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Make Your Own State College Bar Drinks

As federal guidance and statewide mitigation plans in response to the coronavirus pandemic send people indoors, many Penn State students missing school will find themselves with more time than they know what to do with.

Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf announced an extension of Pennsylvania’s shutdown measures to include nonessential businesses and other activities throughout the entire state. As a result, State College bars have closed their doors to patrons until at least March 31.

In case social distancing has made you reminiscent of better days when you could walk into a bar and grab a Dirty Sprite, we have some good news for you. We’ve taken a stab at recreating some of State College’s most iconic drinks.

If you’re going to be stuck inside, you might as well have a little fun while you’re at it (*wink, wink*). Here are some DIY versions of favorites that you can recreate at home — assuming you already have the ingredients now that the liquor stores are closed.

Café Tea

  • 1/2 oz. rum
  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. tequila
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. sweet and sour Mix
  • 1 oz. soda
  • A sunny day and an available aux

Champs’ Dirty Sprite

  • 1 part Grape Pucker
  • 1 part Grape Smirnoff
  • 1/2 part Blue Curacao
  • Sprite
  • Cranberry mix
  • Plenty of styrofoam cups

The Phyrst’s Mitch-a-Paloozas

  • 1 part grapefruit vodka
  • 1 part Sourz
  • Sprite
  • Live music every night of the week

Doggie’s Pub’s Release Valves

  • 1 oz. of rum
  • 1/2 ox. of vodka
  • Splash of pineapple juice
  • Splash of grenadine

Saloon’s Monkey Boy

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. rum
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. schnapps (flavor of your choosing)
  • Sourz
  • Sprite

Remember to drink responsibly, Penn Staters!

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Emma Dieter

Emma is a senior from the ever-popular "right-outside" Philly area studying labor employment relations and PR. She's also the Student Life editor for Onward State. She has been a Penn Stater from cradle and will continue to bleed blue and white, 'til grave. She loves trashy romance novels, watching Netflix, and crying over cute videos of dogs. If you ever want to talk more with her about how great she is, or simply have other inquiries, feel free to email her at [email protected]


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