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It's safe to say that we've all experienced cocktail ordering regret. Asking a bartender for six passionfruit martinis might seem like a good idea in theory, but when it comes to waiting for your drinks, it's another story entirely. Combining precision pouring, a multitude of ingredients and a laborious garnishing process, fancy cocktails take time, which is exactly why mixologists get paid the (relatively) big bucks.If you've ever tried to replicate happy hour at home, you'll know that this process is even lengthier, with the average joe needing to consult a recipe book, chop fruit on the go and retrieve ice from the back of the freezer for each individual drink. Add in having to remember exactly what each member of your party wanted and at-home cocktail making can be far more stressful than pleasurable.There's a genius way to avoid this disastrous drinking experience, though: batch made cocktails. We're talking about the kind of drinks that you can ladle into a jug for multiple partygoers to enjoy at once. While your mind might jump straight to a pitcher of half-melted margs, you don't have to stick to the tried and tested classics when it comes to big-batch cocktails. Make the most of this opportunity to try something a tad more adventurous, with the help of some of the coolest foodie women on the internet. With an increasingly packed summer calendar ahead of us, R29 has picked the brains of some of Instagram’s most notable taste testers to recommend the best jug drinks for group gatherings. Whether you're after a pre-made cocktail stash for a birthday party in the park or want to keep your kitchen time to a minimum while hosting friends at home, we’ve gathered a selection of batch cocktails that require minimal effort while providing maximum flavour.To discover five batch cocktail recipes to make this summer, click through the slideshow ahead...Lychee-Rose Gin Fizzby Bre Graham, @breaudreygrahamWhy is this your go-to cocktail for a group gathering?Topped with pink petals and full of gin, this is the best cocktail to share with friends. The combination of lychee and rose is such a delicate and fragrant blend that it makes the cocktail feel like you could be sipping it in a fancy bar somewhere hot. Ingredients300ml lychee juice300ml gin750ml prosecco A few tablespoons of rose water Ice and rose petals to finishMethodPour the lychee juice, rose water and gin into a large jug and stir. When you're about to serve, add the prosecco and ice before sprinkling rose petals over the jug to finish.Tokyo 75by Hannah Crosby, @hannahcrosbWhy is this your go-to cocktail for a group gathering?Marrying the elegant mousse of fine Champagne with the punch of yuzu, this cocktail is best shared in a garden or on a balcony in the city. It'll have you and your friends under the table in no time, take my word for it.Ingredients 250ml cup vodka 125ml yuzu juice125ml sugar syrup1 bottle of Champagne – ideally on the youthful side, with complementary notes of citrus and flowersMethod Add the yuzu juice, sugar syrup and vodka to a jug with heaps of ice. Mix until well blended before topping up with champagne. Serve into a couple, flute or cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.Peachy Pimm's Punchby Shu Lin, @dejashuuWhy is this your go-to cocktail for a group gathering?Inspired by a classic jug of Pimm's, this drink gives the renowned cocktail a peachy twist, using raspberries to balance out the sweetness with a slight tart undertone. Whether you're hosting at home with friends or playing mixologist at a group gathering, this is a crowd-pleaser and the perfect accompaniment to enjoy a Great British summer. Ingredients1 part Pimm’s2 parts lemonade1 part sparkling wine 1 part peach schnapps 1 part ginger ale (optional)1x cucumber1x orange1x ripe peachSugarRaspberriesHalf a lemonFresh mint leavesWooden cocktail muddler MethodFirst slice your cucumber and orange, then use a cocktail muddler to mash the ripe peach with some sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Then fill your pitcher with ice and add the Pimm's and lemonade. Next, top up with sparkling wine (champagne if you're feeling fancy) and schnapps before stirring in the orange, muddled peach, strawberries and cucumber slices. Finally, smack the mint to release the oils and flavour and garnish on top.OptionalFor a spicy kick, opt for one part ginger ale instead of the bubbly.The Summer Spritz (Non-Alcoholic)by Samah Lakha, @londonbruncherWhy is this your go-to cocktail for a group gathering?This is my favourite summer drink and it couldn't be easier to make. The combination of flavours is zingy and refreshing and it works just as well with or without alcohol!Ingredients500ml lemonade 500ml cranberry juice Juice of 1/2 lime 1 tin of lychees in juice A big handful of fresh mint MethodCombine all ingredients together in a large jug or pitcher with lots of ice and enjoy! Samah LakhaSgroppino Slushy by Missy Flynn, @missyyflynnWhy is this your go-to cocktail for a group gathering?This hybrid of an Italian sgroppino and a frozen slushy is the perfect park drink due to the fact that everyone can bring something along to chuck in. All of the ingredients are easily found in a supermarket, meaning you can buy stuff once you arrive rather than schlepping lots of bottles to a picnic. Likewise, it’s easy to make batch after batch so if you are at home you can easily knock up another.Ingredients 150ml Campari 100ml Grapefruit juice700ml dry sparkling white wine (organic if possible)Top with 3 large scoops of raspberry sorbetFresh mixed berriesFresh mint leavesMethodMix together all liquids, fruit and herbs into a 1L pitcher or jug with ice cubes. Then melt the sorbet through the pitcher and pour into glasses to serve. The Bar Italia by Rosie Mackean, @rosiemackeanpastaqueenWhy is this your go-to cocktail for a group gathering?This drink has sustained many a thirsty crowd at a BBQ and it's especially good in the hot months due to its punchy and delicious flavours. It is based on three of my favourite cocktails – a Negroni, a Spritz and an Amaretto Sour – and reminds me of nights spent sitting outside small Italian bars after a day in the scorching sun.Ingredients100ml red vermouth (I like Antica Formula)50ml Campari50ml dry gin30ml Disaronno6 dashes angostura bitters100ml fresh lemon juice300ml soda water750ml brut prosecco2 handfuls of iceSliced lemon, orange and grapefruit – whatever you have in the house1 cocktail cherry per glass if you are going all outMethodIn the bottom of your jug, add all of the spirits, the lemon juice and angostura and stir to combine. Add in your ice, your fruit wedges and the soda water, and then top up with Prosecco. Stir together and serve immediately with all of the snacks your heart desires.by Sara Kiyo Popowa, @shisodeliciousCHECK USAGE ON PHOTOKirthanna Naidu, @kirthanaaLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Summery Gin Cocktails For Your Home Cocktail HourWhat To Wear For Your Next Outdoor Catch-UpThe Tastiest Batch Cook Recipes To End Washing Up
As a beauty editor, I’ve interviewed countless celebrities and influencers about their beauty rituals. Without fail, the majority will recite the following phrase when talking about skincare: “I believe great skin comes from within.” See also: “good skin starts in the gut” or “you are what you eat”. The expression may vary from person to person but it always suggests the same thing: that clear, glowing skin is only attainable if you eat a certain way. Of course, we all know that eating a balanced diet is beneficial for our overall health and wellbeing. But when it comes to skin, in particular skin conditions like acne, eczema and rosacea, treatment is a lot more complicated than starting off every morning with celery juice, following up with an oat milk matcha latte, or cutting out alcohol. Unfortunately, though, skin and diet are now so intertwined that it isn’t just celebrities who are peddling diets or denouncing specific food groups as a cure-all for skin issues. On TikTok and Instagram, you’ll find beauty and wellness enthusiasts – even some so-called skincare experts – promoting glowing skin diets or snacks and shakes which claim to help get rid of blemishes or make your skin gleam. But why is this so popular? And should we listen? “Diet overhauls have become commonplace recently,” said Dr Paris Acharya, aesthetic doctor and skin expert at Waterhouse Young. “Perhaps it is a result of lockdown weight gain [entirely normal, of course] or increased awareness of different types of dieting regimes,” she continued. It’s no secret that the stress and anxiety of the pandemic has taken its toll on our skin, too, with breakouts and eczema top concerns. Dr Acharya added: “The problem with placing a focus on diet is that we can take things to the extreme, which can be detrimental for our health and wellbeing.” It’s also important to note that looking at diet alone in regard to achieving skin you’re happy with is misleading. Creating a narrative which pushes food alone as the answer is problematic. Like many others in this space, I do not align myself to the ‘food is medicine’ message when it comes to dermatology.Dr Anjali Mahto Diet alone won’t ‘fix’ your skin Consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto recently took to Instagram to discuss the patchy notion that good skin comes from within. In a post, she wrote: “I am always a bit disappointed to see ‘super-foods’ and recipes touted as a ‘fix-it’ for skin.” For lots of people, the pandemic has brought on increased breakouts in particular, and it seems brands, influencers and nutrition enthusiasts are playing on these insecurities using food. ‘Natural Ways To Clear Acne From Within’ and ‘The Best Foods To Eat For Clear Skin’ are popular headlines, with protein bars, sweeteners, green tea and berries recommended to improve your complexion. Dr Mahto cited another example of a common but shaky ‘skin-friendly food’ claim which is doing the rounds online currently. “Selenium and zinc in small studies have been shown to help acne,” Dr Mahto said. “Brazil nuts contain selenium and zinc,” she continued, so it is often claimed that “eating brazil nuts may help your acne.” Dr Mahto pointed out the tentative language here and emphasised that these ideas are often then treated as fact. In reality, she said that assertions such as this are weak and more research is needed to establish any truth. Dr Mahto added that most skin conditions are hugely complex. “Creating a narrative which pushes food alone as the answer is problematic,” she said. “Like many others in this space, I do not align myself to the ‘food is medicine’ message when it comes to dermatology.” Dr Mahto pinpointed the casual oversimplification of the message that eating healthily is the most effective way to improve your skin. “Not only is this a bold, unsupported assertion and gratuitous claim, it is also too simplistic about how the skin actually functions in health and disease,” she said. Dr Acharya agrees: “Skin health is multifactorial. Considering diet alone is blind sighted, as so many different factors can contribute to skin conditions, from stress to genetics and hormonal imbalances – even using the wrong skincare products.” In the case of celebrities? It would be remiss not to mention that plenty have free access to expert facialists, aestheticians who practise peels, filler and Botox, and an abundance of skincare products. I can almost guarantee you that their glowing skin is a result of all of the above teamed with a balanced diet, not one or the other. Considering diet alone is blind sighted, as so many different factors can contribute to skin conditions, from stress to genetics and hormonal imbalances – even using the wrong skincare products.Dr Paris Acharya Diet culture generates blame and guilt When it comes to skin, placing the focus solely on diet can lead to feelings of guilt and self-blame. Research by the Food Foundation found that eating a healthy diet is expensive for many people in Britain and after bills are paid, food budget is the most likely to be cut. The report goes on to state that as a result, we’re more inclined to opt for cheaper food, which is often the least healthy. This makes the ‘healthy skin starts in the gut’ narrative an unattainable one for lots of people. The shame of not having a fridge full of fruit and vegetables or a pantry filled to bursting with costly health supplements is even more worrying when you consider that skin conditions can have an adverse effect on mental health, for instance exacerbating anxiety. As Dr Mahto noted, phrases like ‘feed your body the right food and it will take care of itself’ place blame on the individual for not “fuelling your body with the right nutrients”. This is an oversimplification of skin and health, said Dr Mahto. Restricting food can be dangerous The exaggerative phrases and expressions used by wellness influencers, health brands and skincare experts don’t help, either. In many cases, some food groups thought to make skin issues ‘worse’ are demonised. Not long ago, Dr Mahto penned an article for Refinery29 on an emerging trend among clients which encourages cutting out certain foods in a bid to improve the condition of skin, such as sugar, dairy and gluten. Frighteningly, this can border on obsession and Dr Mahto pointed out that there is a fine line between ditching food from your diet in order to clear spots and developing an eating disorder. It has been noted that sugary foods potentially play a role in skin conditions such as acne but the research around dairy is poor. Dr Mahto mentioned that there is no acne guideline in the UK or the US which recommends cutting out dairy for the treatment of acne. “Balance and moderation is key,” added Dr Acharya. It is too black and white (not to mention unproven) to see certain foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for your skin. Despite a lack of research, it’s hard to escape the misinformation being promoted online but it’s important to note that eating healthily doesn’t necessarily mean your skin will be transformed. “There are plenty of people who follow what most would consider to be a ‘healthy lifestyle’ but still have skin issues,” said Dr Mahto. “Their skin problems are not a reflection of their internal health.” Food isn’t the be-all and end-all of achieving skin you’re personally happy with. For many people, it isn’t as straightforward as that. If switching up your diet has helped improve your skin, then that’s great. However, food isn’t the be-all and end-all of achieving skin you’re personally happy with, and for many people it isn’t as straightforward as that. “I am a medical doctor and I am not saying food is not important to our overall health,” highlighted Dr Mahto. “If anything, I would emphasise it is. However, I would also make the point, as always, that eating well for your skin is the same as eating well for your general health. There are no quick fix superfoods or special recipes despite what a plethora of content would have you believe.” Skin is nuanced and what worked for that beauty influencer who overhauled their diet might not work for you. If you’re finding it difficult to deal with your skin, the following information may be helpful, according to Dr Acharya. “Reputable online resources include The British Skin Foundation (information from this website is top quality as it has been written by the British Association of Dermatologists) and the NHS website, which can also be useful.” Dr Acharya concludes: “If you feel that you are struggling despite trying over-the-counter products, it’s time to make an appointment with your GP or a skincare specialist who can give you more specific advice and initiate the most appropriate treatment to help with your skin condition.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Skin Conditions & Eating Disorders: The Fine LineVictoria Beckham's Smartest Skincare Hack Is FreeThe Truth About Drinking Water For Great Skin
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