D’USSE Remixer Combined Booze & Beats To Create The Ultimate Lushworthy Experience

For many, the similarities between music and cocktails may seem minimal at best. But during D’USSE cognac’s intimate D’USSE Remixer event in Atlanta, myself and a handful of others learned firsthand the parallels between booze and beats. 

Before being treated to an intriguing intro to D’USSE courtesy of its creator Michel Casavecchia, we mixed and mingled while sipping on “Jasmine’s Punch.” Serving as the signature cocktail for D’USSE Remixer, “Jasmine’s Punch” was a not-too-sweet combination of D’USSE, St. Germain (my fav!!), pear liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Jasmine tea. It may have looked and sounded dainty, but it packed quite the punch. 

From there, we headed to the studio to meet with producer extraordinaire 9th Wonder (Kendrick Lamar’s “DUCKWORTH,” Jay Z’s “Threat”) to create a remix to Jay Z’s The Black Album track, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” Before remixing Hov himself, which I may or may not have struggled with, 9th let us listen to the various components (isolated vocals, vocals with music, etc.) for Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Fantasy.”

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Kelis’ “My Milkshake” Recipe Featuring Baileys Is Guaranteed To Bring The Boys To The Yard

Her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard, and now singer/chef/”Milkshake” maven Kelis is sharing that shake recipe with the world. In honor of National Chocolate Milkshake Day, Kelis partnered with Baileys to create “My Milkshake,” a boozy milkshake featuring the Irish Cream.  I gotta hand it to Kelis, I expected a super standard boozy milkshake recipe, but she added some unexpected (and potentially delicious) ingredients, including ginger beer, cayenne pepper, and ginger-infused whipped cream (say what?!!). 

You can find the full recipe and a recipe video for Kelis’ “My Milkshake,” below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

4 Scoops Chocolate Ice Cream
8 oz. Ginger Beer
3 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream
5 Pieces Candied Ginger
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
Chili Cinnamon (To Rim)
Ginger-Infused Whipped Cream

DIRECTIONS

Blend chocolate ice cream, ginger beer, Baileys, and cayenne pepper. Rim a tall glass with chili cinnamon. Carefully pour blended ingredients into your rimmed glass. Top with ginger-infused whipped cream and candied ginger. Proceed to bring all the boys to the yard.

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The Pumpkin Moscow Mule Is A Boozy Slice Of Fall

It didn’t take long for pumpkin season to arrive. And now that it has, you can expect to find your favorite beverages laced with pumpkin spices, pumpkin syrups, and even pumpkin booze. If you’re gently easing into the pumpkin frenzy and are looking for a pumpkin-y twist on a classic cocktail, then look no further than my Pumpkin Moscow Mule. Inspired by the flavors of fall, the Pumpkin Moscow Mule combines Smirnoff No. 21, ginger beer, apple cider (my fav!!), and pumpkin pie spice. You can find the full recipe, below. Cheers!

Pumpkin Moscow Mule

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21
4 oz. Ginger Beer
Splash Of Apple Cider
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Grilled Lime Wheel

DIRECTIONS

Add Smirnoff No. 21 to a copper mug. Add ice. Pour ginger beer and top with a splash of apple cider. Top finished cocktail with a dash of pumpkin pie spice and a grilled lime wheel.

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The Loews News Orleans: A Lushworthy Oasis In The Big Easy

Believe it or not, but my very first trip to New Orleans took place, this summer. New Orleans is an amazing city, but the sights, the sounds, and the tastes can all leave you in need of a vacation within your vacation. Thankfully, when the Hand Grenades proved to be too much, and when the surplus of beignets left me in a partial food coma, I was able to escape to the Loews New Orleans

Located in Downtown New Orleans, the Loews New Orleans is a short walk to Harrah’s Casino, the French Quarters, and a number of other popular destinations in the city. It’s also in an area that’s tucked away just enough for you to feel like you’re not smack dab in the middle of all the action.

Upon entering the Loews, you’re met with a spacious lobby, which leads directly into the Swizzle Stick Bar. Obviously, a boozy plus in my book. With its classic New Orleans feel, the Swizzle Stick Bar was a visual highlight of the hotel. The menu at the bar boasts both Classic Cocktails and Swizzle Stick Originals. I think it’s only right to sample at least one original cocktail when visiting a bar for the first time, so I opted for the Congo Square. What’s in this curious concoction, you ask? Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum, Coco Lopez, Patron XO, Vida Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, fresh pineapple, lime, and Angostura Bitters. Yeah, it boasts quite the ingredients list.

Although the Congo Square is about as complex as they come, the ingredients come together to create a worthwhile sip. Funny enough, hours before sipping on the Congo Square, I visited the actual Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park. And believe it or not, the Congo Square cocktail was strangely reminiscent of the Square itself.

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Drink Up! The Top Fall Cocktails From Lushworthy

Not sure about you guys, but I’m super excited for fall, especially fall cocktails! Fall technically doesn’t start until September 22, but I find that there’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t prepare in advance. To make sure you’re at your most Lushworthy when fall rolls around, I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite, fall-friendly “Lushworthy Creations.” In case you’re new to the site, “Lushworthy Creations” are drink recipes created exclusively by moi.

Pecan Pie Old Fashioned (Pictured Above): I’m not one to name favorites, but the Old Fashioned is easily one of my boozy favs. What I love most about the Old Fashioned is it’s really easy to get creative using a variety of bitters and even a flavored whiskey, which is exactly what I did with my Pecan Pie Old Fashioned. [Full recipe here]

Skinny Spiked Cider: Not sure why apple cider is a million times tastier than apple juice, I’ll just chalk it up as one of life’s great mysteries. I really had a great time creating this Skinny Spiked Cider given that it was one of the first recipe videos I created for Lushworthy. [Full recipe here]

Boozy Nutella Shake: For me, fall is all about indulgence. And suffice it to say that, Nutella easily falls into the indulgence category. So, for my Boozy Nutella Shake, I opted to combine Nutella with Pecan Pie Whiskey to create a sinfully delicious cocktail. [Full recipe here]

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New Orleans’ Meauxbar Takes Brunch To Decadent Levels Of Deliciousness

Brunch at Meauxbar in New Orleans was truly an experience. Upon stepping into this cozy restaurant, located on the corner of North Rampart and St. Philip, you don’t necessarily expect to leave having experienced one of the best brunches of your eggs and bacon-fueled existence. 

I consider myself a classic bruncher. I’m used to shrimp and grits, french toast, breakfast hash, etc. So, I knew I was in for a brunch a little outside of the norm when we were first treated to Meauxbar’s drool-inducing buttermilk donuts. Krispy Kreme-lovers beware: these buttermilk donuts aren’t your standard grab-and-go doughnut. They’re delivered to your table close to piping hot, and boast a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth flavor. 

A hands down favorite for me was the French Onion Grilled Cheese. Made using braised beef and onions, and accompanied by a petit salad, their French Onion Grilled Cheese is a must for sandwich aficionados. I usually like my sandwiches paired with fries or chips, but the petit salad was ideal in balancing out the meaty/cheesy savoriness of the grilled cheese.

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