Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes Anyone Can Make

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes Anyone Can Make

Summer is nearly upon us, which means you may already have a good reason to take to the porch. Although many bars and restaurants have reopened, there’s something to be said about staying home — and enjoying a refreshing cocktail while you’re there. The CDC reports that approximately 1.8% of California drivers admit to driving after drinking too much. But if you never leave the house, you won’t have to drive home after one too many.

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes Anyone Can Make

Fortunately, staying home doesn’t have to be boring (or dry!). Check out your fridge and see what kind of cocktail you can make from what you find there. It’s easier than you think. Here are some easy summer cocktail recipes that anybody can make.

Green Apple Grown-Up Tea

We’re not using Granny Smiths here; instead, the “apple” comes from apple juice and apple gin, while the “green” comes from green tea and lime juice. Combine approximately 50 ml each of apple gin and lime juice with half a liter of apple juice and two cups of green tea. Sip, then add more of whatever you think is missing. This is a refreshing twist on the iced tea you enjoy from the pitcher — and while apples are often associated with fall, they provide a neutral sweetness that’s well-suited for almost any recipe.

Rhubarb and Ginger Snapped Sap

It’s estimated approximately 1.8 billion websites are all operating simultaneously at any given point each day. Some of those are liquor delivery websites, which have grown in popularity during the pandemic. You may want to visit one of those sites to order a lime cordial, as you’ll need it for this recipe.

Rhubarb might be intimidating to some, but using it in a beverage is a great way to enjoy its flavor. Get some rhubarb stalks and chop them up, then boil them on the stove. When the rhubarb becomes mush, take it off the heat and strain it into a bowl. Stir in about one-half cup of sugar and cool it in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Then, you’re ready to make your cocktail. You’ll need about 50 ml of your lime cordial, 50 ml of the rhubarb syrup you just made, 10 ml of lime juice, and 100 ml of ginger ale. Rhubarb and ginger ale balance each other beautifully. Combine in a fancy glass and enjoy!

Ode-to-Strawberry Overload

Furnaces are built to last you approximately 15 to 20 years, but you’ll probably be more concerned with your AC unit’s performance this summer. Fortunately, a cocktail is a perfect way to cool off.

First, make your strawberry syrup in the same way you made the rhubarb version. After you strain it, chill until you are ready to use it. Then, add 20ml lemon juice and a shot (or several) of vodka.

Lime or lemon juice pairs well with strawberry. Lemon makes strawberry pop with freshness, whereas lime complements the sweetness of the strawberry. It’s up to you. Make two different drinks and see what you like the best. You can also try this one with raspberries. They work as well with lemon or lime.

Other Ways to Chill Out

There are some pointers on chilling you may want to make note of. Flash-freezing the fruit syrup you just made is easy and fast, but so is puréeing your mixture with some ice. Then, your cocktail becomes a slushie, which is a great option to beat the summer heat.

If you don’t want to add water to your drink, get creative with your ice chips. You can freeze rosé or another kind of wine in ice cube trays and either throw that in a blender or add them to the cocktail itself. The taste of wine will elevate these cocktails a bit. The key here is to use what you have. These are great drinks for entertaining or to enjoy at the end of a long, hot day.

Boxed Water Launches Four New Flavors

Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Despite the strides made in ocean cleanup and other cleanup projects, there’s still so much that has to be done to clean up the environment. Unfortunately, we cannot do it on our own, we (individuals and brands) must continuously work together to reverse or at least stop the damages we’ve done to the planet. Since Earth Day is coming up, we want to recognize one brand doing amazing things, including working with consumers to help the planet. With 69 billion plastic water bottles produced in the US each year, now is a good time to take a closer look at just how much we Americans single-use plastic. If you think about the products we use daily, almost everything comes in a plastic container. It’s safe to say we’re addicted. Boxed Water is here to change that with its sustainable packaging and practices, and you can help.

Sustainable Brands: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

We recently had the opportunity to virtually chat with Boxed Water CMO Rob Koenen, where we learned some disturbing facts. Did you know the largest contributor to plastic waste (31%) is beverage bottles? The second (15%) is bottle caps. A New Science Advances Study shows the US generates the largest amount of plastic waste of any country in the world. We were also shocked to learn the amount of plastic the US contributes to the ocean is actually FIVE TIMES greater than originally estimated. Imagine how much cleaner (and safer to animals) the ocean would be if we eliminated this toxic contribution.

Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Many of you may not know this but Boxed Water Is Better is the leading sustainable alternative to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. they have changed the way packaged water is shipped, sold, and enjoyed, becoming the most sustainable brand in the water aisle. All of Boxed Water’s cartons are 100% recyclable, refillable, and BPA-free. They source the carton paper from trees in well-managed forests, where new trees are continuously planted to replace the ones harvested. Going further, now both the caps and their cartons are plant-based, making the overall company a 92 percent plant-based one.

Sustainable Brand Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Boxed Water is also a member of 1% For The Planet and partner of the National Forest Foundation and Ocean Blue Project. Together, they have planted over 1,000,000 trees in our National Forests and cleaned thousands of miles of beaches. You can help plant more trees by posting a photo or video of a carton of Boxed Water or favorite houseplant, what you would name your houseplant, and what that name means to you. Tag @boxedwater and hashtag #betterplanet on either post and they will plant two trees.  As if there weren’t enough reasons to love the sustainable Boxed Water, they recently launched a range of flavored waters that are refreshingly delicious.

Boxed Water Launches Four New Flavors

Purified through an eight-step purification process and UV treated, each Boxed Water flavor boasts the crisp, fresh taste you love from the original, with a twist. The four naturally and subtly flavored water options include:

  • Blackberry – a natural brightness for a change of pace
  • Lemon – a classic flavor with a light hint of lemon
  • Cucumber – a spa-influenced refreshing taste
  • Grapefruit – an energizing way to kick start the day

The Lemon and Grapefruit flavors are great to brighten your morning. Grab a Cucumber when you’re treating yourself to a spa day, and the Blackberry is great for when you’re looking for a better alternative to sugary drinks.

Like the original, the Boxed Water flavors have no minerals added and it’s 100% pure. Unlike the classic black and white original packaging, the flavors come in a plant-based carton that features bold pops of color. Replacing your single-use plastic water bottle with Boxed Water Flavored Water, lowers your carbon footprint by 64% and protects our planet from the overuse of single-use plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

Peace Out Skincare Acne Champs

Spring Clean Your Skin with NEW Peace Out Skincare Acne Champs

Spring means renewal; getting rid of the old and welcoming the new. That goes for your skin as well. The new season means it’s time to spring clean your skin to get rid of old, dull layers of skin, and welcome the youthful, fresh skin underneath. Thanks to the NEW all-in-one acne solution, Peace Out Skincare Acne Champs set, $25.00, say goodbye to your acne and hello to healthier skin.

Spring Clean Your Skin with NEW Peace Out Skincare Acne Champs

Peace Out Skincare Acne Champs is a new set of acne-fighting essentials that contains three products: NEW Blemish Balm, Acne Serum, and Acne Healing Dots. Get ready for an essential routine and pathway to healthier skin. No longer will you have to mix and match products to try and find an acne solution.

Peace Out Skincare Acne Champs

Let’s get to know the benefits of each of these amazing acne products:

  • NEW Blemish Balm: This exfoliating cleanser uses salicylic acid and biodegradable beads to gently buff away debris without stripping your skin’s natural moisture barrier.
  • Acne Serum: This all-over acne serum helps eliminate acne and heal skin with the help of 2% salicylic acid, Niacinamide, and Vitamin C.
  • Acne Healing Dots: This breakthrough treatment dot is the brand’s first and hero product and is the first of its kind to combine hydrocolloid polymer technology with active anti-acne ingredients.

Spring Clean Your Skin with NEW Peace Out Skincare Acne Champs

What makes these Peace Out Skincare Acne Champs a must-have in your acne-fighting arsenal? First, Peace Out Skincare was founded by Enrico Frezza, a longtime acne sufferer who always wished he had access to a routine that helped him cleanse, treat and target his acne. Second, it’s clean, vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

Are you ready to say goodbye to wash away excess oil and impurities without stripping skin’s natural moisture? Ready to treat and heal blemishes? Ready to target those pesky blemishes overnight and welcome clear skin days? If you are ready to spring clean your acne-prone skin, we highly recommend getting the NEW Peace Out Skincare Acne Champs now.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

We have long enjoyed the combination of sweet and salty flavors. There’s one cocktail we can’t help but sing the praises of for this very reason. The CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail, which can be easily made with the CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit, is a short drink that’s perfect as a nightcap. For those wondering, what is the French Connection cocktail? A proper French Connection requires a very aromatic Cognac like CAMUS Cognac’s Ile de Ré Fine Island cognac and a dry Amaretto, in order to guarantee a good balance of sweet and roasted notes.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

This slow-sipping cocktail is a highly sophisticated drink that also happens to be one of the easiest in the world to make. The French Connection is part of the International Bartenders Association’s IBA official cocktails list. Legend has it that it was invented in the 70s, named after the 1971 movie of the same name, with Gene Hackman.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

CAMUS Cognac makes creating this cocktail at home incredibly easy, thanks to the CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail kit. CAMUS added a slight twist to the cocktail recipe by pairing the iodine-rich notes of Ile de Ré Fine Island cognac with Amaretto Adriatico; this reinterpretation of original amaretto is crafted with handpicked Italian almonds and a pinch of salt. This brings us back to our initial thoughts of loving the combination of sweet and salty flavors.

The CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail kit has everything you need (and we mean everything), including:

  • bottle of Ile de Ré Fine Island 70cl
  • bottle of Amaretto Adriatico 70cl
  • tumbler glass
  • professional cocktail spoon
  • booklet to discover the secrets of the perfect recipe

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

With this amazing drink kit, all you need is ice and your thirst. The other wonderful thing about this kit is you can create up to 14 cocktails with it and it retails for only €69.00 on the CAMUS Cognac website. As you can see, it makes a great gift.

We adore CAMUS and have enjoyed it for years. Read about our other CAMUS Cognac coverage here: CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other and Cognac Connoisseur: Lunch with Cyril Camus and Camus Cognac.

Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

It’s finally Spring and as the temperature slowly heats up (and more people get vaccinated), we find ourselves more than ready to venture out again. Of course, that means putting away our “home wear” and getting back to our fashionable side. From what we’re seeing, many of you are ready to bring fashion back into your lives. This season, we’re loving all the fashion offerings from the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line. We had the opportunity to sit down with Carlisle’s Creative Director, Jose Solis, on the very chic women’s fashion collection.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

What was the inspiration/theme for the Carlisle Collection 2021 line?

My inspiration was the photography of Slim Aarons, and the amazing socialites and celebrities he photographed. Strong and beautiful women such as CZ Guest, Joan Collins, Dee Hartford, Slim Keith, Babe Paley, etc.. I loved the colors and patterns in his photography and the amazing style those women had.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

What are your stand-out/favorite pieces from this collection?

It’s hard to choose because I feel each piece is a piece of the pie to complete the collection. If I were to choose, I love the embroidered organza Giselle blouse because it mixes the luxury of the embroidery on silk organza with a sporty style. I also love the printed Priscilla blouse and maxi skirt. Sometimes multi-color prints can turn out a little too over the top, but the colors in this print effortlessly blend from one color to the next.
I also love the wide-legged Deck and Chiller pants. Slim legs are still happening, but I loved the exaggerated wider legs to give a fresh proportion to jackets and tops.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

How do you want women to feel when wearing the clothes from this collection?

I want women to feel confident and beautiful in ANY clothes they wear. Of course, I prefer they wear Carlisle! 🙂
However, I also want them to feel comfortable. That’s why we pay so much attention to how our clothes fit. We make sure comfort is not sacrificed for style.

Per Se by Carlisle Nina Blouse and Pants

What trends are highlighted in the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line?

One of the trends I already mentioned is the wider leg pants. They look great when worn with cropped jackets or slimmer tops. It’s best to stay more fitted on top when wearing a wider leg pant. I also love the dramatic sleeves of the Scenario blouse, the Tea Rose Cardigan, the Giselle blouse, and the Flash blouse. Those types of sleeves are better worn with slim bottoms so the focal point is the sleeve. Lastly, I’m loving mixing prints. When done right, it can look very modern and confident as well as a way of self-expression.

Carlisle Collection Scenario Printed Blouse

How important or is it important to go with the trends?

I try not to follow trends as much as I try to create what looks fresh to the eye. I try to design clothes that have longevity and that you can pull it out of your closet years from now and it still looks relevant. When something is too trendy, it will only last a season or two before it doesn’t feel fresh anymore. Overall, I hope a woman has a sense of her own style and dresses based on her own personal style and lifestyle needs. That to me is more modern than a trend.

Spring 21: Per Se by Carlisle Curator Blouse and Brindle Skirt

What do you want women/customers to know about this collection?

Considering the year we all went through with everybody being home, we tried to address how customers would dress during these difficult times. However, we also wanted to provide a collection that looked beyond that. A collection that looked toward the future when we hopefully would start getting back to some sense of what our lives were before the past year. Fortunately, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

We couldn’t agree more with that last statement. We’re ready for that light at the end of the pandemic tunnel; we’re ready to say goodbye to our yoga pants and hello to some chic wide-leg stunners like the ones in the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021. Are you ready to bring fashion back into your life and closet? Leave a comment with what fashion trend you’re most looking forward to wearing.

To shop the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line, head over to to be connected to one of their Stylists.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

Everyone has their own way of trying to stay healthy. Many people focus on exercise and make a commitment to going for a jog every day or participating in a cycling class, which can lower the risk of developing cardiorespiratory diseases by 40%. Other people prefer to switch up their diets, integrating healthy foods into their meals and eliminating the junk. And then some would rather work on their mental health and engage in activities like meditation or going to therapy.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

A new option to improve your health has just entered the wellness market and it comes from a rather unexpected source: PepsiCo. The famous beverage brand is well-known for its staple, Pepsi, as well as other soft drinks such as Mountain Dew and Mug Root Beer. Although they’re delicious, these carbonated treats aren’t renowned for their health benefits. Soda is notorious for causing dental issues such as cavities, which about 78% of Americans experience by the age of 17. With so many healthier beverage options on the market, soda isn’t the go-to drink that it used to be for many households.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage Driftwell

That’s why PepsiCo is launching Driftwell. Driftwell is an enhanced water beverage that contains L-theanine, which helps promote relaxation. This drink is non-carbonated and is designed to help you unwind from the stressors in your life. Each 7.5-ounce mini can contains 200mg of L-theanine, 10% of the daily value of magnesium, 0 calories, and 0 sugar. The flavor of Driftwell is inspired by the spa and contains soothing hints of blackberry and lavender.

According to PepsiCo, 55% of Americans experience high levels of stress throughout the day and 45% report having trouble sleeping because of stress. About 21% of people also say that they feel more stressed when they can’t sleep, causing a harmful cycle in which you’re stressed out because you can’t sleep and you can’t sleep because you’re stressed out. It’s like when you have a small leak in your plumbing, which one in 10 American households do. You try to use more water more quickly so that the leak doesn’t create a mess, but it only makes it leak more. By creating Driftwell with L-theanine, PepsiCo hopes to help people fall asleep more easily by getting into a relaxing mindset at the end of the day.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage Driftwell

Driftwell progressed from conception to execution in less than a year, which is the fastest timeline on record for a beverage brand. An internal competition program at PepsiCo known as “The Next Big Idea” is responsible for fast-tracking the idea. PepsiCo chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta launched the program last year and Driftwell is its first result. With this program, the company was able to take an employee’s idea for Driftwell and combine it with the practical knowledge of its specialist departments, swiftly bringing the product to the market.

If you want to experience the soothing effects of Driftwell, you can purchase a pack through online retailers. PepsiCo planned to launch the product on retail shelves in select markets at the beginning of 2021, so you should be seeing it soon.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud’s Facial in a Box

We’re still in the midst of a stressful time and Mother’s Day is coming up. Since many are still awaiting vaccinations and are still apprehensive about going out, it’s time to rethink gifting. This year, why not give mom the gift of an at-home facial. We love The Beauty Cloud’s Facial in a Box as a great gift for your mom, sisters, best friends, wives and girlfriends, and any other women in your life. For those who have no time or desire to go to the spa, The Beauty Cloud’s facial in a box makes a perfect gift. The brand curates professional-grade products and includes a consultation with a licensed esthetician to deliver spa-quality results in the comfort of your home.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

The Beauty Cloud delivers everything you need for an at-home facial that is made for your skin type. Unlike other beauty boxes with random products, these skincare products are not a one-size-fits-all approach. It is the first professional facial in a box.  Along with the products that are specific to your skin needs, each box also provides help from a certified esthetician who will become your beauty trainer.

For Mother’s Day, The Beauty Cloud’s Mom & Me facial box, $80.00 (not pictured), makes a perfect gift for those who live with their moms, daughters, wives, sisters, or girlfriends. This facial kit built for two. It contains:

  • Perfect Balance Cleanser
  • Radiance Exfoliating Cream
  • Marshmallow Whip Mask
  • Hydrating Lotion
  • 2 Mask Brushes
  • 2 Esthetic Wipes
  • Wooden Applicators
  • Skin Care Samples

For those who live alone or gifting someone who lives alone, The Beauty Cloud offers a variety of facial boxes. Two of our favorites include the Beauty in Bloom Facial Box and Shiny & Bright Beauty Box:

Beauty in Bloom Facial, $85.00

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

This is exactly what you need to wash away winter dullness and welcome the dewy glow of spring. It has everything you need for a soothing, calming, hydrating at-home facial. The Beauty In Bloom Box contains:

  • Strawberry Soufflé Exfoliating Cleanser
  • CoQ10 Rejuvenating Toner
  • Professional Exfoliating Formula
  • Perfecting Clay Mask
  • Hydrating Lotion
  • Lip Saver

Shiny & Bright Facial, $85.00

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

This deluxe facial kit is packed with antioxidant power to brighten and nourish dull, dehydrated skin. Indulge in the exfoliating Cocoa Enzyme, pop open the Sparkling Bubbly Mask, and enjoy a pair of decadent chocolate truffles. The Shiny & Bright Beauty Box contains:

  • Amondola Cleanser
  • Cocoa Enzyme & Activator
  • Sparkling Bubbly Mask
  • Hydra-Radiance Moisture
  • Luxurious Body Soufflé
  • Sparkling Evergreen Mini Candle
  • Two Chocolate Truffles

Could you or do you know someone who could use a professional spa facial this Mother’s Day? Give the gift of The Beauty Cloud and they will enjoy a wonderful day of self-care.

MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection: Boost Your Skin's Natural Elasticity

MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection: Boost Your Skin’s Natural Elasticity

As anyone who has passed by a mirror and caught a side view of themselves knows, the struggle with pandemic pounds is very real. Like everyone else who gained weight while being quarantined, your stomach is probably rounder than usual, stretch marks a bit more prevalent, and your skin a bit looser and sagging. Of course, diet and exercise will help to get rid of the extra pounds but your skin’s elasticity will be weak and compromised; this means you’re stuck with the stretch marks and sagging skin. But all hope is not lost; thanks to the skincare products in the MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection, you’ll be able to lift, firm, plump and smooth your way to sexier curves – the natural way.

MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection: Boost Your Skin's Natural Elasticity

We already love MAËLYS for their Underboob Deodorant and Breast Exfoliating Stick and fell in love with this skincare collection after just one use. The MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection features a trio of cruelty-free, clinically proven skin firming and smoothing products; They also happen to be MAËLYS’ top 3 best-selling body reshaping products. We had the pleasure of trying out the products and you absolutely feel it working. We’re only a couple of days into use but we’ll tell you, you will definitely notice the warming sensation and tightening feeling that comes from using the products. The three products include B-TIGHT Lift & Firm Booty Mask, B-FLAT Belly Firming Cream, and B-PERKY Lift & Firm Breast Mask. Get to know this innovative trio below:

MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection: Boost Your Skin's Natural Elasticity

B-TIGHT Lift & Firm Booty Mask, $49.00: Ready to bid adieu to cellulite and tighten your butt? The B-TIGHT Lift & Firm Booty Mask reduces the appearance of cellulite, increases skin elasticity, and firms the skin around your butt and thighs. What makes this product so good? Check out these amazing ingredients:

  1. Pink PepperSlim – A plant extract that stimulates fat reduction.
  2. Hyaluronic Acid – Helps retain water, keeping your skin moist and plump.
  3. Guarana Seed Extract – Wakes up tired skin by energizing and revitalizing its appearance.

B-FLAT Belly Firming Cream, $49.00: Say goodbye to your stretch marks. B-FLAT Belly Firming Cream is clinically proven to create the appearance of a smoother, tighter, and firmer-looking belly. It helps to fade the appearance of stretch marks for younger-looking stomach skin. The goodness packed in this wonder product includes:

  1. Avocado Extract: Helps prevent the look of stretch marks.
  2. Shea Butter: Keeps the skin flexible, supple, and ready to repair itself.
  3. Pink Pepperslim: Clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of fatty skin.

B-PERKY Lift & Firm Breast Mask, $39.00: For those who haven’t worn a bra in over a year and may need a “lift”, B-PERKY gives natural volume to your bust.  It is clinically proven to give an overall healthy glow and improves the appearance of the bust area. It’s formulated with powerful firming, lifting, and volumizing ingredients such as:

  1. Palmitoyl Isoleucine: Gently firms and plumps the skin.
  2. Kigelia Africana: Helps strengthen loose skin.
  3. Jojoba Oil: Repairs red and damaged skin.

The products in the MAËLYS Body Reshaping Collection are free from parabens and SLS. The products in the collection can be purchased individually or you can get all three for $127.00 on