So, there’s this little movie coming out this weekend that you may or may not have heard of. It’s called Black Panther. Ring a bell? All jokes aside, Black Panther will likely be one of the most epic releases in movie history. And take it from someone who’s already seen the movie, the hype is well worth it. Now what I haven’t seen much of are cocktails inspired by Wakanda, the East African nation Black Panther hails from. Thankfully, while scrolling through Instagram I came across a cocktail menu (courtesy of Berk Communications) featuring the Black Panther and Wakanda-inspired cocktails from a special D’USSE/OkayAfrica after-party for a screening of the film. You can find the recipes below. Oh, and…All Hail The King!
1.5 oz. D’USSE VSOP Cognac
0.5 oz. Disaronno
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
Build ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir and serve.
2 oz. D’USSE VSOP Cognac
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
Combine D’USSE, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with pineapple wedge.
Ibotta, one of my favorite apps, is offering quite the Lushworthy deal this Valentine’s Day. On February 14, Ibotta users can score a free glass of champagne at a restaurant of their choosing simply by using the app. Since Ibotta is a rebate app, you’ll have to purchase the glass of champagne on your own, and then upload an itemized receipt to the app. From there, you’ll receive cashback through the app (up to $5). You can then withdraw that money to your Paypal account or swap it out for a gift card (Sephora, Target, etc).
If needed, here’s a more detailed explanation on how to obtain this boozy Valentine’s Day offer, straight from Ibotta:
“Anyone with a smartphone can simply download the free Ibotta app, open the Restaurants and Bars category, tap the ‘Champagne Toast’ rebate and enjoy a free glass of bubbly of their choosing (up to a $5 value) at any local restaurant or bar. After purchase, users just need to upload their receipt through the Ibotta app to get their $5 reward.”
Roses are red, violets are blue. This new Baileys Strawberries & Cream is definitely for you. Sketchy poetry aside, just in times for Valentine’s Day, Baileys has released their limited-edition Strawberries & Cream flavor. The new flavor is described as a combination of “the flavor of ripe strawberries” and “the creamy delicious taste of Baileys.”
Given that Baileys Strawberries & Cream sounds absolutely decadent, the brand has partnered with Brooklyn-based Mini Melanie for two dessert recipes: Berry Baileys Bundt Cake and Baileys Strawberries and Dream Mousse. Although I prefer my Baileys on ice, these recipes sound like a fun addition to a Galentine’s celebration or an at-home dinner with your boo. You can find the recipe to both of these Lushworthy desserts, below. Cheers!
(Baileys Strawberries & Cream will be available from February to April)
I’m all for a good deal, so I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve scrolled through Groupon looking to find the perfect, Lushworthy deal. It can be annoyingly tedious. Once I find what seems to be a promising deal, I then head over to Yelp/Facebook to check reviews. From there, I either make my move or continue perusing through Groupon. Again…annoyingly tedious. I’ve definitely come across some gems, so to help you in your Groupon quest, I decided to get my Tiffany Haddish on and share a few of my Lushworthy favorites. (Lushworthy Tip: Check out the Ibotta rebate app to earn cashback on Groupon to buy more Groupons!)
Square Pub – Square Pub is hands down a favorite for the homies and I. They have great daily deals, and the vibe there is pretty chill given that it’s somewhat of an industry spot. Their Groupon is $15 for $30 worth of food and drink, and the best part is it includes booze!
Wild Heaven Craft Beers – For all my craft beer lovers out there, Wild Heaven has a deal worthy of your attention. The Avondale Estates-based brewery is offering four full pours, a souvenir glass, and a six or four-pack of beer for $25 per person.
Independent Distilling – If beer isn’t your thing then I’m assuming liquor is. For only $12, you and a guest get to experience a tour at the Independent Distilling distillery. You’ll also each receive a flight featuring three of their core products.
HOBNOB – This is a fun deal if you’re just looking to sample some brews, and snack on something light. A couple of bucks, $15 to be exact, gets you one appetizer and two beer flights (shared among two people). Sounds like a date night pre or post-turn up, to me.
Millionaire Cupcakes – I haven’t had alcohol-infused cupcakes in foreverrr, but the idea of a dozen of them being delivered directly to my house sounds heavenly. Caramel Appletini and White Russian Kahlua are among the boozy options available with Millionaire Cupcakes’ Groupon.
If, like me, you’ve found yourself proudly declaring “Dilly Dilly!” out of the blue, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Bud Light has released their “The Bud Knight” Super Bowl commercial, ahead of Sunday night’s game. The minute-long spot finds the Dilly Dilly King and his crew duking it out with the White Walkers for a few 12-packs of Bud. Okay, they aren’t actually White Walkers, but bad guys nonetheless. I don’t want to spoil too much, so check out “The Bud Knight” commercial, below.
The (previously released) “Ye Olde Pep Talk” and “The Bud Knight” commercials were directed by Jim Jenkins, and impressively enough, they were both filmed in New Zealand. “The Bud Knight” spot is set to air during the second quarter of the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl LII is fast approaching, and to be quite blunt, I’m just here for the cocktails (and the accompanying snacks). My team, the Atlanta Falcons had a pretty mediocre season, so I’m somewhat eager to end this chapter in football. I will say that I am really excited for all the Lushworthy cocktail options for the big game. Whether you’re rooting for the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles, or none of the above, I’ve compiled a list of cocktails you can whip up based on who you’re cheering for, this weekend.
New England Patriots – If you’re on the side of evil, then I’m assuming you’re rooting for Brady and the Patriots. The fiery “Brady’s Bunch” cocktail (pictured above), which is featured at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, is perfect for you Pats fans thanks to its spicy kick.
1 oz. Patron Anejo Tequila
1 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
.25 oz. Ancho Chile Liqueur
.25 oz. Bitter Liqueur
.25 oz. Spiced Syrup
Place a block of ice into an Old Fashioned glass, and set aside. Combine all of your ingredients in a separate mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with candied ginger.