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10 Weird Drinks That Taste Surprisingly Good

10 Weird Drinks That Taste Surprisingly Good

Variety is the spice of life. If you’re getting tired of the “same-old, same-old” when it comes to drinking adult beverages, maybe it’s time to change things with a few unusual drinks.

Here are 10 weird drinks that taste surprisingly good.

1. Green Ghost

The name Green Ghost might remind you of some of the comical spirits you saw while watching Ghostbusters, but this drink is a spirit of a different kind. The good kind.

This is an excellent “variation on a theme” if you’re a fan of gin and tonic. To make it, fill your cocktail shaker with some ice, then add four parts gin to one part each lime juice and Green Chartreuse. Shake it all together until everything is well chilled and strain it into a cocktail glass.

2. Bermuda Black

If you’re an aficionado of fine mixed drinks, you might think that a drink named Bermuda Black contains dark rum. You’re half right. In fact, it contains both types of rums.

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To make this delicious concoction, add two parts each light rum, dark rum, and lime juice into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Add a little less than two parts of simple syrup and one part of ginger juice. Shake it all up, pour it into a service glass filled with ice, and top the drink with beer. Garnish with candied ginger and lime.

3. Bijou

Bijou might be the name of a French maid that you once “knew” a long time ago. It’s also a great drink.

Combine equal parts gin, vermouth, and green Chartreuse into a mixing glass with cracked ice. Add a dash of orange bitters. Stir the whole thing and add a lemon peel for garnish.

4. Copa Verde

With a name like “Copa Verde,” you probably think the drink appeals to people who appreciate Margaritas. This time, you’re 100% correct.

Add 2 parts tequila to 1 part each of lime juice, water, and agave syrup to a blender. Cut up a soft avocado and throw it in the blender as well. Blend all of that and pour it into an ice-filled glass.

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5. Humble Pie

This is a great choice for vodka fans and/or Russians.

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add four parts each blood orange vodka and Aperol to one part lemon juice. Shake well and pour it into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a wheel of lemon.

6. El Presidente

Although this sounds like a “south of the border” drink, it’s really more Caribbean.

Combine one part each white rum and vermouth into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Add a touch of Orange Curacao or Grand Marnier plus a tiny bit of grenadine. Shake it all up and pour it into a chilled cocktail glass.

7. Caipirinha

The Caipirinha is an excellent option if you’re a fan of the Mojito. However, you might have to search around for cachaça.

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Combine two ounces of cachaça, the juice of four key limes, and a couple of teaspoons of sugar. Mix it all well and pour it into a chilled glass.

8. Diamondback

So you’re a whiskey fan? If so, then you’ll almost certainly love the Diamondback.

Combine two parts rye whiskey to one part each applejack and green Chartreuse into an ice-filled glass. Stir the it all together and drink responsibly.

9. Vancouver

The Vancouver is as refined and laid-back as its namesake.

In an ice-filled glass, add four parts gin to one part vermouth. Throw in a teaspoon of Benedictine and a couple of dashes of orange bitters. Stir it all together and add a lemon peel for garnish.

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10. Twelve Mile Limit

The best “new” drink for you if you’re a fan of Long Island Iced Tea is the Twelve Mile Limit.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add two parts rum to one part each whiskey, brandy, grenadine, and lemon juice. Shake that all together and strain it into a cocktail glass.

Drinks don’t have to be boring and they don’t have to follow recipes that are all-too-familiar. Take your pick from some of the options here and add a little variety to your cocktail intake.

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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.

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