The Gin Bucket is a time-honored, if not nationally known, college tradition that has spread to schools throughout the Midwest. All indications are that it began at Indiana University, where it is as much a party and tailgate staple as an IU sweatshirt. An authentic Gin Bucket is a punch made of gin, Fresca and whatever fruit or juice you have around. It’s served (of course) in a bucket, but instead of ladling it into cups, party goers use a turkey baster to suck up and inject the drink into their mouths.
But, as we have left our college days behind us, we wanted to give the Gin Bucket a much needed upgrade. Here, six recipes for improved, gussied up Gin Buckets. Just because the drinks are fancy though, doesn’t mean you can’t still serve them out of a bucket and turkey baster. We might be adults, but that doesn’t mean we’ve grown up.