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7 Delicious Cocktails That Batman Superfans Can’t Miss

7 Delicious Cocktails That Batman Superfans Can’t Miss

Anyone knows that combining drinks with your favorite things will only make things even better, and that’s why these Batman themed cocktails are the best way to enjoy a Dark Knight marathon or Arkham Knight game session.

We’ve totally got anyone sorted who’s looking for the perfect drinks menu for a Batman/comic book themed party, or just wants to take a moment to envision themselves as Bruce Wayne in the bat lair. Buzzfeed has ingeniously come up with seven themed cocktails that, with one sip, will instantly transport you over to the dark world of Gotham.

1. The Bruce Wayne

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    4½ oz. black iced coffee
    2 oz bourbon

    ¼–½ oz. maple syrup

    To make this, you’re going to have to let a brewed pot of coffee chill until cold. Once cool, you can measure all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake thoroughly until chilled and foamy. Strain into a glass over ice.

    This one’s perfect for those dark and mysterious types, who’ll no doubt sneak off on ‘official business’ before the night’s over. Combining black iced coffee with bourbon, with a sweet slither of maple syrup, this cocktail oozes the sophistication of all caped billionaires out there. Bad guys might want to back away from anyone found drinking this, they’re no doubt already onto you.

    2. The Boy Wonder

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      3 oz. orange juice
      2 oz. sparkling wine
      1 oz. silver tequila
      Splash grenadine or maraschino cherry juice

      Pour the orange juice, sparkling wine and tequila into a champagne flute and stir. Tilt the glass slightly and carefully pour the grenadine or cherry juice down the side so that it settles at the bottom. Garnish with lime slice.

      This cocktail pairs up perfectly alongside the Bruce Wayne and is great for anyone ready to step up and be adventurous. Constantly on the look out for trouble and mischief, you’re ready for action at any time of the day. You just gotta make sure you get one of your five a day, as you’re still growing.

      3. The Joker

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        3 oz. Jolly Rancher-infused vodka
        ¼ oz. lime juice
        Seltzer

        You’re going to need to prep a little bit for this one, but for looks and the taste – it’s so worth it. Unwrap 10-12 purple Jolly Ranchers sweets and put them in a sealable container along with 1½ cups of vodka. Shake and let this sit overnight (or at least until the candy has dissolved fully when the container is shaken) and chill until the party. Add your infused vodka to a glass along with the lime juice and seltzer, garnishing with a lime slice to finish off the look.

        Uh-oh, the Joker’s about! This is the ultimate cocktail for anyone with a mischievously cheeky side and ready to pull some fun and frolics. Pair this up with an outfit of a similar palette and your party guests will be in absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the Joker is in attendance and ready to cause trouble.

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        4. The Poison Ivy

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          2 oz. gin
          1 oz. St. Germain
          ¾ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
          3 sprigs fresh basil
          2 sprigs fresh mint

          Combine the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Open up, fill with ice, and shake again for at least 20 seconds to give the herbs chance to break up and flavor the drink. Then strain into your glass.

          Beautiful yet deadly; which of your party guests does this match up with? Looks can be deceiving and whilst this one may look stunning, it packs a secret punch – but it’ll still leave you wanting more.

          5. The Mr. Freeze

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            6 oz. pineapple juice
            1½ oz. white rum
            1½ oz. blue Curaçao
            3–4 blue raspberry Jolly Rancher candies (optional)

            Another that takes a bit of pre-planning. To get the sweet taste and bright color, you’ll need to crush some raspberry Jolly Rancher candies (you might as well stock up at this point) in a bag with a rolling pin. Rub the rim of your glass with a lime slice and then roll the crushed candies on to coat. This is entirely optional, if you can’t be bothered doing this – just skip this.

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            The night before making the party, divide pineapple juice into an ice cube tray and stick it in the freezer.

            To make this, get out your blender and put the pineapple ice cubes and the rum/Curaçao and pulse – blending til smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy the freeze.

            This one’s perfect for anyone who has a suave and cool attitude, but quite perhaps a villainous side too.

            6. The Catwoman

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              2 oz. bourbon whiskey
              1 oz. sweet vermouth
              ½ oz. creme de cassis
              ½ oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
              Dash bitters

              Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a martini glass (or serve on the rocks, if your prefer).

              Shake the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a glass Serve on rocks if desired.

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              This one is sophisticated, with a dark side. Perfect for anyone ready to pounce at any moment.

              7. The Alfred

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                2 cups Pimm’s No. 1
                3 cups brewed black tea, chilled
                2 12-oz. bottles ginger beer

                1 lemon
                1 orange
                6 sprigs fresh mint

                To make this beauty, slice your freshly-washed fruit into thin rounds and then add them into a large pitcher along with the Pimms and chilled tea. Once stirred thoroughly, chill in the fridge for at least an hour. When ready to serve, stir in the ginger beer and pour into glasses filled with ice.

                This one’s quietly reserved and low-key, but packs a punch… Just like a certain butler we all know. It’s a drink for the intellectual stood at the back of the room watching as the party events unfold, storing up all their new-found knowledge ready for when necessary to act upon.

                Which cocktail best describes you?

                For more information on the drinks included, be sure to check out the original Buzzfeed article.

                Bat’s all, folks.

                Featured photo credit: Surian Soosay via flickr.com

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                7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                Video Summary

                Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                One Exercise, multiple benefits

                There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                  1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                  Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                  • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                  • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                  • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                  • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                  2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                    Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                    Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                    3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                      Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                      4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                        Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                        A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                        A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                        On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                        5. You’ll improve overall balance

                          Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                          6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                            Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                            7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                              Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                              How to hold a plank position

                              1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                              2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                              3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                              4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                              5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                              6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                              7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                              Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                              Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                How to improve your plank time gradually

                                1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                • Prolapse
                                • After prolapse surgery
                                • Pelvic pain conditions
                                • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                • Previous childbirth
                                • Overweight

                                Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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