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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 January 21, 2020

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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