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5 Quick and Refreshing Summer Cocktails

5 Quick and Refreshing Summer Cocktails


    We’ve talked about one of the more popular summer cocktails here at Lifehack before, but if you want to beat the heat with a refreshing beverage that is easy to make and keep you cool all in one go then check out the list below.

    Here are 5 quick and refreshing summer cocktails you can prepare for you and your guests while you enjoy some quality leisure time (and still stay productive in the process):

    1. The Colbert Bump

    Created by Esquire’s David Wondrich and named after Stephen Colbert (political satirist extraordinaire), this is a refreshing summer cocktail that isn’t just quick to make, but is bound to please everyone’s palate (via DrinkNation).

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    Ingredients:
    1 oz. Cherry Heering
    1 1/2 oz. Gin
    2 splashes Carbonated Water/Club Soda
    1/2 oz. Lemon Juice

    Mixing Instructions:
    Put four ice cubes in a highball glass. Pour 1 oz. of cherry brandy, followed by 1.5 oz. Gin, then 0.5 oz. lemon juice. Add soda water and stir.

    2. Canadian Summer Vacation

    Another recipe courtesy of Drinknation. As a resident of this fine nation, I enjoy this quick drink when we do get our short (but sweet) hot weather on the “wet coast” of Canada. While not everyone will be able to get their hands on one of the primary ingredients (Yukon Jack), if you can find some then having it at the ready for this drink is well worth it.

    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
    1 1/2 oz. Yukon Jack
    1 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice

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    Mixing Instructions:
    Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

    3. Merry’s Midsummer Night Lemonade

    Another gin-based cocktail (and another recipe from Drinknation), this drink is easy to make and requires very little. And it is recommended you serve it in a mason jar – another great reason to indulge!

    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 oz. Gin
    1 splash Lime Cordial (Rose’s)
    5 oz. Sprite
    1 wedge Lemon
    1 wedge Lime

    Mixing Instructions:
    Add the gin over ice in a mason jar. Then add the sprite. Top off with the splash of lime juice. Garnish with the lemon and lime wedges. Stir.

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    4. Snakebite

    Also known as a “shandy”, this potent cocktail should be enjoyed very slowly and in moderation as it can knock you back on your hammock for the long haul if you down it too fast or down too many. But there’s not too many cocktails that are easy to make thn this one.

    Ingredients:
    1/2 pint of lager
    1/2 pint of dry cider

    Mixing Instructions:
    Pour ingredients into a pint glass. Drink away. (But in moderation, remember?)

    5. Bourbon Smash

    I’m a big fan of bourbon, so when I came across Tom Macy’s post over at The Huffington Post I couldn’t pass up sharing it with you. Here’s what Macy had to say about it:

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    “I served this cocktail at my wedding and it is one of my all time favorites. It’s basically a mint julep with a little citrus added, the oils from the muddled lemon wedges add a tart, bright citrus note that goes beautifully with the fragrant mint.”

    Ingredients:
    2 ounces Bourbon
    .75 ounce Simple Syrup
    .25 ounce Lemon Juice
    3 Lemon Wedges
    Pinch of Mint (10–12 leaves)

    Mixing Instructions:
    In a cocktail shaker muddle the lemon wedges and mint in simple syrup. Add remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

    (Photo credit: Alcohol Margarite Drinks via Shutterstock)

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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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