You’re planning to celebrate the end of the semester, a good mark for your essay or even the end of your course, but wonder whether a few quiet drinks at the student union bar would be enough of a send-off. If not, you might consider a pub crawl, a visit to your favourite nightclub or, for a change, do something you’ve never tried before…

Whatever the reason may be, it’s always nice to shake things up, especially if you’re planning to celebrate something. Going out can be a lot of fun, especially if you plan on drinking, but if it’s raining, and you have no option but to stay in halls, why not make the most of it? You could choose the drinks, have a few games or even mix your own cocktails!

A toast to staying in…

Cocktails are a mainstay of any good night with your mates. They’re sweet, but they’re also memorable and a little exotic if they’ve got the right ingredients. Making them seems like the hardest job in the world, but it doesn’t have to be that way if you know what you want and yearn to be bold in choosing spirits, fruit juices and the like.

The guys at Spa Breaks have created this great video which will take you every step of the way towards creating the perfect party drinks. If you don’t get it right the first time, you should know that creating cocktails is all about trial and error, so don’t worry about it! Once you create the perfect cocktails for you and your buddies, why not make a night of it?

Games for a laugh?
For a great night in with cocktails, you could play a few games to keep the conversation flowing. There’s loads of drinking games you could do, but if you’re stuck for inspiration, here’s some fun ones:

  • Drink along to your favourite TV show – if, for example, you’re watching Soccer Saturday, you could play the Soccer Saturday drinking game. Every time Jeff Stelling or Chris Kamara use their catchphrases, be prepared to get a little on the tipsy side!
  • Dirty Pint – this involves tipping any dregs from your pint/cocktail glass into an empty glass. Basically, the loser has to drink it!
  • Categories – this is a great word game that requires you to think on your feet. Also good for revision if there’s a big exam coming up!