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Tuesday Boozeday; Strawberry-Vodka Champagne Cocktail

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Some of the best things in life are free, others are €8.99 in Aldi. A bottle of bubbles, no matter how cheap, can always be improved with the right ingredients and I discovered this weekend that strawberry vodka is definitely a right ingredient. It’s as simple as it sounds, a shot of S.V. into a glass of champers garnished with a fresh strawberry – just make sure everything is chilled well first. This is perfect summer sipping. 

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Tuesday Boozeday: Strawberry Vodka & Coconut Milkshake

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There’s nothing in the world like a strawberry milkshake on a summer day. Unless you include vodka, which you should. Armed with this morning’s strawberry vodka tutorial, this boozy shake is incredibly easy to make; just chuck all the ingredients into a blender, whizz and serve. And that’s about the maximum effort I’m willing to make on a summer day cocktail. Enjoy.

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How To Make Strawberry Infused Vodka

How to make strawberry vodka wedding summer cocktail recipe ideas diyDid you know the strawberry isn’t a berry? It’s actually a delicious vehicle of alcohol delivery just waiting to be mixed with booze. Infusing vodka is one of the great ways of smartening up your drinks cabinet without spending a fortune on obscure hipster tipples that you barely ever use. Decent vodka can be bought reasonably cheap and infusing even the more dubious versions can help to make it a little more smooth. It’s also one of the better spirits to flavour as a rule thanks to it’s subtle signature taste.

This month’s Tuesday Boozedays are going to be based around DIY strawberry infused vodka, starting with one coming this afternoon. I made the vodka pictured above yesterday and already it’s tasting deliciously strawberryish and blushing to a nice pink. I’m going to keep the fruit in for another few days to fully infuse but it’s ready to use within 12 hours so definitely one for the impatient boozers among us. And it takes no more than five minutes from start to finish. Let the strawberry cocktails commence. 

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Wardrobe Cheat-Sheet; 8 Ways With The Varsity Jacket

It’s hard to be chic when the weather is sabotaging your every sartorial decision but a nifty summer jacket (yes, nifty) has a way of sticking it to the stupid rain clouds. Right now the baseball jacket, aka varsity jacket, is doing a good job of keeping out the high-summer hypothermia without making us look like hermetic loons and it’s hard work is being rewarded with catwalk and side-walk sightings of the most stylish kind. Even for those lucky duckers living in a country where frostbite isn’t a year-round concern there’s a lot to be said for a colourful topper that can see you through the transitional seasons without turning all wintry  Sporty enough to be devoid of any blazer connotations and smart enough to dodge hoodie territory, the baseball jacket always hits a homerun. Actually, we don’t get baseball in Ireland so I’m not sure if I used that term  correctly. How about, the baseball jacket always gets to third base? Yes, yes that will do nicely. Behold. 

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Tuesday Boozeday; Summery Rose Tea Mojito Cocktail Recipe

So I’ve been a little slow on posts lately but naturally the cocktails keep on coming. Today’s cocktail is a rose tea mojito, made all the prettier if you happen to nab some tea made from rosebuds. I’m not sure if this is going to be the last cocktail I feature made with tea as the mixer; the options are endless, it’s pretty cheap and it sounds quite fancy, so why let it go? Instead of being a decent alternative to fresh juices in a pinch, which is how I saw it at the beginning of the month, I’ve since decided that tea is an all too overlooked cocktail hero. And yes, the yummily rosed up rum is doing some of the sweet talking here.
The rose bud mojito is pretty easy to make and if you know you’re way around a mojito, the main difference is that you’re using rose tea to top the muddled mint and lime instead of club soda. It’s worth remembering that rose is quite a delicate flavour so go easy on the lime and mint and if you can, opt for the sweeter peppermint. This would be a lovely cocktail for weddings or hen nights but I’m just going to use the prettiness as a distraction from how much I’m guzzling. Which is exactly what I look for in a drink for weddings or hen nights.

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Tuesday Boozeday; Orange and Earl Grey Gin Cooler Cocktail Recipe

Finally, a blisteringly sunny day in Ireland. Yes, we reached a balmy 17 Celsius today; read it and weep, rest of the world. Good thing today’s Boozeday is a particularly summery one then. Earl grey tea has won a place in a few different cocktails thanks to it’s not-so-subtle citrus and floral yumminess. The bergamot flavour goes great with orange, both in aromatherapy and cocktailtherapy, and gin is the natural kicker when it comes to cooling down. Add plenty of ice and you’ve got yourself the Orange and Earl Grey Gin Cooler. Enjoy, I’m off to ice my sunburn, if you know what I mean.

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Exercise Express; Printable 7-Minute Workout

Gym dodgers, biscuit botherers and lazy lumps rejoice; according to the American College of Sports and Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal a well rounded workout can be nailed in 7 short and painful minutes. The article, rather uncatchily called High-intensity circuit training using body Weight: Maximum Results with Minimal Investment, outlines 12 high-intensity exercises that can be performed with nothing more than body weight, a wall and a chair. The New York Times points out that “a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.” In other words, slogging it out in the gym for hours is for suckers, 7 minutes of hell can produce many of the benefits of hours of endurance training. An important part of performing these exercises is the interval part and throwing the shapes in the order provided, as well as giving yourself a 10 second breather between each burst, is a must. This, this I like.
The graphics that have accompanied the many articles covering this revelation have been a little lacklustre so instead of actually performing these moves I decided to create this somewhat more wall-worthy printable poster. Mine’s going up on the bathroom door so I’ll have no excuse not to throw some shapes before I hit the shower. To print, click on the image and save to your desktop and print from there or send it to your local printers.

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Tuesday Boozeday; Chamomile and Tequila Sour

Continuing on the the herbal tea cocktail vibe we kicked off last week, this week I’ve mixed calming chamomile tea with crazy-inducing tequila and a dash of lime to create a super refreshing tequila sour. You’re going to have to make a simple sugar syrup for this, trust me, it’s easier than it sounds and worth the little effort. As the recipe below says, mix 2 parts sugar with 1 part water and bring to the boil, stir until the sugar has dissolved (less than 5 minutes) and take off the heat. It will thicken up nicely when it cools and can be kept in the fridge for up to a month, or six months if you add some vodka. By the way, if you’re not a fan of chamomile, you could replace it with another floral tea like lotus or jasmine but I suggest giving it a try in this devilish form. After all, what in life isn’t improved with a kick of tequila? 

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Perfect tea and coffee art print kitchen poster Lettered and Lined‘s instructional prints are perhaps the most stylish ways of remembering how to make the perfect cuppa, wash the laundry or convert tablespoons to teaspoons. Seriously, had our Home Ec. books looked this good we’d never have had to cry over split silk. If arting up the kitchen or laundry room feels like a step too far, these instructionals could be just the thing; stylish enough to cheer up proceedings but functional to earn their keep. Check out the Lettered and Lined Etsy store for more of this informative creativity. Single prints cost €18 and sets of two are €33.
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Tuesday Boozeday; Pear Tea And Strawberry Mojito

If there is one thing I need to remember this summer it’s that herbal and fruit teas make delicigasm cocktail mixers. Forget sweating it when you run out of juice or fizz, just click the kettle on, brew your fruity tea and keep the party rocking. The best part is that herbal teas make things sound fancy, like this, the Pear Tea and Strawberry Mojito. See what I mean? This one’s super easy to put together too, just make sure you give yourself enough time to let the tea cool and be gentle when muddling – a few chunks are totally acceptable in a mojito and I will roundhouse anyone who says otherwise. To kick off summer I’m going to be focussing on a different herbal tea each week this month, so stay tuned. 

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