Aqua Vino To Bring Fine Wines & Atlanta’s Best Bites To The Georgia Aquarium This Week

Aqua Vino 2014Aqua Vino, the Georgia Aquarium’s annual benefit event, is once again set to take place here in Atlanta. In addition to sampling fine wines from across the globe and noshing on the city’s best bites, those who purchase a ticket to Aqua Vino will help in raising funds for the Georgia Aquarium’s Sea Turtle conservation and research initiatives.

Aqua Vino guests will also be treated to brews from Atlanta favorite, SweetWater Brewing Company and specialty beer importer, Merchant du Vin.

The great thing about Aqua Vino is that during the event a number of Georgia Aquarium galleries are open, so if you’ve never visited the aquarium before you get to sip on exotic wines while also observing beluga whales, dolphins, and other aquatic life.

This year’s Aqua Vino is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 9th and will be hosted by Jeff Corwin. Tickets start at $125 per person and can be purchased at GeorgiaAquarium.org.

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The Shot Game Just Got A Little Sour With The Release Of Smirnoff Sours

Smirnoff SoursIf you’re a big fan of those almost painfully sour candies (think War Heads and Sour Patch Kids) and are of legal drinking age then it may be time to incorporate Smirnoff Sours into your weekend shots routine. The newly-released Smirnoff Sours line comes in three mouth-twerking flavors: Green Apple, Watermelon, and Fruit Punch.

All three flavors are best served chilled and in shot form and are said to pack “a flavorful punch.” And unlike your typical Smirnoff bottle, the Smirnoff Sours bottles glow in the dark under black light.

“SMIRNOFF is once again changing the game, infusing excitement and fun into the vodka category with the introduction of the electrifying Sour line,” said Sandhya Padmanabhan, Brand Manager for SMIRNOFF Vodka. “More palatable than other shot-based spirits, Sours is the next big thing in shot rituals. It’s unique because it creates a true, memorable moment – toasting with new and old friends and capturing the sour face that follows. Whether celebrating a big night out, the big game, or just an impromptu outing with friends, SMIRNOFF Sours is a perfectly bold and fun compliment to any occasion.”

You can get your hands on a 750 mL bottle of Smirnoff Sours for only $15.99.  Also, be sure to share your likely hilarious, post-Smirnoff Sours shot face using the #MyFaceWhen hashtag on social media.

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Drink Recipes: You’ll Get A Kick Out Of These Spodee White Cocktails

Spodee WhiteA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sample both Spodee White and the original Spodee during a Yelp event here in Atlanta. What is Spodee, you ask? Well, it’s a wine fortified with moonshine. I’m sure that sounds a little intimidating, but I assure you it isn’t. At the Yelp event, I sampled cocktails made using both varieties of Spodee. My hands down favorite was the Spodee White Sangria (recipe can be found below). Since Spodee White is already heavy on the coconut and pineapple flavors, the addition of pineapple juice gave the Spodee White Sangria an extra kick of sweetness while the club soda mellowed the drink out a bit.

I also received a bottle of Spodee White shortly after the Yelp event. Needless to say, I was so impressed at Spodee White as a stand-alone drink that I kept drinking it by itself (with a little ice). So, by the time I was ready for some cocktail experimenting my bottle was tapped out. Oops.

I love the old-fashioned, milk jug style bottle that Spodee comes in, but I have to say that you don’t get a whole lot of servings out of one bottle of Spodee. So, you may want to keep that in mind.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on a bottle of Spodee you can use their locator to find out where you can buy Spodee in your city. And when you do get your hands on a bottle, be sure to try the drink recipes below! Cheers!

Coconut Breeze

INGREDIENTS

1 part Spodee White
1 part Coconut Rum
2 parts Grapefruit Juice
Splash of Cranberry Juice

DIRECTIONS

Combine Spodee, coconut liqueur and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker, shake for 30 seconds, pour over ice and top with a splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with grapefruit slice or cherry.

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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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