HOLIDAY CHEERS

Salud, amigos!

It is wintertime, that is good enough a reason to do anything necessary to get warm, share the spirit, be generous and spread the joy. In my house this only means one thing: turn up the music and dance and jingle all the way to the kitchen counter!

Lions and Lionesses, stretch your hands and legs, put on your dancing shoes, get the good glasses out, call all your adult friends and let´s get this party started! We are sharing with you the best all-time cocktail recipes to make at home and turn your digs into the best joint in town.

If that is not enough to bring a smile to your face and pack your living room with people you have not seen in years, here you will find our very own pick of the best holiday tunes ever! Get those invitations in the mail ASAP and let us know all about the celebration.

Cheers!

Let the mixologist in you be free!

THE CLASSIC OF CLASSICS, EGGNOG

If you’re serving it that day, you can place in a pitcher in an ice bucket to keep it chilled. When stored properly in an airtight container in the fridge, this eggnog can last up to 4 days in the fridge!

INGREDIENTS

2 c. milk

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

6 large egg yolks

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 c. heavy cream

1 c. bourbon or rum (optional)

Whipped cream for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and slowly bring mixture to a low boil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk egg yolks with sugar until yolks are pale in color. Slowly add hot milk mixture to egg yolks in batches to temper the eggs and whisk until combined.
  3. Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat until slightly thick (and coats the back of a spoon) but does not boil. (If using a candy thermometer, mixture should reach 160º.)
  4. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream and, if using, bourbon. Refrigerate until chilled.
  5. When ready to serve, garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon.

WHITE CHRISTMAS MARGARITAS

INGREDIENTS

1 (14-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk

12 oz. silver tequila

8 oz. triple sec

1/4 c. lime juice

4 c. ice

Lime wedge, for rimming glass

Sanding sugar, for rimming glass

Lime slices, for garnish

Cranberries, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour into glass and garnish with lime and cranberries.

THE EXPRESSO MARTINI

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. or 1 shot espresso or cold brew concentrate 

1 oz. coffee liqueur such as  Kahlúa or Mr. Black

1/2 oz. simple syrup

1 1/2 Vodka

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to shaker and shake vigorously to completely chill the hot espresso and create foam (15 seconds).
  2. Double strain into a coupe glass. Cover half the top of the glass with a paper towel and dust the other half with espresso or cocoa powder.
  3. Garnish the plain side of the glass with coffee beans.

CRANBERRY MIMOSAS

INGREDIENTS

1 lime, halved

2 tbsp. sugar

1 c. sweetened cranberry juice

1 bottle champagne

12 fresh cranberries 4 small sprigs fresh rosemary

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line champagne flutes with lime and dip in sugar. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice into each glass and top with champagne.
  2. Use a toothpick to poke a hole through cranberries. Thread rosemary skewer through cranberries and garnish mimosas.

Nutrition (per serving): 216 calories, .5 g protein, 20 g carbohydrates, .5 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 13 mg sodium

JACK FROSTIES

INGREDIENTS

1 c. vodka

1 c. Prosecco

1/2 c. Blue Curaçao

1/2 c. lemonade

6 c. ice

Lemon wedge, for rimming

White sanding sugar, for rimming

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a blender, combine vodka, Prosecco, blue curaçao, lemonade, and ice. Blend until combined.
  2. Run a lemon wedge around the rim of each glass then dip in sanding sugar.
  3. Pour frosties into rimmed glasses and serve immediately.

SNOWFLAKE MARTINI

INGREDIENTS

3 oz. white chocolate liqueur

2 oz. Vanilla Vodka

2 tbsp. 

heavy cream

1/2 c. ice

1 lemon wedge, for rim

1/3 c. white sanding sugar,

for rim

DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a lemon wedge, wet the rim of your martini glass. Dip in sanding sugar until rim is coated.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine white chocolate liqueur with vanilla vodka and heavy cream.
  3. Fill shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain mixture into prepared glass and serve.

MISTLETOE MULES

INGREDIENTS

Ice

2 oz. vodka

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 (12-oz.) can ginger beer

1/4 c. pomegranate seeds

2 crushed candy canes, plus two whole, for garnish

Mint sprigs, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill two copper mugs with ice. Pour 1 ounce vodka and 1/2 ounce lime juice over ice in each mug. Pour ginger beer into each cup until mostly full.
  2. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, crushed candy cane, and garnish with a whole candy cane and a mint sprig.

The Grooves

1- Barbra Streisand- Jingle Bells

2- Ike & Tina Turner- Merry Christmas, Baby

3- Eels – Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas

4- Tom Petty – Christmas All Over Again

5- Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run

6- Sia: Santa’s Coming For Us

7- Train: Shake Up Christmas

8-Whitney Houston- Joy to The World

9- Cha Cha Cha All The Way

10- Ella Fitzgerald- Jingle Bells

11- I´ll Be Home For Christmas- Tony Bennett

12- Rudolph- Billy May- Merry Mixmas

13- Chaka Khan- The Christmas Song

14- Christmas Is Coming- Vince Guaraldi Trio

15- Ronettes- Sleigh Ride

16- Ledisi- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

17- James Hall- The King Has Come

18- Ultra Lounge Christmas- Nutcracker Suite

19- Dean Martin- I´ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

20- Andy Williams – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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APHRODISIACS

We have searched near and far for the truth about food that makes you hot so see for yourself, is it true or not?

Let´s start at the beginning: the name aphrodisiac was inspired by Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sensuality, love, and beauty – the equivalent of Venus in the Roman culture – therefore all that was connected with seduction and pleasure were said to represent her energy.

Many cultures throughout time have left evidence of such power of edible wonders and during research for her book Intercourses, co-author Martha Hopkins found that almost every food has been considered an aphrodisiac at one time or another.

“Historically, foods considered to be aphrodisiacs were hard to find, rare or expensive, like truffles, foie gras, and caviar, or shaped like a sex organ, like asparagus or artichokes, and even animal testicles,” Hopkins says.

In fact, since the era of the Mayans in Mexico avocados are considered to increase potency in men given their similarity to testicles.

China has for thousands of years prepared customized concoctions containing a plant they call ”horny goat weed” with its main compound icariin that they swear acts the same way that Viagra does.

In Thailand and other South-East Asian countries, red ginseng has been reported to be the most effective as an aphrodisiac. Also saffron is very popular for its potential sensuous properties in men, who reportedly experienced greater improvements in erectile and women experienced higher levels of arousal and increased lubrication. Yess!

Fenugreek is an annual plant cultivated worldwide, its seeds are popular in Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory and libido-boosting treatment for good reason, this herb appears to contain compounds that the body can use to make sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone!

The US and Turkey are the prime consumers of pistachios, a nut that has been around since 6,000 B.C. as it has high nutritional value and is rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats and may have a variety of health benefits, that includes helping reduce erectile dysfunction.

Peru has its Maca, a plant often called “Peruvian ginseng” It has been used as a tonic to improve sexual performance for many generations.

Almost every country with a coastline shares the common belief that oysters are…well, magic. The same goes for chocolate, the silky, decadent stuff that romance is made of!

The 5 Types of Aphrodisiacs

Historically, most aphrodisiacs have fallen into five general types, all based on popular belief:

  • The heat: Foods that create warmth and moisture, like chili or curry were thought to arouse urgent passion and have both partners ready for more, while cold foods like lettuce and purslane leaves were supposed to chill desire.
  • Like a sexual organ… they resemble male or female genitalia and were/are believed to increase potency. Figs are one example, as are papayas, and vegetables like carrots and eggplants.
  • Reproductive connection: Organs associated with eggs from fish and birds, animal genitals such as bulls, have been believed for years to increase sexual desire and potency. We have to say that for many people this is true to this day.
  • Exotic must be erotic: Many centuries ago, eats considered rare and consequently reserved for the rich were believed to be sexually exciting. When many of these foods, like potatoes and cocoa, became more widely available, their reputations as sexual stimulants simply faded.
  • Awaken the senses: Foods that offer an all-around exciting experience in sight, smell, taste, and touch in a pleasurable way have always been considered to be seductive and therefore stimulate the love dance.

The anti-libido substances to avoid before romance

Now, it is important that we also talk about the things that may be causing the opposite effect to the desired, fiery, and exciting physical encounters we have fantasized about. On this topic, there might be more actual scientific proof than just ancient myth

The word libido means wanting or lust, it is commonly known as sex drive. Low libido can be caused by many factors like sociological, psychological, and hormonal, but have you ever wondered if it was your dinner plate that was promoting your low sex drive?

We have talked about aphrodisiacs, yet there are ingredients that can cause quite the opposite effect and here are 6 foods that you definitely want to avoid if you want a life of long-lasting-fun between the sheets:

Greasy foods like fries and chips are known to decrease libido. They contain trans fat that can also lead to abnormal production of sperm and interferes with your sex drive

Sugar requires insulin to be absorbed in your body. And a constant increase in the levels of insulin in your body can lower your testosterone levels, in turn decreasing your sex drive.

Refined carbohydrates like white flour, kinds of pasta, cereals, bread, and cookies contain large amounts of refined carbohydrates that are capable of lowering your testosterone levels. It can lead to weight gain in men, thereby raising estrogen levels and depleting testosterone. Add good carbohydrates to your diet like whole grains and vegetables.

A study on Soy products suggests having more than 120mg of soy per day can have negative effects on masculine sexual health. Too much tofu, soy milk, or other soy products can lower sperm count and testosterone levels.

Are you ready to find out for yourself if it works?

After reading all the information, data, the good and the not so good of these foods, the one thing that is a fact is what we put into our system does affect every aspect of our health, the way we feel, and the quality of our lives, so if you are willing to run your own sex-drive-lab we encourage you to incorporate the given ingredients into your diet and see how good your intimate life gets!

Want some recipes? Stay tuned, we will make sure to give you a good set of fun foods and amazingly sexy drinks next time, oh! and make sure to tell us how hot it all gets.

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