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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 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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