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8 Christmas Drink Recipes To Warm Up Your Holiday Parties

8 Christmas Drink Recipes To Warm Up Your Holiday Parties

Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy some warm drinks with family and friends. If you life in a region with snow during Christmas, you understand how amazing it can feel to come in from the cold outside and have a warm Christmas drink to warm your spirits.

If you do not live in a region where it is cold in winter, no worries. You can still enjoy these delicious drinks regardless. These recipes will help you bring Christmas into your house — no matter where you live.

How to use these during your parties

Make sure to plan ahead if you want to serve these drinks this Christmas. It may seem obvious, but keep in mind that you should:

  • Plan ahead and know how many people you are serving
  • Get all the ingredients in the right ratios
  • Try making the drink once before the party to test it out

The following recipes are ones you should try this Christmas. While they are delicious, Christmas drinks are often not the healthiest. I recommend using these damage-control techniques to enjoy your delicious Christmas drinks without guilt (they work great for all the luxurious dinners too!).

1. Peppermint White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

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    Hot chocolate is perfect for cold winter days (and hot ones too). This recipe is a creative twist on the “regular” hot chocolate, combining white chocolate and mint in a lovely winter drink.

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    This drink fits perfectly with a cold afternoon, sitting next to the Christmas tree. Serve it with whipped cream on top for full deliciousness!

    Find the full Peppermint White Chocolate Hot Cocoa recipe here.

    2. Gingerbread Latte

      This recipe takes two delicious things and mashes them together: latte and gingerbread. Not only that, it should take only 5 minutes to make.

      Use this recipe to transform your regular teatime into a Christmas delight.

      Find the full Gingerbread Latte recipe here.

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      3. German Glühwein

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        This drink is traditionally enjoyed in Germany and surrounding countries. It’s the grandfather of mulled wine. My family has been drinking it as a Christmas drink for as long as I can remember.

        This drink is perfect as an aperitif before dinner, or after dinner while sitting on the couch.

        Find the full German Glühwein recipe here.

        4. Candy Cane Cocoa

          Christmas makes many people think of hot chocolate and candy canes. Put them together and you get a perfect Christmas drink. This is the perfect drink to welcome you home from a walk in the forest or park.

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          Find the full Candy Cane Cocoa recipe here.

          5. Swedish Glogg

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            Christmas is a time of tradition, but also discovery. Try this traditional Swedish cousin of mulled wine. It is made with stronger spirits though, so enjoy responsibly.

            Find the full Swedish Glogg recipe here.

            6. Hot Apple Cider

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              Hot cider is, to many people, a perfect companion for a winter’s day. This recipe uses maple syrup for an extra twist. If you want to go full apple this Christmas, combine it with a delicious, freshly-baked apple pie.

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              Find the full Hot Apple Cider recipe here.

              7. Russian Friendship Tea

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                This tea combines the taste of oranges and spices for a warm drink that tastes of winter. Oranges and spices combine to form a perfect Christmas smell. If you have never tried this, try sticking a couple of handfuls of cloves into an orange and leave it in a room. It will soon smell like Christmas.

                Find the full Russian Friendship Tea recipe here.

                8. Candy Cane Cocktail

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                  Throwing a cocktail party for Christmas? This candy cane-flavored cocktail is perfect to bring the Christmas theme to your party. For full effect, serve it with a candy cane!

                  Find the full Candy Cane Cocktail recipe here.

                  Featured photo credit: Candy Cane Cocoa via allrecipes.com

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                  5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                  5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                  Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

                  They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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                    1. Cardio for Stamina

                    If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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                      • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
                      • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
                      • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
                      • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

                      The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

                      These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

                      2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

                      The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

                      Barbell squats
                        • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                        Zercher squat
                          • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                          Glute bridge
                            • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                            Hyperextensions
                              • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

                              Ab wheel rollout
                                • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                                Cross body crunch
                                  • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                                  Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                                  3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                                  Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                                  Plank exercise
                                    • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                                    Close grip pushups
                                      • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                                      Chin ups
                                        • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                        These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                        4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                        You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                        5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

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                                          If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                          Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                          With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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