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15 Fresh And Simple Spring Cocktail Recipes

15 Fresh And Simple Spring Cocktail Recipes

With the weather heating up (well, at least it should be) in the northern parts of the world, it means that it’s time to bust out those spring cocktail recipes. Let’s take a look at some of the most delicious and refreshing recipes from across the web.

1. Bloody Orange Sunrise


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    Despite the name, this is so much more than your standard fruity cocktail. The olive brine and spice in particular immediately transforms it from a first year sorority drink to a classy post-work beverage.

    2. Heart Of Stone Daiquiri

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      For those of you currently living through a Spring that is behaving like Winter, this is the cocktail for you. It combines the warm weather vibes of a daiquiri with winter staples such as sherry.

      3. Old Fashioned Ice Ball

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        This is a seriously cool (ha!) concept and a great way to turn a classic like an Old Fashioned into a delicious springtime treat. The best part is that you can do this with any cocktail if an Old Fashioned isn’t your jam.

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        4. The Summertime Smash

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          A name like that screams afternoon BBQ. The cocktail itself is a slight twist on a julep that will delight the springtime senses.

          5. The Absinthe Frappe

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            Whether you’re a pretentious art student or you simply like the taste of aniseed, absinthe is likely to be a favorite of yours. The very idea of this drink invokes images of 19th century Paris, philosophical discussion and tripping balls from the wormwood. This cocktail reinvents the beverage, turning into a perfectly appropriate warm weather beverage.

            6. The Grasshopper

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              Now I know warm weather cocktails tend to shy away from anything dairy based, but hear me out! Being a mint-based drink, it’s incredibly refreshing and is reminiscent of ice cream; and who doesn’t love that in the summer? I can’t be the only one who enjoys drinking her desserts. I’d even recommend adding some chocolate shavings as a garnish to mint choc-chip this bad boy.

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              7. Beer Colada

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                Is there anything better than a nice frosty beer on a warm afternoon. Yes, and it’s called a beer colada. I’m not sure what kind of wizardry was used to create this marvel, but I’m a fan of this clash of the titans.

                8. White Wine Sangria


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                  I know that sangrias are perfect as the are, but substituting red wine for red adds a lovely warm weather quality that’s reminiscent of fresh lemonade… but with a butt-load of alcohol.

                  9. Caprioska

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                    This cocktail is incredibly simplistic in its ingredients and execution, but that’s what’s great about it. Fresh, zesty, delicious.

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                    10. Hibiscus Ginger Rum Punch

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                      A cocktail that actually contains flower syrup, you can’t get much more spring-like than that.

                      11. Bloody Augustus

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                        I’m a big fan of food, so it’s hardly a surprise that I enjoy having delicious finger food and tapas with my afternoon cocktails. It’s for this reason that I really love the idea of a cocktail that cuts out the middle man. That’s right, this thing actually includes cheese and prosciutto. Turn your nose up all you wan; I am so on board with this.

                        12. La Muerte Chiquita

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                          This Mandarin-based cocktail is incredibly refreshing, and I would go so far as to say that it could be an excellent addition to brunch.

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                          13. Pear Gin Fizz

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                            A fruity twist on a classic that’s perfect for lounging by the pool and soaking up the sunshine.

                            14. Cheeky Monkey

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                              A cheeky monkey for a cheeky brunch cocktail.

                              15. Peach, Lime And Cachaça Slushie

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                                Why let kids have all the icy drink fun? Enjoy this incredibly adult slushie that’s filled with summery, fruity flavors.

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                                Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                1. Exercise

                                It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                2. Drink in Moderation

                                I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                4. Watch Less Television

                                A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                6. Don’t Smoke

                                This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                7. Socialize

                                Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                9. Be Optimistic

                                Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                10. Own a Pet

                                Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                11. Drink Coffee

                                Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                12. Eat Less

                                Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                13. Meditate

                                Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                                14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                15. Laugh Often

                                Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                17. Cook Your Own Food

                                When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                18. Eat Mushrooms

                                Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                19. Floss

                                Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                21. Have Sex

                                Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                Reference

                                [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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