5 Easy and Delicious Party Drinks

5 easy and delicious party drinks

 

There is frequently a lot of pressure that comes with being the host of a party. You always want all of your guests to have a great time, and it is hard not to view their opinion of the party as a reflection on you, the host. There is a lot of work that goes into planning nearly any event, but one of the things that can make up for almost any other shortcoming at a social function is having a selection of delicious beverages.

Of course, the reverse is also true, and having poorly made or generally poor-tasting drinks will be the quickest way to get your guests to leave early. Have no fear, however, because there are a smattering of simple cocktails that will impress any guest. Read on to find five easy and delicious party drinks that will leave your guests asking you for your bartending secrets.

 

Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler

  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 3 to 4 ounces Prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • Grapefruit wedge to garnish

Pour Domain de Canton into a glass (a champagne glass works best) and add in the grapefruit juice. Gently pour the prosecco over the top until the glass is nearly full. Garnish the drink with a grapefruit wedge.

 

Ghost of the City

  • 2 ounces white whiskey, such as Low Gap
  • 1 ounces Cocchi Americano
  • 1 dash lemon bitters
  • Garnish: cocktail cherry

1) Add white whiskey, Cocchi Americano, and lemon bitters into a whiskey glass full of ice. Stir the mixture for 15 seconds.

2) Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish it with cherry and serve straight up.

 

Cuba Libre

There is nothing fancy about this drink, as it is just a slight twist on a common favorite. The drink is basically a rum and coke, so grab your favorite brand of dark rum, a bottle of Coca-Cola, and a lime. When making the drink, just make sure to squeeze in a blast of that fresh lime juice, and then garnish the drink with a lime wedge.

 

The Revolver

  • 2 ounces bourbon (a rye-heavy bourbon such as Bulleit, Buffalo Trace or Basil Hayden is recommended)
  • 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Garnish: wide strip of orange zest

1) Grab a mixing glass and combine bourbon, coffee liqueur, and orange bitters into it with ice. Stir the drink well until it is chilled, which should take about 30 seconds. Strain the mixture into chilled cocktail glass.

2) Twist an orange peel to express oils over drink and use it as a garnish.

 

Martini

This drink is always a classic, and many people will appreciate its inclusion on your menu of available cocktails. Just grab your favorite gin (and have a bottle of vodka on hand for those that do not like gin), a bottle of vermouth, and some olives. The drink is a classic, and it does not get much simpler.

 

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Chocolate and Vanilla Protein Shake Recipes

Chocolate and Vanilla Protein Shake Recipes

Since the New Years is over, it’s time to cash in on your resolutions. For those of you that swore to lose weight, eat right, exercise, and all that fun, you’ll probably be wanting to find something to help your exercise regimen that won’t impact your new diet all that much. And with protein shakes, it’s easy to make them taste great, but it’s also far too easy to load them full of calories. So how can you make a tasty protein shake that won’t require three hours of exercise to work off? Try these simple recipes!

Chocolate Banana- the Chunky Monkey

If you happen to have a chocolate flavored protein powder, it can get pretty boring after a few days. So jazz it up a little with the addition of a banana, some mint extract, and a small handful of chocolate chips. The mint adds a chill to the shake while the chips add a bit more substance. Careful with the chocolate, though, as they’ll add the calories on quickly! Don’t forget the milk of your choice and a couple of ice cubes for a really refreshing drink.

The Reeses

If you love the Reeses candy, you’ll love this twist on a chocolate shake. Just adding a spoonful of peanut butter with your scoop of chocolate protein powder can change the flavor into the right direction. For the final piece, try adding a bit of hazelnut flavored cream to seal the deal. Of course, add in a bit of milk and ice for your shake, and enjoy!

 Girl Scout Shake

This shake does not contain any Girl Scouts, and none were harmed in the creation of this recipe. This shake can be made with vanilla or chocolate protein powder, milk, ice, and some cookies. For the best mix, match chocolate protein powder with a couple of Thin Mints, but you’re welcome to use any of your favorite cookies. While this isn’t exactly the best in a low calorie health drink, it’s great for when you feel like you want a cheat day without ruining your whole week. Careful with how many cookies you add, and this could be a reoccurring knock on the door.

Berry Blast

Can’t go wrong with a dash of fruit in the morning! Vanilla goes great with many flavors, and your favorite sweet fruit is just a few in that list. Add in strawberries, blueberries, bananas, pineapples, mangos and any other seasonal fruit into your drink to make your own unique flavor. Change it up every day, and you won’t ever grow bored.

The Nutty Oat

If you prefer a nuttier flavor, try a vanilla powder with a handful of steel-rolled oats. Add in a little bit of peanut butter, your favorite nut for substance, and a little bit of cinnamon. Throw in some maple syrup for sweetening and flavoring, and you’ve got yourself the perfect breakfast shake. Chewy and smooth, thick and filling, this shake will get you up in the morning and on the road to success.

You don’t have to work hard to jazz up your protein shakes, and with a little experimentation, you can find a flavor that suits you. Try some of these recipes, and see what new ideas you can come up with!

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The Ginger Snap Cocktail

Ginger Snap Cocktail

The ginger spice is a prized and valuable spice imported from the Native parts of South Asia; but historians have traced it back to India. Whatever the case, it is a fine root that has many purposes when cooking, and mixing of drinks such as cocktails.  It was also used for medicinal purposes and eventually found its way to ancient Rome, then Africa and then the Caribbean Islands.

During the medieval times, this sweet root was imported to the European countries where it was preserved for baking goods, such as cookies and cakes (ehow.com, 2014).  Hence, here comes the ginger snap cookie turned Ginger snap cocktail.

The Wonderful Cookie Smell

Some cookies are distinguished, at first, because of the way they smell. Chocolaty, vanilla or banana-like, raisin or oatmeal smell all come to mind when thinking of sweet cookies.  Yet, the sound of a cookie has to be somewhat a different experience altogether.  Let’s take for instance the ginger snap cookie.  Traditionally, these cookies are also known as ginger biscuits. Yet, it is the crispy sounds which come from the snap one hears when eating them.  It is derived from gingerbread and was invented hundreds of years ago in colonial times, both in American and European countries, plus each having their own versions of baking them, but all the same they were still considered ginger snaps.

Fast forward and make a drink out of the cookie and you’ll have one sweet, divine drink for a special occasion.

 

Cocktail with a Blend of Tastes

Some of those sweet tastes and spices can blend well with sugar or cinnamon cookies.  They are guaranteed winners for an amazing cocktail drink. The true definition of a cocktail is the “mixture of spirits, water, sugar, and bitters” or a beverage with botanical matters, such that “the end result is characterized by bitter or bittersweet flavor.”

There are a variety of cocktails. But, the enjoyment of the ginger snap cocktail, rest assure, is great at this time of year.  This cocktail with a fine chocolate or dessert will fill your mood into a festive celebration.

 

The Snappy Recipe

Not all of the comfort drinks this winter need a bunch of ingredients. Some to enjoy this winter have some sweetness to the mix such as eggnog. But you’ll only need three main ingredients in this cocktail plus the final touch. To boost the holiday spirit, the Ginger Snap Cocktail is a fine mix of fresh 4 oz. of eggnog, .75 oz. of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, .5 oz of ginger brandy, and 1 ginger snap which is optional.  In a blender, add the Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, the ginger brandy, eggnog and blend to desired consistency. Your final touch after you pour the drink into your glass is to dunk in a ginger snap, naturally. Voile!

Filling in your glass with this perfectly sweet cocktail will have your guests wanting more. Some of chocolaty favorites to eat with the ginger snap cocktails are chocolate orange truffle cake,  chocolate turtle cake

or chocolate truffles in a variety of assortments.

 

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Non Vegan Beer

Where to Find Compassionate Beer

Choosing to be Vegan isn’t just a lifestyle choice, it is a calling. You have chosen to live a compassionate life inside and out but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun too. When you go out on the town with your friends or family, it is natural that you might want to indulge in some adult beverages. Just be careful what you choose. That ice cold beer from the tap may not be the vegan treat you’re looking for.

What Is In Your Beer?

It is terrible to imagine but some brands of beer and even wine are processed with animal products. Sometimes they use gelatin. Gelatin is made by boiling the skin, ligaments, tendons and even the bones of cows or pigs in water. (Thats enough to change the way you look at jello for ever.) Other times they use glycerin. Glycerin is generally created by taking the fat of cow and melting it. Casein, which is made up of the egg whites from chickens, can be used but when it comes Guinness, this beer is NOT good for animals. Guinness uses isinglass to make their beer. Isinglass is made of the air-bladders of fish to cask beers.

Guinness maintains that their beer products are completely animal free...just so long as you don’t mind that little bit of fish blatter they use to make the beer. The company uses the fishing by-product to settle out suspended matter in the vat. They maintain that little, if any, of the isinglass makes it into the beer itself.

Vegan Beer

Traditional Brewing Methods

In general, British brewing companies are not for Vegans. Most British beers use isinglass, glycerin, casein, or gelatin during their brewing process. If you want truly vegan beer, go traditional. Traditional brewing methods use the Double Dropping Process. Freshly brewed, fermenting beer is left to simmer before it is dropped into a lower container where it continues to ripen. This keeps the beer clean and encourages immaculate yeast growth.The double dropping process is the most delicious and humane way to make beer.

German and Belgium brewing companies are the best at using the double dropping process. This is due, in part, to Germany and Belgiums purity laws. The law requires that only water, grains, yeast and hops can be used to make beer. No animals!

Where Vegan Beer is Available

Don’t worry, unlike a lot of Vegan products, Vegan beer is easy to find. Trader Joes is your one stop shop for Vegan beer. All of their beer products are Vegan. (Thanks Trader Joes!) If you can’t find anything there, check out the Abita Brewing company or Santa Cruz Ale Works. Heineken, Magic Hat and Rolling rock are also completely void of any animal products, making it easier than ever to find a compassionate adult beverage. So sit back on a beach with a Corona, or enjoy a Mike’s Hear Lemonade at a picnic without any guilt.  Just make sure you enjoy yourself responsibly.

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Hot Drinks Perfect for a Freezing Winter

Hot Drinks

During the winter, we like to stay nice and warm by a fire and under some warm blankets. Something else that makes things perfect is the beverage you choose. During the winter, you don’t want to be drinking ice water, iced tea, or cold soda. A hot drink is something you want to curl up with watching TV. Hot cocoa is always on the mind of anyone during the winter, but there are always more options.

Chai Tea

This chai beverage is something that is favored during the holidays and easier to make than you think. Simply add crushed spices, cinnamon sticks, ginger and milk to a pan bringing it to a boil then add your tea bags. Let it steep for 10 minutes then enjoy!

Warm Mulled Cider

Simmer apple cider with mulling spices, orange zest and ginger to make a drink that will smell and taste delicious.

Mexican Spiced Hot Cocoa

Simply make any hot chocolate you have on hand and add ground chipotle and cinnamon to spice it up.

Blender Eggnog

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup of brandy (optional for adults 21+)

In a medium saucepan, bring the heavy cream, sugar and nutmeg to a simmer. In a blender, blend the eggs on low speed for 1 minute. With the motor running, gradually add the hot cream mixture. Blend until frothy for about 30 seconds. Add the optional brandy and blend then serve hot.

 

 

 

 

Mulled Red Wine With Cranberries

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pieces of star anise
  • 3 cups of dry red wine (Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon)
  • ½ cup of cranberries

In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Let it simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the wine and cranberries and bring it back to a simmer. Serve warm.

Malted Hot Cocoa with Roasted Marshmallows

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of hot cocoa and the ingredients it calls for
  • 3 marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons of malted milk powder

Heat the broiler of your over or toaster oven then place the marshmallows on a foil-lined broiler proof baking sheet and broil until just golden, about 30 seconds.  While that is going on, prepare the hot cocoa mix as directed on the package. Mix it with the malted milk powder and top with marshmallows.

Warm Hazelnut Toddy

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces of Frangelico
  • ½ cup of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons of lightly whipped heavy cream

In a mug, combine the Frangelico and hot water then top with the whipped cream.

Magic Cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gallon of whole milk
  • 1 12oz. bag of Premium Dark Cocoa Candy Melts or semisweet chocolate chips.

Heat the milk over medium-low heat, but don’t let it boil. Add about ¼ cup of the candy melts or chocolate chips to 8 mugs then fill them with the hot milk and stir.

 

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