Exercise some damn restraint
It’s 2018 (unless you’re reading this in the future) and restraint is the name of the game, baby!
The biggest difference between pregaming in college and pregaming as an adult is sweet, sweet moderation.
How moderate is moderate? Aim for a cocktail that uses a touch less alcohol than, say, a solo cup full of vodka. For example, the Brown Derby. It’s easy to make and only uses an ounce and a half of bourbon. Here’s a recipe!
1.5 oz. bourbon
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
.5 oz honey syrup* (1:1 honey to water)
Heat water in a saucepan. Add honey and stir until dissolved. Allow syrup to cool before use. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with a grapefruit peel.
The beauty of practicing restraint with a light, tasty, and classy cocktail is actively giving yourself a little taste of the action without leaving your house already smelling like regret. You arrive to the bar loosened up and free from the fear that goes hand-in-hand with the notion of smalltalk.