Signature Cocktails: Boston Cocktail

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In honor of Boston week, the ladies at Favorite Day wanted to pay homage to our great city by making the Boston Cocktail. We found the recipe for this cocktail from the Mr. Boston Platinum Edition drink mixing guide. It’s a little sweet and a little strong – just like our city. After all, we are Boston Strong.

Boston Cocktail:

  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz apricot brandy
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice  (or juice from 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 1/2 tsp grenadine

I started by adding all of the ingredients to a shaker with ice. I shook it well and poured it into a chilled martini glass. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a proper garnish, but if you have a lemon feel free to add a twist for fanciness.

I found that the herbal flavor from the gin blends well with the sweetness from the grenadine and brandy. The lemon helps to balance it with a somewhat tart finish. If you find that it is too sweet, try adding less grenadine and a bit more lemon juice. It is a strong drink, so I think it works best to sip it slowly and enjoy it.

Having a get-together this weekend? Consider making the Boston Cocktail and let me know what you think!

Cheers!

~The ladies at Favorite Day

Internet Beauty Test Subject: DIY Avocado Banana Hair Mask

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Hi guys! I’m back from my world travels and if there’s one thing I realized while being away, it’s that I don’t take care of myself like I do when I’m home. After using shampoos from hotels, my hair was in need of some deep conditioning.  By now, those of us that are big into at-home beauty treatments, know that banana and avocado are amazing for your hair. They moisturize and make your hair soft and shiny. So, I found this avocado banana hair mask recipe and gave it a try.

Hypothesis: The high – fat content in avocados, the nutrients in bananas and the protein in the egg will penetrate the hair and make it soft and shiny.

Prediction: Based on what I already know (and what I’ve heard) about the ingredients, I think my hair will be soft and manageable after this hair mask.

Test: 
Ingredients:
1 avocado
1 banana
1 tablespoon sunflower oil (you can also use olive oil)
1 egg

Optional apple cider vinegar rinse (I highly recommend this!): If you’d like to use an apple cider vinegar rinse after shampooing, you can mix ¼ cup ACV and 1 cup water together and set it aside – or put in the shower so you can easy grab it when you’re rinsing out the mask (learn why ACV is great for you hair here).

I cut up the banana and avocado and put them in a blender, followed by the sunflower oil and egg. I blended this until it was smooth and applied to my dry hair and put my hair up in a shower cap. After the mask had been on for 20 minutes, I rinsed my hair with cool water and shampooed twice. Then, I took the ACV mixture and poured it all over my hair and left it in for about 2 minutes. I rinsed the ACV mixture out and used my regular conditioner.

Analysis: My hair felt rejuvenated after the mask and ACV rinse. The mask was also fairly easy to execute without making too much of a mess. The only thing I would do differently next time is wait until the avocado is softer. It was difficult to blend it completely because it was not as ripe as it should have been. The banana was also difficult to completely blend – I still had pieces left in my hair after rinsing and shampooing, BUT after I conditioned my hair the pieces came out.

Ratings:
Cost: About $10.00, $15.00 if you purchase apple cider vinegar.

Time Consumed: 30 minutes.

Pre-Event Feasibility: If you plan on wearing your hair down, whether you’re straightening or curling it – this mask is perfect to do before your event. Smooth and shiny! Yay!

Post-Event Feasibility: This mask and rinse is a great idea if you’re trying to get your hair back to a healthy state. If you’ve put your hair through heating tools and hair products for your event, this is a great hair mask to bring your locks back to life.

End Result: I loved this hair mask. I’ve put my hair through many years of color treatments and I feel like it moisturized deeper than anything else I’ve tried. I plan on doing it again next week with a softer avocado – I’ll be sure to give you an update!

Do you have a DIY hair mask that you love? Leave a comment below!

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