Five Steps to the Perfect Knight Cap

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Our UCF Young Alumni Council’s new Adulting Series just released their the third installment this week, Mixology 101! This evening session was led by alumna Ariel Bruckner ’12, director of beverage for On The Rocks. She taught the audience some bartender tricks and led us through how to make a Knight Cap!

Bruckner has more than 14 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Her experience comes from the bar and restaurant world with a focus on convention hotels. As the director of beverage, Ariel has created multiple cocktail seminars for clients such as NBC, H&R Block and Evergy.  

We were lucky to snag her for an exclusive session with fellow Knights. Here’s one of the two quick and easy cocktail recipes Ariel shared with us:

Grocery List

Thanks to Ariel, we can make the perfect daquiri in a pinch. First, you’ll need to gather the ingredients:

  • White Rum (our expert recommends The Real McCoy)
  • 1 small bottle of either Orange Bitters or Angostura Bitters
  • Ice (lots!)
  • 1 Lime
  • Simple Syrup
  • Strawberries

Mixing Your Knight Cap 

Supplies on deck? Great! Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Take two sliced strawberries and drop them in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Next, juice your lime and pour it into the shaker (if you opted for store-bought lime juice, just measure out an ounce).
  3. Muddle that fruity goodness together!
  4. Next, you’ll pour two ounces of rum into the shaker and add ice.
  5. Shake, pour, and enjoy!
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Tell Me More!

You might have a tasty beverage in hand, but if you’d like to try Ariel’s second recipe and hear her best bartending tips and tricks, you’ll have to check out the full experience of Mixology 101.

You can watch any session of the Adulting Series at any time on our UCF Alumni Virtual Hub.

About the UCF Young Alumni Council 

Our council is dedicated to furthering engagement and philanthropy at the University of Central Florida by enhancing the relationship between young alumni and the UCF community. Young alumni under the age of 32 currently account for one-third of our alumni population, making them our largest constituent base.

The UCF Young Alumni Council exists to build a strong network among young alumni to encourage a lifetime relationship with UCF following graduation; encourage graduates to contribute their time, talents and resources to support the university and surrounding community; as well as create and support programming and events that establish and strengthen your affinity to the university.

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