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Hands Up For These 10 Tasty Martini Recipes!

Hands Up For These 10 Tasty Martini Recipes!

With Thanksgiving officially kicking off the holiday season, this also means that the season of family gatherings, office parties, and great food is upon us. While food is an important part of the holiday celebration, every adult appreciates the taste of a well-made drink. The martini is the epitome of a great holiday drink. Whether it is made with the traditional gin, or with some James Bond flair using vodka, a martini offers the celebrant with a crisp and light beverage that is sure to start off the party.

As the end of the year quickly approaches, here are ten martini recipes that sure will make your guests raise a hand when you pass around these delicious concoctions.

1. Nuts and Berries Martini

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    Perfect for the holidays, this sweet martini has all of the elements to put a smile on your guests’ faces. It has fruity and creamy flavors with a kick at the end.

    2. Hazelnut Mochaspresso Martini

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      If you are looking for the perfect martini to help your guests feel the holiday cheer, look no further than this recipe! With its rich chocolatey and nutty flavors, your guests will surely feel like celebrating.

      3. Golden Delicious Martini

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        Not sure if you want to try a new recipe at your party, but still want to get out of the ordinary? Try this quick and easy recipe, which is essentially a spicy play on the apple martini.

        4. Manhattan Martini

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          This simple and straight-to-the-point recipe is quick to make and  will definitely satisfy your guests who are looking for a stronger (and darker) drink.

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          5. Caribbean Martini

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            Here’s a perfect concoction if you are planning a themed party. This sweet martini combines wonderful flavors of the Caribbean, such as pineapple, while maintaining a strong martini effect with the help of some coconut rum.

            6. South Beach Martini

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              This martini is perfect if you are trying to add a vacation flair or simply a fun and fruity flavor to your drinks. With nice citrus flavors, this martini is sure to make you feel like you have transported yourself to a tropical environment.

              7. Long Kiss Goodnight Martini

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                Attention: lovers of white chocolate, this martini will not disappoint. With a creamy and rich finish, this martini is sweet and strong. Make sure you pace yourself – just because it’s sweet doesn’t mean it won’t quickly go to your head.

                8. Bellini Martini

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                  Fruity and light, this martini is sure to please your guests who are peach lovers. Its cold temperature is sure to help tame the alcohol level and allow for your guests to enjoy, regardless of the chilly weather.

                  9. Ricky Martini

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                    Not for the light drinker, the Ricky Martini is a great mixture of fruit flavors, such as cranberries, oranges, and limes. However, don’t be fooled by the flavors, this drink contains three types of alcohol. It may not be endorsed by the dancer, but it might inspire you to get on the dance floor.

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                    10. Mint Martini

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                      Looking for a drink that will not only get the party started, but also keep your guests refreshed? Next time, try this mint martini. It has a smooth finish due to the creme de menthe. Your guests will definitely enjoy it no matter the weather.

                      Conclusion

                      Whichever recipe you decide to try, it will be a sure hit! With the holidays right around the corner, at least you now have a starting point with the drinks. If you are undecided on which one to try, you can easily make a combination where you can have one for each category: creamy, fruity, and darker.

                      One thing is for sure, all 10 of these recipes will be appreciated by your guests and will definitely get the party started.

                      Featured photo credit: Strawberry Martini/ daspunkt via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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