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Back to Uni Essentials – A Freshers Guide

A Guide to Help New Students Ease into University Life

As we embark on a new chapter, new a-level students going to Uni, the coronavirus has put a hold on normal uni life. But fear not; At VIP we’ve made a list of things to help you make friends in your flat with party games, alcohol cupcakes and even gifts to lighten the mood!

Let us know how you’re getting on if you’re going to university this year on Instagram; @vipbottlesuk.

Party Games

Nothing beats a flat party. There are numerous games you can play to keep the drinks flowing and the good vibes continuing. The easiest recommendation is beer pong, you don’t even have to play it with beer! Add vodka, gin, rum whatever you want into the red cups and watch a game of accuracy, competitiveness and laugh out loud actions unfold. The best drink for this game we would recommend is AU Fruit Punch! A coloured vodka with a sweet taste making the drink go down nice and smooth.Beer Pong

Another party game that’s slightly less lively, drunk UNO! Every time a wild card is used, you have to take a shot! Draw four cards? Take four shots as well (small ones of course)! It’s a really fun way to get to know people and to get drunk of course! Best drink for UNO? It would have to be your favourite go-to, something you could drink! If you’re not too sure, we would suggest a sweet rum, Captain Morgan Vanilla Twist anybody?Drinking Card Games

Less of a drinking game, more of we’re already drunk, type of game – Sheet Mime. The rules are simple, every person writes down a few nouns into a hat and then each player pulls out the name from the hat and has to act out the word without saying it. There are rounds to this game, check out the rules below;Sheet Mime Drinking Games

Round 1 –
Each player pulls out a word and has to articulate what it says without saying the word.
Round 2 –
In the next round, pull a ~different~ word out of the bowl, and act it out.
Round 3-
In the third round, try to describe the word using only one word.
Round 4-
And in the fourth? Each player has to act it out under a sheet. Yup, it gets pretty wild after a while.

Do you have any other party game recommendations? Let us know!

Baking with alcohol

Since the outdoors may be closed and the colder nights are starting the draw in, why not get creative with alcohol and food? There are plenty of recipes around for you to try and we’ve got a select few for you.

Espresso martini Squares

Ingredients:

For the base cakes –
250g butter softened (plus extra for the tin)
4 large eggs
250g golden caster sugar
250g self-raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp Patron XO Café Tequila

For the filling –
100g butter softened
100g icing sugar
1 tsp milk
6 tsp chocolate spread
For the icing
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1kg pack fondant icing sugar

To decorate –
chocolate-covered coffee beans and melted chocolate

Method:

1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Butter a 30 x 20cm tin and line with baking parchment. Put the cake ingredients in a bowl except for the liqueur and whisk until smooth using an electric whisk. Transfer the whisked mixture to the tin, smooth out and bake for 30-35mins until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool completely.

2. Whilst leaving to cool, start on the filling. Whisk the butter, icing sugar and milk together until smooth, then transfer to a piping bag.

3. When the cake is cold, slice off the top so it’s flat, turn over, trim and cut into neat, equal small squares (four squares across and seven down). You should have 28. Dip each one briefly in the liqueur and sit dipped side up. Put a tiny dot of chocolate spread on top of each cake, then pipe a small ball of the buttercream filling on top of each one.

4. For the icing, mix the espresso powder with 1 tsp water to dissolve, then mix with the fondant icing sugar and enough water to make it a condensed milk consistency. Put the cakes on wire racks set over trays to catch the drips, then coat each one in the icing. The best way to do this is to hold each one over the bowl of icing on a slotted spoon then generously drizzle over the icing with a tablespoon. Remove from the slotted spoon with a cutlery knife and sit on the rack to dry. Decorate with a drizzle of melted chocolate and a chocolate-covered coffee bean.

Serve in cake cases, if you like. Will keep for two days in an airtight container.Espresso Martini Squares

Baileys Cheesecake

Ingredients:

For the crust –
26 Oreo cookies
4 tbsp of melted butter (plus more for pan)
A pinch of salt

For the cheesecake:
4 bars cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 large eggs
2/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

For the ganache
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 160ºC and butter an 8″ springform pan.
2. Make the crust. In a food processor, blend Oreos with melted butter and salt. Pat into a springform pan and set aside while you make filling.
3. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until completely smooth and fluffy. Add corn starch, then add the eggs. Finally, add you Baileys Irish Cream and vanilla extract.
4. Pour the batter into the crust and place on a large baking sheet.
5. Bake until the centre of the cheesecake is only slightly jiggly, 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes should do the trick. Let cheesecake cool in the oven for around an hour, then refrigerate it until completely cool.
6. When ready to serve, make the ganache: In a small saucepan over low heat, heat heavy cream. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour the hot cream on top. Let it sit for 3 minutes, and stir until creamy until no lumps remain. Refrigerate ganache until slightly thick for 15 minutes and spread all over the cheesecake. Allow setting time of 10 minutes before serving.

Baileys Cheesecake Recipe

Boozy Bread Cake

Ingredients:

6 Sweet Buns
4 eggs
1.5 cups milk
30g Castor sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
2 tbsp butter melted
50g Cranberries
30 cl Jack Daniels

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. Soak Your cranberries (or raisins, blueberries, dried figs, cherries) in a cup of Jack Daniels.
3. Tear apart the sweet buns roughly. Old bread slices work as well though if it is not sweet bread, you will just have to add more sugar.
4. Whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter until they combine. Add cinnamon and nutmeg powder and whisk again until combined.
5. Pour this over the tore buns and mix till the bread/buns are coated. Transfer to a baking dish and top with dark rum (we suggest Bumbu) and cranberries.
6. Bake at 170C for 40 minutes. Take out and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top and bake again for 5 minutes.
7. Serve warm as it is or with ice cream

Alcoholic Bread Cake Recipe

Cocktails

What a better way to bond with your new flatmates than to shake it up and serve cocktails. From margaritas to cosmopolitans, some are easy, some are more difficult! Why not give these a try and tag us in your creation on Instagram @vipbottlesuk?

Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

40ml Jameson’s
10ml Elderflower cordial
10ml Sauternes
Ice
pared lemon zest, to garnish

Method:

1. Mix everything except the lemon zest in a tumbler and give it a quick stir to combine and dilute. Garnish with the lemon zest to serve.
2. It’s that simple.

Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Pink Negroni

Ingredients:

35ml Gordons Pink Gin
25ml rose vermouth or sweet white vermouth
15ml Aperol
Ice
A wedge of pink grapefruit and a basil leaf, to garnish

Method:

1. Combine the pink gin, vermouth and Aperol in a tumbler with a small handful of ice. Stir until the outside of the glass feels cold.
2. Garnish with a wedge of pink grapefruit and a basil leaf.

Pink Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Blue Lagoon

Ingredients:

50ml Smirnoff Vodka
25ml Blue Curaçao Liqueur
150ml Lemonade
1 slice Lemon

Method:

1. Fill a highball glass with cubes of ice.
2. Add you Smirnoff Vodka and lemonade.
3. Stir thoroughly.
4. Add Blue Curaçao liqueur.
5. Using a sharp knife and chopping board, cut a slice of lemon and secure onto the rim of the glass.

Blue Lagoon Cocktail Recipe

And that’s it! Some of the easiest ways for you to make friends involving alcohol of course. Remember any time you need alcohol, VIP Bottles will have you covered!

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