What could be better than meeting the postman at the crack of dawn, arms outstretched and donning a Christmas morning eye twinkle while receiving your shiny, virgin copy of Arkham Knight? Settling into your gaming chair with a built-in subwoofer, cranking the sound up to 'nae eardums left' and letting the game play unfold?
But what's missing? Refreshements you say? Lauren Zaser, Photographer and Buzzfeed creator has got it covered. Featuring her concoctions at a Batman and Robin themed "bro-dal" shower, these seven cocktails are sure to quench the thirst of any building-scaling crusader.
4.5 oz. black iced coffee, 2 oz bourbon, 0.25–0.5 oz. maple syrup (depending how sweet you like it).
Brew a pot of coffee and let chill until cold, or dilute cold-brew coffee concentrate with an equal amount of cold water. Measure all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake thoroughly, until chilled and foamy. Strain into glass over ice.
3 oz. orange juice, 2 oz. sparkling wine, 1 oz. silver tequila, Splash grenadine or maraschino cherry juice.
Pour tequila, juice, and sparkling wine into a champagne flute and stir. Tilt glass slightly and slowly pour grenadine down the side so that it settles at the bottom. Garnish with a lime slice.
3 oz. grape Jolly Rancher-infused vodka (see below), 0.25 oz. lime juice, Seltzer.
To make the infused vodka, unwrap 10–12 purple Jolly Ranchers and put them in a sealable jar or bottle. Add 1½ cups of vodka, seal, shake, and let sit overnight or until candy fully dissolves when you shake the bottle. Chill until ready to use.
Add 3 oz. infused vodka and lime juice to a Collins glass with ice, stir, and fill with seltzer. Garnish with lime slice.
2 oz. gin, 1 oz. St. Germain, 0.75 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice, 3 sprigs fresh basil, 2 sprigs fresh mint.
Muddle all ingredients well in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds (this will help break up the herbs and give the drink its color and flavor), and strain into a coupe glass.
6 oz. pineapple juice, 1.5 oz. white rum, 1.5 oz. blue Curaçao, 3–4 blue raspberry Jolly Rancher candies (optional).
The night before making: Divide pineapple juice between sections of an ice cube tray and freeze until solid.
Crush Jolly Rancher candies with a mortar and pestle, or seal in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or another heavy kitchen tool. Empty “crystals” onto a small plate. Rub the rim of a margarita or hurricane glass with a lime slice and roll it in the candy crystals to coat, then chill glass in fridge or freezer while you blend the cocktail.
Combine frozen pineapple juice cubes, rum, and blue Curaçao in a blender, pulse to break up the frozen juice, and blend until smooth. Pour into glass. Serve with a straw (and maybe a spoon).
2 oz. bourbon whiskey, 1 oz. sweet vermouth, 0.5 oz. creme de cassis, 0.5 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice, dash of bitters.
Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a martini glass (or serve on the rocks, if your prefer).
2 cups Pimm’s No. 1, 3 cups brewed black tea (chilled), 2 12-oz. bottles ginger beer, like Reed’s or Gosling’s, 1 lemon, 1 orange, 6 sprigs of fresh mint, plus more for glass garnishes.
Wash lemon and orange and slice them into thin rounds. Add citrus, Pimm’s and tea to a large pitcher, stir, and keep in the fridge at least one hour or until chilled. To serve, stir in ginger beer, pour into glasses filled with ice, and garnish with mint and a lemon slice.
Optional: If you’d like a boozier drink, add 1 oz. of gin to your glass before serving, and then stir in the Pimm’s mixture.
Also perfect for themed parties and pre-planning Halloween 2015... we know how you'll be spending your weekend.