DIY: Old Fashioned Glasses

(studiodiy/palmspringsstyle)

Step One:
Gather materials-
-Glasses
-Printable Starburst Motif (printable pattern template here, or design a stencil yourself), Printed on Cardstock
-X-Acto blade
-Cutting mat
-Liquid gold leaf
-Blue painter's tape
-Paintbrush

Step Two:
"First, cut out a rectangle shape around the starburst pattern. Then use your knife to carefully cut out the starburst shape from the rectangle, leaving you with a stencil. Rip off a piece of painter’s tape and tape it to your cutting mat. Place your stencil over top and carefully cut out the starburst shape from your tape."

Step Three:
"Peel your stencil off your mat and adhere it to your glass where desired, and then repeat the above steps until you have as many starbursts as desired on your glass. It is so so so important to run your fingernail over all the little cutouts of the starburst once it’s taped on the glass to ensure it is sealed on there well! This will prevent the gold leaf from leaking through the stencil."

Step Four:
"Open your liquid gold leaf and while working in a well-ventilated area, stir it well with your paint brush. Paint a thick but even coat over the starburst shape. If you find you need more than one coat, go ahead and add a second coat."

Step Five:
"Let dry thoroughly, then remove your stencils and you are done! If you do find that any starbursts didn’t turn out perfectly, you can use a toothpick or a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to remove any unwanted gold leaf."

 

Now fill your glasses with your most favorite cocktail and you are ready to party, mid-century style!

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Drinking Hacks

It's a new year and it's time for new habits. Here are some great drinking hacks to make booze fun, healthy and not break the bank. 

Healthy Hops

60 Healthier Drinks for Boozing

Here are some healthier alcoholic options, or healthy twists on your favorite drinks to try:

Bombay Magic
(health)
Squeeze 1/2 lemon. Pour 1/2 shot glass of Cointreau, 1/4 shot glass of either tequila or vodka. Top it off with club soda. Use a mint leaf for garnishing.

Bloody Mary
(delish)
"Start with ¾ cup of no sugar-added, low-sodium tomato juice and add the juice of ½ lemon, a dash each of hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce, fresh ground pepper to taste, and 1 shot of vodka. Garnish with a lemon wedge and celery stick." (greatist)

Mojito
(glamour)
Combine a shot of rum, mint, limesoda water and 2tbsp simple syrup over ice. (You can buy low calorie simple sugar, just add 2tbsp sugar, or 2tbsp honey)

Fruity White Sangria
(health)
Slice up the fruit (pineapples, oranges, cherries, etc.) Pour a 12-oz. can mango juice, a 12-oz. can pineapple juice, 1 liter bottle of seltzer, 1 bottle white wine into a serving pitcher and add ice. Stir and refrigerate so the flavors blend.

Rum and Coke
(glamour)
Substitute regular Coke with Diet Coke or Coke Zero for a healthier take on a classic drink. Mix with your favorite rum

Seabreeze
(glamour)
Mix 4 oz. of grapefruit juice, 1½ oz. of cranberry juice, and 1 oz. of vodka over ice and garnish with a slice of orange

Spiked Strawberry
(health)
Combine 2 oz. strawberry vodka, 2 oz. light lemonade, splash of fresh lemon juice,  in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry. Optional: For a more intense strawberry flavor, a splash of stained strawberry puree may be added.  

Vanilla Vodka and Diet Ginger Ale
(glamour)
1 shot of vanilla vodka mixed with diet ginger ale, garnish with lemon peel.

Skinny Arnold Palmer
(health)
Fill 1 glass with ice, pour 1 shot of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, fill glass with light lemonade, and garnish with lemon wedge

Slim Screwdriver
(health)
Fill a glass with ice, then add a shot of Stoli O or Skyy and a splash of orange juice. Fill the rest with diet 7-Up. Mix. Also can be garnished with a slice of orange

Best of the Beers

Here's a small list of the "healthiest" beer choices you can make the next time you're looking for something new to try:
Pacifico
Guinness Draught
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Samuel Adams Light Lager
Abita Purple Haze
Left Hand Good Juju
Yuengling Lager
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
Deschutes Chainsbreaker White IPA
Beck's Premier Light
Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale
MGD 64
Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat Beer
Michelob Ultra
Amstel Light
O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
Heineken Light
Porterhouse Oyster Stout
Coors Light
iKi Yuzu
Corona Light
New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale
Tangerine Wheat Fruit Beer 
Fentiman's Traditional Ginger Beer
18 Healthiest Beers
The 10 Healthiest Beers
Beer vs Wine

Hacks

Tips and Tricks

Hangover Cures:

How to Detox Your Body by RehabCenter.com
Hangover Cures and Prevention
Hangover Cures That Actually Work
Hangovers: 6 Easy Ways to Cure Your Symptoms
12 Chefs Reveal Their Secret Hangover Cures
>Drink at least two bottles/glasses of water before bed
>Eat something greasy (french fries are your friend)
>Get plenty of sleep
>Take a multivitamin before drinking

Make your $10 bottle of wine taste like at least a $45 bottle:

>Blend in a blender for 30 seconds to aerate it
>Pour the wine into a container with a "wide mouth" and let it sit for about 10 minutes
>SWIRL!
>Mull red wine
>Make sangria
>Add some fizz with seltzer or club soda
How to Make Crappy Wine Taste Good and Good Wine Taste Better
How to Make a Cheap Bottle of Wine Taste Better
10 Hacks to Make a Box of Wine Taste Amazing

Accessories and More to Make Drinking Easier:

>Wine Bags

These are really useful, cute and important. They not only keep your wine safe and cold, but more often than not make really fun gifts for people.
Tube Socks as Wine Bags
(buzzfeed)
10 Homemade Wine Gift Bags
(SheKnows)

>Use frozen or chilled fruit to chill your wine or mixed drinks. This way, you get a bit of extra flavor, a cool drink and it won't get watered down by ice. Grapes, strawberries, blueberries are the best.
(imgur)

>Rapid chill bottles of beer, wine or liquor by wrapping the bottle in a cool, damp towel and then placing it in the freezer for about ten minutes.
(cremedelacraft)

>Fun for parties, gifts or a Saturday evening, flavor mini bottles of vodka with Skittles. You can even select flavor vodkas to compliment the Skittles flavors (vanilla, mandarin, citrus, etc.)
(complex)

25 Booze Hacks Ever Drinker Needs to Know

>Filter cheap vodka through a Brita Filter to make it taste better.

>Infuse fruit with vodka to make a nice boozy snack. Cut a hole inside of the desired fruit and insert a bottle of vodka. Keep the bottle in there until the bottle is empty. Keep the fruit in the refrigerator overnight and then enjoy the next day! 
(brainjet)

>Revive the fizz in a bottle of champagne by dropping a raisin in your glass and waiting a few minutes.

Let's Get Drunk! The Healthiest Ways to Drink Alcohol 

>A Red Solo Cup has measurements built in
(diply) 

21 Essential Drinking Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

18 Ingenious Drinking Hacks You Wish You Knew Earlier

Drinking on a Budget:

>When going out for drinks try and aim for Happy Hour or ask what the drink specials for the day are. This way you save yourself a few bucks and get to try something new.

>(bourbonbanter)

Pre-Drinking on a Student Budget

Drinking on a Budget: 10 Ways to Save Money on Booze

 Please drink responsibly!