No Guilt Cocktail Recipes   

17 Jun 2019
bliss beauty spa leeds

No Guilt Cocktail Recipes

healthier cocktail recipes

In case you haven't heard, we're aiming for total body confidence for all this summer! BUT we love a nice afternoon cocktail in the sun. We think you should still be allowed a treat once in a while, so here's a secret for you: not all cocktails were created equal! Here are our favourite healthier guilt-free cocktail recipes to make at home...

Cucumber & Elderflower Spritz


1.5 shots of gin

0.5 shot of elderflower liqeur

Juice of half a lemon

5 slices of cucumber, chopped into quarters

Soda water to taste

Cucumber wheel to garnish

Add all ingredients except for soda to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with soda to your preferred level. Garnish with cucumber wheel.

 Skinny Grapefruit Margarita


1 shot of triple sec

1 shot of gold tequila

Juice of half a grapefruit

Juice of half a lime

Half a cup of sparkling water

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a short glass either neat or on the rocks as you prefer.

Strawberry Mojito

3 wedges of lime

1 teaspoon of stevia

8 mint leaves

4 strawberries, sliced

2 shots of white rum

soda water

crushed ice

Place lime wedges into a tall glass and muddle. If you don't have a muddler, squeeze them in instead. Add the stevia, mint and strawberries. Add the rum. Top with crushed ice, then fill the glass with soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a strawberry. 


 Cutting out alcohol? Check out our mocktail recipes...

Have you seen our healthy summer meal recipes yet?

If you need a little help with your weightloss, 
Book A Free Consultation now for our Genuine 3D Lipo Cut Priced Services ...
Call 0113 2304305 or email info@blissbeautyspa.com


Read more

  Share on facebook   Tweet   Share On Google

Cocktail Trends For 2019!   

11 Jan 2019

bliss beauty spa leeds

Cocktail Trends For 2019!


You know we love to be ahead when it comes to beauty, and the same applies to the drink in our hand. Whilst we love a classic cocktail, we're always keen to see what England's top mixologists will think of next. Rumour has it there's some very exciting cocktail trends coming our way this year. 

Firstly, we can expect to see a serious upgrade to mocktails, with a larger section of menus dedicated to them. Not only that but they'll use more exciting flavours and techniques, commanding the same care and attention as their alcoholic counterparts. Fantastic news for designated drivers, ladies who are expecting, or really anyone who wants to cut down on their drinking in 2019. 


2018 saw a large shift towards sustainability and reduction of waste, even spreading into bars with a movement towards reduction of plastic straws. Bartenders plan to take this even further this year, so we can expect edible garnishes and more creative ways to cut down waste by 80%. No need to feel bad about sipping martinis til 2am now!

It's also rumoured that the fine line between food and cocktails will get even skinnier. Many of us have sampled a lemon cheesecake cocktail or chilli infused drink (or several!) but this year we can expect to see more and more ingredients coming from the kitchen, and more drinks inspired by our favourite dishes - delicious! One surprising food that we may expect to see creeping into our cocktails this year is mushrooms - yep, you read that correctly. Look for mushroom-infused vodka or mushroom tea mixed with sparkling wine - well, it's worth a try... in fact, unexpected ingredients and pairings will be everywhere so be ready to tantalise your taste buds. 

For those of us who love the classics, here are some of the cocktails expected to be the most popular this year:

Espresso martini



Dry martini

Aperol spritz

Moscow mule

Time to arrange a girls night out at the cocktail lounge? We think so...

Read more

  Share on facebook   Tweet   Share On Google

3 Cocktail Recipes That Are Perfect For Autumn   

26 Oct 2018

bliss beauty spa, leeds

3 Cocktail Recipes That Are Perfect For Autumn

autumn cocktail recipes

 After sipping on cocktails in beer gardens all summer, it feels a little sad that this must come to an end with the onset of the colder weather. But not to worry - we can continue to drink cocktails throughout autumn, we just need to change up our habits. Mojitos and cosmos were ideal for hot summer days, but not so suited for autumn. Swap up the beer garden for your living room with tasty snacks and a warm fire, and switch out your summer favourites for our delicious autumn cocktail recipes.

1. Warm Apple Pie Cocktail


1 bottle of apple cider

1 cinnamon stick

I tablespoon of nutmeg

2 shots of spiced rum

Whipped cream, 1 cinnamon stick, an apple spice, and ground cinnamon to garnish


Pour the cider into a saucepan, and add the cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain out the spices, and add the rum. Pour into glasses, top with the whipped cream, pour over a little cinnamon, and place the cinnamon stick and apple slice on top to garnish.

2. Cranberry Margarita


1 cup of cranberry juice

1 lime

1 shot of tequila

1 shot of triple sec or cointreau

I lime wheel and fresh cranberries to garnish


Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, squeezing the juice out of the lime. Serve straight up in a martini glass or over ice. Garnish with the lime wheel and fresh cranberries.

3. Bourbon and Thyme Cocktail


2 shots of bourbon

2 teaspoons of maple syrup

Half a lemon, cut into wedges

A couple of sprigs of thyme

Lemon twist and thyme sprig to garnish, and ice to serve


Muddle thyme and lemon wedges in a glass. Add bourbon and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Add ice. Garnish with lemon twist and thyme sprig.

Grab some tasty snacks, book your Bliss nail appointments, and call up the squad for a cocktail party!


Read more

  Share on facebook   Tweet   Share On Google

Margaritas 5 Ways   

25 Apr 2018

Margaritas 5 Ways

 We've had our first glimpse of summer for the year and we loved it. What better way to celebrate sunshine than to invite your squad over for a cocktail party?! Margaritas are one of our favourite classic cocktails that have stood the test of time, and always promises to be a crowd-pleaser. But if you want to go beyond the classic, there's plenty that you can do with this delicious drink. So here it is - our top five margarita recipes...

1. Classic Margarita


What you'll need: tequila, cointreau, limes and sugar syrup.

Chill martini glass, then run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then coat rim with salt. Shake up 50ml of tequila with 25ml of cointreau, 25ml of lime juice and 12.5ml of sugar syrup, for about ten seconds. Strain into the martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel. 

2. Vanilla Margarita

What you'll need: Tequila, Licor 43, limes and sugar syrup.

This recipe is exactly the same as the classic, except that you're switching out the Cointreau for licor 43 (vanilla liqueur). If you really want to be fancy, instead of rimming the glass with salt, mix a few drops of vanilla essence with some granulated sugar and rim the glass with vanilla sugar instead. 

 3. Cucumber and Mint Margarita

What you'll need: tequila, cointreau, limes, sugar syrup, a few mint leaves, cucumber.

Exactly like the classic, except you'll add a few mint leaves and a few slices of cucumber to the shaker. This one is best served over ice and garnished with cucumber and mint.

4. Frozen Margarita

What you'll need: tequila, cointreau, limes, sugar syrup, ice.

The perfect summer drink! Put all ingredients into a blender with a scoop of ice. Blend thoroughly, adding more ice if desired. The finished product should be slushy consistency. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

5. Strawberry Frozen Margarita

What you'll need: tequila, cointreau, limes, sugar syrup, ice, a few strawberries.

Exactly the same as above, except with the strawberries added in. Garnish with a strawberry. Just like a grown ups slush puppy! This also works well with mango, raspberries or pineapple.

 What are you waiting for - call the girls, book in your gel nails appointment and host your own cocktail party!

Read more

  Share on facebook   Tweet   Share On Google

How Bad Are Your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks For Your Skin?   

13 Apr 2018

How Bad Are Your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks For Your Skin?

 With sunny days just around the corner (next week hopefully!), it's inevitable that most of us will be heading to our favourite beer gardens and rooftop bars to enjoy a few cheeky drinks in the sun. Sure, we know alcohol is bad for us but it provides such a lovely summer pastime - something about those rays just makes us yearn for cocktails. So, if you're concerned about your skin, let us fill you in on which drinks are the worst for your skin, and which aren't so bad, so you can at least make an informed decision. 

You can also check out our previous blog post on which drinks have the most calories.



Due to it's lower sugar content compared to other drinks, our lovely little 3am treats are less likely to cause a breakout. It's also less likely to leave you with a hangover compared to darker spirits like rum or whisky. Skip the salt for best results. Margaritas all round, please!



On the one hand, beer has a relatively high salt content, which is not great for your skin. On the other hand, it contains antioxidants and even has anti-ageing benefits. It can also be less dehydrating than other drinks as it has a lower alcohol content and tends to be drunk slower - good for the skin AND the hangover. 

Gin and Vodka

Gin and vodka are low in both salt and sugar, meaning that they are not as bad for your skin as other drinks. They also produce less of a hangover! HOWEVER if you mix your spirit with sugary soft drinks all night (including in cocktails) the effects on your skin will be considerably worse. For best results, mix with water, soda water or diet soft drinks. 

 White Wine

white wine

Winos look away now - you will not like what you're about to read! Unfortunately your favourite glass of savvy b is high in sugar, causing cell damage and skin ageing. There are no benefits for your skin, just damage (sad face). 


We hate to say it, but this delicious classic cocktail is loaded with sugar. Long term this leads to increased wrinkles and acne. But if you can't give up this tasty, rum-based treat, you could always ask the bartender to make it with half as much sugar as usual...

 Red Wine

red wine

Unfortunately our favourite winter tipple is just about the worst drink for your skin. Maybe we can justify it by remembering all the health benefits of red wine...

Is your skin in need of being rescued? Check out our full range of facials, many of which offer instant results for various skin concerns. All facials can be purchased online as a voucher and redeemed in branch.

Bliss Baby  0113 275 2675   

Bliss West Park 0113 230 4305

Bliss Retreat 0113 258 8425

Bliss Street Lane 0113 269 8522

Read more

  Share on facebook   Tweet   Share On Google