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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 December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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