Food & Drink

D.I.Y Mixology

Cocktails sign for D.I.Y mixology
Cocktails sign for D.I.Y mixology
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Wanting to channel your inner Sex and the City? Or simply looking to mix up your standard pre-drink procedure? Food and Drink put a student spin on cocktail classiness to bring you cheap and tasty cocktail recipes that will enable you to assume the act of a cocktail connoisseur.


With only 2 ingredients, this cocktail is budget friendly and simple. All you need is sparkling wine and peach schnapps. Both of these are relatively cheap with trusty old Lidl offering variations of the drinks (including a can of sparkling wine which is an experience in itself). Fruity yet fizzy, this one is tasty to drink and remains simple for those who just don’t have the effort to pretend to be a fancy bar tender.


  • 1 part sparkling wine
  • 1 part peach schnapps (or fake peach schnapps!)


Pour a shot of peach schnapps into a glass and top up with the sparkling wine. Simple!

Apple Spice

This fruity yet spicy concoction is deceivingly classy but surprisingly easy and cheap to make and acts as the perfect alternative to the classic vodka mixer. Comprising of vodka, apple juice, cinnamon and brown sugar, this cocktail may require some ingredient scavenging in your housemates’ cupboards but will be well worth the risk of getting caught with your hands in someone’s beloved spice collection.


  • 2 shots of vodka
  • Apple juice
  • Sprinkling of brown sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon


Add 2 shots of vodka to a glass before topping up with apple juice. For the spicy twist add a pinch of cinnamon and brown sugar.

Cocktails in D.I.Y mixology
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Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Jubbly’s ice lollies: the epitome of summer in many of our childhoods, so it’s only correct that they feature in the extremely immature behaviour which occurs in the first few weeks of university, right? Quench Food have incorporated our favourite 90s treat into this cheap and cheerful version of a stylish, classic cocktail.


  • Jubbly’s ice lolly (frozen)
  • 1 shot of white rum
  • Lime juice


Whilst the ice lolly is still in the packaging, crush the ice with a rolling pin (or any other heavy object you can find) until it becomes quite soft. In your most sophisticated glass (this will probably be plastic) measure out a shot of rum and pour the crushed strawberry ice on top. Drizzle over the lime juice and serve with a lime wedge if you want to be super classy.

Next Level Squadka

Squadka (squash and vodka for those of you not familiar with the beverage) is a peculiar tipple which all students will be introduced to at some point of their university experience. Legend’s say this ‘genius’ and thrifty concoction prevents hangovers, as water is consumed alongside alcohol (we can vouch that this is not the case). So we’ve come up with a next level, bigger and better version, infusing squadka with classic flavours of cider and black, topped off with nostalgia of apple & blackcurrant juice. We cannot promise to eradicate the dreaded hangover, however we can guarantee ours tastes a whole lot better than the original. Warning- this one isn’t for the faint hearted.


  • 1 can of cider
  • 1 shot blackcurrant squash
  • 1 shot of vodka
  • 1 shot of apple schnapps


Measure the shots into a pint glass with ice and top with a cool cider.