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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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                                          Last Updated on October 20, 2020

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                          • (1) Research
                                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                                          • (3) Creating the outline
                                          • (4) Drafting the content
                                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                          • (6) Revision
                                          • (7) etc.

                                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                          2. Change Your Environment

                                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                          6. Get a Buddy

                                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                          Reality check:

                                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                                          Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                                          More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

                                          Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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