Enjoy Cocktails & Bites During The #SipAndNosh Food Tour In Atlanta (October 4)

#SipAndNosh Menu 1Over the past few years, Atlanta has seriously grown as a foodie city. Restaurants are popping up everywhere and chefs and restauranteurs here have been praised in publications across the country. To better take advantage of all the food and cocktail options here in the city, myself and Talaia of WholeYum.com created #SipAndNosh Food Tours.

#SipAndNosh is a walking food tour that will launch on Saturday, October 4th in downtown Decatur. We’ll visit five restaurants in the downtown Decatur area and sample various sips and bites.

Tickets are currently priced at $55 and will go up to $60 on September 27th. You can purchase tickets via Eventbrite.  I hope to see a few Lushworthy readers on the tour! (P.S. Look out for a special coupon code within the next few days)

Check out a detailed #SipAndNosh menu and schedule below.

Calle Latina – 4:00 PM – Cangrejo (crab, habanero pepper, mango, and cilantro) and Barbacoa (pork shoulder, caramelized onion, and chipotle barbeque) empanadas.

Victory Sandwich Bar – 4:30 PM – Mile High Club sandwich (smoked turkey, bacon, ham, avocado, fontina, and Dijon) and a Jack & Coke Slushie.

No.246 – 5:00 PM – Agnolotti sample and three cocktail samples.

Big Tex Decatur – 5:30 PM – Shrimp taco, fried chicken taco, and an apple margarita.

The Bakery At Cakes & Ale – 6:00 PM – Assorted pastries.

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Grey Goose Goes To Infinity And Beyond Thanks To Virgin Galactic Partnership

Grey Goose Virgin GalacticOver the past few years we’ve gradually learned more about Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic project and we now know that Grey Goose has jumped on board as a partner for Branson’s galactic endeavor. I know what you’re thinking, “Vodka and space? I’m not sure if that’s the smartest combo.” But I can assure you that Grey Goose’s partnership with Virgin Galactic goes far beyond in-flight cocktails.

According to a press release, “Grey Goose will bring this space journey to life through a range of out-of-this-world experiences, exclusive content and a series of limited edition promotions.” And yes, Grey Goose will be sipped by those taking part in Virgin Galactic’s commercial space flights. Likely some time before their galactic journey though. I personally have no fear of heights/planes, but I think I’d need quite a few Grey Goose signature cocktails if I was to ever take a flight to space.

“This is a marriage of two brands who share values and a true sense that if you can imagine it, it can be done. Not only do we both follow the same long-term vision that the extraordinary can be achieved from acting on your beliefs, but we also look forward to celebrating this iconic cultural moment in time with those on the ground,” said Grey Goose creator, François Thibault.

Virgin Galactic is expected to launch its first commercial space flight in 2015.

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Here’s How You & Captain Morgan Can Help Raise Money For Charity On Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19)

Captain Morgan Pirate DayI’ve dressed up as a pirate quite a few Halloweens and I’ve seen the Pirates Of The Caribbean films more times than I’d like to admit, so I consider myself pretty experienced when it comes to pirate lingo. And that should come in handy tomorrow (September 19) on International Talk Like A Pirate Day (TLAPD). Captain Morgan of course plans on getting in on all the fun for TLAPD  and they’ll do so while helping out a good cause.

Since Captain Morgan’s Captain & Colaaarr is the official drink of TLAPD they’ll donate $1 to charity for every consumer who utilizes the #CaptainandColaaarr and #TLAPD hashtags on social media tomorrow. Among the organizations Captain Morgan will send their donations to is City Harvest.

One of my favorite YouTube pranksters, Ed Bassmaster, is even getting in on the fun for International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Check out his newly-released “Pirate Jokes” prank.

For more info on the Captain And Colaaarr Challenge, visit CaptainAndColaaarr.com.

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Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice To Hit Shelves This Holiday Season

Souther Comfort Gingerbread SpiceTime waits for no man and that’s especially true when it comes to the holidays. We’ve just celebrated Labor Day and booze brands are already beginning to release their holiday flavors. Southern Comfort is one of the first to announce their limited-edition holiday flavor, Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice.

Described as “a zesty and smooth combination of warm gingerbread flavors, creamy vanilla and subtle notes of Southern Comfort,” their new Gingerbread Spice sounds pretty ideal for spiking those cold-weather drinks.

“Gingerbread is one of the most popular holiday flavors. You see it just about everywhere – in coffee, seasonal sweets, and now in your favorite spirit.” said Jennifer Powell, Southern Comfort Brand Director. “Southern Comfort’s unique flavor is mixed with hints of Gingerbread and cinnamon spice to create a delicious, ready to serve holiday drink that’s sure to become a holiday tradition.”

You can get your hands on a bottle of Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice beginning on October 1st.

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Bacardi Reveals Sweepstakes Details For Bacardi Triangle Festival

Bacardi TriangleOver the past day, social media has been buzzing following the announcement that Bacardi plans on hosting one of the most epic music festivals around. Titled Bacardi Triangle (or #BacardiTriangle for the social media-loving folks), the festival will take place over a span of four days in Puerto Rico from October 30 to November 2.

In honor of the year of its creation, Bacardi will invite 1,862 guests to take part in the one-of-a-kind event, which will include a concert on a private island in the Bermuda Triangle. Pretty pimpin’, right? Among the artists scheduled to perform at the concert are Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, and DJ Calvin Harris.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the BACARDÍ Triangle, this has to be one of the most elaborate parties to have ever been organized,” Calvin Harris said in a statement.

So, the question of the hour is how does one get invited to such an amazing fete? It’s pretty simple actually. Just listen to Pandora, the Bacardi Triangle station (http://pandora.com/BacardiTriangle) to be exact. That’s where Bacardi will host a series of sweepstakes (beginning September 22) for those hoping to win a chance to jet off to Puerto Rico for their boozy, music extravaganza.

In addition to the concert on a private island, Bacardi Triangle attendees will also be treated to “pool-side sets from some of the world’s leading DJs” during their stay at the Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador resort in Puerto Rico. Also scheduled for that weekend is a Halloween-themed party that will consist of “global DJs, living mermaids, poi performance artists, voodoo shacks, tribal food huts and more.” Oh, and the entire trip is of course all-expenses paid.

Good luck to those who enter!

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Jeff Bridges (a.k.a The Dude) Teams Up With Kahlua For “The White Russian” Short Film

White Russian The Dude Jeff BridgesIn regards to this news…about damn time! If you’re a longtime fan of The Dude and are Lushworthy at heart then I’m sure you’ve been waiting for the day when Jeff Bridges, the actor who played the White Russian-loving The Dude in The Big Lebowski, teamed up with Kahlua for a boozy collaboration. And if you didn’t know, Kahlua is one of the main ingredients featured in the classic White Russian cocktail.

It was announced this week (via press release) that Bridges has teamed up with Kahlua Productions to release “The White Russian” short film. The actor will reportedly narrate and star in the film, which will debut on September 9 at a private screening in Hollywood, California.

“The White Russian is one of the most popular classic cocktails and it’s seeing a massive revival right now, so to work with Kahlua on this project is great timing,” said Jeff Bridges. “As a short film entirely inspired by a simple classic cocktail, this story is creative, enigmatic and beautifully shot.”

As far as the film is concerned, it’s directed by Ivan Zacharias and is “an intriguing story about the unlikely meeting of two men from different worlds.” There’s no word yet on when the general public will be able to see “The White Russian,” but I’m hoping for some time in the very near future. And I’ll surely be ready with White Russian in hand a la The Dude.

Be sure to follow the #KahluaWhiteRussian hashtag for more details on the film.

UPDATE: Check out the trailer below!

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Lushworthy Creations: Pinnacle Amaretto Vodka & Lemonade

Pinnacle Amaretto LemonadeHere in Atlanta, there’s a ton of events going on this Labor Day weekend, but the event I looked forward to the most was House In The Park. The annual event took place yesterday (August 31) in Grant Park and was as dope as expected. Now any time there’s a festive happening at one of Atlanta’s numerous parks I try to whip up something Lushworthy to sip on with friends. It’s usually something simple, one or two ingredients, because there’s no time for craft cocktails when it’s 90-plus degrees out. Pinnacle Amaretto Lemonade 2So, at the suggestion of a friend, I ended up making a pitcher of Pinnacle Amaretto and lemonade. I was obviously aiming for something Amaretto Sour-esque. Not sure if that was accomplished, but it was pretty tasty. It’s also super easy to make, with the Pinnacle Amaretto and lemonade being the only ingredients unless you want to add a few lemon wheels. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1 Part Pinnacle Amaretto Vodka

3 Parts Lemonade

Lemon Wheels (For Garnish)

DIRECTIONS

Combine Pinnacle Amaretto Vodka and lemonade in a pitcher. Stir and add lemon wheels.

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Drink Recipe: Of Course There’s A Cocktail To Celebrate International Bacon Day (August 30)

Crisp Apple & Bacon CocktailI feel like it was just yesterday when the only dishes I enjoyed with a side of bacon were pancakes or scrambled eggs with extra cheese. Now bacon is everywhere. It’s in candy. It’s in brownies. And please believe it’s definitely in cocktails as well. I’m a big supporter of bacon, so I’m not complaining. In fact, I fully plan on celebrating International Bacon Day with a bacon-inspired cocktail in hand. I’m still weighing my options, but this Crisp Apple & Bacon Cocktail, which is made using bacon infused vodka and Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, could be the move.

What do you bacon fanatics think? Is the Crisp Apple & Bacon Cocktail a good celebratory drink for International Bacon Day?

Crisp Apple & Bacon Cocktail (Created by Hayley Jensen)

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. bacon infused vodka
Splash maple syrup
Dash of bitters
4 oz. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

DIRECTIONS

Stir over ice, strain into a glass (martini suggested), garnish with a brandied cherry and small strip of bacon.

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Drink Recipes: Labor Day Gets Lushworthy With Cocktails From Skinnygirl, Belvedere Vodka & More

South Of The BorderI can’t believe I’m writing this blog post right now. Is summer over already? I mean, I know we’ve got a gazillion more weeks of sweltering heat left here in Atlanta, but I’m surprised that we’ve almost knocked out yet another season this year. Thankfully though, this Labor Day weekend is sure to be a cocktail-filled one, so I can leave my bewilderment at the door at least for a few days.

No need to fret over what sips you should serve this holiday weekend because I’ve compiled a list of drink recipes from Skinnygirl, Belvedere Vodka, 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, and a handful of other boozy brands, that are sure to please even the most finicky of cocktail lovers..Cheers to a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

South Of The Border (Created By Mixologist Lynnette Marrero)(Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 ounce Zacapa Rum 23
1/3 ounce Myers Dark Rum
1/3 ounce Orange Curaçao
2/3 ounce Perfect Puree Passion Fruit
1/3 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/3 ounce Orgeat Syrup
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
Mint Sprig & Orange Slice for Garnish

DIRECTIONS

Combine Zacapa Rum 23, Myers Dark Rum, orange curaçao, perfect puree passion fruit, fresh lime juice, orgeat syrup and aromatic bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain contents into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig and orange slice.

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From Brats To Bacon Bites, Check Out These Booze-Infused Recipes From Captain Morgan & Crown Royal

BBQ Chicken Bacon BitesI’m not gonna lie, the idea of cooking with booze scares me a little bit. You can’t tell me that the explosion of fire that results from flambeing a dish isn’t a little on the intimidating side. Thankfully though, not every booze-infused dish comes with the risk of singeing off one’s eyebrows. The folks at Crown Royal and Captain Morgan have come up with a handful of dishes that are made using either whiskey or rum and are perfect for this weekend’s Labor Day festivities.

Check out their recipes for BBQ Chicken Bacon Bites made with a rum-infused spicy sweet BBQ sauce and Brats With [Crown Royal] Maple-ized Onions.

BBQ Chicken Bacon Bites (Pictured Above)

(Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Georgia Johnson, The Comfort of Cooking)

INGREDIENTS

Nonstick cooking spray
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 oz. (half pound) bacon, cut into thirds
1/2 cup Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce (recipe below)
Toothpicks

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Wrap each chicken piece with a small strip of bacon. Secure with a toothpick and place on the baking sheet. Brush with BBQ sauce. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven, brush bites with more BBQ sauce, and return to oven. Bake for 15 more minutes. Serve warm.

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