Pumpkin Cocktails You Can Enjoy Without Guilt, Before Fall Starts

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I’m sure the pumpkin-obsessed are just counting down the days until fall starts. In only a matter of weeks, you’ll be able to sip on your pumpkin-nutmeg chai latte while nibbling on a pumpkin-brown butter cookie, with zero guilt. In all honesty though, who says you have to wait until September 22 to indulge in all things pumpkin? Absolutely no one! There are some amazing, pumpkin cocktails out there that are still summer-friendly. To hold you over before fall, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the best, so you can live your pumpkin-loving life to the fullest. Cheers!

Pumpkin Pie White Russian – It only makes sense to start off with a cocktail I made for Lushworthy almost two years ago. Although it was created smack dab in the middle of fall, it’s still a great, dessert-y cocktail to enjoy as late summer nears. [Recipe – Lushworthy.com]

Smashing Pumpkin – Rum is my absolute favorite spring/summer spirit, and this cocktail is made using just that. With the addition of homemade lemon-pumpkin soda, the Smashing Pumpkin is one of few pumpkin cocktails that’s also refreshing. [Recipe – Liquor.com]

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Downtown Atlanta Welcomes Speakeasy-Inspired Red Phone Booth

20160829_135627_FotorI’m pretty sure I’m one of few Atlantans who never had the opportunity to visit Prohibition before it closed months ago (tsk tsk, I know), but it seems as if the bar has been reborn thanks to the newly-opened, Red Phone Booth. Located in downtown Atlanta, the Red Phone Booth serves as a cigar lounge and Prohibition-style bar.

I had the opportunity to visit Red Phone Booth, during a media event earlier this month, and I was immediately impressed by the richness of the space. Lots of deep colors and wood detailing. The space is also filled with a number of cozy, leather couches for your Lushworthy leisure. 

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During my visit, the mixologists whipped up a number of classic cocktails. I opted for a Caipirinha (in the spirit of the Rio Olympics), a modified whiskey sour, and a Flirtini (don’t ask). I absolutely loved the modified whiskey sour, which was made by master mixologist Bob Ruede. As much as I love a good whiskey sour, I find that a lot of them are usually way too tart, so this cocktail was perfect. As far as the food selection, we were offered a variety of fresh seafood and other bites. Although tasty, I’m hoping their full menu has more of a robust selection. 

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“Atlanta” Cast Attends Screening In Atlanta + “Atlanta Old Fashioned” Drink Recipe

Robin Lori for FX Networks
Robin Lori for FX Networks

Being a booze blogger and all, I’ve attended a lot of really cool events here in the city, but I was super excited to cover the FX screening of “Atlanta” this week. “Atlanta” is a new series created by “Community” alum and rapper extraordinaire, Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino). It follows two cousins as they “work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.” We had the opportunity to watch two episodes of the show during the screening, “The Big Bang” and “Streets On Lock.”

I’m not about to drop any spoilers, so I won’t get into what went down in those first two episodes, but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Like I said on Facebook shortly after seeing the premiere, “Atlanta” is so Atlanta, and for that I’m a fan. It is a dramatic comedy, so be prepared for both laughs and a few uncomfortable moments.  

The screening of “Atlanta” took place at the Georgia Aquarium, and was attended by Glover and the rest of the show’s cast. Jermaine Dupri and Metro Boomin (who served as DJ for the evening) were also in attendance. The event proved to be quite Lushworthy thanks to an open bar that lasted until midnight. My bartender, I believe her name was Juicy (either that or I completely misheard her) whipped up a mean rum punch. I can’t tell you exactly how it was made, but I’m pretty sure there was a combination of fruit juices, grenadine, and Bacardi. We were also treated to a Southern style buffet, which featured fresh veggies, shrimp and grits, and of course, mac and cheese.

And since I know that you all need something nice to sip on when you watch the premiere of “Atlanta” on September 6 on FX, I’ve created the Atlanta Old Fashioned for your sipping pleasure. You can find the recipe below. Cheers!

Atlanta Old Fashioned
An Old Fashioned with an Atlanta twist. (Recommended food pairing: Lemon pepper wings, wet)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz. Bourbon
  2. 0.5 oz Honey Whiskey Liqueur
  3. Peach Bitters
  4. 1 Sugar Cube
  5. Peach Wedge
  6. Water
Instructions
  1. Place sugar cube in an old fashioned glass.
  2. Add three dashes of peach bitters.
  3. Add a splash of water and muddle the sugar and bitters.
  4. Fill your old fashioned glass with ice and add bourbon and honey whiskey liqueur.
  5. Stir and garnish with a peach wedge.
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The Ciroc Mango Cocktails You Have To Make Before The End Of Summer

Ciroc Mango Cocktails

After receiving some bogus intel from rapper French Montana via Snapchat, it has now been confirmed that Ciroc Mango is the newest Ciroc flavor. Congrats to all you mango-loving, Ciroc sippers out there. Personally, the only tropical fruit flavor I really rock with is pineapple, but I can imagine that Ciroc Mango would make for some pretty tasty, end of summer cocktails. In fact, I’ve created a handful of Ciroc cocktails that I think will be a worthy addition to your Labor Day festivities, or any festivity for that matter.

It’s currently unclear when Ciroc Mango will be released, so for your convenience I’ve gone ahead and made recipe cards for my cocktails, so you can easily print and/or save them. Cheers!

Mango Arnold Palmer
Serves 1
A boozy take on the Arnold Palmer.
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 oz. Ciroc Mango
  2. 3 oz. Sweet Tea
  3. 2 oz. Simply Lemonade Mango
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice.
  2. Stir and garnish with mango wedge.
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Ciroc Tropical Punch
Serves 1
A boozy tropical punch made using Ciroc Mango, Ciroc Coconut, and Ciroc Pineapple.
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Ingredients
  1. 0.5 oz. Ciroc Mango
  2. 0.5 oz. Ciroc Pineapple
  3. 0.5 oz. Ciroc Coconut
  4. 3 oz. Mango Juice
  5. 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  6. Lime
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice.
  2. Stir and top with a splash of fresh lime juice.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge.
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Retro Cocktails To Sip During Your “Stranger Things” & “The Get Down” Binge-A-Thon

The Get Down

“Stranger Things” gave me life, last month. And now I’m receiving even more life thanks to “The Get Down.” In addition to being binge-worthy, Netflix hits, “Stranger Things” and “The Get Down” have also given us a nice dose of nostalgia. Hello shiny disco balls, perfectly-picked afros, and awkwardly over-sized glasses (sup Barb?).

While you prepare to watch either television show, which you definitely should, be sure to consider these retro cocktails for nostalgia in booze form.

Hailing from the disco era is the Langham Colada. Although pretty similar to the pina colada, the Langham Colada also calls for coconut water and two, different types of rum. [Recipe]

Although the Cosmopolitan gained popularity thanks to the Lushworthy gals from “Sex & The City,” the fruity drink was a popular sip in the 1970s. Simply combine vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice to make this cocktail. [Recipe]

Fuzzy Navel

Birthed in the 1980s, the Fuzzy Navel serves as yet another fruity addition to our list of nostalgia-inducing drinks. Created decades ago by bartender Ray Foley, the Fuzzy Navel became quite popular among younger drinkers. [Recipe]

While the Long Island Iced Tea is a personal enemy of mine, it also peaked in popularity in the 70s. Packed with all the booze you can think of, the Long Island Iced Tea became a favorite among many due to its relatively smooth taste. But beware, it packs quite a punch. Trust me, I would know. [Recipe]

During one episode of “The Get Down,” I watched as one character made a big-batch punch using Bacardi 151. Some call it Hunch Punch, some might not call it anything at all, but big-batch punch made using cheap likka and fruit punch was pretty major in the 80s. [Recipe]

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Grey Goose’s Le Logis Opens Its Doors For The Ultimate Vodka Vacation

Grey Goose Le Logis

Do you guys mind it if I get my brag on for a hot second? Much appreciated. A few years back, I had the opportunity to visit Le Logis as part of an immersion trip with Grey Goose. Le Logis is the French manor brand home for Grey Goose, and it’s located in the Cognac region of France. Given that Le Logis is in fact a French Manor in Cognac, it’s absolutely divine. During the time I spent there, we were treated to exquisite meals that were created on site and enjoyed lots of, you guessed it, Grey Goose. It was there that I was introduced to my favorite Grey Goose cocktail, Le Fizz.

Oh crap, I forgot that I said that I would only brag for “a hot second.” Well, this exclusive experience is no longer super exclusive. Grey Goose will offer guest experiences at Le Logis from August 4 – 6 and August 25 – 27 of this year. According to a press release, “The GREY GOOSE Le Logis Summer Open House will offer guests a specially curated journey that explores what lies behind the French luxury vodka brand with a unique, two–day itinerary.”

All of this of course comes with a cost, and it’s a pretty penny. The trip costs $1,800 per person and includes “return luxury airport transfers from Bordeaux and Angouleme, two nights B&B in a single, twin or double bedroom, all meals cooked by an in-house chef, expertly crafted GREY GOOSE cocktails prepared by an on-site mixologist, soft drinks, snacks, tours and experiences.”

To purchase your trip, you can visit the Brown + Hudson website.

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