11 Classy Cocktails You Can Actually Make in Your Dorm Room

Every once in a while, we like a really fancy cocktail. You know, the kind that starts with muddling 10 ingredients at the bottom of a shaker and ends with venturing into the forest for a rare flower that only blooms at midnight.

But sometimes, you want a drink — and you want it now. Maybe it’s been a long day. You just survived four hours of ochem lab. And if you hear another word about that one German author whose name you can’t pronounce, someone’s getting hurt. Whatever your excuse is, we get you. That’s why we rounded up our go-to, dorm-friendly cocktails, no blender or cooking required.

From zippy palomas to decadent stout floats, these drinks are a cut above, say, everything else you drink in college — but they’re boozy enough to remind you that it's all going to be just fine. Pour one out for weekend brunch, for parties, or for two in the morning when you’re crying over your GPA. Here’s to you, brave soul. Graduation can’t come soon enough.

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Grapefruit Mimosa

The best way to make friends in college? Make mimosas first. Jelly Toast whips hers up with grapefruit juice.

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Raspberry Beermosa

Out of St. Germain for your mimosa? Beer is the next best thing, and we’ll bet you have plenty on hand. A Better Happier St. Sebastian recommends a white IPA.

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Every pseudo-mixologist needs a trusty paloma recipe — and this is the one. Cookie and Kate gives hers a kick with sliced serrano pepper.

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Gin and Jam

This is about as lazy a cocktail as it gets — and yes, it’s really just gin and jam, with a squeeze of lemon. Honestly Yum adds a dash of simple syrup, too, but feel free to sub in agave.

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Kombucha Moscow Mule

Cookie and Kate makes us feel better about our drinking habits by adding kombucha to a classic Moscow mule.

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Taco night at the dining hall? You’re going to need a stiffdrink to wash it down, and this three-ingedient michelada from Honestly Yum is just the thing.

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Cucumber Mint Gimlet

Kick back with a summery gimlet — minus the fancy syrups. You’ll need to muddle mint and cucumber slices, so get ready for a workout. Thanks, Cookie and Kate!

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Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

There are two steps to this cocktail. The first is to mix everything. The second is to drink. Damn Delicious has the recipe.

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Strawberry Satsuma Champagne Sangria

Got some friends to impress? Make this sangria from How Sweet Eats for your next party. It takes a few more ingredients, but it’ll be well worth the effort.

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Blood Orange Sorbet Sparkler

While we’re on a champagne kick, turn your leftover bubbly into dessert with a scoop of citrusy sorbet, à la Heather Christo.

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Coffee Stout Float

Ice cream and booze? Don’t mind if we do. Some Kitchen Stories makes a float for the ages.

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