Boozing With Willie: “Warm Ivory” (Made Using RumChata & Sailor Jerry Spiced Navy Rum)

Warm Ivory

Cold enough for ya? Unless you’re lucky enough to be reading this from a beach chair in the Dominican Republic, chances are the answer is an emphatic “YES!” The mercury isn’t rising much and the wind will take your breath away, it’s brutal outside! So, make the evening worth it all, you deserve it. Get settled inside, put on your comfy pajamas and enjoy this warm nightcap I’m about to bestow upon you.

I created the Warm Ivory not so much to get boozed up, but more so to relax. It’s a perfect dessert beverage and since there’s no caffeine, you won’t have trouble sleeping afterwards. It’s easy to prepare and the inclusion of RumChata and Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Navy Rum will feel as smooth as your silk sheets. Check out the recipe below and enjoy your winter that much more. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz RumChata
0.5 oz Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Navy Rum
1/2 Cup of Milk
1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
1Tsp Vanilla Extract
Baileys Cinnamon Dolce Creamer
Whipped Cream
Ground Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Steam or warm milk and heavy cream together (be sure not to let it come to a boil) and add vanilla extract while constantly stirring. Remove mixture from heat and add RumChata and spiced rum while stirring.

Pour your mixture into a coffee mug (leaving a little room) and cool the mixture with some Baileys creamer. Top with whipped cream and ground cinnamon.

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Lushworthy Creations: Sparkling Lemonade Margarita (Made Using Casa Noble Crystal Tequila)

Sparkling Lemonade Margarita

I hate to choose favorites, but I will say that the margarita is definitely top five as far as cocktails are concerned, in my opinion. With that being said, I’m pretty amped for National Margarita Day next week. It takes place on a Sunday (February 22) this year, so… “Mimosa who? Bellini what??” If you plan on celebrating National Margarita Day during a brunch with friends then I’ve got the perfect drink recipe.

I recently received a bottle of Casa Noble Crystal Tequila to create a unique National Margarita Day recipe with, and since I love the combination of tequila and lemonade, I chose to jazz it up a bit and create a Sparkling Lemonade Margarita. In addition to lemonade and tequila, this particular margarita also calls for fresh lime juice and lemon-lime soda. And it is oh-so-delicious.

You can find my Sparkling Lemonade Margarita recipe below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
4 oz Simply Lemonade
Splash Of Sprite
Splash Of Fresh Lime Juice
Lime Wheel

DIRECTIONS

Combine Casa Noble Crystal Tequila and Simply Lemonade in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top off with a splash of fresh lime juice and Sprite. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Cocktails On The Cheap: STK Atlanta Gets B.A.D.A.S.S. With $7 Belvedere Cocktails

STK Strawberry Cobbler

It’s no secret that STK Atlanta can be a little on the pricey side, but if you aren’t planning on going all out with a steak dinner and a bottle of bubbly, then you may be surprised to hear that you can enjoy both cocktails and small bites at an affordable price.

Late last year, the Midtown Atlanta steakhouse launched their B.A.D.A.S.S. specialty cocktail menu. I’m guessing this is the part where you need a little help with that acronym. Well, B.A.D.A.S.S. is an acronym for $7 Belvedere All Day And Saturday, Sunday. Among the Belvedere cocktails featured on STK’s specialty cocktail menu are the Midtown Elixir, Blueberry Collins, and Orange Noir.

I had the opportunity to try the Midtown Elixir and it was both tasty and refreshing. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure it’s a champagne and vodka-based cocktail (one of my favorite boozy combinations). And if you happen to venture outside of STK’s B.A.D.A.S.S. menu then I highly suggest their Strawberry Cobbler cocktail (pictured above). Yeah, it’s $14, but the graham cracker rim is well worth it. The vodka and fresh strawberries too.

In addition to $7 cocktails all day, everyday, STK also offers a $7 Small Bites Menu from 5 to 7 P.M., Monday through Friday. In regards to that menu, my favorite is the Lil’ BGR with truffle fries.

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9 Cupid Approved Cocktails You Should Consider This Valentine’s Day

The D'USSE Devotion

Cupid must have had a serious affinity for cocktails because Valentine’s Day is easily one of the most Lushworthy of holidays. Whether you and your boo plan on having an at home date night this Valentine’s Day, or if you plan on turning up at a V-Day house party (*slowly raises hand*), the cocktails are sure to be flowing. Stumped on ideas for V-Day inspired dranks? Fret not, I’ve compiled a list of nine Valentine’s Day cocktails for both the sweethearts and the love-haters. Check ‘em out below!

D’USSE Devotion (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1.5oz D’USSE VSOP Cognac
¾ oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
¾ oz House made Cinnamon Simple Syrup*
1 oz Hard Cider
Dash Angostura Bitters

DIRECTIONS

Combine the D’USSE, Lemon Juice, Cinnamon Syrup, and Angostura Bitters in Shaker. Shake and serve up in a coupe glass. Finish with Hard Cider and a little stir.

The Cinnamon syrup is made by adding cinnamon sticks to boiling water until the water begins to take on a brownish hue, then adding equal parts sugar to the water to create a 1 to 1 syrup.

The Hotel Lobby

The Hotel LobbyINGREDIENTS

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka
2 parts club soda
Muddled raspberries
Fresh lemon twist to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Muddle raspberries in a glass and add ice. Pour ingredients and stir. Garnish with a fresh lemon twist.

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Boozing With Willie: “The Velvet Kiss” (Made Using Baileys & Tequila Rose)

The Velvet Kiss

Well gentlemen, it’s that time of year again. Cupid is on the prowl, love is in the air and that special someone in your life is awaiting to see just how romantic of a night you have planned. Yeah, it’s the special day we call Valentine’s Day, the day we all express our love to our significant other and smother each other with kisses and hugs. Flowers, dinner, maybe a small, sentimental gift, it’s all well and good, but it’s been done over and over and over again. Your lady wants to see you get creative and unless you were born with a singing voice like yours truly (not true, but it sounds good) you might be in a bit of a bind. However, Ol’ Willie boy here has got you covered.

Her tastes buds will melt when she tastes The Velvet Kiss. This red velvet cake inspired cocktail will have you looking cooler than Clark Gable back in 1939 on the silver screen. Before things heat up, keep her cool with this blend of Tequila Rose liqueur, Baileys Irish Creme and last, but certainly not least red velvet Oreo cookies. Scroll down, get the recipe and thank me in the comments. Happy Valentine’s Day everybody, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Tequila Rose Strawberry Liqueur
0.5 oz Baileys Irish Creme
Splash of Strawberry Liqueur
4-6 Red Velvet Oreo Cookies
1 Cup of Ice
Strawberry Syrup
Whipped Cream

DIRECTIONS

In a blender, add Tequila Rose, Bailey’s Irish Creme, strawberry liqueur, 4-5 red velvet Oreo cookies and ice. Blend until smooth and pour into a hurricane glass lined with strawberry syrup. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of strawberry syrup. Garnish with a red velvet Oreo cookie and serve with a straw.

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Lushworthy Creations: “My Salty Valentine” (Made Using Baileys Salted Caramel & Ketel One Vodka)

My Salty Valentine

Now that we’re well into the month of February, the countdown to find a boo, bae, sweetheart, etc. by Valentine’s Day is officially on and popping. If it appears that cupid’s letting you down, no need to worry. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to link up with friends and swoon over Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, and other boos-in-your-head while enjoying a V-Day-inspired cocktail. In fact, save any saltiness for that cocktail. Wait, what? Bear with me here, people…

As a member of The Bar Insiders, I was recently challenged with creating a Valentine’s Day cocktail using Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Crème. My cocktail creation is the “My Salty Valentine,” a decadent combination of Baileys Salted Caramel, Ketel One Vodka, and Caramel Frappuccino (the bottled kind). And to add some extra V-Day vibes, I topped the cocktail off with a dash of maraschino cherry juice.

You can find the “My Salty Valentine” recipe below. And for added cocktail inspiration this Valentine’s Day check out my Pinterest board for the special occasion. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Crème

0.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka

1 oz. Bottled Caramel Frappuccino

Maraschino Cherry Juice & Cherries

DIRECTIONS

Add Baileys, Ketel One Vodka, and caramel frappuccino to a glass with ice. Stir and add a dash of maraschino cherry juice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or two.

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