10 Festive Cocktails Guaranteed To Make Your Christmas Merry And Bright

10 Festive Cocktails Guaranteed To Make Your Christmas Merry And Bright

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, everything was lit, from the tree to your spouse.

Ah, Christmas...

Except for the cold, it is my favorite time of year. During the holidays, so many cool events take place, people have lifted spirits, and the air just seems a little lighter.

But do you know what else lifts spirits and makes the air lighter? Alcohol!

Check out these ten fabulous cocktails assured to knock your stockings off! (See what I did there?)

1. Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Mimosas

Mimosas aren't just for brunch, y'all.

2. Apple Cider Moscow Mules

Time to break out the copper mugs!

3. Cranberry Orange Margaritas

Feliz Navidad!

4. Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria

We tried this recipe last year. It was delicious!

5. Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer

No reindeer games with this one.

6. Salted Caramel White Russian

As sweet and salty as retail workers on Christmas Eve.

7. RumChata Egg Nog Cocktail

As surprisingly tasty as your head sewn to the carpet.

8. Red Wine Hot Chocolate

I love wine. Wine is my favorite.

9. Poinsettia Punch

As boozy as it is beautiful.

10. Silent Night Martini

Even Santa can't keep quiet after a few of these!

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

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15 Drinks 21-Year-Olds Need To Try During Their First Legal Year

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So, I’m turning 21 this summer, and I have alcohol on the brain. So naturally I’m being a girl and hitting up Pinterest (do people still use that?) to get drink ideas for my first big night at the bar. I’m really excited for them to stick my ID against my forehead, but I’m even more excited to taste test. Mixed drinks are actually an art. Drinks are created in a delicious mixture to make you feel very, very happy. What can make life any better than a rum and coke in one hand, and something woozy in the other? Here is a list I have compiled of what I will try, most likely not all in one night.

1. Moscato Strawberry Lemonade

Okay, so I love strawberries, and lemonade is my favorite drink. Throwing moscato into those can only average it out to heaven. To make this you would need 1 bottle of pink moscato, 6 cups of lemonade, ¼ cups of strawberry vodka, frozen strawberry slices, lemon slices and a large pitcher to pass it around in!

2. Mermaid Water

Mermaids are real, that’s why they have their own drink, duh. You’ll need Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Malibu Coconut Rum, pineapple juice, Blue Curacao, and some lime juice!

3. Mango Tequila Sunrise

I literally love anything in the flavor of mango, so I’m looking forward to this one. 3 oz. of orange juice, 1.5 oz. of Cuervo Gold Tequila, 1 oz. of mango puree, .5 oz. of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, .5 oz. of grenadine, an orange slice and a cherry to top it all off!

4. Malibu Pineapple Smoothie

This one looks like a good pool-side drink, and also only needs a few ingredients; Malibu Rum, fresh pineapple, and ice!

5. Pineapple Rum Punch

I really like pineapple okay? So of course you’re going to need fresh pineapple, 3 cups of ginger ale, 3 cups of pineapple juice and 1 cup of Malibu Rum, yum.

6. Beachside Peach

Nothing better than a peach in the sweet summer time. 1.5 oz. of Smirnoff Peach, 1.5 oz. of pineapple juice, 1.5 oz. of cranberry juice cocktail, .25 oz. of fresh lime juice, & 2 oz. of ginger ale!

7. Adios Motherf*cker

I’m not going to list what this all consists of because it will probably make you gag. If I were to drink this on my 21st birthday, I don’t think I’d see my 22nd… It’s worth a SHOT though, right? Click the picture to take the risk for yourself!

8. Blue Hawaiian

You’ll only need 3 ingredients plus ice; 1 ounce of Coconut Rum, 1 ounce of Blue Curacao, 2 ounces of pineapple juice, some ice & some pineapple and maraschino cherries to top!

9. Sex on the Beach

Just because it honestly sounds intriguing… 1.5 oz. of vodka, 1 oz. of peach schnapps, 3 oz. of cranberry juice, 3 oz. of orange juice and some ice.

10. Cake by the Ocean Cocktail

I will request this song as I sip this by the bar. You will need 2 oz. of cake flavored vodka, 2 oz. of coconut rum, 2 oz. of pineapple juice, 2 oz. of orange juice, club soda (optional) and some maraschino cherries, pineapple, orange slices and sprinkles around the rim.

11. Lick Her Right

Sounds um… Interesting! 1 oz. of orange vodka, 1 oz. of peach schnapps, 6 oz. of pineapple juice, topped off with blue vodka and strawberries!

12. Twisted Mermaid Rum Bowl

Okay this just looks too pretty to drink, but I’ll just have to suck it up; 1.5 oz. of Blue Curacao, 1 oz. of rum in each of these flavors- coconut, strawberry, pineapple, mango, banana, fruit. You’ll also need 1.5 oz. of orange juice, 2 oz. of passion fruit juice and a splash of cranberry juice!

13. The Perfect Lemon Drop Martini

Lemonade is my favorite drink, therefore this may become my favorite martini when I’m legal. You’ll need ¾ cup of lemonade, 2 shots of either citrus or lemon vodka, granulated sugar and 2 cups of water or club soda.

14. Long Island Iced Tea

I’ve heard some classy stories that follow drinking these… Do I even go there? Absolutely. You’ll need some vodka, tequila, rum, gin, triple sec, sweet and sour mix, Coca-Cola, lemon & ice!

15. Rum & Coke

You know what this consists of, if you don’t you’re probably already really drunk.

You're welcome.

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7 Things I Learned After I lost 30 Pounds

In this day and age, there's a lot conflicting information about how to actually lose weight and keep it off. Here's what I learned when I lost 30 lbs.


Eating healthy and working out is a pretty hot topic today. Everybody talks about it in one form or another. Some people can't shut up about their juice cleanses, their yoga classes, or Crossfit. Others jokingly share articles about being allergic to exercise and how they'd rather eat pizza than be skinny. However, there are so many myths and clashing opinions about what it means to be healthy that it is hard for anybody to really know what to believe anymore. Is coconut oil bad for you? I have no idea at this point.

Growing up, both my parents were big believers in healthy eating and exercise. However, they did not force this upon me and my siblings. Instead, this lifestyle was mostly for them, and they enjoyed it. I kind of rebelled against this. In high school, I drank a Coke Zero or Diet Mountain Dew every morning. My dad would let me stop at the gas station on the way to school and buy myself donuts. While I worked at Kroger, I would eat big bags of candy during my lunch break. In college, it got even worse. Despite what your university might tell you, it can be pretty hard to find a variety of healthy options at the food courts. It's not impossible, but you might have to settle for grilled chicken and steamed broccoli five nights a week while your friends are munching on breadsticks and chicken tenders. Sophomore year, I met my boyfriend, and we would often go out to eat for dates like most couples do. Because of this, I gained even more weight.

At my heaviest, I was about 160 lbs. I am lucky that I carry weight pretty evenly, so it did not show as much as it might on other people. However, I still wasn't happy with the way I looked. I often started diets, sometimes on a weekly basis, only to give up within two days. I felt trapped in a cycle of dieting, binging, and starting all over again. Sometimes I would cry because I was scared that I was destined to spend the rest of my life like this. It was only a few months ago that I started eating healthy and working out. I've since lost about 30 lbs, and while I am still looking to lose more, I have learned a lot in my quest to live a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of the most important things I learned.

1. Eating healthy is not a punishment.

All the times I started a diet, only to cheat and then binge for days. I would cook foods I did not like. I often told myself that I just had to learn to like these foods, and then eventually I wouldn't want to eat unhealthy anymore. I ate a hardboiled egg and plain oatmeal for breakfast, salad for lunch, and baked chicken and broccoli for dinner. Of course, I hated it, because all those foods suck. Inevitably, I go crazy and order 12 nuggets, large fries, and an extra large lemonade from Chick-fil-a, and then I'd feel awful about myself and binge even more. It was only once I started cooking foods I actually liked that I stopped binging. I started by making myself bean and cheese burritos that I would freeze and eat throughout the week. My intention wasn't even to lose weight at that time, but it was just to save money. Then one day, I weighed myself and realized I lost 12 lbs. Now, I love eating healthy because I cook the foods I enjoy. I don't view it as a punishment, but I see it as a reward. I am rewarding myself not just by nourishing my body but by eating food that I enjoy.

2. You have to learn to cook.

In college especially, cooking is hard. You're often strapped for time between classes and work, and by the time you get out, the last thing you want to do is slave over the stove when you can just order gourmet mac and cheese off Doordash. But if you want to eat healthier, you need to learn how to cook. You cannot live off of boiled eggs and dry salad. I learned primarily by watching cooking videos from Buzzfeed's Tasty seriesTasty series. At first, I was just watching them for fun, but I actually learned a lot of useful cooking tips for them. Watching these videos of people preparing meals, and it took some of the anxiety out of cooking. I saw that most cooking is not nearly as hard as I had made it out to be, and I learned various techniques that have made me a much better cook today.

3. It's about consistency, not perfection.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they demand perfection of themselves. They decide to quit all junk food cold turkey, and naturally, they then crave it even more. This is not sustainable. Many of the fitness bloggers I follow practice what is referred to as "flexible eating," meaning they eat healthy most of the time, but every once in a while, they let themselves indulge. Very few people can completely cut unhealthy food out of their lives and be happy. Food like cookies, fried chicken, and mac and cheese are often an integral part of our childhoods. They are foods that our moms served us on rainy days, that we had on Thanksgiving, that we got with our friends in high school. For me, I could never completely cut out unhealthy food, because there are just too many amazing and creative foods out there for me to try. For example, I could never cut out tacos. Rather than eating them every day, I eat them as a treat. I go get them with my dad when he comes to visit, or when my boyfriend and I have a date. I just make sure that I am eating healthy the rest of the week.

4. It's okay to lose weight for looks.

I know some people might disagree with this, but I am going to say right now. it's okay to lose weight if you're not happy with the way you look. Body positivity is becoming more and more mainstream now which is great. However, body positivity, in my experience, was not helpful to me. I often received very conflicting messages about how I should feel about my body. I would eat unhealthy, complain, and then people would tell me I don't need to worry about my weight as long as I was happy. But I wasn't happy, and no matter how many times I tried to accept my weight, it just didn't work. I still cried when I tried on clothes in the dressing room and nothing fit. I still cried when my favorite romper no longer fit at the end of freshman year, and I just wasn't happy. As long as it is not the only reason for losing weight, it's okay to do it for your looks. If you are not happy with your body, it is okay to lose weight! You just have to make sure it is done in a healthy and sustainable way.

5. It really does help with mental health.

A lot of people also aren't going to like to hear this, but exercising and eating healthy really does help with your mental health. I have struggled with depression, anxiety, and OCD for a long time. When I was going through some of my hardest times, I would do nothing but lay in bed for hours, in the dark, scrolling through my phone until my eyes hurt, or I would just sleep. People would always tell me to get exercise, and that it'll make you feel better. I always scoffed at them. The last thing I wanted to do was get up and exercise.

Once I started exercising, I found my mental health improved greatly. Now I look forward to working out as a way to relieve stress. To make things even better, the feeling of accomplishment I get from completing a workout often leaves in a better mood for the rest of the day. Now, this is not to say eating healthy and exercise is a cure-all. For some people, especially those with serious disorders such as schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder, this will most definitely not "cure" them. If you suffer from any kind of mental illness, you should still seek out therapy and medication. However, even the simplest of exercises or healthy choices can help. Even if you just go for a 15-minute walk once a day, that is still an accomplishment. Healthy eating and exercise, paired with therapy and proper medication, can definitely improve mental health.

6. Other people's weight is none of your business.

When I started living healthy, I was always excited to share all the tips and tricks I've learned with other people. While there is nothing wrong with that, you have to be careful. I often hear stories of people who go to the gym only to be mocked because they're fat. I also hear stories of people being offered unsolicited advice about how to lose weight which often only ends up making them feel worse about their bodies. This is completely uncalled for. Obesity can often be the result of early childhood trauma. It can also be the result of living in an environment where you don't know when you will get your next meal or where you don't have access to healthy food. The point is, you never have any right to comment on or judge somebody's weight. What they choose to eat and whether or not they want to exercise is their choice and theirs alone. If somebody comes to you and asks for advice on how to eat healthy, of course, you can share tips with them then, but giving unsolicited advice, poking fun, or acting like somebody's weight is in any way your business is not okay.

7. It is a lifestyle, not a diet.

I believe that the biggest mistake people make when trying to lose weight is that they view it as a temporary thing. They go on crash diets that force them to cut out essential nutrients like carbs or healthy fats. They lose the weight then they start eating like they used to and gain all the weight back. Not only is this extremely detrimental to one's mental health, but it can actually hurt your metabolism, making you less able to burn off excess fat. If you want to lose weight, you have to view it as a commitment. Eating healthy and working out are not things you can do for a few months and then just give up once you've reached your goal. It is not easy, and there will always be ups and downs, but you have to learn to be flexible and kind to yourself.

If you gain back some of that weight, that's okay! You can lose it again. You just have to do it the healthy way. If you mess up and binge, that's okay! If you are having a bad day, or you're crunched for time, it's okay to skip a workout every once in a while or grab something from the drive-through. The point is, it is an overall lifestyle change. Personally, I found that once I made these changes, I did not want to stop. It's almost addictive, making healthy changes and seeing these results in your life. These are the tips that worked for me. All I hope is that they can work for others as well.

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