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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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