Throwing a party for your coworkers or just need a laugh after a long shift? Try our favorite nurse-themed cocktails! Please enjoy responsibly.
Each recipe makes one drink.
1. Code Blue (aka Blue Bay)
1 part blue curacao liqueur
2 parts bitter lemon soda
Mix all ingredients in a highball glass. Stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
2. The Call Light (aka Campari® and Ale)
3 oz. Campari bitters
6 oz. ginger ale
Place several ice cubes into a 12-oz. highball glass or equivalent. Gently pour in the Campari bitters until one quarter full. Add the ginger ale until three quarters full, pouring across the side of the glass so as to not affect the Campari on the bottom.
3. Have Murse-y Margarita (aka Banana Margarita)
1 oz. creme de banana
1 oz. gold tequila
½ oz. triple sec
¾ oz. lemon juice
¼ mashed banana
Apply lemon juice to the rim of a frosted double-cocktail glass and dip into caster sugar. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add the ingredients and blend briefly. Serve with a lemon juice-dipped slice of banana.
4. Red Cross (aka Cranberry and Vodka)
2 oz. vodka
5 oz. cranberry juice
Pour vodka and cranberry juice into shaker. Fill a highball glass almost full of ice cubes and dump ice into shaker. Shake well and pour drink into a highball or martini glass. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge. (You can add a little kick by coating the rim of the glass with sugar).
5. Hypervolemia (aka Dirty Martini)
2 oz. gin or vodka
1 tbsp. dry vermouth
2 tbsp. olive juice
Place an ice cube and a small amount of water in a cocktail glass. Place in freezer for 2 to 3 minutes. Fill a mixer with all ingredients including garnish. Cover and shake hard 3 to 4 times. Remove cocktail glass from freezer, and empty. Strain contents of the mixer into the cocktail glass, include one of the olives and serve with a mysterious smile.
6. Liver Transplant (aka Long Island Iced Tea)
1 part vodka
1 part tequila
1 part rum
1 part gin
1 part triple sec
1½ parts sweet and sour mix
1 splash Coca-Cola®
Mix ingredients together over ice in a glass. Pour into a shaker and give one brisk shake. Pour back into the glass and make sure there is a touch of fizz at the top. Garnish with lemon.
7. The Night Shift (aka All-Nighter)
½ oz. raspberry vodka
½ oz. Sour Apple Pucker
1½ oz. Red Bull
¾ oz. pomegranate juice
In a cocktail glass, stir ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into glass.
8. Code Brown (aka Butter Crown Shot)
½ oz. butterscotch schnapps
½ oz. whiskey
Add both ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, pour into a shot glass and serve.
9. Hematoma (aka Bloody Mary)
2 oz. vodka
4 oz. tomato juice
Juice of ½ limes
1½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
6 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 lime wedge
Add vodka, juices and sauces to a shaker with ice, adding salt and pepper to taste. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice cubes into a highball glass and garnish with lime wedge.
10. The End-of-Shift Report (aka Irish Coffee)
1½ oz. Irish whiskey
1 tsp. brown sugar
6 oz. hot coffee
Combine whiskey, sugar and coffee in a mug and stir to dissolve. Float cold cream gently on top. Do not mix.
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