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20 Amazing Cocktail Recipes You’ll Love To Try

20 Amazing Cocktail Recipes You’ll Love To Try

Dazzle your friends at your next party or get-together with these fabulous cocktail recipes. Choose from our collection of refreshing summer drinks or elegant aperitifs’. We even have something delicate for non-alcohol drinkers.

Let’s get the party started. Chin-Chin!

1. Raspberry Sorbet Champagne Float

Raspberry Sorbet Champagne

    Do you remember those ice cream floats you relished growing up? Well, this is a posh grown up version of the same thing. Raspberry sorbet and champagne, need I say more? It will add a touch of sparkle to your next summer cocktail party. A dessert cocktail that is sophisticated and so delectable.

    2. Cherry Chocolate Cooler

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      This is the perfect cocktail for a special date. Chocolate and cherries — you can’t possibly go wrong! This intoxicating love potion comes from British Master Chocolatier Paul A. Young (not to be confused with the singer ). It combines kirsch and cherries with dark chocolate. It can be personalized to the tipple of your choice.

      3. Iced Vodka Gazpacho

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        This elegant concoction is a cross between an appetizer and an aperitif. It will definitely get the party started and keep the conversation flowing. It combines the classic flavors of a refreshing gazpacho with vodka and spices. A clever presentation hack by Brazilian-born chef Marcello Tully is to freeze the ice in shot glasses before serving the gazpacho in them.

        4. Teacup Cocktail by Purl, London

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          Bring out your fancy China! A right royal cocktail made in honor of the last Royal Wedding by the dramatic, innovative, top end London cocktail bar, Purl. It is in fact, served in a teacup with a teapot to add aroma and pomp to this splendid brew. Try the recipe at home for an adult posh tea party.

          5. Lemongrass & Thyme Summer Fizz

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            Thyme for a drink? Your teetotaler friends are going to love you for this gorgeous spa inspired thirst-quencher. It tastes as exquisite as it looks! Spirit drinkers will certainly feel left out. If you are tempted, you can add a shot of vodka or gin to it.

            6. Chocolate White Russian

            CHOCOLATE WHITE RUSSIAN

              Are you throwing a grown up Charlie & the Chocolate Factory themed event? You simply must serve this! Kahlua and chocolate are a match made in heaven! It’s a twist on the White Russian, using chocolate syrup. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, it’s garnished with a brownie. Just Yummy!

              7. Pink Grapefruit Mojito

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                Who doesn’t love a Mojito? Tangy pink grapefruit brings a great bittersweet note to this zingy and zesty beverage. Take a sip and you will instantly feel yourself relaxing as you are transported to the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Caribbean.

                8. Plum & Thyme Prosecco Smash

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                  Hosting a brunch this weekend? Time to crack open the bubbly. Do it in style with this mimosa inspired Prosecco & plum cocktail that will delight your guests. You could serve it with sparkling water for those who prefer a non-alcoholic version.

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                  9. Mango Margarita Recipe

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                    TGIF folks! Unwind with this fresh mango beverage that packs a punch. The lemon-chili spiced rim works brilliantly to bring out the flavor of the mango. Put your feet up and have a fun relaxed weekend. Cheers!

                    10. Fast & Furious Cocktail

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                      Are you a true blue Fast & Furious fan? This Hollywood movie inspired electrifying cocktail has blue curacao, coconut, apple pucker, and lemon-lime flavors. We love the glow in the dark ice cubes that add a bit of drama and fun, just like the lights underneath the cars in the film.

                      11. Leaf and Spear

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                        Have you ever encountered a super food in a cocktail bar? No, right. Now then, in true LA style, this exotically spiced blend by bartender Christiaan Rollich of Los Angeles’s chic A.O.C. Wine Bar is made with kale. Oh yeah, you read that right! Kale?! It also has fresh green harissa and some spicy jalapenos for a kick. Recreate it at home and astonish your health conscious friends.

                        12. Green Tomato Bloody Mary

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                          You don’t have to grow your own tomatoes to try this refreshing green tomato Bloody Mary. This drink is made with fresh cucumber, green pepper, jalapeno, and lime juice. This would almost be a healthy skin tonic without the vodka. Serve this with Mexican food for a new twist on the classic.

                          13. The Espresso Martini

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                            This heavenly elixir is concocted with Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, Frangelico, and Double Espresso Vodka. It’s decadently sinful and irresistible!

                            14. Orange Creamsicle Jello Shots

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                              Jello Shots don’t have to end with college. They are popular, crowd-pleasing, easy to knock out, and totally wicked! Try this orange creamsicle version that is so delicious it will be remembered as the best treat at your next shindig!

                              15. Rosemarycano Cocktail

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                                Imagine yourself enjoying a gorgeous Italian meal under the blue skies on a summer evening. Time seems to stop for a while as you sip this Lemon and Rosemary infused sun-downer and simply watch the world go by. Salute!

                                16. Aquavit Spritzer (with jam)

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                                  Jam in a cocktail? Why not? You can’t go wrong by adding alcohol with fruit and sugar. This jam cocktail uses lingonberry jam, but you can try this with your favorite jam. Might I suggest, blackberry jam and vodka?

                                  17. Strawberry Beer Lemonade

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                                    Beer is not often used in a cocktail; however, it lends itself beautifully to create this refreshing drink. It’s already carbonated. With the growing trend of interesting craft beers with undertones of fruit, flowers, and even herbs to enhance flavor, makes beer an exciting base for a cocktail. This delightful, light concoction is a real crowd-pleaser that goes down well with non-beer lovers as well.

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                                    18. Glitterball

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                                      A glamorous celebratory drink is easy to prepare and a delight to savor. It is created with a rather unexpected classic Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, which gives it its beautiful golden hue.

                                      19. Autumn Sangria

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                                        This wonderful deep rich Autumnal drink would be a showstopper at your Thanksgiving dinner. Can’t wait until then? You can whip up a batch this weekend, we won’t tell anyone, promise (wink)!

                                        20. Flaming Gorilla Shots

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                                          Flaming shots are impressive and so exciting! Here is a simple recipe to try at home.

                                          TIP: Remember to blow out the flame before you drink the shot.

                                          Recipe: Pour 1/3 oz of Kahlua into a shot glass. Then, layer with a bar spoon of 1/3 oz Peppermint Schnapps. Lastly. layer again with a bar spoon of 1/3 oz Bacardi 151. Then light the drink with a flame and blow it out after about 5 seconds or so — then shoot! Cheers!

                                          Featured photo credit: Womans Hand Holding Cocktail On Beach/ Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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                                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                          Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                                          Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                                          1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                                          Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                                          2. Stress Relief

                                          Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                                          3. Improved Sleep

                                          Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                                          4. Appetite Control

                                          Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                                          5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                                          When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                                          6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                                          Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                                          7. Mosquito Repellant

                                          Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                                          8. Pain Relief

                                          While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                                          9. The New Anti-Viral

                                          Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                                          10. Improved Cognitive Function

                                          Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                                          11. Money Saving

                                          With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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