3 Simple Refreshing Summer Drinks 0 425

Beach Cocktails

Relaxing by the beach with a cold drink is one of the simple pleasures in life. Beat the heat this summer with these three simple drink recipes. Enjoy!

 

El Rebujito
El Rebujito

El Rebujito Ingredients:

  • Sherry wine – Manzanilla or Fino
  • Fresh leaves of peppermint or mint
  • Lime flavored soda
  • Ice

 

The refreshing summer drink of southern Spain, the rebujito, gained its fame and popularity as the beverage of choice at the Feria de Abril in Seville. To make a good rebujito you only need a few ingredients, but they should be of high-quality. This Andalusian cocktail uses the wine of the region, preferably Manzanilla sherry, lime soda, and fresh peppermint or mint. Go ahead and make a whole pitcher of rebujitos because the first glass goes down easy, as does the second, and the third… To the pitcher add ice, Sherry, peppermint, and/or mint leaves, stir well and continue by adding soda. The proportion should be about two parts soda to one part Sherry. When having trouble finding a high-quality lime soda, try using club soda with fresh lime and adding a touch of simple syrup.

 

La Michelada
La Michelada

La Michelada Ingredients:

  • Beer
  • Clamato
  • Salt
  • Lime
  • Chili powder
  • Worcestershire sauce

 

Hailing from our neighbors in Mexico, the michelada will reinvent the way you drink beer this summer. The michelada takes thirst-quenching drinks to a new level. To make a michelada, line the rim of the glass with salt, put a healthy portion of fresh lime juice and a healthy pinch of salt, then fill the glass up with cold beer and Clamato. This recipe is the basic michelada, but there is a world of variations to this recipe to play with. Try substituting the salt for Tajin or adding various salsas to the mix of lime and salt. If you visit Mexico, the michelada can vary from zone to zone and could also be called a chelada. There are enough variations to try a new recipe each day of the summer.

 

L’Americano
L’Americano

L’Americano Ingredients:

  • Sweet red vermouth
  • Campari
  • Club soda
  • Add a citrus twist, if desired

 

Famously known as the drink of choice of James Bond in 007 Casino Royal, the Americano was created in Milan and has gained international fame all over the world. With a beautiful balance of bitter and sweet, this cocktail will quickly become your drink of choice. In a rocks glass, over ice, add equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth, and a splash of club soda. Garnish with orange peel to complete the drink and enjoy! Be careful when ordering at the bar to ensure you don’t end up with a coffee accidentally.

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Olivia Ragni is a wine professional from the United States who is studying Viticulture and Enology in Europe. She works as a freelance writer focusing on travel, food, wine, and culture. Her passion for wine and culture takes her around the world, rarely living in one country for more than an year. She hopes her stories will inspire others to embrace the unknown, drink smarter, and travel more often.

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Red Algae as a Skin Care Ingredient 0 225

Red Algae
Sanseti's 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit
Sanseti’s 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit

If you have been following me and by blogposts over the years you know how much I love skin care. And how much I have grown to love and review healthy skin care. Because what we put on our skin effects our health. Hormones, toxicity, skin disorders, and much more. I have found that I am enjoying a lot of amazing skin care with some great ingredients. And Red Algae is one. Below let me break it down to you the greatness of this oceanic plant.

Algae has been used in skin care for thousands of years. It’s been dubbed a “miracle ingredient” and the “ocean’s most potent secret,” and there are even entire skin care lines and brands dedicated to using algae and other marine extracts (you’ve heard about Sanseti, right?). Well I will be reviewing Sanseti. And unfortunately other brands like La Mer have so many chemicals along with its great ingredients that it really has no benefits to speak of. And this is my opinion on my use of this cream and my research on its ingredients. Like I said read your labels. Learn what it good and bad for your skin.

There are two primary types of algae: macro and micro. Macro is large-scale type that’s visible to the naked eye. It’s the stuff you see floating in the ocean and think of first when someone says the word “algae.” This includes seaweed, kelp, and laminaria (the brownish red seaweed that’s typically found in Japan). Microalgae, as you probably guessed, is super tiny. In fact, it’s a “single cell” algae, and you can’t see it without a microscope. This type is often found in freshwater and marine systems in both water and sediment.

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Algae’s Skin Care Benefits

Micro and macro algae are both found in skin care products and boast numerous benefits. Most notable, perhaps, is its ability to instantly hydrate and condition the skin. Upon using products containing this ingredient, you’ll notice a more supple, moisturized complexion that’s soft to the touch.

Algae is also an antioxidant, meaning it protects your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. In that sense, it’s an excellent ingredient for those who are worried about aging skin which is, well, most of us! Finally, it is high in essential amino acids, proteins, and a variety of vitamins—including vitamins A, B, C, and E. Talk about a loaded, super ingredient!

Skin types that benefit most from algae-infused products are dry skin, sensitive skin, and those who want to combat and prevent signs of aging.

Now let me name some amazing skin care lines that have this beautiful ingredient. And I do know that they all are amazing for you and your skin health.

Sanseti

Elemis

Algenist

Look for my review and blogpost on Sanseti soon!! I will pick my favorite product from the line next week and post about it on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!!

~Tiffany♥

How to Pack Your Bathroom into Your Suitcase: Tips for Lightweight Traveling 0 6411

Suitcase Packing

Traveling with toiletries in carry-on luggage can be a bit tricky. Between the size restrictions on liquids and trying to stuff all of your liquids into a small zip-lock bag, things get frustrating. Below you can find some tips for packing your bathroom into a suitcase in order to help you travel lighter and smarter.

TSA 3-1-1 Rule
TSA 3-1-1 Rule

Tip 1: Don’t pack it if you are not certain that you need it.

Rethink everything you put in your suitcase, especially when it comes to toiletries. Many people try to put every product they have in their bathroom into their suitcase just in case they might need it. Remember, it’s easy to purchase toiletries just about anywhere you travel. A forgotten item is not the end of the world, simply head down to the local supermarket, drugstore, or pharmacy where ever you’re traveling and purchase that forgotten item.

Tip 2: Small Traveling Toiletry Bags with a clear counterpart

Having all your bathroom items in one spot makes traveling much easier. Find a small, flat, toiletry bag with multiple compartments that can fit your makeup, shower items, creams, brushes, and razors. But most importantly, search for a bag that has a clear compartment for your liquids, so that you can easily remove it from your carry-on when going through airport security.

Tip 3: Forget Travel-Sized Toothpaste

Stop buying travel-sized toothpaste, it is completely unnecessary. Standard-sized toothpaste tubes meet the liquids size requirements. Grab the toothpaste you use every day from your bathroom and bring it along with you, it is already small and lightweight so it won’t take up much space or weight you down, and it will save you a bit of money.

Tip 4: Travel-Sized Face Moisturizer

One of the hardest things to find is usually travel-sized face lotion. Finding a face lotion that fits the appropriate carry-on requirements is nearly impossible in the supermarkets and drug stores. After much searching, we found that Sanseti (https://www.sanseti.com/product/revitalizing-marine-moisturizer/) sells a fantastic face moisturizer that comes in 2-ounce jars, perfect for travel.  Don’t be afraid of the quantity, a little bit of this goes a long way.

Sanseti Skin Care: Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer
Sanseti Skin Care: Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer

Tip 5: When packing makeup: Less is more

Just take the essentials. Don’t take the whole makeup bag which surely has products in there that you never or rarely use. Select the products you use every day and put them into a small makeup bag for travel, ditching the items that you won’t need.

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