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These Are the Freshest Beauty Products of 2018

These Are the Freshest Beauty Products of 2018

We've rounded up the latest and greatest natural beauty products to help you find the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones (we won't tell if you buy an extra present or two for yourself!)

These Are the Freshest Beauty Products of 2018

Fresh Beauty for Au Natural Lovers

Getty: Stephanie Zieber / Product Photos Courtesy of Sephora.

Like the food industry, the beauty industry moves at the speed of light—and sometimes you just need a little guidance to cut through all the clutter and new products. We can help! Our team of editors have tested all of the items on this list, from refreshing skin masks and lip stains, to dry shampoo and body butter. We've got the Korean beauty craze covered, too, with items from Too Cool for School and Glow Recipe that'll do wonders for your skin. Whether your shopping for yourself or a loved one, we have you covered this holiday season.

Too Cool for School's Egg Collection Kit

Too Cool for School's egg-based formulas have caused a frenzy in the beauty world. Their single-use sheet masks incorporate the rejuvenating powers of egg yolks and egg white extracts to revitalize oily skin in just 20 minutes.

One editor uses the Egg Mellow Cream frequently before bedtime to help skin feel tighter. It helps firm up the delicate under-eye area, and the product's coconut extract helps naturally brighten skin in just one wash. For those who have yet to sample Too Cool for School's signature product, this complete set is a great way to introduce the benefits of egg protein.

Klorane's Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk

Another favorite for Cooking Light editors, Klorane's line of aerosol dry shampoos works for most hair types and colors. Klorane's oat milk-based formula does a fantastic job of combating an oily scalp and erasing any lankness in style (read: it's a godsend for when you sleep through your morning alarm and need to leave the house in a hurry.) It's great for dark-haired users, too, as it doesn't leave any powdery white residue.

Saturday Skin Refining Peel Gel

Looking to unclog your pores without using harsh chemicals? Saturday Skin's formula relies on papaya extract and an enzyme known as bromelain—naturally found in pineapple—to gently exfoliate skin to get that lit-from-within glow.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask Set

This product is so hot that it often flies off the shelf at Sephora. Ann Pittman, Cooking Light's executive food editor, uses this nighttime staple to rehydrate and cleanse her skin before bed. If a dull complexion and uneven skin tone are issues for you, this could be the cleansing agent you're looking for. Plus, it smells delicious (like a watermelon Jolly Rancher!)

First Aid Beauty's Ginger and Turmeric Vitamin C Face Jelly Mask

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Set

Photo courtesy of Sephora.

Cooking Light's social media editor, Kaylee Hammonds, swears by the skin-tightening agents in this elixir that she uses after washing her face every night. The product is designed to seal your pores to further prevent dirt from accumulating within the skin.

Ellovi Body Butter

Ellovi's super luxe lotion formula has just six ingredients: macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, shea butter, marula oil, and non-GMO corn starch. Plus, you'll want to eat it: the body butter smells just like a Girl Scout cookie.

Oribe Dry Styling Collection

This 3-piece collection comes with a full-sized texturizing spray, plus a travel-sized dry shampoo and texturizing spray (perfect for tossing into your suitcase or stashing in your desk drawer.) These sprays help build volume and texture of hair, without any unwanted crunch or stiffness. Bonus: They smell amazing.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Kit

Photo courtesy of Sephora.

If you've been fighting the effects of harsh weather or pollution, Peter Thomas Roth's cucumber gel mask—which is packed with star ingredients such as papaya, chamomile, pineapple, sugarcane, and orange extract—can help sooth angry, red, raw, and cracked skin. Alongside a foaming cleanser and a tightening hydrating gel, this set is an impressive solution to living in a harsh climate. More than 375 beauty aficionados agree, giving it a 4-star rating on Sephora.com as a solution to dry and sensitive skin types.

OUAI Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets

Photo courtesy of Sephora.

Zee Krstic, Cooking Light's assistant digital editor, is a born-and-bred New Englander who often carries a small box of Bounce dryer sheets in his day bag in the dead of winter. Why? "I used to run into bathrooms and pat my hair down with dryer sheets to try and get rid of all the static-y frizz," he says. Ouai's Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets also help fight frizzy hair, but without the added detergent scent.

A pack of 15 travel-sized pouches is just $18, and you won't need to lather oil-based sprays onto your mane to beat frizz in cold weather.

LANCÔME Le Petit Macaron Rosy Glow Blush & Blender Duo

Photo courtesy of Sephora.

A beauty gift for a true foodie, Lancome's adorable blush and blender set can help you achieve a perfectly flushed look. You can apply the blush directly with your fingers, or use the included blender to achieve a faded effect in seconds.

Malie Organics Illuminating Serum

Jaime Ritter, Cooking Light's associate editor, tried this line of Hawiian-based beauty products and fell in love. They're made with Hawaiian Hydrosols and natural plant essences, which hydrate and nourish your skin (and also make it smell amazing!)

Jaime's favorite product was the illuminating serum. She says, "If you're looking for a just-got-back-from-the-spa glow, you need to ask Santa to put this serum in your stocking."

Glossier Cloud Paint Duo

Glossier is every millenial's favorite beauty brand at the moment, and they've just released a new blush product that uses the power of absorbent collagen to create a custom gel blush for many skin tones. You get to mix and match your shades of "cloud" paint at checkout, and at home, simply rub into your cheeks for an enhanced complexion.

Bioderma Micellar Water

Forget makeup wipes—this micellar water manages to remove even stubborn smudges and colors. It's paraben free, hypoallergenic, and made with a mild formula to keep irritated skin clean without completely drying it out. An added bonus: a dash of micellar water is also known to remove stubborn kitchen stains, to boot.

Clarins Water Lip Stain

When they say "water," they really mean it—Clarins' new formula is actually more than 70 percent H2O, according to its product page. This lip stain is particularly durable, with many reviewers saying it lasts through drinks, dinner, and dessert unaffected. It comes in four different shades and retails for just $28.

Vapour Aer Next-Level Deodorant

A little of this au natural deodorant goes a long way—you'll notice that many harsh chemicals and additives used in drugstore deodorants are not used here, including talc and synthetic ingredients. Simply roll on in the morning and go.

FRESH Black Tea Perfecting Mask

The ingredient list on this must-have cleansing mask may actually sound similar to what you have in your pantry right now: fermented black tea kombucha, lychee seed extract, jicama roots, and sake. It visibly brightens and softens any complexion, thanks to an airy whipped solution that promises immediate cooling upon first touch.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant Sunscreen

Jennifer Garner told Southern Living that the secret to her radiant complexion is actually sunscreen—and this Neutrogena product is her all-time favorite. "You don't have intentions to brush your teeth, then not brush them," Garner said. "We all brush our teeth, every single day. [Sunscreen] has to be as non-negotiable as brushing your teeth."


BBQ Dry Rub Grilled Pork Chops

School is out for the Summer. YAY! Lots of evenings have been spent outdoors, playing and grilling in the backyard. One of our favorite things to grill is Fresh Boneless Pork Chops at Walmart. I have been searching for a good recipe to make BBQ dry rub grilled pork chops. I combined a few different recipes to make my own.

We like to grill potatoes at the same time. For the potatoes we cut them into 1 inch slices, boil them on the stove for 5-10 minutes, you want them tender but not falling apart. We then brush the potatoes with butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until you get good grill marks on the outside.

These turned out so delicious and tender. I can’t wait to make them again.


Beauty DIY: Rose recipes that pack a potent skincare punch

Today, my thoughts keep wandering back to roses… I have no idea why! Maybe it’s the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner that landed on my table in the morning. Or the fresh batch of rose water I made last evening… the lush fragrance is still wafting through my rooms. Or the Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Body Polish that I have been road testing.

Whatever the reason, roses are everywhere in the beauty world right now. And these fragrant flowers are doing far more than just charmingly perfuming our products: Their delicate petals are also chockfull with antioxidants, which help heal skin and reduce inflammation. Plus, they have superb antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making them ideal for a number of skin problems.

In fact, roses were a prominent element of traditional Indian, Chinese, Persian, Arabian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman medicine before making their way to European apothecaries. Which set me thinking: wouldn’t it be amazing if we could harness the therapeutic properties of this precious plant right at the source? Make its beauty benefits even more potent by adding fresh roses to the mix?

So, to help you enjoy a little petal power, here is a bouquet of rose-based lotions, potions and scents. And since roses are said to banish melancholy, I hope these beauty recipes also help to chase away the mid-week blues for you!

First, some tips

  • Use the freshest flowers you can find – ideally, they should be picked on the same day.
  • Where the recipe calls for rose water, you can buy it from the market (look for organic versions) or make it yourself with these easy recipes.
  • Look for organic or pesticide-free blooms since these will be applied to your skin.

Rose petal body polish

How-to: Gently rinse 1 cup rose petals to remove dust. Grind the petals as finely as possible, using mortar and pestle. Mix the ground rose petals with 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup 1/4 cup buttermilk powder, 1 teaspoon cornmeal and 3-5 drops of rose absolute oil. Pour everything into a food processor and process until you have a fine mixture. Add just enough olive oil to create a paste when you want to use the scrub. Store remaining mixture in a lidded container.

The science: Roses boost the body’s circulation, while simultaneously purifying the blood by flushing out wastes and toxins.

Floral bath soak

How-to: Mix together 3 cups Himalayan pink salt, 3 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup baking soda, 2 cups rose petals, a few drops of glycerin and 1/2 teaspoon rose absolute oil. Add the blend to a warm bath, then slip into the tub and relax for 10-15 minutes in fragrant bliss.

The science: Rose petals are a staple in Ayurvedic medicine to calm, clear and soothe both mind and body.

Rose & almond body oil

How-to: You’ll need 1 cup of rose petals (2-3 roses) and 1 cup of almond oil (rich in vitamins E and D, yay!). Put the petals in a jar, crush them up a bit with a wooden spoon and pour in the oil. Let the mixture sit for 1 week, then strain and use. This feels so good right out of the shower and smells delish!

The science: Rose oils help reduce swollen spots or redness on your skin. Its calming properties can also help sooth rosecea and eczema.

Refreshing rose toner

How-to: Mix together 1 cup rose water, 6 drops of glycerin and 3/4 cup witch hazel. Pour into a sterilized bottle. To use, moisten a cotton pad with the rose toner and swipe all over your face after cleansing.

The science: As a natural astringent, roses help tighten pores and restore suppleness for a glowy complexion. Unlike conventional alcohol-based toners, this leaves skin feeling smooth, not dried out. Plus, the addition of glycerin and witch hazel make this recipe astringent and hydrating.

Fresh rose face mask

How-to: Mix together one teaspoon of honey, 6-8 rose petals, two teaspoons rose water and one teaspoon plain yogurt stir till you have a smooth paste. Apply this on your face and neck and wait for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Skin will feel super-hydrated and shall recover its lost nutrients.

The science: The natural oils found in roses help lock moisture into the skin, keeping it silky smooth. They are especially good for sensitive skin because the sugars in rose petals soothe the complexion.

Deep cleansing rose face mask

How-to: Mix 3 tablespoons of rose water with 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of oat flour. Apply this paste for about 20 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Your skin will be deep cleansed and feel super-supple.

The science: The naturally antibacterial rose water is great for treating acne and acne-prone skin. Plus, the sugars found in rose petals add to their soothing effect, helping calm down troubled complexions.

Rose renewing moisturizer

How-to: Pour 2 cups of rose water in a small mixing bowl. Then break 2 vitamin E capsules and squeeze their contents into the bowl. Add 4 teaspoons each of olive oil, honey, coconut oil and rose water. Mix well and transfer to a container that has a lid. Refrigerate when not in use.

The science: Roses contain high amounts of vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant that can help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue. It also helps protect skin cells from sun damage other environmental toxins, thereby preventing premature ageing.

Rose petals hand cream

How-to: Mix 1/3 cup glycerin and 2/3 cup rose water. Store in cool dry place.

The science: Rose oils are not only incredibly moisturizing, they also help stimulate circulation in the skin while simultaneously tackling thread veins and broken capillaries.

Smoothing & plumping rose lip balm

How-to: Well rinsed and lightly blotted rose petals ground with beeswax can heal dry lips. Keep in a small covered tin to apply easily throughout the day. The darker the color of the rose, the darker your lips will become.

The science: Roses contain high levels of vitamin C, oils and proteins, which help keep skin soft and moisturized. Plus, it has retinol (vitamin A), which treats lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.

No-sweat rose tea

How-to: Combine 4 cups boiling water, 1 teaspoon dried hops, 1 teaspoon stinging nettle, 1 teaspoon fresh rose petals, 1 teaspoon dried strawberry leaves, 1 teaspoon walnut leaves and 3 tablespoons dried sage leaves. Cover and steep for an hour. Strain and sweeten with honey if desired. Besides being aromatic and calming, this tea can also reduce excessive perspiration.

The science: Rose oils inhibit water loss from the skin and lower the concentration of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body.


35 Healthy Easter Recipes Perfect for a Light Holiday Feast

These dinner (or anytime!) good-for-you Easter recipes will bring your holiday meal to the next level.

Easter is one of the most celebrated holidays in spring, and there isn't a better occasion to honor the freshest bounty of the season: Asparagus, carrots, radishes, apricots, and grapefruit are all on the table! Harvesting the flavors of healthy springtime vegetables and fruit is easy if you're planning on shopping a farm-fresh menu. Our healthiest Easter ideas are often anchored on a bountiful mix of herbs, spices, lean proteins, and plenty of fresh additions that are perfect for a family-style meal. Whether you're choosing to serve a formal dinner or a cozy brunch, these healthy Easter recipes are designed to please everyone in your family.

Since temperatures can still be quite chilly during Easter Sunday, many home cooks love to carve up a hearty protein as a show-stopping entrée. Sourcing organic or heritage turkey or chicken to roast alongside garden vegetables is a proven way to impress at Easter dinner, but these birds aren't the only lean proteins you can cook easily. Sliced pork loin and lean flank steak can also suffice, and more delicate dishes make use of flaky fish, including salmon, halibut, and cod. Using your oven to expertly bake a seasoned protein alongside a medley of vegetables is one of the easiest ways to get a healthy Easter dinner on the table.

But even lighter dishes, which are also perfect to serve at an Easter brunch, make use of spring greens like romaine, spinach, or arugula. Bountiful salads can be made beforehand, and lighter snacks (plenty of deviled eggs!) can also keep little ones happy between bites of Easter candy. Whichever route you choose, this collection of healthy Easter recipes will truly hit the spot at any time during the holiday.


Our Favorite Native Deodorant Right Now

Coconut & Vanilla – Of the classic scents, we love Coconut & Vanilla. It’s sweet, sure, but when worn, it dissipates nicely, just leaving a warm, soft scent that’s not overpowering.

Lime & Coconut – This was our breakout new fav. As we mentioned in the video, the main note is the lime, and the coconut serves to just soften it. The result is crisp, fresh and I wish it came in perfume form. We’re obsessed. This is a seasonal scent, however, so if you’re hoping to pick this one up, don’t wait.

Bergamot & Sage – This scent is slightly more masculine, but only slightly. The sage note is the strongest, but the bergamot is slightly spicy…in a good way. Two thumbs up (or I guess it’s four if you count Gwen…)

Citrus & Herbal Musk – This is, hands-down, our favorite masculine scent. It’s part of Native’s classic collection, and it’s the one I hope my husband wears for the rest of his life.


Our Picks For The Top Foundations and Concealers

These amazing products don't like to call attention to themselves, but they work hard to make you look flawless.

Jill Dunn, Emily MacCulloch Updated March 12, 2018

(Photo: Erik Putz, Makeup & Hair: Tami El Sombati for M.A.C Cosmetics/R+Co/Plutino Group)

Shopping for foundation and concealer can sometimes feel akin to shopping for jeans — it’s tedious, exhausting and you have to be in the right mood. But don’t fret — we’ve made the hunt a whole lot easier with our picks for the best foundation makeup and concealer.

Whether you’re looking for high coverage or dewy glow we’ve got you covered. From a splurge-worthy formula featuring hyper-hydrating “miracle broth” to a long-wear foundation formulated by Rihanna, you’re sure to find the perfect win for your skin.

This 2-in-1 stick is both a foundation and concealer, blending seamlessly into the skin for a velvet-like finish.


Your Beauty Essentials

While there are many outdoor bath and body products out there, the important thing is that you find a product that works for you, works with your skin chemistry and is easy for you to pack in AND pack out. As outdoorswomen, we should always strive to follow the principle of “Leave No Trace,” choosing products that are environmentally friendly and respectful of those that share the trail. When in doubt, always make sure you bring a plastic or reusable Ziploc bag to put your used toiletries in, and make sure they leave camp when you do.

This Retro WON first appeared July 11, 2017.

About Callie Wolverton

Callie Wolverton is the PR and Corporate Partnerships Director for Girls with Guns® Clothing. She also is a freelance writer with articles appearing in AmmoLand, Outdoor Wire and other outdoor publications. Born and raised in Northern California, she enjoys reading, hunting, and adventuring with her dog, Bandit. View all posts by Callie Wolverton &rarr


Vitabrid Dual Serum

For years, beauty chemists have been trying to figure out the most effective way to stabilize vitamin C, a beloved skincare ingredient that tends to be pretty finicky. Korean beauty brand Vitabrid has developed an effective system that stabilizes active vitamin C via its Dual Serum ($75). As the name hints, the product contains two different types of liquid (vitamin C and a peptide complex) that are only combined just prior to use via a twist and shake. Only then are the ingredients activated, ensuring you're getting the freshest product possible.


25 Best Summer Cocktails to Enjoy This Season

As the weather heats up, cool off with these refreshing summer drinks.

Whether you're hanging poolside or barbecuing in the backyard, there's nothing better than enjoying the warm weather with a summery cocktail in hand. We've curated an extensive list of drinks that are not only easy to make and delicious but are filled with the season's freshest ingredients&ndashfrom watermelon and mint to berries and peaches, these cocktails are the epitome of summer in a glass. Here are 26 cocktails to enjoy throughout the summer season.

Ingredients
2 oz Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey
.75 oz Lillet Rosé
.5 oz Aperol
2 muddled cucumber slices
1 pinch of Kosher salt

Instructions
Muddle cucumbers lightly. Stir ingredients together and double-strain into a coup glass. Garnish with cucumber slice.

By Joaquín Simó at Pouring Ribbons in New York City

Ingredients
1.5 oz Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
3-5 strawberries
3 basil leaves
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions
Shake all ingredients, pour over fresh ice and rock glass. Garnish with a strawberry and basil leaf.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Spring 44 gin
5 oz Fever Tree tonic
Lime and lemon wheels

Instructions
Pour the gin over a wine glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water and stir. Garnish with lemon and lime wheels.

By Marshall Minaya at Valerie in New York City

Ingredients
2 oz Nelson&rsquos Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz passionfruit puree
.25 oz grenadine
2 dashes tiki bitters

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a glass or tiki mug over pebble ice and garnish with a lemon wheel and orchid.

Ingredients
5-6 large ice cubes
2-3 cubes of watermelon
2-3 slices of jalepeño
1 bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rich champagne

Instructions
Place 5 ice cubes in a large wine glass, add cubes of watermelon, sprinkle in jalapeño slices, and top off with Veuve Clicquot Rich.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Don Papa 7 rum
.5 oz ginger syrup
.5 oz peach purée
.5 oz lemon juice
1 egg white
Soda top

Instructions
Dry shake, re-shake with ice, top with soda. Garnish with fresh ginger and lemon peel.

Ingredients
4 cups cubed watermelon
1 750-ml bottle moscato
1 cup rum
Juice of 4 limes
Zest of 2 limes
1 tbsp sugar
Lime slices, for garnish

Instructions

In a blender combine watermelon, moscato, rum, lime juice and zest, and sugar and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled.
Garnish glasses with lime slices and serve.

Ingredients
2 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
1 oz fresh cucumber puree
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz sesame simple syrup*
1 lemon balm leaf

*Sesame simple syrup is made by toasting sesame seeds until golden brown then added to equal parts sugar and hot water. Strain to remove all seeds before serving.

Instructions
Slap lemon balm to release essence. Add cucumber puree, lemon and sesame syrup to cocktail shaker. Add vodka and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with fresh cucumber.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Elijah Craig Bourbon
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz Ferrand Dry Curacao
.25 oz Crème de Pêche
Mint sprig

Instructions
Add ingredients to a mixing glass with pebble ice. Whip by moving a bar spoon around the liquid in a back and forth motion as opposed to stirring it. Strain into a rocks glass with new pebble ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

From Forty1North in Newport, Rhode Island

Ingredients
1.5 oz El Dorado white rum
1 oz Blue Curaçao
.5 oz pineapple juice
1 oz coconut cream
1 strawberry

Instructions
Place all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and shake vigorously. Pour into highball glass over crushed iced. Float heavy cream and add 1 sliced strawberry for garnish.

Courtesy of The Rum House in New York City

Ingredients
1.5 oz Grey Goose Citron vodka
.5 oz raspberry syrup
.5 oz St. Germain liqueur
1.5 oz Franciacorta sparkling wine
.25 lime juice

Instructions
Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a wine glass. Garnish with frozen raspberries.

Courtesy of New York City's Casa Lever Gardens

Ingredients
1 oz Del Maguey 'Vida' mezcal
.5 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
1 oz pineapple juice
.5 oz yuzu juice
.25 oz ginger juice
.5 oz raspberry syrup
Hefeweizen beer
Raspberries

Instructions
Shake and strain on ice in a highball glass. Top with hefeweizen beer and garnish with 3 skewered frozen raspberries (resting across rim) and a metal straw.

Courtesy of Bacchanal in New York City

Ingredients
1.5 oz Tanteo jalapeño-infused tequila
2 oz of watermelon purée (purée pieces of watermelon in blender)
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a glass, garnish with lime, and serve.

Ingredients
2 oz London Dry gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
2 dashes Angostura orange bitters

Instructions
Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Courtesy of Gato in New York City

Ingredients
50 ml Auchentoshan American Oak Scotch whisky
20 ml fresh lemon juice
15 ml honey syrup (1 part honey, 2 parts water)
4&ndash5 mint leaves

Instructions
Combine the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a Mason jar filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Created by Angus McIlwraith of the Glasgow-based catering company Badaboom

Ingredients
2 oz of blended scotch
1 oz of sweet vermouth
2 dashes of Regan&rsquos Orange Bitters No.6
Lemon peel for garnish

Instructions
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir well. Strain into a cocktail, coupe or Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Ingredients
1.75 oz Maestro Dobel reposado tequila
.5 oz Alvear Pedro Ximenez sherry
.5 oz Cointreau
1 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz fresh orange juice

Instructions
Build all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass.

Courtesy of Strip House Midtown in New York City

Ingredients
2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
.5 oz Chambord
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz demerara syrup
5 muddled blackberries
6 mint leaves

Instructions
Mix all ingredients in a shaker and pour over crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a blackberry.

Courtesy of Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton, New York

Ingredients
1.5 oz vodka
1 oz sour mix
3 bar spoons good quality strawberry jam
2-3 dashes rhubarb bitters

Instructions
In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients. Shake with ice, double strain, pour into a coupe (preferably a 5 oz coupe). Top with a dry Prosecco and finish with a lemon and lime twist.

Courtesy of Rally Pizza in Vancouver, Washington

Ingredients
4 fresh blackberries
.5 oz simple syrup
1 oz Milagro Reposado Tequila
.75 oz Ancho Reyes
.75 oz fresh lime juice
4 leaves loose basil

Instructions
Muddle blackberries with simple syrup. Add other ingredients and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Courtesy of Brooklyn's McCarren Hotel & Pool

Ingredients
1.5 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz fresh pineapple juice
.5 oz simple syrup
1 pinch cinnamon

Instructions
Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish.

Ingredients
1.5 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original or Triology Irish Whiskey
.5 part Grahams LBV Port
.5 part lemon juice
.75 tsp sugar
.5 part egg white
2 dashes olive oil
Top of soda

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a small fizz glass. Serve.

Ingredients
2 oz Espolon reposado tequila
1 oz honey syrup
.75 lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 lemon peel

Instructions
Shake ingredients well with ice. Pour into glass. Add 2 dashes of bitters on top of drink. Garnish with lemon peel.

Created by Nick Korbee, executive chef and beverage director at Egg Shop in New York City

Ingredients
5 or 6 blueberries, muddled
2 oz blanco tequila
.5 oz orange liqueur
.5 oz simple syrup
1 oz lime juice

Instructions
Shake and strain over ice in rocks glass.

Ingredients
2 oz Don Julio Blanco tequila
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz St. Germain
1.5 oz grapefruit juice

Instructions
Muddle 4 basil leaves in a shaker with St. Germain. Add ice, tequila, and grapefruit juice. Shake ingredients with ice, strain, and pour into a martini glass. Add the Aperol as a float on top, and garnish with a basil leaf.

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Glowing Berry: Acai

Speaking of berries, one of the healthiest berries you will ever find is the acai berry. I am completely obsessed with acai and use it in my smoothies almost every day!

Acai berries have powerful detoxification capacities in the human body, and are super high in antioxidants. One berry has ten times as many antioxidants as grapes and twice as many as blueberries — helping to slow down the aging process.

Filled with the natural cleanser of fiber, minerals, and naturally sugar-free, you will feel great about what’s going into your afternoon snack and thrilled on how it will show up later in your glowing skin and shiny hair.

Acting as a natural cleanser, we’ll be keeping our colons free of these harmful substances and helping to alleviate constipation and other digestive problems.

What I think is pretty amazing about acai berries is that they are capable of speeding up bowel transit time. Why is this important?

Because it prevents foods from fermenting in the intestines, which can contribute to bloating, constipation, and gas. This topic was discussed earlier in this post, and you can see why it’s so important to avoid for optimum health, assimilation and digestion.

Acai, too, has natural oils that are a great natural alternative to chemical based skin care products. In fact, many beauty products contain acai oil because of the oil’s high antioxidant content.

When we add these berries to our lifestyle, they will provide nutrition that can give your skin a healthy glow.

Brazilians have been eating acai berries for centuries to promote skin health!

If you haven’t tried acai yet or don’t know where to purchase it, it can be found at most health stores (in the freezer section).

My favorite brand that I’ve been using for years is the Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie Packets—made from delicious, organic acai, wild-harvested from the heart of the Amazon, using fair-trade practices—so you can feel good about supporting and benefiting the local farmers!

Don’t forget to check out this podcast on acai, if you haven’t already! It’s a super fun interview and I think you’ll enjoy learning all about this amazing berry and what it can do for you!

Combine banana, acai, raspberries, cacao powder and almond milk in high speed blender until fully combined.