Healthy Hot Soothing Drinks

The temperature outdoors is plummeting and your body is beginning to look for ways to compensate. The occasional goose bumps and shivers are coming all too often. One of the best ways for you to respond, is to reach for a healthy, soothing, hot drink from your pantry. Fall brings a season of change, as well as a time to treat our taste buds to some new soothing hot drinks. Dark chocolate, apples, cinnamon, as well as honey are staples that you may want to keep in your pantry area.

Cosying up to the fireplace can be one of the most relaxing times of the cold weather season. When accompanied by a soothing cup of hot cocoa, the experience is unlike anything else. In the year 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association, informed us that if we ate 3 ounces of dark chocolate a day, our blood pressure could be lowered. Dark chocolate has also been proven to improve serotonin levels, which give us that calm, relaxing feeling that we so desire during the dark, dreary days of winter. The secret here is to reach for dark chocolate when mixing your mug of hot chocolate. The health benefits are astounding and your body will thank you for providing such an uplifting, soothing hot drink.

Another awesome, soothing hot drink that many of us reach for is good old apple cider vinegar! Apples are a miracle fruit, as they protect our bodies against colon cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. By adding a dash of cinnamon, glucose and cholesterol levels are impacted in a positive way! Pour yourself a nice, warm mug of apple cider vinegar and chances are if you were feeling under the weather, you will be on top of your day after consuming this hot, soothing drink!

Decaffeinated green tea is packed with a bunch of antioxidants to improve your overall health! Green tea is made from a plant called the camellia sinensis, which is known to lift your spirits! This healthy, hot soothing drink will help ward off any viruses or nasty flu bugs that you may encounter through the flu season. By kicking back, relaxing and taking in a warmed cup of decaffeinated green tea, you will be on your way to a healthy cold weather season

A good old cup of lemon honey water is a great way to keep your nasal passages clear in the cold weather. If your throat is dry, scratchy, or just plain miserable, this hot, soothing drink will help heal your aching body. Hot, soothing drinks can do more than relax us, but also fight off nasty flu bugs that dig their way into our lives. Antioxidants are powerful and can help heal our bodies, along with our minds. When our minds are healthy; physical well being tends to follow. By taking inventory of what your bodies needs are; you can find a healthy, hot, soothing drink to nourish your body.


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Lemon Juice uses and Benefits

Lemon juice is loaded with Vitamin C.  Apart from its obvious health benefits; lemon juice is a natural household helper.  It contains 5% acid, so it works well in many household or personal uses.  The benefit of using lemon juice as opposed to a commercial household product is that it reduces harmful chemicals in your home or on your body.

As an odor fighter:

· Combine equal parts of lemon juice and water in a spray bottle and spray your home’s air. 
· It is safe to spray diluted lemon juice on annoying odors, such as soiled laundry.  Careful though, do not use it on colored clothes, as it works like bleach to whiten.
· Cut a lemon in half.  Put the two halves into two separate shallow bowls and leave them both in your refrigerator.  This works better to control food odors than baking soda.

As a cleaner:

· Mix one cup of lemon juice with one-half of a cup of borax to clean your toilet bowls.
· If you like cleaning with vinegar, but hate the smell, adding lemon juice to your vinegar mixture helps to neutralize the vinegar smell.
· You can also clean with equal parts of lemon juice and water, without the vinegar.
· Heat a bowl of water and lemon slice in your microwave for about a minute.  Wipe the oven with the heated solution. Your oven stains will clean easier and old food odors will vanish.

As a health and beauty aid:

· Use straight lemon juice on poison oak rashes, bee stings, or other skin irritants . It works to alleviate itching, and stops any bleeding.  It does sting a bit if you use it on open cuts.
· Mixing equal parts of lemon juice and water will make a natural hair rinse.  The acid in the lemons will strip your hair of any left over hair products for squeaky-clean hair.  Over time, a lemon juice rinse on your hair will also lighten your hair. Blond-haired people benefit the most from this natural hair lightener.  All hair colors will be shinier after using this rinse.

· Lemons have natural antioxidants in them, which are good for your skin.

1. Make a face cleaner by combining one-half of a cup of plain yogurt with two teaspoons of lemon juice.
2. Scrub the face thoroughly with the mixture.  Rinse with warm water.  It exfoliates cleans and moisturizes all in one use of it.

· Make a wrinkle cure that has been used by women in France for centuries.  Lemon juice has that Vitamin C in it that also improves collagen in the skin.

1. Mix together 1 cup of milk, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of brandy.  Bring the mix to a boil. 
2. When the mixture cools to a lukewarm temperature, spread it over your face and neck with a pastry brush. Let it dry, and rinse with warm water.

There seems to be no end to the multiple benefits and uses of lemons and lemon juice.

 


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Healthy Juices for Total Wellness

Juicing your own fruits and vegetables is far more nutritious than any of the store bought juices that have been bottled or canned for months before they are sold and lose their nutrition and vitamin potency.

During summer months it’s easy to whip up a pitcher of lemonade with real lemons that actually alkalize you as well as being refreshing and wholesome. Orange juice made from real oranges is like the nectar of the gods and far more superior to the canned concentrates that passes for orange juice today.

Juice bars are continuing to spring up all over and are very popular with health enthusiasts, athletes and for people that need that extra jolt of nourishment. Juicing equipment can be as simple and inexpensive as a juice reamer you can purchase at any department store or as fancy as a Juice Extractor.
Use the freshest ingredients when juicing, wash fruits and vegetables or use organic produce to juice that do not contain pesticides or other chemicals.

Benefits of Juicing for Health:

If you live in a southern state like Florida juicing is as easy as going into your back yard and picking the fruit yourself.

Fruit Juices: You can juice any type of fruit including apples, oranges, peach, plum, cherry, lemon, lime, pineapple and nectarines. Berry juices include, strawberry, raspberry, blue berries and blackberry.

Vegetable Juices: Vegetables that are good for juicing are: carrots, beets, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, and cabbage.

Herbs: You could also add the herbs you like to any vegetable juice such as: basil, dill, mint, parsley, tarragon, watercress, and rosemary.

Melons: Melons are great because they contain so much liquid you could fill a glass in no time and they can be cantaloupe, honeydews and watermelons.

Adding garlic cloves to your juice recipe adds the benefits of garlic and its anti-biotic properties. You can also add fresh ginger root to help digestion or easy a stomach ache. Another good addition is coconut milk which is beneficial for many illnesses.

Benefits of Juicing:

-Juices are liquids so they are easily absorbed by your body delivering the nutrients very quickly and enter the bloodstream within 30 minutes.
-Juicing allows you to consumer greater volumes of fruits and vegetables to meet your daily requirements of fruits or vegetables in one large glass.
-Juices contain everything in one glass the enzymes, vitamins, minerals and nutrients without having to take supplements.
-Juices will detoxify your body cleaning your bloodstream of toxins and detoxify the most overused organ in your body your liver.
-Fresh juices are extremely alkaline which counteracts the acids that allow cancer growth.
-Juices contain calcium and other beneficial minerals, such as potassium
for healthy tissue and cells.

Recipe for Delightful Ambrosia

The word Ambrosia comes from the Greek word meaning ” immortal” and to some it has restorative powers that makes you feel immortal.

1 Pineapple
1 Apple
1 Orange
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1 Banana

Extract juice from pineapple, orange and apple with extractor, then put into blender with remainder of ingredients. Enjoy.

Juices can be incorporated into all your meals from vegetable juices used in soups to juices used in salad dressings, parfait and pies.

The health benefits are enormously overwhelming and the potential for maintaining wellness will keep you immortal for a very long time.


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Hissaria Mineral Springs Mineral Springs Bulgaria Spa Bulgaria Spa Hotel Bulgaria

Hissaria is a town in Bulgaria, situated about 175 km away from the capital of Sofia and near the city of Plovdiv. Hissaria has long been known as a popular spa resort. The archaeological remains discovered there reveal that the healing and therapeutic power of the region’s springs was recognized in the distant past.

The resort makes use of 22 mineral springs, each one having its specific chemical characteristics and temperature. The temperature of spring water varies from 41 to 52 degrees Celsius (106 to 126 degrees Fahrenheit). All types of water are low-mineralized, pure, colorless and suitable for drinking.

Hissaria’s springs are also used in various healing procedures. Their proven power attracts tourists and people in need of treatment from various parts of the world.

The water from the springs can be successfully used in the treatment of kidney, gallbladder, intestinal and liver diseases. They also play role in the treatment of patients having urinary infections, diabetes, digestive problems, obesity and chronic joint problems.

Hissaria’s springs have capacity of gushing approximately 62.10 liters per second.

The water of all springs is characterized as Hydrocarbon-Sodium in composition. The quantity of hydrocarbons reaches 60 to 70 milligrams per liter. Sodium and potassium in the springs reach 70 to 80 milligrams per liter.

The PH (measure of acidity) of the Hissaria springs varies between 7.5 to nine, meaning that the springs are alkaline rather than acidic in nature.

Some other elements are also present in the composition of Hissaria’s mineral waters but their quantities are insignificant. Fluorine in some springs reaches four to five milligrams per liter.

Since the Hissaria springs contain fluorine, their water should be drunk for 30 to 40 days at most. After that period, the selection of mineral water having other properties is advisable. Drinking water from Hissaria is beneficial in the treatment of urinary and digestive problems.

Bathing in the Hissaria waters is advisable when an individual is recovering from trauma or suffering from gynecological and endocrine diseases.

Hissaria’s spa hotels use the mineral springs in relaxing and beautifying procedures, as well. These procedures rank them among the best spa and relaxation hotels in Bulgaria.

According to historians, the first organized spa treatment in Bulgaria took part in the region of Hissaria. The mild climate and mineral springs attracted settlers to the region back in the 5th to 9th centuries BC. Romans conquered the area later on and constructed a big city there.

 The qualities of springs in the region were analyzed for the first time in 1882.


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Bar Alcohol Drinking Etiquette

Not all bars are created equal. Each and every bar is created for a particular subset of people. Like restaurants, each is serving a particular type of clientele, the ability to read and choose which bar to go to can make a world of difference. Determining which bar is right for you and knowing your way around it is a skill that requires common sense and knowledge of oneself.

Picking Your Bar:

To do this correctly will involve trial and error. What might look to be a cool beer and shot place may turn into a Mecca for idiotic college neophytes after 10 pm. However, usually what you see is what you get. If the place looks like it caters to yuppies, don’t expect to walk in and see a lot of jeans and t-shirts. The real question is what do you want in a bar and why? In the words of the bard “To thine own self be true.” Go to a martini bar if you really like martini’s, not because of the some status symbol reason. If you like beer go to a bar that has a lot on tap. If for some God awful reason you like to dance when you drink go to a club. Above all though go to a place you know you will comfortable in. this sis the 1st step in assuring your experience will be enjoyable and not hell on earth. Of course finding out where you will be comfortable is the trial and error part.

Etiquette:

This is important no matter what bar you walk into, but especially for one you want to regularly patron. Etiquette is the essence of “knowing” you way around a bar as well as ensuring good service. Failure to practice good bar etiquette is a guaranteed way to make sure you are always the last person served. Here are some tips to ensure good service.

Try to sit at the bar whenever possible this will help the bartender recognize your face.

Ask the bartender name, wouldn’t you rather be referred to by your name then by your job title. Also they will most likely ask your name in return. This means that you are not just another customer.

Attend the bar regularly on a weekday if possible. Bartenders like people who give them money and if you are the one tipping on a Wednesday when it’s dead, they’ll love you.

Tip well, it’s a simple concept. Here are some good guidelines: Tip well on the 1st drink

For a bottle beer as not an ETOH Abuser that may be a dollar, for a draught beer (depending on price) $3-$5

Simple drink like scotch on the rocks should be similar to draught beer.

Complex cocktails like a kamikaze etc, half the price of the drink

After the 1st drink you can dial down the tipping a bit, but every drink deserves some gratuity.

Don’t wave money around to get service, you will look stupid.

Do put money on the bar and leave it there. I like to start with a $20 and ass as necessary.

Above all be nice and polite, think of a bar as someone’s home. You are a guest so treat your host with respect.

Mastering bar etiquette is all about practice. Once you have it down you will be able to know your way around pretty much any bar in America.


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Commercial Espresso Machines

As well as a tendency to flail my hands about dangerously when I’m talking, 12 years in Southern Europe also turned me into a hardcore caffeine addict.

You can keep your lattes and cappuccinos, they’re just so much froth, literally in most cases and instant coffee is completely off this addict’s radar. I need thick black evil looking espresso coffee, the type that can be easily mistaken for sump oil. It has to hit my cerebral cortex in a manner normally restricted to Class A drugs.

But how do you get your true fix north of Barcelona? Cafetieres and filter systems extract the flavour but not enough of the drug. You can buy the steam espresso machines such as you find in the glorious cafes that I have become accustomed to, but they tend to be expensive and complicated in their use. This is where these traditional Italian octagonal stovetop espresso makers come into their own.

They are common in most of Europe and are considered a kitchen essential. Here they are not so easy to find but are becoming more so. This review is on the variety sold by Whittards of Chelsea.

It is basically a percolator which comes in three parts; the bottom which holds the water, a perforated middle insert for the coffee and the top into which the espresso eventually bubbles. The top and bottom pieces screw together and form an airtight seal by means of a rubber ring which is attached to the top piece.

You fill the bottom with water up to a visible ridge on the inside. Then you put your coffee of choice in the perforated insert and slip it into the bottom. There is a tube attached to the insert which reaches the water. Finally screw the top on tight and place on any type of hob.

The system works in the same way as a pressure cooker. The water is converted into steam which is forced through the coffee, up a tube and into the upper container as a hot black lovely liquid. It takes between 5 and 10 minutes. The coffee it makes is very strong but can be made weaker according to the quantity of coffee used.

This is the most basic and cheapest form of percolator. Whittards sell the cheapest and most reliable versions of these. There is a version made by Bialetti which are ridiculously expensive and unjustifiably so, since they are exactly the same in every way. Also beware of very cheap versions which tend not to be made so well.

Whittards sell them in differing cup sizes, and by cups they mean the little espresso cups:

3 cup size

6 cup size

9 cup size

I recommend the largest unless you hate your friends. It stands at about 15″. They are incredibly robust and reliable. I’ve had mine for a year and it’s still going strong. The only problem is the rubber seal which needs to be replaced about every year depending on use. Whittards sell replacement seals.

They are simple and efficient and my life would be empty and meaningless without mine. Thoroughly recommended, but only for hardcore addicts!


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Healthy Soothing Hot Drinks

After a cold day on the ski slopes or on a frigid winter evening, nothing warms both the body and the soul as fast as a steaming cup of hot coffee or a mug of rich, hot chocolate. But the addition of whipped cream, sugar, and flavored syrups can turn these soothing drinks into a dieter’s nightmare. With the holidays approaching, smart dieters needs to put together a repertoire of drinks that warm the body and soothe the spirit without pouring on the calories.

When meeting friends at the latte bar or coffee shop, opt for black coffee or unsweetened tea, rather than a fancy latte or a cup of gourmet cocoa hiding under a towering mound of sweetened whipped cream. Boost the flavor of these “plain Jane” drinks with the addition of mint or spices. If you must use sweetener, choose one that is sugar-free – or even better, honey.

At home, go ahead and make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea. But make sure that you use DARK CHOCOLATE or, when choosing a tea, pick one that is green, white or black. Dark Chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure and increase serotonin levels, as well as containing antioxidants; while the benefits of the poly-phenols of white, black and green tea are well-known. Feel free to flavor your tea with mint, lemon (or lime), honey and other spices, but skip the milk or whipped cream. Not only do they add calories, recent studies have shown that milk cancels out the benefits that are gained from drinking tea.

Mulled wines and ciders are always popular winter drinks, particularly around the holidays. Mulled red wine, packed with antioxidants & anti-inflammatories, also contains several chemicals that help reduce the risk of breast cancer, heart disease & high cholesterol. Mix up a batch of hot cider and give your party guests not only a delightful hot drink, but the gift of protection from a multiple of diseases. The apple cider aids in the prevention of colon cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and the cinnamon releases chemicals that help control glucose and cholesterol levels.

To make a super healthy hot apple cider, combine 4 cups of apple cider, 4 cups of cranberry or pomegranate juice, 4-6 whole cloves, 4-6 whole cinnamon sticks, 4 allspice berries and the zest of an orange. A cup of good brandy can be added, if desired. Simmer the cider for approximately 20 minutes and strain to remove the spices. Serve in mugs with a fresh cinnamon “stir stick” and a dish of honey nearby for those who need their drink a little sweeter.

Another tasty alternative is a delicious concoction of orange juice, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Simmered on the stove until thouroughly heated, the spices are removed and the orange juice is sweetened with a bit of honey. The addition of a splash of whiskey is sure to make this a favorite of your holiday guests for years to come, as well as a soothing drink for those suffering from a cold or the flu. Heating the spices releases the essential oils which makes breathing easier and the honey soothes a throat made sore and scratchy from either the cold & flu or the cold winter winds. To “fancy” this drink up for parties, serve it in clear glass mugs and with a slice of orange or lemon floating in it.

As you can see, even while watching your health and seeking to cut calories, it is possible to enjoy hot, soothing drinks with your friends and family. Bundle up, pour yourself a tasty drink and stay warm! CHEERS!


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Drink Recipes Healthy Breakfast Drinks

Pumpkin-Ginger, Carrot-Apple-Ginger-OJ, Banana-Nutella … there are endless healthful and delicious combinations to try in a breakfast smoothie.

Every smoothie is a new creation. Following are a few tips to help you make exciting smoothies quickly along with suggestions for ingredients.

You can make a delicious smoothie with these in your freezer:

  • Mangoes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Pineapples
  • Pears
  • Bananas

Many of these are delicious on their own straight from the freezer; especially mangoes and bananas. I also recommend “roughies,” which are basically lazy smoothies (no need to wash the blender). A favorite roughie: apple chunks, cinnamon, frozen mangoes and blueberries, yogurt, and a shot of soy milk.

You might also want to keep these on hand in your refrigerator:

  • Plain yogurt
  • Milk
  • Soy milk
  • Tea
  • Papaya
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Fruit juices
  • Carrots
  • Fresh ginger
  • Apples
  • Melons

In the pantry:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Matcha powder
  • Sesame seeds
  • Honey
  • Crystallized ginger
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Nutella
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts
  • Tapioca pearls (for bubble smoothies)

Anytime you want a smoothie, you should first carefully assemble the blender. Be sure that the blade is on tight; if it isn’t, you may end up with a huge mess.

Now, put a few spoonfuls of yogurt into the blender, and any spices that you may enjoy. Next, put in some frozen fruit. Then, top it off with a liquid, just enough to cover the frozen fruit. The liquid helps to keep the blade moving; as the frozen fruit is blended, you may find that you need to add some more liquid to help the blender chug along. Simply add some liquid and stir the frozen chunks around so the blade can move easier.

The spices should go into the blender between the bottom and the top. If cinnamon, for example, is put in last, you may find that the cinnamon gets stuck on the walls of the blender instead of being incorporated into the entire smoothie.

Here are a few pointers that you’ll see with experience:

1. Thickening agents: bananas, mangoes, yogurts, oats, and, if need be, ice. Try to use ice sparingly; I think it’s best used if you don’t have (m)any frozen fruits.

2. Milks make smoothies creamy; juices make smoothies sweet. Use a mixture of the two for the best of both worlds.

3. Something that you may have thought was a mistake will probably become a new favorite.

Seven of my favorite combinations:

1. Pumpkin, banana, cinnamon, crystallized ginger, soy milk
2. Mango, avocado, cinnamon, soy milk
3. Strawberry, pear, cardamom, soy milk
4. Banana, blueberry, soy milk
5. Banana, peanuts, oats, soy milk
6. Carrot, fresh ginger, peeled apple, OJ
7. Mango, pineapple, cardamom, soy milk, black tea


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The Pros and Cons of Bottled Water

EVIAN backwards spells NAIVE!

The greatest marketing con ever is bottled water. Printer ink cartridges are a close second, Sven Goran Erickson clear in third. Every pretty girl with good skin swears by it (no, not Erickson), always the second biggest oblong shaped object in their handbags. I was thinking of a mobile phone girls, not that! It’s always the comfort object they reach for to try and stay young and gorgeous.

The con, of course, is tap water is much purer and cheaper-you can pay up to 6000% times more for a pint of the lesser product in the shops. In fact if you filled your bath tub up with Evian (which certain dooyoo girls do here :>) it would cost you 1200! But the myth has been created that spring water makes you stay younger and millions of bottles are sold a year off the back of that. If you look at the ingredients and additives on some of these brands you may be curious to know what they are. To me mineral water was always something my parents ordered on foreign holidays to save money in a restaurant, the fizzy stuff too!

Bottled water sums up the contradiction of commercialism and global warming. To get one liter of Evian from the French hillsides to the British supermarket shelf it requires 26 liters of normal water. The carbon footprint of a bottle of mineral water is enormous and a serious threat to the green economy ethos. It also needs 12 barrels of oil on its journey to get to Tescos. And, of course, the bottle is made of plastic, yet more normal’ water required for that resource eating process. Why on earth are we selling bottled water when it comes out of the tap for nearly nothing?

Read on Spring Water vs Purified Water

I used to work in a bar in South Africa and we would blind fold customers to see if they could tell the difference between different lagers and ale. We always put Guinness last and no one could tell that from Crown’, the RSA most popular lager. My point here is that if you put normal water in an Evian bottle there’s no way the punter can tell any difference.
Coca Cola twigged this a few years back and decided to bring out a mineral water range in the UK. But instead of sourcing it from some local springs they did a spot of Delboy and produced their own brand of Peckham mineral water, straight from the mains! The irony was that the tap water was safer than their rival mineral waters, but rumbled because of a 9000% mark-up.

My mum buys all these lightly fruit flavored mineral waters, all manner of exotic fruits listed on the label, but again just chemical flavors. Women clearly feel there is some sort of elixir of life properties to water that will make them live longer and younger and if just one company told the their products would cut cellulite it would fly off the shelves. Excessive water in the system actually aids cellulite. But for some reason trading standards have never got on the case of mineral water companies and the prices they charge in what is clear con, especially if those same health conscious consumers are f*ging up the ozone.

Read on humans are what percent water

At this point I’m supposed to tell you what bottled water actually tastes like. Well it tastes like other water. It tastes slightly nicer when it’s cold. It tastes terrible when it’s fizzy. 70% of the human body is made of water. Most of that comes out after a few pints.
In fact as water is a just that, what ever the fancy label you put on it, I have nothing further to say on the subject. All that’s left is to give you that bizarre 0800 customer service number on the bottle. I suppose I could complain and say it doesn’t taste like water. Can you imagine the poor sod waiting for me to call, ready to read of the q-card? I wonder if they are in India where, rather ironically, the only water available is the stuff you buy in the shops. That reminds me, I have to put the hose on in the garden to fill up the pool.


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Tequila Sunrise Lava Flow Blue Hawaiian a Day at the Beach Rum Pineapple Tequila Grenadine

The key ingredients for a successful luau are hip-swaying Hawaiian music, traditional island fare, and tropical cocktails.  The best cocktail drinks for a luau are colorful, chilled, and topped with fresh fruit, a cocktail umbrella, or a vibrant tropical flower, such as a brightly hued orchid.  Dust off that cocktail shaker, polish the martini glasses, open up the liquor bottles, and get ready to shake, shake, shake!

“Blue Hawaiian”
1 oz. Vodka
½ oz. Blue Curacao Liqueur
4 oz. Pineapple Juice

Pour vodka, blue curacao liqueur, and pineapple juice into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake, shake, shake!  Strain into a glass over ice.  Top with an orchid or a pineapple wedge and serve.

“A Day at the Beach”
1 oz. Coconut Rum
½ oz. Amaretto Almond Liqueur
4 oz. Orange Juice
½ oz. Grenadine Syrup

Pour coconut rum, amaretto almond liqueur, and orange juice into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake, shake, shake!  Strain into a glass over ice.  Add grenadine syrup and top with a pineapple wedge or a cocktail umbrella and serve.

“Lava Flow”
1 oz. Light Rum
1 oz. Coconut Rum
2 oz. crushed strawberries
1 Blended Banana
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Coconut Cream

Pour light rum, coconut rum, crushed strawberries, blended banana, pineapple juice, and coconut cream into a blender with ice.  Blend, blend, blend!  Pour into a glass.  Top with a strawberry or a cocktail umbrella and serve.

“Beach Bum”
2 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Bacardi Limon Rum
1 oz. Sprite Soda

Pour orange juice, Bacardi limon rum, and Sprite soda into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake, shake, shake!  Strain into a glass over ice.  Top with a green orchid or a fresh strawberry and serve.

“Tequila Sunrise”
1 oz. Tequila
3 oz. Orange Juice
½ oz. Grenadine Syrup

Pour orange juice, tequila, and grenadine syrup into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake, shake, shake!  Strain into a glass over ice.  Top with a generous orange slice or a cocktail umbrella and serve.

“Papaya Sling”
1 ½ oz. gin
½ oz. lime juice
1 oz. papaya juice
1 oz. Soda Water

Pour gin, lime juice, and papaya juice into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake, shake, shake!  Strain into a glass over ice.  Add the soda water and stir.  Top with a pineapple wedge or mango slice and serve.

Note: The above recipes are for a single serving.  Double, triple, or quadruple accordingly.


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