St. Patrick's Day Drink Recipes For This Spring Break

St. Patrick's Day Drink Recipes For This Spring Break

The collision of spring break and St. Patrick's day is finally here.

March has finally arrived. Both spring break and St. Patrick's Day are finally here. Let's have a moment of silence for the many cells of our livers that will pass away this week. If you are going to be drinking, you might as well festive about it. Enjoy these St. Patrick's Day recipes that are sure to bring out your Irish side, or just your Typical-Drunk-Kid side.

Emerald Rain

2 ounces Hpnotiq
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce orange juice
1/4 of a freshly squeezed lime

In a shaker, shake all of the ingredients together with ice. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass or red solo cup.

Irish Flag Drink

1/3 shot green creme de menthe
1/3 shot Licor 43
1/3 shot Irish cream

Simply layer the ingredients in a shot glass in the order that they're listed and drink up.

Misty-Mint Cocktail

1 1/5 ounces green creme de menthe
1 ounce white rum

This recipe is simple and sweet. Just fill your glass 3/4 of the way with crushed ice. Pour in the creme de menthe, followed by the rum and stir until blended together.To mask your drinking problem with a hint of classiness - garnish with mint and start drinking.

Green Dragon Drink Recipe

1 1/2 ounce gin
1/2 ounce Kummel
1/2 ounce green creme de menthe
1/2 lemon
4 dashes of orange bitters

Combine all of the ingredients along with ice in a shaker. Shake, shake, shake. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass or straight into your mouth.

Irish Coffee

1.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 oz Brown sugar syrup (1 part brown sugar, 1 part water)
Hot brewed coffee
Unsweetened cream, lightly whipped

Add the whiskey and syrup to an Irish Coffee glass, or Towson University coffee mug and fill 2/3 of the way with coffee. Top with one inch of whipped cream. Have at it.

Emerald Isle

1 part Gin
1 tsp Green Crème de menthe
2 dashes bitters

Like most of these recipes, pour the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini glass or a goblet.

Lucky Leprechaun

1 part Melon Liqueur
1/2 ounce Kummel
1 part Coconut Rum
6 parts Pineapple juice
Lime wedge

See above directions. If you're still up for hiding your alcoholism behind a touch of class, garnish your drink with a lime wedge.

Irish Hammer Shot Recipe

1 part Jack Daniel’s
1 part Irish Mist
1 part Irish cream

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the ingredients and shake away. Strain the mixture into a shot glass and get Irish Hammer'd.

Irish Julep

2 oz. Basil Hayden's Bourbon
½ oz. DeKuyper Crème de Menthe
1 oz. half and half

Pour all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice and enjoy.

Evergreen Cocktail Recipe

1 ounce tequila
1 ounce green creme de menthe
1/2 ounce Midori
2 ounces white grapefruit juice
2 ounces pineapple juice

Pour the ingredients into your shaker. Shake. Strain the mixture into a highball glass. Voila.

Irish Car Bomb

3/4 pint Guinness 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. Then pour the Guinness into a beer glass. Wait for the foam to settle then drop the Bailey’s & Jameson shot glass into the Guinness. The goal is to drink this as fast as you can. This drink should probably be at the start of your game or the end.

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3 Popular Instant Coffee Brands That You Will Probably End Up Settling For When Starbucks Is Just Too Expensive

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Coffee is energizing, aromatic (structurally, as well), and pairs nicely with a book at the end of the day. Or in the morning. Or during the post-exam-dash-back-home-to-drink-more-coffee in that one hour break, I have between classes. Anytime is a good time to drink coffee. At least it is for me.

But being a caffeine addict, on top of having a small food budget and busy schedule, means I normally "settle" for the instant, just-add-water variety. I tried several brands until I finally encountered one that was acceptable to me.

Yes, I know I am a spoiled coffee snob.

Here are my thoughts on three popular and low-cost brands of instant coffee on the market.

1. Folgers

Leaves a slimy texture reminiscent of hair conditioner. The scent coming off a cup of Folgers conjures up images of old batteries. My opinion is especially significant, considering the fact that I have fewer-than-average taste buds on my tongue- meaning that I should theoretically be less sensitive to bitter, strong flavors than the average person.

The oily black residue this solution leaves behind makes me feel uncomfortable. However, this brand is usually the cheapest in my grocery store, and I'm sure adding tons of cream and sugar will cover up any of the flavors.

2. Maxwell House

Has an unoffensive yet unremarkable flavor, doesn't have much body in the flavor. Smells like cardboard pieces that have been boiled in water, with a hint of a coffee taste. Pairs nicely with a bagel though.

3. Nescafe Taster's Choice

I've stuck with this one because the flavor just falls short of richness. Also, adding triple the amount of the suggested coffee-to-water ratio makes for a hearty coffee with the proper bitterness that I'm accustomed to. This instant coffee brand is generally more expensive than the other two, though.

Despite my words, which partially come from a grumpiness induced by sleep deprivation- without instant coffee, I would be half as competent as I am now (for what that's worth).

Also, everyone obviously has different flavor perceptions. So take my criticism with a grain of instant coffee.

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The Official Ranking Of Villanova's Dining Halls

The Exchange was my biggest discovery of first semester.

One of the biggest adjustments for most college freshman is eating at dining halls and learning to eat what is offered. I’ve come to appreciate Villanova’s dining options, because there is no denying that there is an option for everyone. So whether you are a prospective Villanovan or an alumnus, I’m sure you’ll find this list to speak the truth.

1. The Exchange

This place was without a doubt my biggest discovery of first semester. Since I am not a business student, this incredible eatery in Bartley was foreign to me at first. The Exchange offers made-to-order fresh sandwiches and hot dinners of delicious dishes. You can always find this spot crowded at lunchtime and the tables around it packed. The downside of the Exchange is that they only accept food points or the Exchange upgrade meal plan. So if you enjoy this spot, make sure to save up your points!

2. Café Nova

A popular lunch option for most students, Café Nova offers different stations to cater to many different tastes. From burrito bowls, to sandwiches, to pizzas, this dining option is among my favorites, as it’s usually quick to get your meal and consistently delicious. The outdoor seating at Cova is also a plus during the spring and fall. As for meal plans, Cova accept MPEs only, but doesn’t require a specific upgrade like The Exchange.

3. The Spit

Located on the freshman South Campus, the Spit is one of Nova’s all-you-can-eat dining halls. The Spit offers the same daily hot meals as The Pit, but what sets it apart is the pasta, deli, and stir-fry stations each night for those who aren’t interested in the hot meal. The quesadillas and made-to-order pasta are just some of the reasons why sophomores find themselves missing The Spit immediately. There is also a ton of study space that makes it a popular spot late at night for students to socialize and get work done as well as hold events.

4. The Pit

The main all-you-can-eat dining option on main campus is The Pit, located in the basement of Dougherty Hall. The Pit often offers better desserts than The Spit, but other than that it cannot compare to the immense food stations at its counterpart. While definitely a good option for someone on main campus all day, The Pit’s selections are limited to the hot meal of the day and maybe one food station like a stir-fry bar. A plus is that The Pit’s salad bar is often stocked and full of choices!

5. Belle Air Terrace

Ranking as my least favorite option, Belle Air Terrace is more of a fast food location. They offer an all day breakfast line as well as a deli line and a hot food line with burgers, fries, and chicken. This is not my go-to spot mostly because I find the options to be more limited than the other dining halls. Students do enjoy this spot, however, because it has giant TV screens showing sports games and is housed in our student center.

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