink, top with club soda.

Stick the Landing
Garnish with a lemon twist.

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We made it to Nationals!! My initial intention was to make a drink for every team, but with the way the season went I was inspired in a different direction. Good luck to all teams involved, including your livers!

Cheers!

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Agent of Chaos
The unexpected always delivers something memorable!

4 whole limes
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 cups water
1.5oz Cachaça per beverage

Make the Drink
Cut the limes into quarters. Combine everything in a blender and blend for 15 seconds. Do not over blend! Chaos is good, but too much makes for a bitter experience... HMMM.
Strain everything through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the solids to get as much liquids as possible. Serve over ice, and if going boozy, stir in 1.5oz Cachaça.

Stick the Landing
Garnish with a Lime Wheel

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On Your Highest Toe
This decadent libation will automatically put you on your Highest Toe.

Boozy
Clementine Izze
1oz Heavy Cream
.75oz Raspberry Liqueur
.75oz Amaretto

N/A
Clementine Izze
1oz Heavy Cream
.5oz Raspberry Syrup
.5oz Orgeat (Almond Syrup)

Make the Drink
Fill a your glass of choice with ice, pour in the liqueurs or syrups. Top with Clementine Izzie leaving at little room at the top of the glass. Gently add heavy cream over the top. Admire the perfect relevé that is the layering of this drink before stirring to enjoy.

Stick the Landing
Garnish with a lemon twist. That perfect little corkscrew better be on its highest toe as well!

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Individual Qualifier
This Agua Fresca can shine all by itself or with a team of spirits. Recipe makes 2 N/A or 3-4 Boozy portions.

Meet Week Prep: Peach Pineapple Agua Fresca
3 ripe peaches, peeled and cubed
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
2  cups water
3oz lime juice
2oz simple syrup

Blend fruit with 1 cup of water and pass through a fine mesh strainer. Stir in the remaining water, lime juice, and simple syrup. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.

Make the Drink
Pour over fresh ice in your favorite glass. If going boozy, 1.5oz spirit of choice in the glass with ice first, then top with Agua Fresca.

Stick the Landing
Garnish with a sprig of slapped mint and a lime wheel.

 

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Tiebreak Winner
Bust out the celebratory bubbles and glitter and celebrate the fact that you're on the cool side of math.

Boozy
2-3 tablespoons fruit Sorbet of choice
.25 barspoon Cocktail Glitter
Prosecco
Fresh Mint

N/A
2-3 tablespoons fruit Sorbet of choice
.25 barspoon Cocktail Glitter
Lemon Soda
Fresh Mint

Make the Drink
In your glass of choice, drop a few spoonfuls of your favorite fruit Sorbet. Pour your bubbles of choice over the Sorbet and you can dig in with a spoon or allow to melt and flavor the bubbles.

Stick the Landing
Take a few mint leaves and julienne them finely. Sprinkle over the top of this celebratory libation.

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Rainbow Stickers All Over Our Eyes
"You best believe [we're] going to walk in there with rainbow stickers all over our eyes." - Margzetta Frazier

Boozy
Shirakabegura Mio Sparkling Sake
.25 bar spoon Cocktail Glitter
A Rainbow of Frozen Fruits

N/A
Lemon Seltzer
1oz Lemon Oleo Saccharum
.25 bar spoon Cocktail Glitter
A Rainbow of Frozen Fruits

Make the Drink
Collect and cut up your Rainbow of fruits, freeze them ahead of time.
In a tall glass, layer the frozen fruit like a rainbow. For mine, I start with dark cherries on the bottom, raspberries, mango, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries. Dust a little Cocktail Glitter over the top, then fill the glass with Sparkling Sake (or Lemon Seltzer+Lemon Oleo). This light ABV refresher will help you keep your head in the game for the fight for justice.

Stick the Landing
Garnish with a cocktail umbrella to cast appropriate shade on human rights violations.


   
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