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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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    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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