- 1 Ounce Kahlua
- 2 Ounces Stoli vanilla vodka
- 1 Ounce Baileys
- 1 Ounce Godiva dark chocolate
- 1 shot of espresso
- 3 coffee beans, to garnish
Make 1 shot of espresso and pour over ice into shaker. Add Kahlua, Stoli vanilla, Baileys, and Godiva dark chocolate. Drizzle chocolate syrup in martini glass. Shake ingredients in shaker and strain into martini glass. Add coffee beans for garnish.
It seems so natural to wake up and go for the coffee pot. Most of us grew up around it. We watched our parents drinking coffee in the morning. We saw it in movies and on sitcoms, people barely functioning before the first cup. Many of us spent hours of our teenage years in coffee shops with frou-frou froths and sticky syrups. In the U.S., it’s almost as if coffee is a birthright.
But, in the midst of growing up and taking responsibility for our actions, the negative effects of coffee quickly become apparent. In excess, the caffeine can really twist up our cardiovascular system, causing increased irregular heartbeats, anxiety and various other unwanted ailments. As consumers, it takes a very careful eye and easy-flowing source of money to buy coffee responsibly, both from an environmental and human rights standpoint.
But, we love it, and that’s that. And, it’s not all bad. Coffee actually does have significant health benefits, too. Even so, in an ideal world, our general attitude and ability to wake up shouldn’t rely entirely on one beverage. So, what if there weren’t coffee at the ready? How, then, could we wake up?
Wake Up Cocktail - Recipes
Sometimes a jolt of caffeine is the only thing that gets you off the couch and on the town come Friday night. But if you’re trying to do double duty and pregame while you power up, there’s only one path to take: Welcome to the buzzy, turnt up world of energy drink cocktails.
“A lot of the best parties happen late at night, and I want to be awake for them,” says Steph Russ, bartender and author of Energy: Cocktails to Get You UP, a cocktail book filled entirely with insane caffeinated cocktails that will definitely keep you alert and party-ready all night long. “When it comes to energy drinks, there's something for everyone. Whether you're preparing for an extreme sporting event or fighting that 2 o'clock feeling, there’s an energy cocktail for you.”
Russ looks past the basic Red Bull-Vodka and gets creative with her eye-opening cocktails. “I always like to try new things so that I don't get stuck on any one energy drink, especially because there are so many different types on the market right now,” she says. She uses a wide variety of stimulating options—each of which packs a different type of kick—to tailor the cocktails to best suit every situation. “If I know I'm going to a warehouse party or something that will run super late, I pour heavier on the stimulants,” she says. “If I just need a little boost, I add less of the energy drink or use a milder stimulant like tea.”
Here, four of Russ’s favorite cocktail recipes from Energy. Mix one up the next time you’re feeling sluggish.
|4 oz||Water (8 tbsp)|
|2||Alka-Seltzer® Original Tablets|
|1/2 tsp||Acai juice|
|1||Lime slice, as garnish on rim|
|2||Mint leaves, as garnish on rim|
IN THIS RECIPE
Place blueberries in an ice cube tray, fill it with water, and place it in the freezer to chill overnight. When symptoms occur, fill a glass with 4 oz of water. Drop in 2 Alka-Seltzer ® Original tablets and let them fully dissolve. Then add a splash of acai juice into the glass before adding your pre-made frozen blueberries to the glass. Finally, add the garnishes to the rim, drop in amount of ice cubes desired, and drink up to enjoy that sunny day.
Green Turmeric Lemonade: a Superfood Wake-Me-Up Drink!
Last time I showed you a recipe for some brightly colored spring rolls that will help you eat the rainbow. You see, lately I&rsquove been really working to clean up my diet, lose a little bit of weight, and just to feel healthier overall.
Don&rsquot get me wrong I don&rsquot usually eat junk food, I never drink pop/soda, and overall I think my diet is pretty healthy. Even when eating a paleo-type diet, though, it is easy to fall into the trap of relying on meat and &ldquopaleo approved&rdquo root vegetables and starches, and not eating as many different types of fresh vegetables as you should. I had been doing just that, and wasn&rsquot feeling as good as I should.
I decided to clean up my diet and make it more colorful. I&rsquove been actively making lots of fun new vegetable dishes to accompany small portions of clean meats and seafoods, and have been cutting out as much sugar as I can. I haven&rsquot gone back to the candida diet, especially now that spring is bringing in seasonal fruits to the market and I have fresh loquats on my trees, but I am very mindful of even the number of fruits I&rsquom eating to keep my sugar intake low.
It does seem to be paying off. I&rsquove had a lot of energy lately, and I&rsquove been using it to bring my dog on long hikes (You can see some picture on my Instagram!) and get more blogging work done on my DIY treadmill desk. As a great pay off, I even seem to be shedding a few pounds.
One of the things that I think has been monumental in the way I&rsquove been feeling is this green turmeric lemonade that I make myself each morning. I think it&rsquos a great way to stimulate your body and immune system right from the beginning, bringing you the energy you need to start the day off right.
I&rsquove never been one to &ldquoneed&rdquo coffee or caffeine to &ldquowake myself up&rdquo in the morning, but for those of you who are trying to wean yourself off coffee, something like this might be just what you need.
Drink this superfood lemonade hot or cold?
I like to switch it up depending on the weather outside. If I need something comforting or something to warm me up, I add in warm water. Some say that cold lemon water can shock the system in the morning, and I guess I do usually use room temperature or warm water first thing in the morning, but if I want a refereshing pick-me-up after working out or working out in the garden, I use cold water and lots of ice and love it that way!
Why is this such a potent superfood drink?
The health benefits of lemons & limes
I&rsquom definitely not the first person to start off the day with lemon water. I recently learned from my dad that two of my aunts like to begin each day with a glass of it, and the internet is full of articles touting the benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning.
Lemon water helps to stimulate bile production because it mimics the body&rsquos digestive juices. This helps to prepare your digestion for later on and can also help ease an upset stomach or indigestion. Drinking it first thing in the morning helps to clean and detoxify your system while providing you with its vitamins and minerals. (Even if you don&rsquot have any lemons or limes around, drinking a glass or two of water first thing in the morning is a great way to clean your system and boost your energy!)
Lemon water is a decent source of vitamin C. I&rsquove been trying to increase my vitamin C intake after having recurrent urinary tract infections, and, while it may be coincidental, haven&rsquot ever had an infection begin when I was actively drinking lemon water daily. (Unfortunately sometimes it isn&rsquot convenient or I have fallen off the bandwagon, and it happens to be during those times that I seem to get a new one.) Perhaps the acidity of the lemons and limes changes the pH of the urine making a hostile environment for bacterial growth too.
Beneficial properties of matcha & green tea
Matcha is a powerful superfood!
It provides the body with a large dose of antioxidants called catechins, and matcha powder provides a much higher dose than what is obtained from just drinking green tea by itself. Catechins counteract the negative effects of pollutants and radiation, making them a helpful addition to an anti-cancer diet.
Matcha can boost your energy, stimulate your metabolism and help with burning fat. Rather than making you jittery, like when you try to boost your energy with coffee and soda, matcha tends to keep you feeling calm and focused.
So, not only is matcha anti-inflammatory and good for your metabolism, but it can also stimulate your immune system which helps keep your body healthy and free of diseases. It can even help improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels! What more do you need to read? 😉
Healthy benefits of turmeric
Another powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, turmeric has gained recent popularity as a potent superfood. I love the color and flavor of turmeric, and especially love it in Middle Eastern recipes like my tasty turmeric falafel.
Turmeric contains curcuminoids like curcumin, that have been shown to help prevent, and perhaps even treat diseases such as cancer, depression, degenerative diseases like Alzheimer&rsquos, and inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Like matcha, it is also thought to help improve blood sugar levels and metabolization of those sugars, and help you to detoxify your system and clear your skin.
Unfortunately, a lot of the curcumin in turmeric isn&rsquot easily absorbed and used by your body, but you can help improve its absorption by ingesting it with some freshly ground pepper and some healthy fats, both of which I include in my green turmeric lemonade for that very reason.
Healthy fats: olive oil & coconut oil
Both olive oil and coconut oil are healthy fats that will help with the absorption of the curcumin in turmeric.
Olive oil itself is anti-inflammatory and can help prevent cancer, Alzheimer&rsquos, and depression. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, keep your heart healthy, and can help with controlling blood sugar and insulin levels.
Coconut oil may also be helpful in burning fat and increasing your metabolism. It is antimicrobial, which means that it could help ward off viruses, bacteria and even fungi. It has been shown to increase &ldquogood&rdquo cholesterol levels, and may help prevent neurological disorders like Alzheimer&rsquos and epilepsy.
You can use either of these healthy oils in this cocktail, but I usually use extra virgin olive oil because I can find high quality EVOO&rsquos locally and it stays in its liquid form year &rsquoround, even if I decide to drink the lemonade cold. Using a hand held blender, though, can help you incorporate whichever oil you choose.
If you’re looking for a pick-me-up post-dinner, the Espresso Martini is here to jolt you awake with its boozy magical powers. The cocktail has been jumpstarting outings and extending nights ever since making its debut in the late ’80s.
The now-classic drink was invented by British bartender Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in London. Legend has it that Kate Moss asked for a drink that would “wake me up and then f**k me up” at the same time. He complied, mixing vodka with espresso and coffee liqueur, and the Espresso Martini was born.
If you have an espresso machine, you can pull a shot and put it in the freezer for a quick chill. That will keep the hot liquid from melting the ice and overly diluting the drink. If you don’t have an espresso machine, using cold brew concentrate is an easy hack. The strongly flavored coffee subs admirably for fresh espresso and keeps the temperature just right.
The espresso is joined by coffee liqueur, usually Kahlúa, which adds another rich vein of coffee flavor to the cocktail. Shake everything together, and you get a caffeinated drink that is surprisingly balanced, with just the right ratio of booze, coffee and sugar. Garnish with a few coffee beans, and it’s picture-perfect.
Try an Espresso Martini on your next late-night outing, or order one for brunch when a Bloody Mary won’t cut it. You don’t have to be Kate Moss to enjoy its two-pronged effects.
Wake Up Your Old-Fashioned
French bartender Nico de Soto has a technique that lends cocktails a nuanced note of coffee, but doesn’t require adding coffee, cold brew, espresso or even coffee liqueur. In fact, it’s almost as simple as dropping a coffee bean into a mixing glass.
“It’s very easy,” says de Soto, proprietor of Danico, a near-hidden cocktail lounge that opened in 2016 in Paris’ second arrondissement. He uses this trick in a wide range of stirred-style drinks, because, as he sees it, “Coffee goes with everything.”
He’s stirred whole beans into riffs on classics like the Negroni and Manhattan—usually for a spur-of-the-moment bartender’s choice—adding just a hint of coffee flavor, which harmonizes with similar tones that naturally occur in sweet vermouth or sherry, as well as whiskey or other barrel-aged spirits. Danico’s bar manager Thibault Méquignon drops whole coffee beans into his original Stir it Up, made with 30&40 (a French aperitif spirit made from a blend of pommeau, Calvados and rum), allspice-infused Appleton rum, verjus and a gingerbread reduction, which lend a hint of weight and depth.
Often, because the beans are strained out‚ discarded and rarely mentioned as part of a drink’s anatomy, it can be difficult for a customer to pin down the subtle, yet memorable, flavor. And yet, it’s a refreshing, light-handed way to work with a robust ingredient that frankly, can be a bully in cocktails. While coffee is meant to be front and center in an Espresso Martini or the current wave of cold brew–infused cocktails, a Martinez or a Perfect Martini (made with equal parts dry and sweet vermouth) requires a softer touch to remain true to the canon, while still adding a hint of originality.
Despite de Soto’s breezy explanation, make no mistake: There’s thought behind this pro move. He specifies dark-roasted coffee beans (preferably French roast) for this hack. A longer roast results in a more intense caramel or chocolate-like flavor, while also coaxing more oil from the bean. Says de Soto: “More oil, more flavor.”
Of course, the technique has limitations. Because the flavor is subtle, and oils from fresh beans can dissipate, the fleeting notes can be lost when mingled with sharp or bitter flavors like Fernet, overproof spirits or even the bright acidity of citrus juices—one more reason it’s a hack best saved for stirred drinks rather than shaken. And of course, this technique wouldn’t be used in a coffee-based drink, where the effect would be negligible.
De Soto doesn’t recall the precise catalyst for experimenting with the coffee bean trick. In fact, he insists it was an intuitive move anyone might have made, “like putting salt in food.
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This delicious green drink will be sure to wash your morning blues away. Full of healthy ingredients, this smoothie will help you prepare to take on the day. If you're worried about making such a healthy drink taste good, here's an awesome recipe that'll tell you how to create a nutritious and delicious green smoothie.
How to make a detox tea for weight loss
When I make this recipe for the 21-day cleanse, I like to prep it for all 21 days. I know I’m more likely to stick with this habit while cleansing if it’s ready to go each morning. I take an ice cube tray and measure out one serving of this cleansing tea for each rectangle. The tray then goes into the freezer for 1 hour, to freeze each of the cubes. Once frozen, I put them all in a freezer bag and repeat until I’ve got 21 cubes.
When I wake up in the morning, I heat some water, then add 1 cube to a mug, pouring the hot water over it. This cools down the cube perfectly into the best detox tea. If you aren’t into spicy food, you can omit the cayenne. I often add even more cayenne than the recipe calls for!