14 Coconut Water Cocktail Recipes to Help You Stay Hydrated This Summer
The sun has officially come out to play! From getting your tan on while lying on your fave pool floatie to playing all sorts of fun outdoor games in the backyard, you are definitely working up a sweat — which means it’s time to step up your hydration game! Drinking regular water is definitely refreshing, but not nearly as yummy as sipping on coconut water. Or a cocktail. We already have you covered with some seriously good La Croix cocktails, but we wanted to take your healthy hydrating to the next level by giving you 14 of the best coconut water cocktails that are sure to have you feeling cool and refreshed all summer long. Happy sipping!
1. Strawberry Coconut Water Lemonade: When you were a kid, your favorite drink was strawberry lemonade. So why not upgrade this summertime drink to something a little more adult-friendly? All you need to do is add a splash of vodka for a buzz-inducing sip. (via Iowa Girl Eats)
2. Pear Vanilla Coconut Cooler: We know that this sounds more like a fall sip but, trust us, you will want to drink this flavorful cocktail *all year round*. Boasting intense vanilla aromas and refreshing pear tastes, this drink is ideal for sipping while on the beach. Bonus: Remove the alcohol and you’ll have a drink that your young ones can enjoy. (via The Cookie Rookie)
3. Coconut Peach Frost Cocktail: Peach, coconut and vanilla, oh my! This flavor trio definitely won’t disappoint. Concoct this four-ingredient cocktail in just a few minutes to WOW your besties at your next GNI. (via Life Currents)
4. Coconut + Cardamom Summer Cocktail: If you haven’t tried elderflower liqueur, now is the time. The floral drink mixed with the spice from the cardamom creates a delicious cocktail that is perfect for sipping after a long day at work. (via Cooking With Books)
5. Coco No Loco: Lazy gals, this one is for you! All it takes to enjoy this bad boy is pouring its two ingredients into a glass, adding a fun straw and relaxing with your feet up. (via Olive Magazine)
6. Coconut Champagne Punch: Brunch will never be the same after sampling this cocktail. Between the bubbly Champagne and the refreshing coconut, this drink will definitely impress. Pro tip: Keep the drink cool by throwing in some colorful frozen fruit. (via Tablespoon)
7. Sparkling Strawberry Gin Cocktail: Staying cool by the pool is super easy and sweet with this sparkling cocktail. Escape the sweltering heat with this muddled berry drink that will definitely be a hit at your next party. (via Betsy Life)
8. Spicy Pineapple Coconut Cocktail: It’s time to spice up your cocktail life. Beat the heat by adding the perfect touch with this recipe that has the perfect mix of spicy and sweet thanks to some juicy pineapple. (via My Heart Beets)
9. Coconut-Lychee Colada: Wish you were hanging on a tropical island this summer? Well, let’s all drink like we are! This frozen treat filled with coconut and sweet lychee will definitely have you feeling the beachy vibes. (via A Beautiful Plate)
10. Coconut Lime Cilantro Cooler: Looking for a drink to serve at your next summer fiesta? Mix up this drink that would be paired perfectly with a delicious Mexican feast or barbequed ribs. (via Mom on Time Out)
11. Skinny Tequila Squeeze: You no longer have to sacrifice your healthy eating for a cocktail. This healthy yet delicious cocktail keeps the calories low and the flavor level high by using a little coconut water, tequila and pineapple juice. (via Little Bits Of)
12. Coconut Gin and Tonic: Gin and tonics are already an obvious go-to when it comes to happy hour sips, but this version will definitely be a game changer. All you need is five minutes to create this cocktail that is the perfect mix of tart and sweet. (via Minimalist Baker)
13. Coconut Mojito: If there was just one drink that defined the summer, a mojito would *SO* be it. So stick to your summer staple by adding a little coconut water, which pumps the flavor level up a couple notches and up to a picture-perfect tropical bevvie. (via Rasa Malaysia)
14. Skinny Coconut Margarita: Margarita devotees, you have to check this out! This healthy yet *crazy* delicious drink is all about keeping you hydrated and on track with your diet. Whip this up for you and your BFF on a Friday night. (via With Salt and Wit)
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com