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10 “Party Rock” Drink Recipes That Make You A Party Master

10 “Party Rock” Drink Recipes That Make You A Party Master

Anyone can host a party, but it takes a true party master to serve fun, unique, and delicious drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Many people either just stock their fridges up with beer and wine, or they ask their guests to bring their own booze. If you have a signature drink for your parties, yours are the parties that are going to be talked about, in a good way, and they are the parties that everyone is going to want to come to because they will be just dying to see what type of fun drinks you will offer at future parties. To get you started, here are 10 awesome drink recipes that will make you and your parties the toast of the town. Some of these drinks are non-alcoholic, but many can be made “virgin” if you like, simply by leaving out the liquor.

1. Lavender Lemonade

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    There are a few ways that you can make this drink. Many recipes call for using actual lavender flowers. But, you will get a lot more flavor if you use a drop or two of lavender essential oil.

    2. Shirley Temple

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      This classic kids’ drink is also popular with many adults, and for one good reason: it tastes great. If you are having a party that includes children, they can feel just like the grown-ups when they have their own drinks in fancy glasses.

      3. Strawberry Mojito Punch

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        This can be made with alcohol, or without so the kids can enjoy it as well. It has a strong strawberry flavor, with just a touch of lime from the slice that sits on the side of the glass. Mint leaves give this drink an added touch of flavor.

        4. Pink Grapefruit Cooler

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          This refreshing drink is ideal for summer parties and barbecues, and can be made in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. The trick to making this a great drink is to make a sugar syrup rather than simply pouring some sugar in.

          5. Frothy Hot Chocolate

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            Hot chocolate is one of the most popular drinks going in the winter, and you can be the hot chocolate master for winter parties when you have your own hot chocolate machine. Serve your guests hot, delicious hot chocolate with plenty of froth on top after a day of outdoor winter fun. Add a bit of Kalhua to make it an alcoholic treat.

            6. Summer Punch

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              This is actually a great drink to make for parties held in any season. The thing that makes this drink special is the Watermelon Pucker Schnapps, which give the drink a sour and delicious flavor.

              7. Berry Lemonade

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                Another lemonade drink that is popular is one that is made with delicious raspberries. The key to making this drink perfectly is to use fresh raspberries, and to make your own lemonade from fresh lemons.

                8. Midori Pina Punch

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                  If you want to serve something that your guests won’t see at other parties, this is the drink for you. This delicious tequila drink is fruity, sweet, and delicious. The green color makes it the ideal punch for Halloween parties.

                  9. Bitter Tonic

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                    Bitter drinks are becoming popular, and this tried and true recipe is starting to make a comeback. The great taste comes with the bitters, which contain just a bit of alcohol, and there are several varieties you can use for your own signature drink.

                    10. Green Goddess Punch

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                      Here is a drink that is going to be popular with your friends who like to have a lot of healthy foods in their diets. The main ingredient in this drink is green tea, along with some tart lemon tea to really add an awesome flavor.

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                      Last Updated on August 12, 2019

                      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                      Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                      But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                      I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                      Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                      1. Nuts

                      The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                      Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                      Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                      Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                      2. Blueberries

                      Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                      When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                      3. Tomatoes

                      Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                      4. Broccoli

                      While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                      Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                      Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                      5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                      Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                      The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                      Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                      6. Soy

                      Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                      Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                      Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                      7. Dark Chocolate

                      When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                      Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                      8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                      Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                      B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                      Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                      Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                      To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                      9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                      Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                      Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                      Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                      10. Gingko Biloba

                      This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                      It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                      However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                      11. Green and Black Tea

                      Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                      Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                      Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                      12. Sage and Rosemary

                      Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                      Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                      When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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