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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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                                          10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                          10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                          Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                                          In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                                          These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                                          1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                                          Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                                          But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                                          Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                                          2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                                          You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                                          The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                                          3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                                          If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                                          Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                                          If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                                          4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                                          Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                                          To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                                          In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                                          5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                                          We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                                          If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                                          Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                                          “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                                          6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                                          When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                                          One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                                          So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                                          7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                                          Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                                          Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                          8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                                          When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                                          So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                                          9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                                          Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                                          It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                                          It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                                          10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                                          There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                                          But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                                          Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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