Virtual College Bar Crawl

Culture Food and Drink

There are many things to miss about Oxford but one which stands out is time spent in the college bar. Whether it’s to catch up with friends, enjoy a bop or partake in a bar crawl, these sacred havens have been the spots of many a happy hour. But, as with all forms of fun at the moment, time spent here can be lived only through memory or, as you’ll soon discover, recreation.

Below is an exclusive series of college drink recipes. I’ve been informed most are confidential so the identity of their providers must, for their own safety, remain anonymous. On that note not all informants were crystal clear on the quantities (it appears accurate memories aren’t too often associated with the beverages below.…), so a degree of innovation is encouraged, nay, required!

Now prepare to quench your college loyalty at home or perhaps even venture into uncharted territory and explore the tastes of a college beyond that of your own without fear of being seen.

 

  1. First up: Exeter’s take on a B-52 shot: I’ll admit I’m biased but this has got to be the best out there. After a long day in the lib (and by that, I mean Teams) this coffee creation is sure to pick you up and get you ready for a wild night in the living room.

Recipe:

      • 1/2 ounce Kahlua
      • 1/2 ounce Bailey’s
      • 1/2 ounce Cointreau

 

  1. Over the road to Jesus: Aptly called Sheep Bite, this fruity fusion is sure to pack a punch and send you spinning (in your mind) to Fever.

Recipe:

      • 1 shot Vodka
      • 1 shot Apple Sourz
      • 1 pint Somersby Cider
      • 1 shot blackcurrant squash

 

  1. Round the Rad Cam to Brasenose for the drink that wins best name; the BNTea is a refreshing Long Island Iced Tea to get you dreaming of the Big Apple.

Recipe:

      • 1 shot Tequila
      • 1 shot White Rum
      • 1 shot Vodka
      • 1 shot Gin
      • 1 shot Triple Sec
      • A splash of lemon juice
      • Top up with Coke

 

  1. Across the High Street (or your kitchen) for a kick from Merton’s Power Pint.

Recipe:

      • 2 shots Vodka
      • 1 VK (originally blue but orange and red also acceptable)
      • Top it off with some Monster

 

  1. Carry on to Queen’s: Sex on the Quad – yes, that’s right. This is the name of their beer cellar’s beverage. A concoction of vodka, schnapps and fruit juice. Sounds delicious, if dangerous.

Recipe:

      • 2 shots Vodka
      • 1 shot Peach Schnapps
      • Top up alternately with orange and cranberry juice

 

  1. Over the roundabout to Wadham: Two founders means two college drinks. Thank you Nicholas and Dorothy! And as if a duo wasn’t enough, they’ve even come up with a special edition Quarantini – the most useful recipe I ever did see….

The Dorothy (the apparent favourite):

        • 1 shot Gin
        • 1 shot Vodka
        • 1 shot Cointreau/cherry liquor
        • 1 cherry VK
        • Top up with lemonade

The Nick:

        • 1 shot Gin
        • 1 shot Vodka
        • 1 shot Midori/melon liquor
        • 1 green VK
        • Top up with lemonade

The Quarantini

        • 1 shot of a spirit
        • 1 shot of a spirit
        • 1 shot of a spirit
        • Any mixers you can find (can also use alcohol)
        • Top up with lemonade/ a spirit/ more alcohol

 

  1. After that deadly combo, perhaps it’s lucky you don’t physically have to make it down Broad Street for a taste of the Trinity Blue.

Recipe:

      • 1 shot Blue Curaçao
      • 1 shot vodka
      • Top up with lemonade

 

  1. Finally on to the most coveted of all college drinks – the one and only St Peter’s Cross Keys. A solid way to finish your crawl and a foolish way to begin. It seems health & safety is the reason for its top secret nature, so count this as your warning. There are a total of six different versions but the trio below should be enough to see you through quarantine or alternatively, to your premature end.

Mango:

      • 2 shots Vodka
      • 1 shot White Rum
      • 1 shot Malibu
      • 2 shots Mango Cactus Jacks (yes, I also had to look it up)
      • Top up with mango juice and lemonade

Tropical

      • 2 shots Vodka
      • 1 shot White Rum
      • 2 shots Tropical Sourz
      • 1 blue VK
      • Top up with lemonade

Cherry

      • 2 shots Vodka
      • 1 shot White Rum
      • 1 shot Triple Sec
      • 2 shots Cherry Sourz
      • Top up with Coke

 

Image Credit: Holly Woodhead