Casual Thursdays: High Risk, High Reward

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Sky’s out, thighs out, right everybody? The weather is warming up, spring is upon us and that means that end of the year festivities will be ramping up.  Along with Georgetown Day, surely you’ll have various end-of-the-year parties to attend, so we at 4E would love to provide you with a few simple, yet fun ways, for the 21+ crowd to entertain themselves during the next couple weeks.

Beer Hunter

This game takes its name from the Russian roulette scene in the movie “Deer Hunter,” but is certainly much more light-hearted.  You’ll need a large group, one can of beer per person (per round) and a box to hold all the beer in.  A space that you won’t mind spilling beer in would also be optimal.  To play:

  • Shake up one of the beers so that it will explode once opened
  • Place all the beers in the box, and mix them up without looking
  • Every player takes one beer, and you go around in a circle as each player opens their beer directly next to their face
  • If your beer doesn’t explode, you “lose” (or win, depending on what you think), and you have to chug the beer
  • If your beer explodes, then you “win,” and instead of drinking your beer, it will be all over you! (See, in my opinion, that’s losing)
  • Grab new beers and start another round!

Mio Shots and Bellinis 

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For Casual Thursday today, we have two quick drinks for the price of one, mainly due to the various events taking place.

The first is the perfect pregame “drink”.  It’s not really a mixed drink at all! It merely requires two ingredients: plain vodka (even Burnett’s works!) and your favorite flavor of Mio water enhancer (Fruit Punch is highly recommended).  Simply pour a big squirt of Mio into the shot, and voila! Your once nasty shot of Burnett’s has turned into something resembling a Jello shot, but with no calories added and much less effort.  Pregame away!

 

The second drink on tap is a nice spin on the classic mimosa, a staple of Georgetown Day (and any other morning-drinking festivity).  Tired of the same-old orange juice and champagne combination? Switch it up! You’ll need:

  • 2 oz peach juice
  • 4 oz champagne

Boom. That’s it. Mix the two together, and you have yourself an easy replacement to the sometimes-boring breakfast drink.  As always, enjoy your shenanigans responsibly, and see you next week!

Casual Thursdays: (March) MADNESS!

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It’s that time.  You can’t avoid it.  March Madness is finally upon us, and while maybe non-basketball fans will have to eat dinner by themselves simply to avoid bracket-talk, I absolutely love this time of year.  Dicky V, Sir Charles Barkley, and the rest of the college basketball announcers will be up to their usual shenanigans, throwing around words that probably aren’t english (Vitale) or television appropriate (Barkley).  The intensity level is up, and the stars of the college basketball world are all out to try and lead their teams to eternal glory. What better event than the goliath of all college sports to drink for, right?

Lost in all of the glory and excitement of that last paragraph, of course, is our upcoming holiday weekend.  To celebrate the beginning of Spring, we at 4E bring you a Casual Thursday-worthy Easter-themed drink.  Before we get to the Madness that is college basketball, here is a delightful cocktail to enjoy while relaxing.

March Madness Drink-along

And now we get a little crazy.  Obviously, any sporting event can be reason to drink, and you can feel free to improvise and adjust the reasons to imbibe while enjoying the craziness.  Here are some suggestions:

Take a sip if…

  • The higher seed wins the game
  • There is a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial
  • A player’s “athleticism” or “basketball IQ” is mentioned

Take a big swig if…

  • The lower seed wins
  • A player slaps the floor on defense
  • You see a tweet about some “spectacular” play
  • Dick Vitale gets really excited (or any of the announcers, I guess)
  • An announcer discusses the importance of a coach to the game

Take a shot if…

  • The game goes into overtime (you will probably need it)
  • Someone gets a technical (if you aren’t a sports fan, you can ask around for when this happens)

Finish your drink/chug if…

  • Dicky V gets this excited. Or starts making up words. Or both.
  • Charles Barkley says something offensive. Or starts making up words (he probably will)
  • Someone hits a buzzer-beater
  • Something this entertaining happens

The Easter Bunny:

  • 1 1/2 ounces dark creme de cacao
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1 tsp. of chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp. of cherry brandy

1. Pour the creme de cacao and vodka into a cocktail shaker (improvise) with ice

2. Shake well

3. Strain into a glass with ice

4. Float chocolate syrup and cherry brandy on top

Enjoy the madness everybody, but please try to do it responsibly. Go Hoyas!

Casual Thursdays: Warming From The Inside

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We hate to break it to you, everyone, but the Inauguration has ended. The mania has subsided and the fever has ended — except for our Beyoncé fever, which will carry on “until the end of time.” (Ha, see what we did there? We love you, B.) Now, all that’s left to do is celebrate the simple, serene beauty of the winter season. This cold weather took all of us by surprise, and you, at any point, see fellow students sprinting from building to building as they complain about their frozen fingers and ears. Because the Hilltop has experienced its first snowfall (read: dusting), this Casual Thursday is here to help you sit back, relax and celebrate all things snowy. Warm up by your bed with the Hot Toddy, the perfect winter companion, and play the Social Media Snowy Drinking Game:

The Hot Toddy:

  • 1 ounce brandy, whiskey, or rum
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tea bag
  1. Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey.
  2. Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter.
  3. On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea.
  4. Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.

The Social Media Snowy Drinking Game:

Celebrate people’s ridiculous reactions to winter precipitation with this snarky social media drinking game!

Go on Facebook or Twitter and slowly scroll down your News Feed/Twitter Feed.

Take a sip every time …

-A status/tweet references “cold”

-A status/tweet references “winter”

-Someone has posted a picture of himself/herself in the snow

 

Take a big gulp every time…:

-Someone makes a really excited over-hyper status/tweet about snow. (e.g. “I LOVE SNOOOWWWWW! )

-Someone makes a really miserable, cranky, aggressive status/tweet about hating snow/winter. (e.g. “I HATE WINTER. SNOW IS ICKY.”)

 

 Take a shot every time…:

-Someone makes a really miserable, cranky, aggressive status/tweet about being annoyed by other people’s statuses/tweets about snow.

 

Finish your drink every time…:

-Some Captain Obvious (in real life) energetically points outside and exclaims, “It’s Snowing!”

Photo Credit: About.com, Georgetown University

 

Casual Thursday: 007

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Its name is Thursday, Casual Thursday. With Skyfall now playing in theaters, we at the Hoya couldn’t help but give a little shout out to the sexiest, British-Secret-Service-Agent known to the fictional world. James Bond has made the Vesper a symbol of luxury, power, and sex. So who wouldn’t want to order a “vodka martini. Shaken. Not stirred.”?  The answer… no one. Everyone secretly wants to be that chiseled god…who “mixes business with girls and thrills.”

A little history behind the Vesper: the original recipe calls for three measures of Gordon’s Dry Gin, one measure of good Vodka (not Burnett’s), a half a measure of Lillet (an expensive French appertif wine with hints of herb and lemon), and a large lemon peel for garnish. The Bond Girl is then supposed to shake these ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain, serve it, and proceed to the bedroom.

The point is a Vesper is not necessarily available to most Hoyas…a good martini can be pretty pricey. Our staple drinks seem to be Natty Light or flavored Burnett’s and some sort of fizzy chaser. So what to do? You want a casual Thursday, but you want your drink of choice on the caliber of 007’s.

Try these recipes!

The Hoya Vesper

>Three measures of dry gin

>One and a half measures of Lemon Burnett’s

>One lemon peel (if you are feeling extra fancy)

Measure into your make-shift-red-solo-cup-cocktail-shaker. Gently shake (you do not want to melt the ice or break your priceless shaker). Strain and pour into your finest red solo cup. Serve with a dash of lemon juice for a little extra pizazz.

007 Punch (for a gathering)

>Two 2-liter servings of dry gin

>One bottle of Lemon Burnett’s

>One 2-liter bottle of Minute Maid Lemonade

Mixes easy. Just add people. Be sure to blast Adele’s Skyfall

Photo cred: http://hellotailor.tumblr.com/post/34359769446/shaken-not-stirred-the-perfect-james-bond-martini

Casual Thursday: Pumpkin Overload

Now that fall is in full swing, pumpkin spice is impossible to escape. From lattes and bagels to soup and bread (and of course pumpkin pie), it has firmly cemented itself as the spice of the season. And because we love fall and everything that goes with it, we figured we’d play along. This Thursday, in honor of the week being (almost) over, we’re celebrating all things pumpkin.

There’s no better (or more festive) way to relax at the end of a long week than with a pumpkin beer. Almost every brewery puts out their own version, but Harpoon puts out some of our favorites. They put out two different options – a pumpkin-spiced version of their UFO (a wheat beer) and a pumpkin cider. Both are great beers, not too expensive, and can be found at our local grocery and liquor stores.

In the mood for something a little fancier than beer? Try making a Pumpkin Pie Old Fashioned with squash-infused whiskey and a syrup made of brown sugar, cloves and cinnamon. Then come share it with us.

It wouldn’t be fall without a few Jack O’Lanterns around, so pick up a pumpkin and get to carving. You can find pumpkins all over the place, from Safeway and Trader Joe’s to Red Square (Relay For Life is selling pumpkins as a fundraiser). You can go with the classic Jack O’Lantern face, or go for something a tad more extreme.

If you’d rather stick beer inside a pumpkin than a candle, you can also make a pumpkin keg for your next party. After you gut your pumpkin, throw the seeds in the oven with a little olive oil and salt for a toasted pumpkin seed snack.

Stay casual, Hoyas.

Photos: domestocrat.wordpress.com, Flickr user micki_hills

Casual Thursday: Touchdown

Welcome back to the Hilltop, Hoyas! Now that you’ve all (hopefully) settled into classes and adjusted from summer mode, Casual Thursdays are back to give you just what you need to kick off your weekend the right way. Fall is in the air and with its arrival comes lots to be excited about. Football season is in full swing, Homecoming weekend is quickly approaching, and D.C.’s summer humidity has all but disappeared.

As the sweaters and jeans begin to make a slow and steady comeback from the depths of your closets, you may be thinking about switching up the usual summer cocktail for a slightly more seasonal option. Luckily, there are lots of great fall drinks out there, but I’ve decided to go a little sporty this week with some fun football drinks to get us all in the crisp autumn spirit…after all, who says football is just for Sundays?

“The Touchdown”

Everyone likes an Arnold Palmer, right? This refreshing drink incorporates ice tea and lemonade in order to give you just the right amount of sweetness…with a little bourbon thrown into the mix.

  • 4 oz bourbon
  • 8 oz lemonade
  • 8 oz iced tea (unsweetened)

1. Combine bourbon with iced tea in a mixing glass filled with ice.

2. Strain equal parts into two glasses filled with ice.

3. Top with lemonade.

*makes two 12 ounce servings

“The Eagle”

As a Philly girl at heart, the Philadelphia Eagles will always be my go to team, but if you have other favorites there are lots of special drinks out there for you to check out. Still, I’m going with this one. A bit more on the classy side, “The Eagle” incorporates crème de violette and an egg white (a Philly tradition, of course) to give your drink a sophisticated yet delicious flare.

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz creme de violette
  • 1 oz lemon
  •  1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg white

1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

2. Shake well.

3. Strain into a glass.

If you’d prefer to watch some football rather than mix drinks, you might have to wait until the games on Sunday or when our very own Hoyas venture up to Princeton to take on the Tigers. In the meantime though, why not pop in a classic football movie like Invincible? Yes, I know it’s about the Eagles, but you also get to see Mark Wahlberg running around in a sweaty football uniform. (Or, since the NFL is using replacement referees, check out The Replacements). Not too shabby for a Thursday night.

Until next time… stay causal, Hoyas.

Photos: therewillbebourbon.net, Walt Disney Studios

Casual Thursday: I Am Batman

Tonight’s a special night that we’ve been waiting all summer for—the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. So, in honor of everyone’s favorite caped crusader, today’s Casual Thursday is going to get a little batty.

The internet is full of batman-themed cocktails. Unfortunately, most of them are on a Bruce Wayne level of fanciness, and require ingredients like Crème de Violette (although those recipes are paired with a few college staples, Andre and Burnett’s, in their tutorials). If you’re feeling up the challenge, go ahead and attempt those drinks, and let us know how it goes! But we have something a little easier (but just as delicious) in mind.

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Casual Thursday: Gotta Get Down on Pie Day

The battle of pie versus cake is long and storied, dating back to ancient times. You’ve probably heard Marie Antoinette’s response to her starving peasants, “Let them eat cake!” But you probably haven’t heard Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s exasperated declaration “Is everybody crazy? Pie is clearly the better choice!”

Personally, I’m inclined to agree with good old King Tut. I’ve been championing the pie cause my whole life, and avoiding cake wherever I can (excluding Carvel ice cream cakes). The world is finally coming around to my point of view, and pies are slowly making their way to the top of the trendy desserts hierarchy. D.C. has some great pie shops, including Dangerously Delicious Pies and Georgetown’s very own Pie Sisters, but that’s not what I’m here to talk to you about today. I’m here to talk to you about a cocktail that includes all that’s good in the world, and it’s called ‘Liquid Pie.’

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Casual Thursday: Vegas Baby

It’s hot out. I know that, you know that, the entire East coast knows that. It can be hard to keep casual when you’re worried about sweating through your shirt, pants, and potentially your shoes, but it is possible.

What’s better on a hot day than a freezing cold popsicle? Answer: nothing. And when you amp it up and stick some booze in that popsicle life gets even better.

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Casual Thursday: Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

Today is my second favorite holiday of the year, and it’s also Thursday. You know what that means? A very special Flag Day edition of Casual Thursday!

I know what you’re thinking – Flag Day is super lame. Wrong! Flag Day is like a mini 4th of July—fewer fireworks, less day drinking, but just as much excitement about the American flag. But just because we didn’t get off work today doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with drink that has some unnatural blue food coloring.

This patriotic margarita from Coastal Living has all the requisite colors for a Flag Day party.

It also features Hypnotiq, which according to Wikipedia, was created by a college dropout living with his parents on Long Island after he saw a bright blue perfume at Bloomingdale’s and wanted to create a liqueur of the same hue. If you’ve never had it before, it tastes like the color blue.

Ingredients:
Frozen strawberries
Dark Rum
Coconut Milk
Pineapple Juice
Lime Juice
Ice
Hypnotiq

 

 

1. Puree thawed frozen strawberries.

2. Blend 2 tablespoons each of the strawberry puree, dark rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and ½ cup crushed ice in a blender until smooth.

3. Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons Hypnotiq into a glass, and top with 2 to 4 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture.

And what better way to relax, celebrate Flag Day and be a little nostalgic than to watch some classic Nickelodeon: Salute Your Shorts. Camp Anawanna always welcomes you. You can find episodes from the first season on iTunes and Amazon.

Stay casual, Hoyas.

Photos: costalliving.com, ioffer.com