11 Ways To Ease A Nasty Hang Over

You know better than to buy anything labelled “hangover cure” for the mornings after a wild night, but there has to be something out there to ease the headache, nausea, and overall sense of feeling like crap—right?

Here is a list from the experts of hangover remedies that really works. While the research on this topic is limited and there’s no one solution to fix all the symptoms of a hangover, a few things can help alleviate specific problems.

1. Water

H2O is a must. As you likely know from the frequent trips to the bathroom during a night of debauchery, alcohol is a diuretic and can cause dehydration. Before falling into bed, down 16 to 20 ounces of water, says Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D., a consultant in addiction psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. And the next time you go out, he recommends ordering a glass of water with every beer—and alternate between the two to replace lost fluids as you go. (Did you know it’s also possible to drink too much water?

2. Sports Drinks

“Even though the diuretic effect of alcohol may cause the body to lose some electrolytes, it’s not so much that you need to replace them right away,” says Samir Zakhari, Ph.D., director of the Division of Metabolism and Health Effects at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. And research has shown Gatorade is no better for a hangover than water from your tap, so save your money.

3. Coffee

Lots of people—hungover or not—use a cup of joe to wake up and feel alert at work. But a trip to Starbucks won’t give you lasting benefits, and caffeine can both treat and cause headaches and migraines, so this one is a personal preference. If you do down a cup, be sure to drink water, too, since studies suggest caffeine causes dehydration. Here’s How to Brew the Best Coffee At Home.

4. More Alcohol (“Hair of the Dog”)

“Bad idea,” Dr. Hall-Flavin says. “It will provide a numbing effect, but all you’re doing is prolonging the inevitable, and it will likely make your headache worse.” Another reason to avoid cracking open a cold one: Experts agree that if you use this “cure,” the risk of abuse increases and could lead to alcohol dependency.

5. Toast or Crackers

Remember when your mom gave you toast as a kid when you couldn’t keep anything down? This is good advice for adults who’ve spent the night hugging the porcelain throne, too. While no food can halt the roller coaster in your stomach, carbs can help bring your blood sugar levels back up the morning after, Dr. Hall-Flavin says. Normally when blood sugar levels dip, your liver reacts by producing more glucose from stored carbs. But if you’ve been drinking too much, your liver is busy metabolizing the alcohol and can’t handle the extra work, so your blood sugar levels stay down, and you can feel irritable and tired.

6. Greasy Food

What you eat after drinking doesn’t matter—it’s what you eat before all those Jagerbombs that can help lessen the pain the next day. Food helps slow the absorption of alcohol, and the longer it takes the alcohol to reach your blood stream, the longer it is until you become intoxicated.

7. Pain Medication

Ease a pounding head with a pill (or two, depending on the recommended dosage), but stick to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen), not acetaminophen (Tylenol): “While it’s OK for a headache, when combined with a liver that’s working overtime to metabolize alcohol, it can cause liver damage or be deadly,” says Dena Davidson, Ph.D., former associate professor of psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine.

8. Vitamins

If you normally take a multi, go ahead, but no studies have found that any particular vitamins do anything for a hangover. And one night of intoxication isn’t enough to throw off the levels of nutrients in your body to the point where you need to worry.

9. Exercise

One drink—a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor—is metabolized by your body in about an hour, so the whole “sweat it out” theory is myth. At the same time, the endorphin release could boost your mood. And burning off a few calories may ease your guilt about how much you drank. Just be sure you keep your water bottle handy so you don’t become even more dehydrated.

10. Sex

“There is no research that shows that sex will make a hangover go away, but maybe it will make the time go faster,” says Joris C. Verster, Ph.D., assistant professor at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. “If it makes you happy, go for it.”

11. The Best Cure: Prevention

You’re a grown man, you know to drink responsibly. But just in case you forgot: Limit your drinks to about one every hour. Your body metabolizes each beer (or wine or shot) in about 60 to 75 minutes, Dr. Hall-Flavin says. Drink faster, and your blood alcohol level rises faster. Eat before you drink and follow Dr. Hall-Flavin’s “I’ll have a beer and a glass of water” rule when ordering—and drink the water, don’t let it just sit on the table.

And how’s this for sobering: In research, “moderate drinking” by a man is defined as two drinks a day. More than five in one sitting is considered “heavy drinking.” So think before you order that extra round.

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Jello Shots!

 THESE jello shots are different. Each one is based on a real cocktail and is thoughtfully prepared with different ingredients.  I will include a list at the end of variations. The pics are of some of the recipes that deviate slightly from my basic method. Along with a couple pics of the process…

The basic tools. bowl and spoon for mixing, flat measuring cup for easy measuring of liquids, ladle and spouted measuring cup for filling.
The basic method is as follows: boil one cup of water, add one packet of jello, mix two minutes (don’t skimp on this it will be grainy!), add one cup alcohol, pour into little cups. If you are using two packets or one large box then this doubles to: boil two cups of water, add jello, mix two minutes, add two cups alcohol, pour into cups.
If you remember this you can make pretty much any shot your mind can create!!!
“jager bomb” black cherry jello (you can use orange as well, they are both good here) and red bull. boil two cups red bull, mix two minutes, then add two cups jager.“margarita” this one can only be done as a double because it has two alcohols. Boil two cups water, mix two minutes, add one cup tequila, half cup triple sec, half cup lime juice. I like to wait till this one is almost set up and then add some margarita salt to the top before putting the lids on!“rum and coke” cook two cups coke, mix two minutes, add two cups light rumMove from the mixing bowl to something easier to pour with.“mimosa” this one varies from the normal method too. Since champagne isn’t as strong as liquor You can cut the water out of this guy. Boil one cup champagne, mix 2 min, add one more cup champagne and a splash of OJ. For a double box like shown, boil 2 cups champagne, mix two min, add two cups champagne, couple splashes OJ.“silk” this is based off a cocktail from a Thai restaurant. Boil one cup champagne, mix 2 minutes, add one cup champagne and splash of lychee juice from the can. We couldn’t find lychees so this is a fruit that is very similar. Cut these in half and put them into the cups so there’s a little piece of lychee in each one!“lemon drop” With this one sprinkle a little sugar on top after they have mostly hardened before putting the lid on.“orange tic tac” mandarin orange vodka (absolute makes one) was needed for this shot but since there was none available . Boil two cups  red bull, mix two minutes, add two cups mandarin orange vodka

THE LIST-
Sex on the Beach (orange and cranberry jello, plain vodka, peach snapps)
Rum and Coke (dark cherry jello, light rum, coke)
Lemon Drop (lemon jello, citrus vodka, sugar sprinkles)
Grape Crush (grape jello, plain vodka, chambord)
Hawaiian (pineapple (or blueberry) jello, coconut rum)
Gin and Tonic (lime jello, gin, tonic water)
Margarita (lime jello, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, salt sprinkles)
Lemon Lime (lemon and lime jello, citrus vodka, sprite)
Jaeger Bomb (dark cherry (or orange) jello, jaeger, red bull)
Orange TicTac (orange jello, mandarin orange vodka, red bull)
Blueberry (blueberry jello, blueberry vodka)
Mimosa (orange jello, champaign, orange juice)
Silk (strawberry jello, champaign, leeche juice)
Fruit Punch (mixed fruit jello, blueberry vodka, raspberry vodka)
Watermelon (watermelon jello, watermelon vodka)
red headed slut (cran jello, peach snapps, triple sec, jager)

 Jello Shots!
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Packet Jello
  • 1 Cup Alcohol

Instructions

  1. boil one cup of water, add one packet of jello, mix two minutes (don’t skimp on this it will be grainy!), add one cup alcohol, pour into little cups. If you are using two packets or one large box then this doubles to: boil two cups of water, add jello, mix two minutes, add two cups alcohol, pour into cups. Use the list above for the variations on this basic recipe!

10 Christmas Themed Alcoholic Beverages

1. Eggnog

Eggnog

Ingredients:
1 large grade AA egg, separated
2 tsp superfine sugar
1 oz heavy cream
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 oz Mount Gay rum
dashes of grated cinnamon and nutmeg for garnish

Instructions:
1. Separate the egg into two bowls.
2. Beat the yolk until stiff.
3. Beat the white with 1 tsp. sugar until peaks form.
4. Slowly fold the white and yolk together.
5. Separately, beat the cream with the almond, vanilla, and 1 tsp. sugar in a bowl until stiff.
6. fold in the cream with the egg mixture.
7. Add Mt. Gay and stir gently.
8. Refrigerate overnight, or serve immediately over ice in a punch glass or martini glass.
9. Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

Or, if you’re less ambitious, just use store-bought eggnog, mix with rum, garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon.

2. Candy Cane

Ingredients:
3/4 oz SKYY Berry vodka
3/4 oz Peppermint Schnapps
3/4 oz white Crème de Cacao
1/4 oz grenadine
1 candy cane 
half and half
soda water

Instructions:
1. Pour the vodka, Peppermint Schnapps, white Creme de Cacao and grenadine into a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Pour into a cocktail glass rimmed with crushed peppermint candy.
4. Fill with half and half.
5. Top with a splash of soda water.
6. Garnish with a candy cane and serve.

3. Berry Christmas Sangria

Berry Christmas Sangria

Ingredients:
9 oz VeeV Açaí Spirit
9 oz red wine
9 oz strawberry pureé or pomegranate juice
9 oz cranberry juice
fresh fruit for garnish

Instructions:
1. Build in an ice-filled pitcher and stir well.
2. Garnish with fresh fruit, serve.

4. Angel’s Delight

Angel's Delight

Ingredients:
1 oz cream
3/4 oz triple sec
3/4 oz gin
2-3 dashes grenadine

Instructions:
1. Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

5. English Christmas Punch

English Christmas Punch

Don’t start making this one if you’re already drunk. It won’t end well.

Ingredients:
750 mL bottle dark rum
750 mL bottle dry red wine
3 cups strong tea
1 lb superfine sugar
1 one large orange, for juice
1 lemon, for juice

Instructions:
1. Heat, but do not allow to boil, the wine, tea, lemon and orange juices in a saucepan or chafing dish.
2. Pour the heated mix into a heat proof punch bowl.
3. Place as much sugar as possible into a large ladle and any excess sugar into the punch bowl.
4. Saturate the sugar in the ladle with rum.
5. Ignite the rum and sugar in the ladle and pour it while still aflame into the punch.
6. Stir well and extinguish the flames.
7. Pour the remainder of the rum into the punch.
8. Stir well.

6. Celebration

Celebration

Ingredients:
1 oz Cognac
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz lemon juice
1.5 oz rum
1 (each) orange peel

Instructions:
1. Shake over ice.
2. Pour into a cocktail glass.
3. Garnish with orange peel, and serve.

7. Holiday Hopper

Holiday Hopper

Ingredients:
1 oz Midori melon liqueur
1/2 oz green creme de menthe
1/2 oz white creme de cacao
2 oz half and half
mint leaves for garnish
raspberry for garnish

Instructions:
1. Pour the ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a cocktail glass.
4. Garnish with a mint leaves and a raspberry.

8. The North Pole

The North Pole

Ingredients:
1 dollop whipped cream
1 (each) white egg
1 gin
0.5 oz. lemon juice
0.5 oz. maraschino liqueur

Instructions:
1. Pour all ingredients (except whipped cream) into a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Strain into a cocktail glass.
3. Top with whipped cream and serve.

9. The Grinch

The Grinch

Ingredients:
2 oz Midori
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 tsp simple syrup
1 maraschino cherry for garnish

Instructions:
1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a punch or cocktail glass.
4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, serve.

10. Mistletoe Martini

 

Ingredients:
2 oz vodka
2 oz orange juice
3 oz cranberry tea, chilled
3/4 oz lemon juice
3 tsp sugar

Instructions:
1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into two chilled cocktail glasses.

The 1860s Bar

Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with their mission report and photos.


Actors hanging out before the prank

Improv Everywhere rarely does missions that are “set-ups.” Those who experience their projects are usually completely random people who stumble upon the right place at the right time. The last time they did a set-up prank like this was Ted’s Birthday, which also took place in a bar. In many ways, The 1860s Bar is a sequel to Ted’s Birthday. Both projects feature actors approaching random strangers in a bar and mistaking them for someone they are not. While Ted’s Birthday really focused on the misidentification aspect, this project was more about surprising people with an entire world.

They completely transformed the Black Rabbit Bar into 1860s New York, down to the last little detail. Even the newspaper the actor at the bar read was from the 1860s. Light bulbs were removed and replaced with candles, the computer cash register was covered with a burlap sack and replaced with a period cash register, liquor bottles were replaced with generic old bottles, beer taps were replaced with old wooden taps, barrels were lurking in the corners, and actors played poker with old cards.


Art director Andy Meyers shows bartender Agent Ryan Karels how to use the old cash register

Since they wanted everything to be extremely historically accurate, it was crucial to keep the cameras completely hidden. They used really great lenses that actually see better than the human eye. The bar was actually MUCH darker than it appears in the video. It was really only lit by candles and kerosene lanterns. This helped hide the cameras really well. One camera operator sat in the booth with the poker players above, his head under the black sheet over the camera. In the darkness, he was invisible.

One camera operator stood on a ladder at the back of the bar, his lens poking through a black sheet, also invisible in the dim bar.

Getting great audio was key for this project. They used the most wireless mics they’ve ever used in an Improv Everywhere mission. All of the principal actors were mic’d and they hid mics along the bar as well to pick up the patrons.

In the back patio of the bar they could see playback of all of their cameras. They were able to watch everything as it went down and cue the actor entrances at the appropriate times.


Agents Brian Belcinski (the cop) and Matt Adams rehearse the fight earlier in the day
Agent Tyler Walker gets dressed

The costumes were also very important for this one. Costume designer Dede Ayite did a great job outfitting the cast. The men’s facial hair helped out quite a bit too.


Dede tries out options for Agent Cody Lindquist

.A storm rolled in right when they got started and they were lucky to have all of their equipment underneath tents in the back! The lightning in the opening shot in the video is very much real.

This was a really fun night, despite weather. In fact,it made the whole thing more eerie and strange.

Mission Accomplished

 

AMERICA’S SECRET BARS

 

The necessity of a speakeasy is gone. The entertainment value, however, remains. Sure it’s a little gimmicky, but there’s something cool about having a few drinks in a bar not too many people know about. The secret bar makes you feel like an insider and most serve up damn good drinks. Here are our picks for the best in the country.
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PLEASE DON’T TELL (NYC)

Please Don’t Tell, or “PDT” as it is commonly known, is probably the best known secret bar there is (oxymoron?). Assuming you can get reservations – they only take same day ones, phones open at 3pm and it’s not exactly easy to get through – you enter the bar through a phone booth in the back of a hot dog shop. Use the rotary dial on the phone and you’ll get a host who will let you in. Of course, the drinks are another selling point, especially the Bacon-Infused Old-Fashioned.PDTNYC

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NOBLE EXPERIMENT (SAN DIEGO)

Noble Experiment is awesome but is a tough sell because you have to enter through Neighborhood, a pretty solid craft beer bar. However, if you’re in the mood for cocktails and can get reservations, simply push on the wall of kegs by the bathroom (they seriously look just like stacks of old, empty kegs) and you’ll enter the intimate little venue. A giant wall of skulls will be your backdrop as you sip on seriously solid drinks. Ask for the Dealer’s Choice because the bartenders can whip up your new favorite drink right before your eyes. Noble Experiment

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THE FRANKLIN MORTGAGE & INVESTMENT CO. (PHILADELPHIA)

Now that’s the kinda name we want in a speakeasy. The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. crafts the best cocktails in Philly and the dimly lit room feels exactly like a speakeasy should. Just don’t plan on ordering anything vodka based, The Franklin is giving a nod to American spirits.The Franklin Bar

 

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WILSON & WILSON PRIVATE DETECTIVE AGENCY (SAN FRANCISCO)

This private detective agency is awful at hunting down criminals, luckily, they happen to be really great at whipping up drinks. Located within Bourbon & Branch, Wilson & Wilson is speakeasy that serves up some deliciously strong drinks. Just select your choice out of the documents in your case file (a bit cheesy we admit, but fun) and make a night of it. The Wilson Bar

 

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WILLIAMS & GRAHAM (DENVER)

Complete with a classic bookcase/hidden door, Williams & Graham delivers the modern speakeasy experience to you. Using seasonal fruits and veggies, the mad scientists behind the bar will craft something wonderful for you to get a buzz off of. They also happen to have outstanding and inventive food to accompany your beverages. Williams and Graham

 

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MARIA’S PACKAGED GOODS & COMMUNITY BAR (CHICAGO)

Hidden behind an unmarked door in a small liquor shop is one of the best bars in Chicago. Unlike a lot of modern speakeasies, the crafted cocktails don’t take center stage (though they are really good). Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar has what many others on this list don’t: An amazing draft list. If you’re a craft beer geek who would rather have some 3 Floyds than something crafted by a mixologist, this is your spot. Community Bar

 

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THE GIBSON (WASHINGTON DC)

Just look for an unmarked door on 14th Street and you’ve found The Gibson (or someone’s house). The Gibson nails the speakeasy feel. It’s like you’ve been shot back to the 20’s only with crazier drinks. It’s dark, quiet, and relaxing and definitely worth making reservations for. The Gibson

 
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DEATH + COMPANY (NYC)

Besides the great name, we love Death + Company for the mood. The music is perfect and fitting (Bowie and the like), the curtains and lighting give the space a mysterious vibe, and you feel like you are honestly in another era. Drinks are remarkable as are the items off the small bites menu.Death and Company

 

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BLIND BARBER (LA & NYC)

A hidden bar is about the only thing that would make us want to visit a place named Blind Barber. Enter through the front of the barbershop and proceed through a secret door in the back to a watering hole that dwarfs the hair cuttery in the front. Drinks with names like “Batman” and “Smoke & Dagger” sound diabolically delicious, and you don’t need a hair appointment to go and enjoy one. Of course, there are worse options than getting a clean shave and a proper buzz. Blind Barber

 

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PX (ALEXANDRIA, VA.)

Look for the blue light outside a nondescript door to light up, and you’ll know PX is open. Inside you’ll find a quiet and classy space that is perfect for a relaxing evening. Drinks are concocted with house-made bitters and juices, everyone is well-dressed, and everything that touches your lips tastes fresh and exciting. PX

WATERMELON/LIME ICE CUBES

Although this does appear like a food post but I love creative ways to enjoy your passion for food or drinks and enjoy sharing them.  I am sharing this post even though it is about watermelon lime ice cubes you can absolutely change up the fruit and add the tasty cubes to any of your alcoholic drinks to add a punch of flavor.  Below is more on the watermelon lime ice cubes and the process of how it is all made, will be interesting to see what you do with your favorite flavors and drinks 

The Skinny Confidential talks health, diet, and fitness.

 

It’s one of the world’s healthiest foods because it’s filled with vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, AND this fruit also happens to

be one of most detoxifying foods on the planet.

So naturally, my creative juices started flowing when I had the idea of freezing the juice with lime. Directions are the easiest thing

ever: pick up fresh pressed watermelon juice from thw supermarket  or make it yourself, add it to a super cute ice cube tray, squeeze a

bunch of lime, freeze and…TA-DA.

The Skinny Confidential talks health, diet, and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks health, diet, and fitness.

 Enjoyed these cubes of heaven in sparkling water & even eat them plain ( dessert after dinner ). If you’re feeling frisky, add them to chilled champagne.

60 Healthier Drinks 

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60 Healthy Cocktail Recipes: Fruit Mojito

60 Healthier Drinks for Boozing

Below is 60 Healthier drinks to look through and see what you might like to try!!!

60 Healthier Drinks for Boozing

Cocktails

1. Bloody Mary
Scrap the mix and make a Bloody Mary from scratch! Start with ¾ cup of no sugar-added, low-sodium tomato juice and add the juice of ½ lemon, a dash each of hot sauce and Worcestershire saucefresh ground pepper to taste, and 1 shot of vodka. Garnish with a lemon wedge and celery stick. Bonus points for adding a cocktail shrimp for some extra protein!

2. Classic Mojito
In the bottom of a glass, muddle 12 fresh mint leaves, the juice of ½ lime, and 1 tablespoon simple syrup. Add a few ice cubes and pour in 1 ½ ounces (one shot) of light rum and ¾ cup seltzer. Garnish with a lime wedge.

3. Fruit Mojito

Healthier Fruit Mojito

Prep a classic mojito, but before pouring in the rum and soda, muddle in ¼ cup fresh or thawed frozen fruit like strawberry, blueberry, mango, or kiwi in the bottom of the glass. Top with ice, rum, and seltzer and garnish as desired!4. Mint Julep
Muddle together 12 fresh mint leaves and 1 tablespoon of simple syrup. Pour in one shot of Kentucky bourbon and 2 shots seltzer water.

5. Sidecar
In a shaker with ice, mix together: 1 shot of cognac, ½ shot Cointreau (or other orange liqueur), and thejuice of 1 lemon. Pour into glass with or without ice and garnish with lemon slice.

6. Cape Codder
Pour 1 shot of vodka and 2 shots cranberry juice (100 percent juice, no sugar added) over ice. Add 2 shots seltzer water, stir, and garnish with a lime wedge.

7. Sea Breeze
Pour 1 shot vodka, 1 shot cranberry juice (100 percent juice, no sugar added), and 1 shot fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice over ice. Add a splash of seltzer and enjoy! (Preferably in a beach chair by the water!)

8. Lime Rickey
Combine ½ a shot of fresh-squeezed lime juice, 1 tablespoon simple syrup, and  shot bitters. Top with 1 cup seltzer.

9. Screwdriver
In an 8-ounce glass with ice, combine 1 shot of vodka and 2 shots fresh-squeezed orange juice. Fill remainder of glass with seltzer.

10. Tequila Sunrise
In a glass with ice, combine 1 shot of tequila and 2 shots fresh-squeezed orange juice. Top with asplash of cranberry juice (100 percent juice, no sugar added).

11. Pom Cosmo

Healthier Pom Cosmo

In a shaker with ice, combine 1 shot pomegranate vodka1 shot orange liqueur, and the juice of 1 lime. Shake, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a slice of lime.12. Vodka Sunset
Muddle ¼ cup blackberries in the bottom of a glass. Top with ice and add 1 shot fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1 shot fresh-squeezed lime juice, ½ shot simple syrup, 1 shot of vodka, and a splash of sparkling wine.

13. Light and Stormy
Into a short glass with ice, pour 1 shot of light rum and 2 shots ginger ale.

14. Legend of Jack Sparrow
In an 8-ounce glass with ice, combine 1 shot coconut rum and the juice of 1 lime. Fill the rest of the glass with ginger ale (about ¾ cup). Garnish with a slice of lime.

15. Berry Lemonade
In the bottom of an 8-ounce glass, muddle the juice of 1 lemon¼ cup frozen blueberries or strawberries, and ½ shot simple syrup. Pour in 1 shot of vodka and top with seltzer (about ¾ cup).

16. Minty Iced Tea
In a heatproof mug, combine 6 fresh mint leaves, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 black tea bag, and 1 cup boiling water. Cover and let sit for 2 minutes. Then, place mug in fridge or freezer until chilled. Remove tea bag and mint, and pour liquid into a glass with ice. Add 1 shot of vodka and garnish with a lemon wedge.

17. Fizzy Lemonade
In a shaker with ice, mix together 1 shot of tequila, ½ shot simple syrup, and the juice of 1 lemon. Transfer to an 8-ounce glass and fill rest of glass with seltzer (about ¾ cup).

18. On the Rocks
Drink it straight! Water down 1 shot of any favorite liquor by pouring over ice cubes for sipping!

19. Tom Collins
In a shaker with ice, combine 1 shot of gin and the juice of 1 small lemon. Strain into an 8-ounce glass and top with seltzer water (about ¾ cup).

20. Grapefruit Margarita
Combine 1 shot of tequila, the juice of 1 lime and ½ a grapefruit, and ¾ shot of orange liqueur. Pour over ice.

21. Light White Russian
Combine 2 shots brewed coffee (or espresso!) chilled and ¾ cup skim milk. Add 1 shot of vodka and a few ice cubes and stir.

22. Rosemary-Cucumber Lemonade

Healthier Rosemary-Cucumber Lemonade

Stir together juice from 3 lemons and 1 teaspoon honey. Add 1 shot rosemary-infused vodka and ¾ cup seltzer. Garnish with a cucumber spear and lemon wedge.23. Gin and Seltzer
Instead of a G&T, combine 1 shot of gin with 2 shots of seltzer water and garnish with a lime wedge (or a few!).

24. Gin Gimlet
In a glass with ice, combine 1 shot of gin, the juice of 2 small limes, and 1 shot simple syrup. Garnish with a lime wedge.

25. Vodka Soda
It almost goes without saying, but spice up 1 shot of vodka and 2 shots of seltzer with a lemon or lime wedge (or both). Works with any other liquor, too!

26. Drunken Arnold Palmer
Combine 1 black tea bag, ¾ cup hot water, the juice of 1 lemon, and 1 teaspoon honey. Chill. Add 1 shot vodka and garnish with a lemon wedge.

27. Pear Martini
Muddle half a very ripe peeled pear in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ice, ½ shots fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and 1 shot pear vodka. (Regular vodka works, too.) Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of fresh pear.

28. Sex on the Beach
In a glass with ice, mix 1 shot peach-flavored vodka, 2 shots cranberry juice, and 1 ½ shots fresh-squeezed orange juice. Add a dash of seltzer and enjoy!

29. Cinnamon Sour
In a cocktail shaker, combine: 1 shot mango vodka,  1 shot simple syrup, and 1 shot fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Pour over ice and garnish with a mango slice and cinnamon stick.

30. Grapefruit and Vodka
For a zesty cocktail, combine the juice of ½ a grapefruit and 1 shot of vodka topped with ½ cup seltzer.

31. Sour Apple Spritzer
Pour 1 shot sour apple vodka and ½ cup seltzer over ice and garnish with a green apple slice and acinnamon stick.

32. Tropical Rum Punch
Stir together ½ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice, ½ cup pineapple juice (100 percent juice only!), and 1 shot light rum. Pour over ice and put on some shades.

33. Gin and Juice
Pour over ice: ½ cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice, 1 shot of gin, and ½ cup seltzer.

34. Refreshing Gin Cup
Mix together 1 shot of gin, ½ cup ginger ale, and 2 shots seltzer water. Garnish with a cucumber spearand lemon slice.

35. Gingered Pear and Brandy Cocktail
Create a ginger-infused simple syrup by mixing together 1 shot warm simple syrup and ¾ tablespoon chopped and peeled fresh ginger. Let stand 15 minutes, then strain. Mix together ginger syrup, 1 shot of cognac, and ½ cup pear juice or nectar and pour over ice.

Shots and Shooters

36. Redheaded Slut Lite
In a shaker with ice, combine shot schnapps,  shot Jagermeister, ⅔ shot cranberry juice, and shot water.

37. Lemondrop

Healthier Lemondrop

In a shaker with ice, combine  shot. vodka shot fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and ¼ teaspoon honey.38. Fuzzy Navel
In a shaker with ice, combine  shot peach Schnapps,  shot fresh-squeezed orange juice,  shot fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and  shot water.

39. Scooby Snacks
In a shaker with ice, combine  shot coconut rum,  shot banana rum,  shot pineapple juice, and 1 tablespoon light whipped cream. Strain into a short glass.

40. Peppermint Patty
Muddle 6 fresh mint leaves with  shot vodka. Add a splash of water and 1 teaspoon light chocolate syrup. Mix in a shaker with ice. Strain before serving.

Frozen Drinks

41. Pina Colada
Blend together ½ cup ice, ½ cup coconut milk, ¼ cup fresh pineapple chunks, and 1 shot white rum.

42. Frozen Lemonade
Combine 1 shot simple syrup, 1 shot of vodka, juice from 1 lemon, and ¾ cup of ice. Blend until smooth

43. Frozen Mudslide
Mix together 1 packet diet hot cocoa mix with 1 shot warm simple syrup and ¼ cup hot water. Blend the cocoa mixture, ¼ cup vanilla soy milk, 1 shot vanilla-infused vodka, 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup, and ½ cup ice.

44. Melon-Mint Granita
Puree 1 cup watermelon and 5 fresh mint leaves until liquefied. Freeze in an ice cube tray. Once solidified, blend with 1 shot white rum until it reaches the consistency of a slushie.

45. Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri
Combine 1 shot simple syrup, 1 shot white rum, 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice, a smallhandful of frozen strawberries, and ½ cup of ice. Blend.

46. Margarita
Blend 1 shot simple syrup, the juice from ½ lemon and 1 lime, 1 shot of tequila, and ½ cup of ice. Garnish with a slice of lime, but skip the salt.

47. Blueberry-Lime Margarita
Mix together the standard margarita but substitute ¼ cup ice for ¼ cup frozen blueberries.

48. Melon Kiwi-tini
Puree ¼ a honeydew melon and 1 kiwi (peeled), the juice from 1 lime, simple syrup (mix 1 shot honeywith 2 tablespoons warm water), and ½ cup sake. Blend with ½ cup ice.

Wine Drinks

49. Mimosa
Into a Champagne flute, pour 2 shots fresh-squeezed orange juice, 2 shots sparkling wine, and ¼ cup seltzer.

50. White Sangria

Healthier White Sangria

In a wine glass, combine two strawberries (halved), ½ a fresh peach (diced), ½ a pear (diced), 2 shots white wine, and ¼ cup seltzer.51. Red Sangria
Toss ½ an apple (sliced), ½ an orange (sliced), and 4 grapes into a glass. Add ½ cup fruity red wineand ¼ cup seltzer.

52. Pomegranate Fizz
Into a champagne flute, pour: ½ cup pomegranate juice, the juice from 1 lime, and 2 shots sparkling wine. Garnish with a lime wedge.

53. Pear Sparkler
Puree ½ a pear until liquefied and add to a champagne flute. Pour in 2 shots sparkling wine and addthree slices of pear.

54. Sparkling Apricot Punch
In a glass, combine ½ cup diced apricots and ½ cup apricot juice (100 percent juice, please!). Add ½ cup sparkling wine and ¼ cup seltzer and stir to combine.

Hot Drinks

55. Mint Hot Chocolate
Heat 1 cup skim milk and stir in 1 packet light hot cocoa mix. Add 1 shot tequila and  shot peppermint schnapps. Top with foamed milk, and enjoy!

56. Irish Coffee

Healthier Irish Coffee

In a mug, combine 1 shot of whiskey, 1 teaspoon raw sugar, and ¾ cup hot coffee. Pour 1 tablespoon skim milk on top and don’t stir!57. Mojito Tea
In a mug, combine 5 fresh mint leaves, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 black tea bag, and 1 cup boiling water. Cover and let stand 2 minutes. Remove tea bag and add 1shot of light rum and juice from ½ a lime. Remove mint leaves and enjoy!

58. Bitter Tea
Brew a cup of fruity black tea and stir in ½ shot bitters and 1 ½ shots pomegranate juice.

59. Mulled Wine
Over low heat, simmer ¾ cup fruity red wine, a pinch of orange zest, 2 whole cloves, 1 black peppercorn, 1 cinnamon stick, and a pinch of sugar. Heat for about 10 minutes, then strain and enjoy!

60. Hot Toddy
In a mug, combine 1 shot bourbon1 tablespoon honey, and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Pour in ¼ cup boiling water and stir to dissolve honey.

5 Flavorful Drinks To Put The Summer Back On Your Table!

Baileys Cool Raspberry

Baileys Cool Raspberry

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream Liquor
  • 5 piece(s) raspberries

How to Mix

  1. In a rocks glass, muddle the raspberries.
  2. Add the Baileys and fill with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with 3 speared raspberries.

Smirnoff & Zero Calorie Cranberry Juice

Smirnoff & Zero Calorie Cranberry Juice

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21Vodka
  • 3 oz. diet cranberry juice
  • 1 wedge(s) lime(s)

How to Mix

  1. Pour Smirnoff and cranberry juice over ice cubes into a tall glass.
  2. Garnish with a lime wedge.

The Summer Garden

The Summer Garden

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Grand Marnier Liqueur
  • 2 sliced strawberries
  • 2 slice(s) strawberry
  • 3 leaves basil leaves
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice

How to Mix

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Tear basil leaf in half, tuck both pieces and 2 strawberry slices against the sides of the rocks glass.
  3. In a mixing glass, muddle the Grand Marnier, lemon juice, strawberries, basil, and orange blossom water.
  4. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into garnished glass and top with sparkling water.
  

Don Julio Reposado Tequila Sunrise

Don Julio Reposado Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Don Julio® Reposado Tequila
  • 4 oz. orange juice
  • 1 splash(es) cranberry juice

How to Mix

  1. Mix the orange juice and tequila in a shaker with ice.
  2. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  3. Finish with a splash of cranberry juice.

The Salty Drink

.75 oz. Campari

1.5 oz. Aged rum

1.5 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz. Simple Syrup

Pinch of Salt

How to Mix

Combine all ingredients, shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a pinch of salt, dehydrated pineapple.