With Discovery Channel’s Shark Weekextravaganza starting in a matter of hours, I took it upon myself to create my own drinking game inspired by Shark Week. So, grab a few friends, get your hands on a bottle of your favorite booze, and enjoy! And please do remember to drink responsibly. Cheers!
Before I go on a mass texting spree in the hopes of figuring out what “the move” is this Fourth of July weekend, I figured it seemed only right to share a handful of Independence Day inspired cocktails with you guys. Below, you’ll find my personal Fourth of July picks from brands including from Belvedere Vodka, Basil Hayden’s, Courvoisier, and more.
Cheers! And be sure to keep safe this weekend. (Remember to keep a bucket of water on hand if you plan on celebrating with your own fireworks. I heard that on the news yesterday and for some odd reason felt compelled to share.)
Oh! One last thing. I plan (emphasis on “plan”) to take part in my first Periscope (live-streaming app) on July 4th (7 to 10 P.M.) at the Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew event. So, be sure to follow me! Username is @Lushworthy.
Himalaya Blues (Pictured Above)
1 oz Snow Leopard Vodka
½ oz Blue Curacao
½ oz Lemon Juice
3 oz Sprite
1 Mini Rose
1 Lemon Wedge
Combine Snow Leopard Vodka, Blue Curacao, and lemon juice in a shake with ice. Shake and strain into highball glass. Add ice, top with Sprite, and add a mini rose and lemon wedge garnish.
On a recent trip to Orlando, I realized the genius that is Grand Marnier. Not that I’d never enjoyed this fine cognac liqueur in the past, but I’m certainly guilty of overlooking it. I swore when I got back home I’d include this in a cocktail, but wasn’t able to come up with anything unique enough to post for the world to try. Enter Grand Marnier’s second installment in their Signature Collection, their liqueur with a blend of raspberries and peaches, PERFECT!
Back into the lab I went and the result was A Day At The Peach. A sweetheart of a cocktail, literally. The mission was to really compliment the fruity notes Grand Marnier offered, while also being refreshing going down. If you’re a fan of fruity cocktails or just Grand Mariner in general, try this on for size. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Cheers!
1 oz Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz Cointreau
Splash of Chambord Liqueur
1/4 oz Grenadine
3/4 oz Peach Nectar
1/2 oz Grand Mariner Signature Collection No. 2
Splash of Lemon Lime soda
In a shaker with ice, combine peach schnapps, Cointreau, Chambord and peach nectar. Shake and pour into a rocks glass. Drizzle grenadine down the side of the glass to give a red bottom affect. Top the cocktail off with Grand Mariner and a splash of lemon lime soda. Drop in some raspberries and a peach slice as a garnish.
As if dope pool parties and boozy drinks by the beach weren’t enough to get us excited about summer, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey has re-introduced their #SummerSwarm giveaway series. All you have to do to take part is create a photo album on JackSummerSwarm.com and upload pics via your device or Instagram. Take note that each week is a different summer-friendly theme (selfies, the beach, festival life, etc). Jack Honey will be giving out cool prizes like selfie sticks and personal-action cams, but the grand prize is an all-expenses paid trip to next year’s Lollapalooza music fest. Be sure to check out JackSummerSwarm.com for added details.
Oh, and if you’re in need of a super simple, summer cocktail then check out the recipe for my Jack n’ Tea! It calls for both Jack Honey and sweet tea, and is so tasty.
Jack n’ Tea
1 Part Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
3 Parts Sweet Tea
Add Jack Honey and sweet tea to either a glass or a pitcher (depending on how big of a batch you’re serving). Stir, add ice, and a splash of lemon (more for a big batch). Garnish individual servings with a lemon wedge.
I’ve been sitting on this recipe idea for quite a few months now and finally chose to whip it up earlier today. And now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long because it’s super easy to make and hella tasty. Also, if you’ve found yourself slightly intimated by the Old Fashioned then this is a nice way to ease yourself in. The addition of Piehole Pecan Pie Whiskey gives it a nice layer of dessert-y sweetness while the Bulleit Bourbon still makes for a pretty solid Old Fashioned.
Another cool thing about this cocktail is that you can really add your own twist to it by using flavored bitters. I used good ol’ fashioned Angostura bitters for my cocktail, but a vanilla or walnut-flavored bitter would really take this drink to the next level.
Check out my Pecan Pie Old Fashioned recipe, below. Cheers!
1 oz Bulleit Bourbon
0.5 oz Piehole Pecan Pie Whiskey
1 or 2 Sugar Cubes
2 Dash Of Bitters
Splash Of Water
Add sugar cube(s), bitters, and a splash of water to an Old Fashioned glass. Muddle sugar mixture with the back of a spoon. Add Bulleit Bourbon and Piehole Whiskey to your glass. Stir and add ice. Garnish with cherry.
This year will serve as the fourth time I’ve attended the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, so I’ve definitely learned a thing or two over the past few years. And with the 2015 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival kicking off this weekend, it seemed only right to share a handful of tips with you guys.
Don’t Stay Thirsty, My Friend – Whether it’s the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival or some hipster music fest in the middle of nowhere, staying hydrated is always key. There’s plenty of free water at the festival, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be properly hydrated.
Sign Up For Classes/Seminars Ahead Of Time – Not sure if this is an option for everyone, but if you can, be sure to sign up for festival classes/seminars, online. The festival has welcomed bigger and bigger crowds each year, and I’ve noticed that quite a few classes sell out before doors even open for that particular day.
Hey, Bag Lady – This tip is primarily for the ladies. I highly recommend wearing either a cross-body bag or a mini backpack to the festival. Trust me, you’re going to want to have your hands free during the tasting tents. There’s nothing like having to hold two souvenir glasses, a tasting tents map, three GooGoo Clusters, and your Marc Jacobs satchel.
Mixing And A Mingling – The cool thing about the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is that it welcomes people from across the country, and at this point, probably even the globe. Don’t be scurred, try and meet a new friend or two while you’re enjoying the festivities.
Pace Yourself – I was definitely guilty of not pacing myself my first two years at the festival, specifically at the tasting tents. There’s just so many tasty options, and you want to try them all! Just take a breath and relax. The food is not running away and there’s plenty of it for everyone, so please do pace yourself.