No Valentine? No Problem! Have yourself a Selfintine's Day instead!

No Valentine? No Problem! Have yourself a Selfintine’s Day instead!

Indulge yourself this Valentine’s Day!

On the most love-filled day of the year, why not show some love for yourself? Spend this Valentine’s day with some of these self-indulgent ideas.

Happy Selfintine's Day

Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be all about showering someone else with gifts and loving. If you have no valentine this year, splurge on some self love and be your own awesome valentine.

Try some of these self-indulgent ways to shower yourself in appreciation for valentine’s day.

 

Pamper Yourself


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Treat yourself to a day of self care and pampering! Take a long bath with a glass of wine, get that deluxe mani/pedi that you’ve always wanted, or rejuvenate yourself with a relaxing facial or massage. Spending a spa day to yourself or with your other single friend(s) might just be what the doctor ordered.

 

Enjoy a home crafted cocktail

This refreshing Pink Grapefruit Mimosa recipe can be a cocktail or a mocktail

Grapefruit Mimosa recipe via brio smart life

Crack open some bubbly and celebrate the awesomeness of you. Whether you are planning to spend Valentine’s day alone or with some friends, we’ve got dozens of cocktail recipes for you to enjoy! You’re going to love this Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail/Mocktail combo!

 

Make it Galentine’s Day


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What’s Galentine’s day? It’s only the best day of the year! Get all your gals together and hit the town. Go to your favorite restaurant, hit the clubs, and celebrate the awesomeness of you with your girlfriends. There will be other singles doing the same thing on Valentine’s day, so get your flirt on if you want. It’s all up to you tonight.

 

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth on Selfintine's Day
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Crack open Pinterest and find the most sinfully decadent dessert you can find, and eat it. This chocolate covered strawberry trifle from Lovestru.ck Events is to die for! Or try this molten chocolate lava cake recipe from Giverecipe that is super easy to make and is as delicious as it looks. It tastes even better is you use dark chocolate.

 

Go Watch a Movie


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Whether your in the mood for an awesome action flick, some tear jerking romance or bust your sides laughing comedy, grab your single friends and head out to the theater. Check your local movie theater listings on Fandango.

Don’t feel like going out or doling out the money to go to the theater? Create yourself a movie marathon of all your favorite movies. Pajama day and a movie marathon can be a great way to entertain yourself and stay comfy at the same time.

 

Have a Series Day


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Binge watch your favorite series on Netflix or Hulu, or find a whole new series to watch. Make some snacks, put on your hang out pants, and not have a care in the world…except for maybe when you get to the end of the series. Why is the season you want never on there?!

 

Have a Party

Have a little extra fun. Call all your friends and have an awesome party. Good friends, good music, and awesome drinks will liven up the night. Need some drink ideas? Check out the Drink of the Week page for some awesome cocktail recipe ideas.

 

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Drink of the Week: Sweet Love’n Martini

Drink of the Week - Sweet Love'n Martini

 

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!

This Drink of the Week is a mash up of the Melting Pot‘s crowd favorite Love Martini and the Woo Woo cocktail. The Peach and cranberry merge to add sweet flavor, while the mixture of rum and Vodka give it a smooth feel. The Sweet Love’n Martini is a delicious combination that will complement a romantic evening with your Valentine.

 

Sweet Love’n Martini

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • .75 Ounces Light Rum
  • .75 Ounces Peach Schnapps
  • .75 Ounces Vodka
  • 4.5 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Strawberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass

 

Preparation

Pour the rum, peach schnapps, vodka, and cranberry juice into the shaker. If your cranberry juice is not chilled, add ice into the shaker. Shake the cocktail mixture together, and pour into martini glass. Garnish drink with a strawberry and enjoy! For extra dreaminess, rim the martini glass with pink or red sugar first.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal)250 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 15.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 13.4

 

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Drink of the Week: Broncos Orange Shandy

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Get ready for Super Bowl 50!

Don’t cry Bronco Fans, we’ve got you covered too. This Super Bowl themed Drink of the Week comes to us from the folks at Creative Culinary: The Denver Broncos Orange Shandy. Beer and orange juice might sound like an odd combination, but they prove to be great team players in this cocktail. Will Peyton come out on top? Fingers crossed Broncos.

 

Denver Broncos Orange Shandy

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 8 Ounces Tequila
  • 2 Ounces Triple Sec
  • 2 Ounces Orange Juice
  • 24 Ounces Chilled Lager
  • Orange for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Pitcher or Punch Bowl
  • Pilsner Glass
  • Highball Glass

 

Preparation

In a pitcher or punch bowl, mix together tequila, triple sec, and orange juice. Add the lager to mixture and stir. Fill a pilsner or highball glass with ice, and pour cocktail mix into glass. Recipe serves 4 to 6. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 210 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 11

 

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Drink of the Week: Adios Denver Broncos Cocktail

Drink of the Week - Adios Denver Broncos

 

Get ready for Super Bowl 50!

Looking for a drink that will knock your socks off as you watch the big game this Sunday? The Adios Denver Broncos is here to add a bit of Carolina Blue to your Super Bowl party. In this Super Bowl themed Drink of the Week, we used lemonade instead of Club Soda or 7-Up® to put a little Carolina twist on the classic Adios Motherfucker (AMF) cocktail. Keep Pounding Panthers Nation.

 

Adios Denver Broncos (AMF)

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 Ounce Vodka
  • 1/2 Ounce Rum
  • 1/2 Ounce Tequila
  • 1/2 Ounce Gin
  • 1/2 Ounce Blue Curacao
  • 2 Ounces Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 2 Ounces Lemonade
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Jigger or Shot glass
  • Pilsner Glass
  • Highball Glass

 

Preparation

First pour vodka, rum, tequila, gin, blue curacao, and sweet and sour mix over ice. Top the mixture with lemonade and give it a quick stir. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 191 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 10 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 11

 

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Drink of the Week - Sgroppino

Drink of the Week: Sgroppino

Just like Nona used to make!

Move over Margaritas, this delicious Venetian classic is here ‘to untie’ your choke hold on the frozen cocktail competition! Mix yourself up some citrus deliciousness with this Drink of the Week: the Sgroppino al Limone.

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Italian classics make great cocktails, don’t you think?

Who doesn’t love a good lemon sorbet? Especially when it’s lovingly drenched in vodka and Prosecco. The Sgroppino is a summer favorite in Venice, Italy where temperatures dance in the mid-80’s during the summer months. This drink was made and passed around by the aunts and uncles at some summer family dinners when I was a kid. Of course, I couldn’t enjoy it back them, but now I find myself sipping on them in the southern summer heat on the back porch as early as mid-April.

While it is undervalued in restaurants and cocktail bars here in the US, the Sgroppino al Limone is a popular Italian favorite as a common palate cleanser that makes for a wonderful dessert drink. In Italy, ‘digestivos’ are commonly drunk after a meal, but this digestivo is so fresh and clean that it makes a great companion for a warm sunny day. They help to refresh you after the meal and restore you in the heat a bit. Here’s how to whisk yourself up this delicious little treat.

 

Sgroppino al Limone

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Chilled Prosecco
  • 2 Tbs Chilled Vodka
  • 1/3 Cup Lemon Sorbet
  • 1/4 Tsp Fresh Chopped Mint
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Small bowl or pitcher
  • Whisk
  • Champagne Flutes

 

Preparation

Sgroppino al Limone: Chill champagne flutes in the freezer for 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the Prosecco, Vodka, and lemon sorbet in a small chilled bowl or pitcher. Remember to not whisk too much or it will become too liquidy. Remove glasses from freezer, pour in the Sgroppino mixture, and garnish with mint. For extra lemony flavor, add a spoonful of the lemon sorbet on top. Divertiti (Enjoy yourself)!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 157 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

 

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Drink of the Week: The Nor’easter

Oh no! Anything but snow!

This is the only Nor’easter that we don’t mind.

Drink of the week - Nor'Easter

This drink of the week recpe comes from the folks behind the bar at Char No 4, Brooklyn’s home of American Whiskey, where they sure know how to make a killer bourbon cocktail, like this Nor’easter.

The Nor’easter cocktail puts a Southern twist on one of our past Drinks of the Week the Dark and Stormy.

Let this delicious beauty accompany your next Netflix session as you wait out the cold weather this winter.

 

The Nor’easter Cocktail

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 Ounces Bourbon
  • 2 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • 1 Ounce Maple Syrup
  • 1+ Ounce Lime Juice (To Taste)
  • Lime Wedge
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Whiskey Glass

 

Preparation

The Nor’easter cocktail: Combine Maple syrup, lime juice, bourbon and ginger ale in a cocktail shaker (Tip: If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a Tervis Tumbler with a tight lid to do this step). Shake it up until well mixed. Chill in the freezer for 2–4 minutes, until very cold. Strain and pour over ice, then garnish with a fresh lime wedge. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 180 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 11 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 
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How to make an Old Fashioned Hot Toddy via the Brio Smart Life Blog

Drink of the Week: Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

Winter wouldn’t be the same without a Toddy

This Drink of the Week entry was inspired by Epic Tea Time with Alan Rickman, and in honor of the late Alan Rickman. He will be missed by so many, Always.

How to make an Old Fashioned Hot Toddy with lemon and honey

Curling up with a nice Hot Toddy is one great way to beat the cold this winter, and to watch your favorite Harry Potter movie(s). It is also a favorite cold remedy for its soothing effect on those who are feeling achy and congested.

In fact, hot toddies have been used for decades as a folk remedy for the common cold. Why you might ask? Well, alcohol dilates your blood vessels, making it easier for your mucous membranes to fight off your cold/infection. Combined with the steam power of hot tea, lemon, and honey you have a deliciously sippable decongestant.

Hot Toddies have been a family natural cure-all for generations. My mom makes these whenever someone in the house has a chest cold or a sore throat. It’s kind of like magic. The tea warms you up while the honey and whiskey soothes and helps you sleep.

According to the Hot Toddy experts, the type of whiskey you should use depends on your symptoms: Use bourbon if you’re just treating congestion or a sore throat, or use Irish whiskey if you have a persistent cough.

I prefer my hot toddies to be made using a strong black tea. Irish or Scottish Breakfast tea is heaven with a splash of Jameson, but Earl Grey makes a good choice as well. This is just my go to, but many types of tea pair very nicely with Whiskey. Ginger tea adds an extra spice palate to the mixture that will warm you up, especially when you pair it with an American whiskey.

This is how you make a fantastic Hot Toddy!

 

In Tribute of Alan Rickman

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Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Black Tea Bags
  • 1½ Cups Boiling Water
  • 1-2 Ounces of Whiskey
  • 4 Tbsp of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Honey (For Optional Sweetness)

Glassware You’ll Need:

  • Coffee Mug
  • Tea Cup

 

Preparation

Old Fashioned Hot Toddy: Bring water to a boil in a kettle, or place the mug in the microwave for 1 to 1½ minutes. Remove the water from the heat, and add in the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for about 3-5 minutes, then add whiskey and lemon juice. Stir together, and add honey to taste. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 160 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15.6 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 13.7 Protein (g) <1 Sodium (mg) 7

How to make an Old Fashioned Hot Toddy with Lemon and Honey

 

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New Saliva Test detects date rape drugs

New simple saliva test detects ‘date rape’ drugs in minutes

The New Test Can Detect 6 Date Rape Drugs

Researchers at Loughborough University, UK and the University of Cordoba, Spain have developed a simple saliva test that can differentiate between victims of the ‘date rape’ drug GHB and those poisoned by counterfeit alcohol.

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The saliva test detects the presence of methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, propan 1,3 glycol and -hydroxybutyric acid (GHB). GHB is a central nervous system depressant that is slipped into a victim’s drink to numb their senses or render them unconscious. Unlike other ‘date rape’ drugs that can last in the victim’s system for up to 72 hours, GHB leaves a victim’s body within 12 hours of being taken.

Methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, and propan 1,3 glycol are industrial chemicals sometimes found in counterfeit alcohol. These substances can have numerous harmful effects on the victim, and early detection is vital for gathering evidence in cases of drug-facilitated assault or robbery.

“This new test looks for alcohols and poisons in human saliva,” explained Loughborough Professor of Analytical Science, Paul Thomas. Scientists behind the new method claim it will be as simple as taking a temperature with a thermometer. This new test will allow medical staff to quickly diagnosis GHB or alcohol poisoning in apparently drunk patients.

The researchers are now working towards clinical trials in hospital emergency departments, where the test will be put through its paces in a real-life setting.

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Drink of the Week: Dark and Stormy

Drink of the Week: Dark and Stormy

This classic fave never goes out of taste.

This Drink of the Week: the Dark and Stormy is an American classic cocktails that you will want to make for all of your friends.

Drink of the Week: Dark and Stormy

The Dark and Stormy combines spicy ginger beer and dark rum together for a taste sensation that makes your taste buds happy. The Gosling Brothers loved it so much they trademarked the name Dark ‘N’ Stormy, and created Gosling Black Seal Rum as the perfect pair for ginger beer.

Dark and Stormy

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 5 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • 2 Ounce Dark Rum
  • 3 Dashes Lime Bitters
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware You’ll Need:

  • Highball

Preparation

Dark and Stormy: Fill highball glass with ice. Combine the bitters with ginger beer, and pour into the glass. Next, slowly pour the dark rum on top to create the “stormy” effect. Lastly, stir to combine and garnish with lime wedge. You can squeeze the lime wedge into the drink for an extra limey kick.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 208 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 20 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 20.4 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 9.6

 

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Drink of the Week: Kir Royale

Time to ring in the New Year with this Drink of the Week!

Looking for a way to fancy up your champagne game for this New Year’s Eve? Try our Drink of the Week: The Kir Royale.

Drink of the Week: Kir Royale Cocktail

The Kir Royale is a simple, yet tasty remedy to boring stand alone champagne. Kir Royales differ from Kirs, a French apéritif’ – meaning to be drunk before a meal, in that they are made using Champagne, rather than the Aligoté white wine.

In France, this cocktail tends to be expensive, so it is reserved for special occasions. This combination of champagne and Crème de Cassis has become an iconic favorite in France and around the world. For this Kir Royale cocktail, we used Briottet Crème de Cassis which makes a great pair with classic dry champagne. This French cocktail is sure to be a party pleaser with its sweet profile and notes of dark currant. Here’s to a very Happy New Year, Cheers!

 

Kir Royale Cocktail

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces Dry Champagne
  • 1/2 Ounce Crème De Cassis
  • Lemon Twist for garnish (optional)
Glassware You’ll Need:

  • Champagne Flute

 

Preparation

Kir Royale: Pour 1/2 oz of Crème De Cassis into the bottom of the Champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne, and garnish with the lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 110 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

The Kir Royale is a simple, yet tasty remedy to boring stand alone champagne.

 

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