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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 January 17, 2019

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                          Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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