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Make the most of the end of summer

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

As the summer draws to a close, Tom Macy, bartender and co-owner of Clover Club, says it’s wise to stick with drinks that have bright, refreshing flavors and ingredients like fresh-squeezed juice and crisp, seasonal fruits and vegetables. He suggests his Jalapeño Cucumber Margarita for an extra kick. (Photo courtesy Fotolia.com)

As the summer draws to a close, Tom Macy, bartender and co-owner of Clover Club, says it’s wise to stick with drinks that have bright, refreshing flavors and ingredients like fresh-squeezed juice and crisp, seasonal fruits and vegetables. He suggests his Jalapeño Cucumber Margarita for an extra kick. (Photo courtesy Fotolia.com)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The clock is ticking on the sunniest season. With the end of summer drawing near, considering switching things up to help you make the most of every day.

Be your own bartender

That new neighborhood hot spot where everyone knows your name? Your patio. Try experimenting with frosty, whole-fruit drinks recipes like margaritas and adult smoothies, but watch the sugar if the party gets too steamy.

“During a season with high temperatures, you want to stick with bright, refreshing flavors,” says Tom Macy, bartender and co-owner of Clover Club. “Stay away from stronger, spirit-forward cocktails and go for drinks with fresh-squeezed juice and crisp, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Something that will help you cool down without getting you in over your head.”

Macy suggests trying out one of his newest creations — the Jalapeño Cucumber Margarita, which includes; jalapeño tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, ice, freshly cut cucumber slices with the optional addition of cilantro. For the full recipe, visit TomMacy.com.

Redefine your vacation beard

For the gentleman, along with the summer getaway comes the vacation beard. Understandable, as who wants to shave when there are sights to be seen and adventures to be had? It’s easy to come back to civilization with a beard looking a little weary instead of worldly. That’s no problem — these furry celebrations of off-the-clock leisure can become your canvas.

“Going on, or returning from vacation is the perfect time to switch up your look,” says Christopher Hunt, Editor-at-Large at AskMen. “If you let your facial hair run wild while you had a few days off — all the better — now you have something to play with. Shape it into a sharp goatee or trim it down into a classic, timeless scruffy look. Or shave it all off and start over. You can head into work feeling fresh.”

Hunt suggests trying out the new BIC Flex 5 Razor because it has a “Balancing Sphere” that gives better shave control. Its precision edging blade is useful in difficult spots, such as under the nose and around the sideburns. “It’s all about creating a definition for whatever unique facial hair style you choose, with the right tool for the job,” he says.

Make workouts fun

Think of the days when you wanted to stay outside all day, running around and playing games. Why not combine friendly competition with your workouts?

Find a park and invite friends or coworkers for an old-fashioned game of “capture the flag.” It’s a fun way to increase heart rates.

Once you’re done, invite your thirsty crew home to check out your bartending skills.

For more lifestyle tips from Macy and Hunt, visit www.BicFlexRazors.com.

Don’t let the end of summer pass you by. With fall almost here, end your summer with new traditions.

—STATEPOINT MEDIA

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