Cool Shots For You To Try On A Night Out
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Cool Shots For You To Try On A Night Out

Bottoms up!

1. Jolly Rancher


This is a very sugary-tasting shot for all of those out there who have a sweet tooth, hence the name "Jolly Rancher". So, basically, if you want to get drunk without tasting the liquor, this is the shot for you.

Ingredients: Melon liqueur, Amaretto, Sprite (or 7-Up), grenadine.

2. Mind Eraser


Don't drink too many of these... or else it'll live up to its name (unless that's what you want, of course)!

Ingredients: Vodka, Kahlua (coffee liqueur), 7-Up.

3. Buttery Nipple


A perfect combination of butterscotch and cream... and a fun name. What's not to love?

Ingredients: Butterscotch Schnapps, Bailey's Irish Cream.

4. Red-headed Slut


These shots have some pretty G-rated names, huh? (sarcasm). Either way, this one is the perfect combination of sweet and booze.

Ingredients: Jagermeister, Peach Schnapps, cranberry juice.

5. Scooby Snack


This shot isn't really what I imagined a Scooby Snack to taste like... but it still tastes great!

Ingredients: Midori, Malibu, creme de bananas, pineapple juice, whipped cream.

6. Pineapple Upside Down Cake


If made correctly, this one lives up to its name. Just like the Jolly Rancher, it's perfect for people who don't like that super strong alcohol taste.

Ingredients: Jim Beam, Peach Schnapps, pineapple juice, stolichannya, maraschino cherry juice.

7. White Gummy Bear


This one is a fun one. It has a sweet, yet tart taste to it. If you're a candy fan, try this one out!

Ingredients: Peach Schnapps, Cherry Vodka, Pineapple juice, Sprite.

8. Irish Car Bomb

Try at your own risk! The Irish Car Bomb isn't for everyone... but definitely worth the try, in my opinion! This one is a lot of fun to do with a group of people. The Irish Car Bomb is different from other shots in that it's a glass of beer... you drop in your two shots, and then drink as fast as you can! Just keep in mind that the Irish Cream seems to curdle pretty much the instant it hits the beer...

Ingredients: Guinness, Bailey's Irish Cream, whiskey.


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Six Cocktails To Make This Summer

Who doesn't love a homemade cocktail?!

Sun's out, drinks up! One of my favorite things about summer is the day drinking, and we've got the best summery cocktails for you to try! Whether you're at the beach, by the pool, or just lounging on the patio, you'll need a pitcher of some sort of alcoholic concoction!

White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria
It's like the big-kid version of strawberry lemonade! You'll need two thinly sliced lemons, one apple (cored and sliced, any kind), one cup of lengthwise-cut strawberries, one bottle of white wine (chardonnay or sauvignon blanc works best), half-a-cup of rum, and four cups of lemon-lime soda. Pour the wine over a pitcher full of all the fruit and refrigerate for about four hours. Take it out, pour the lemon lime soda, and drink up!

Raspberry Limoncello
Because what's summer without Prosecco, right? All you'll need is three cups of chilled Prosecco, one cup of chilled limoncello liqueur, one cup of frozen raspberries, and six sprigs of fresh mint. In a large pitcher, mix the Prosecco and limoncello together, then serve over the raspberries, garnished with fresh mint. YUM!

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade
This is for all you little whiskey girls out there. Gather up 12 oz. of fresh blackberries, half a cup of sugar, 7.5 oz of whiskey, 7.5 oz of lemon juice, one large rosemary sprig, and 6 oz of blackberry simple syrup. There are two parts to this fancy summer drank. For the blackberry syrup, put the blackberries and sugar into a small sauce pan over medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the syrup to get the seeds out, then let it cool. Combine the syrup and the rest of the ingredients into a shaker with a handful of ice. Shake it (ow ow). Pour over ice into glasses and serve!

Maui Island Breeze
Vodka time! You can make it as a single drink or into a punch. To make it into a punch, you'll need 36 oz of pineapple juice, 12 oz of vodka (or more), half a cup of cranberry juice, and up to one liter of sparkling water or lemon-lime soda. Pour over ice, mix it up, and enjoy!

My favorite... Tequila! You'll need 1.5 cups of tequila, 4.5 cups of grapefruit soda, juice from six limes, and a few extra limes to garnish with. Combine the tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice and stir to combine. Pour over ice-filled glasses and garnish with that lime. Cheers!

Ginger Peach Moscow Mule
Moscow Mules are the bosses of beer cocktails. To serve four, you'll need three large peaches, peeled ginger root, a fourth cup of fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup of water, 6 oz. of vodka, 2 cups of ginger beer, lime or lemon for garnish. For the puree, cut the peaches in half and remove the pit (do not peel). Slice the peaches and reserve four slices for garnish. Combine the peach slices, ginger root, lemon juice, and water into a blender and puree until smooth. To make each cocktail, combine one cup of the puree with vodka in a large shaker filled with ice and shake until frosty. Divide into glasses over ice. Pour half a cup of ginger beer into each mug. Garnish with a lemon/lime and peach slice. Serve immediately!

With these recipes, you're sure to be the hostess with the mostest this summer... and for sure get your party on. Invite friends over for the day and play around with these recipes, because half of the fun is making them with the squad! You've got all summer, and every kind of liquor, so start experimenting! Warning: May Cause Lots of Running Man challenges.

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8 Easy-To-Make, Go-To Cocktails

That are really good.

1. White Russian
For all the coffee lovers out there. This is one of my favorites. Its taste reminds me of an iced latte, but it still has that kick of booze.

Ingredients: 5 parts vodka, 2 parts Kahlua (coffee liqueur), and 3 parts cream


2. Cuba Libre
Truly a classic, and probably one of the easiest drinks to make. And, you can easily booze it up or booze it down. (I personally use diet Coke instead of regular Coke...but to each their own).

Ingredients: 4 oz. Coca-Cola, 1/3 oz. lime juice, 2 oz. rum (light or dark), lime wedge to garnish


3. Jack and Coke
If rum isn't your thing, perhaps this one will be more to your liking. And, if you're a fan of that whiskey taste, but don't like it to be super strong, this drink is perfect for you.

Ingredients: 10 oz. Coca-Cola, 2 oz. Jack Daniel's whiskey


4. Gin and Tonic
The great thing about gin and tonic is that you can adjust the ratio of booze to mixer to taste. So, whether you like your cocktails strong or a little bit weaker, this is a great go-to.

Ingredients: 1 to 3 parts gin, 3 parts tonic water, 1/2 oz. lime juice (can be adjusted), lime wedge to garnish


5. Fuzzy Navel
If you like sweeter, fruitier drinks, this one is for you. This is a great summer cocktail!

Ingredients: 1 part vodka, 1 part peach schnapps, 4 parts orange juice


6. Screwdriver
Probably just as simple (and as popular) as the Cuba Libre. This cocktail only contains two ingredients. If you prefer your drinks on the tamer side, I highly recommend this classic.

Ingredients: 1 part vodka, 2 parts orange juice


7. Tequila Sunrise
You didn't think I'd leave out a tequila-based drink, did you? This cocktail combines the perfect amount of sweetness and booze...what's not to like? Now, a tequila sunrise isn't a tequila sunrise without that cool red-and-orange ombre to make that happen, combine your OJ and tequila first, and then slowly pour your grenadine on top.

There's a finesse to it!

Ingredients: 6 parts orange juice, 3 parts tequila, 1 part grenadine


8. Dark 'n' Stormy
Not only does this one have a clever name, but it tastes great, too! If you're a fan of ginger, I highly recommend this one.

Ingredients: 1 part dark rum, 3 parts ginger beer, lime wedge to garnish (squeeze in juice)


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8 Healthy Snacks For Those With A Sweet Tooth

Eating right doesn't have to lack flavor.

When trying to work towards a healthier lifestyle, working out and being active is only half the battle. No real progress can be made unless you also change your diet, which means bye-bye junk food.

As someone with a major sweet tooth herself, giving up my favorite foods was quite a challenge. That is until I discovered some healthy alternatives to satisfy my cravings with half the calories and better ingredients.

Try these eight snack ideas and simple recipes below and in no time you'll be relying on them when your sweet tooth hits, not candy or any other unhealthy sweets.

1. Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Butter and Strawberries
I included the word organic for a very important reason - Nutella is a no-go. The point of this snack is to eliminate all of the unhealthy processed ingredients and sugars that come with most chocolate spreads. While organic brands like Justin's (my personal favorite) tend to be a little pricier, they're far better for you then Nutella. If you're not a strawberry person, bananas, raspberries, and even blueberries make equally tasty pairings.


2. Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Smoothie
Here is a perfectly healthy alternative to a chocolate shake. I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that this recipe tastes exactly like your favorite ice cream filled dessert, but it is pretty damn close.


3. DIY Chocolate Avocado Pudding
This is the perfect recipe to prove that desserts can be healthy. This rich and flavor-filled treat will have your mouth watering. It's so good that you may even forget that you're actually eating something good for you.

4. DIY Frozen Yogurt
This is one of the absolute easiest recipes out there for at home frozen yogurt and it's a great alternative to fatty ice creams. Perfect summer treat.

5. Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are equal part tasty and Instagram-worthy. While I've provided you with a recipe to follow, once you get the hang of things you'll be making up your own combinations with ease.


6. Chocolate Protein Balls
Chocolate protein balls are a good quick fix when a chocolate craving hits. Instead of grabbing a candy bar, grab one of these rich treats.


7. Granola and Dried Fruit
Don't let the word granola scare you, this snack isn't bland or boring. You can pick up pre-made bags at the store yourself or pick up the ingredients to make your own combinations. Have fun playing with different fruit and granola flavors and even throw in a little dark chocolate for a little something extra.


8. Frozen Mango Pieces
This is probably the closest to candy you can get while still keeping it healthy. Cutting up your mango and freezing it turns what you may have considered a boring fruit into a tart, chewy treat.


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How To Mix Ratchet Drinks Like A Master

It's an art.

I recently applied for my first job tending bar at a highly-cherished neighborhood dive. When asked by the hiring manager if I had any experience (the practical answer being no), I had to bite my lip to keep from saying "close enough."

After all, I have become a master in the art of "take whatever you can find and make it resemble a cocktail". Otherwise known as, well, college.

You too can dominate at ratchet party bartending, by following these few simple rules:

1. Clear liquor and any citrus is a safe bet.
Vodka and grapefruit juice from the 7/11 down the street, gin and frozen limeade mix, moonshine and powdered pink lemonade. If it's clear and tastes like lighter fluid (or pinecones), throw something cheap and zesty in there and call it innovative.

2. Whiskey and any soda, if your friends are weak.
You heard me. Whiskey should be consumed straight or with ice. Anything else is a travesty. That said, I know I'm pretty much the only person who feels this way, so it's permissible (I guess) to mix your favorite soda with the shit whiskey you managed to score.

Pro tip: try and keep to earthy or syrupy-tasting sodas, like Coke. Dr. Pepper or Ginger Ale. Sprite falls into the citrus category, and is a no-no. And if you mix alcohol with Mountain Dew, I probably hate you.

3. Learn some herbs.
No, not that herb. Herbs can make you look like you know way more about mixology (that thing we're here to learn) than you actually do, which is very much the point. Mint makes a mojito, and basil or lavender can make lighter drinks taste deliciously fresh for spring or summer parties.

4. Dress up your shots.
We all know shots are for getting wrecked, but we can at least look pretentious while we do it. Use pink salt on your tequila shots, or buy a couple liqueurs in cool colors to change things up. Your party will become spontaneously Insta-worthy.

This is all about taking pride in your work. Yes, your guests are likely to forget all about your heroic efforts, but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you did a great job.

Which will be your only comfort as you clean up the next morning so, you know, savor it.

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Natch, Cheap Ingredients for Amazing Skin

Glow baby, glow.

They say you can only choose two of three in college: good grades, a social life, or sleep. If you're like most people, you sacrifice sleep. But when we don't get enough rest, our cells don't have enough time to properly regenerate, so we compensate with sugar and caffeine, end up vitamin-deficient and dehydrated, and it's our skin that suffers. So here are a few quick staples to add to your beauty routine for that spa treatment feeling on a student budget.
1. Water: There's a reason water tops every list of health advice ever given. Want to spend less on moisturizers? Drink more water. Your skin will be hydrated from within, and you won't have to use a whole jar of cream just to keep from feeling like a puff pastry.
2. Coconut oil: Coconut oil contains the antioxidant Vitamin E, which protects skin cells from damage over time, soothes eczema, sunburn, and psoriasis. It also has antiviral and antifungal benefits.
3. Honey: Honey also has powerful antibacterial properties, so despite how counterintuitive it may seem to put something sweet and sticky on acne-prone skin, your face will thank you.
4. Oatmeal: A great natural exfoliator, mix oatmeal with yogurt and honey for a smoothing, moisturizing mask.
5. Baking soda: This is a great exfoliator for problematic and oily skin. Mix with water until it forms a thick paste, and apply. Make sure to tuck a paper towel into your shirt because this stuff will crumble and make your look like a cokehead.
6. Eggs: Eggs are incredibly versatile. Use the yolk alone to create a healing and moisturizing mask, or beat the egg whites until frothy, then apply for a pore-tightening, skin clearing effect. But be sure to wash either mixture really thoroughly to avoid smelling like a raw egg (not sexy).
7. Yogurt: Yogurt is a natural probiotic containing lactic acid; it moisturizes, shrinks pores, and tames break-outs. (So long as you're not allergic to dairy!) Be sure to get the plain kind with live and active cultures to reap the maximum benefits.
8. Nutmeg: Nutmeg is a great addition to a honey mask--throw in some cinnamon while you're at it for an extra yummy exfoliator. Nutmeg is also antiviral and antimicrobial and helps reduce redness and acne scars!
9. Lemon juice: Lemon juice exfoliates the skin, reduces oil, and helps reduce the appearance of scars and age spots. Mix in with honey and yogurt for a soothing and lightening mask.
10. Bananas: Bananas are rich in potassium and give your face an amazing boost of moisture. They even can help heal blemishes. Bananas are great on their own, but adding honey and nutmeg really supercharges this facial.
While skin conditions are often treated topically, it's important to remember that skin is best healed from the inside: this means figuring out an optimal diet for yourself, getting enough exercise, and drinking enough water. Consider going to an allergist or nutritionist if you are concerned about how your diet is affecting your skin.
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