A Lushworthy Guide To The CounterPoint Festival: From The Heineken House To Camping BYOB

CounterPoint Lushworthy GuideI’ve been planning on posting a Lushworthy guide to CounterPoint for a few weeks now, but I’ve basically procrastinated my way through those few weeks. Tsk tsk, I know. So, when a friend of a friend on Facebook commented on a post on CounterPoint with the following message: “I hope they have beer!” I knew I had to get my Lushworthy guide up ASAP. The people clearly need this. So, here you have it!

Heineken House!!! – Yes! I was hoping there would be some kind of booze-sponsored lounge at Counterpoint. And here you have it. The Heineken House is described as “a multi-sensory experience, featuring a Live Art Pyramid as the core…the pyramid features 12 massive live art walls to be hand-painted over the three days at Counterpoint this spring.” They’ll be plenty of ice cold brew on deck, but no word yet on if that brew will be complimentary.

Where’s The Booze?! – So, the folks at CounterPoint have created this handy little map to show you where all the stages, eateries, the Heineken House, and of course the bars, are. The places where you can buy drinks are represented by a green mug of beer. There’s a total of five bars in the main festival area. There’s also a bar at the campgrounds area.

CounterPoint MapBYOB Or Nah? – If you’ll soon have the pleasure of camping out at CounterPoint then yes, you do get to bring your own booze. Restrictions for the campgrounds are as follows:

  • You’re allowed to bring your own personal beer, wine and liquor into the campgrounds as long as it’s for personal consumption and within reason.
  • One case of beer, a box of wine, or one liter of liquor per person.
  • No glass bottles or containers! We’d hate to take your booze from you, but we will.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID in order to consume alcohol.

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Drink Recipes: Spring Into The Season With Cocktails From D’USSE, Knob Creek, Cruzan Rum & More

Basil Hayden's Bluegrass PunchAs tempting as it may be, I think we can officially leave the spiked apple ciders, rum-heavy egg nogs and other cold-weather drinks behind and replace those boozy beverages with one of a number of Spring cocktails. Quite a few liquor brands, including D’USSE and Knob Creek, are taking full advantage of those seasonal fruits and other ingredients that are now available and have crafted cocktails that are ideal for the warmer months ahead. Oh, and since the start of Spring also unofficially marks the start of travel season (yesss!) I’ve included a special drink recipe from the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Cheers!

Basil Hayden’s Bluegrass Punch (Created by Debbi Peek; Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

4 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
8 parts Blueberry Juice
8 parts Passion Fruit Juice
Sparkling Wine or Club Soda
Fresh Mint Leaves

DIRECTIONS

Add Basil Hayden’s, blueberry juice, passion fruit juice and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake. Top with club soda or sparkling wine.

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Lushworthy Pics: Hennessy V.S Hosts An “Illmatic” Brunch Celebration For Nas During Coachella

NasNew York City wordsmith Nas has a lot to celebrate this month. He served as one of the headliners at the Coachella arts and music festival over the weekend. This month marks 20 years since he released his classic debut, Illmatic. (All you need to do is peep this IG pic to understand my excitement about that feat) And lastly, the rapper’s Time Is Illmatic documentary will open this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. And to celebrate all of Nas’ accomplishments, Hennessy V.S held an intimate brunch at Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, California on Sunday (April 13).

Among those in attendance at Hennessy and Nas’ boozy brunch (because booze and brunch go together like Jay and Bey) were actors Lance Gross and Damon Wayans, and So So Def’s own Jermaine Dupri. During the brunch, guests sipped on a bevy of Hennessy cocktails including the “Desert Cooler” while noshing on waffles poolside. Okay, I actually have no idea what they ate, but I think it’s safe to say that waffles were included in the mix.

You can check out a few pics from the event below, courtesy of Hennessy V.S.

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Lushworthy News: Angry Orchard Green Apple Hits The Booze Market, Cruzan Rum Gets Peachy

ANGRY ORCHARD LAUNCHES GREEN APPLE HARD CIDER NATIONWIDENow that spring has officially sprung (please excuse my corniness), there are a ton of new alcoholic beverages hitting the market. Among those Lushworthy beverages is Angry Orchard Cider Company’s Angry Orchard Green Apple and Cruzan Peach Rum.

The new Angry Orchard Green Apple is described as boasting a “bright flavor balanced with sweet notes of honeydew melon and kiwi, with a dry, slightly tart finish.” Honeydew? Kiwi? In a cider? Yes, I’ll take all of that. Please and thank you. If you’re not afraid of a little tartness, Angry Orchard Green Apple is said to be a great choice when paired with smoked meats, sharp cheeses, and sweet desserts.

Cruzan Peach RumAnd if you prefer the peachier things in life then there’s always the new Cruzan Peach Rum. A combination of Cruzan Rum and the flavor of ripe peaches, Cruzan Peach Rum serves as yet another fruity addition to Cruzan’s line of rums, which are all made in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. And is it just me or is there something somewhat whimsical about sipping on a product that was made in paradise? Either that or I’m in desperate need of emerald waters, white sand, and strong pina coladas.

Since Cruzan Peach Rum and Angry Orchard Green Apple are newly-released, you can expect them to gradually work their way into your local liquor store this season.

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SweetWater’s New Deal With Delta Is The Most Lushworthy Airline News You’ll Hear This Year

SweetWater Delta“Exciting” and “airline news” are two words you hardly ever see together these days. But with the announcement that Delta Air Lines will now begin serving SweetWater’s 420 Extra Pale Ale on flights between Atlanta and New York City, we now have some airline news to actually be excited about.

So, the next time you end up sitting directly in front of the most turnt up toddler in aviation history on your next flight or are about to embark on your third connecting flight in one day, just know that an ice cold can of 420 Extra Pale Ale awaits you in the friendly skies.

“Delta is a world-class organization, as well as a local neighbor, so we couldn’t be more excited about this alliance and the opportunity for SweetWater to be featured onboard,” said SweetWater Founder and Big Kahuna Freddy Bench. “Our new cans eliminate the glass restrictions that previously held us back from offering our beer in great spots like airplanes, stadiums, beaches and more. This is an exciting time for craft beer and I’m personally looking forward to enjoy a few 420s on my next trip to The Big Apple!”

SweetWater ranks among the craft beer elite here in Atlanta, so it’s pretty cool seeing a home team make such a major move. And if you happen to be traveling from New York City to Atlanta, I’d highly suggest checking out the SweetWater brewery. I had the opportunity to check it out a few weeks ago and I’m already plotting which brewery I want to visit next. Good times, great beer, and it’s also pretty informative.

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The Cocktail Menu At Miami’s Lord Balfour Gets The Royal Treatment With These Tea-Infused Cocktails

Lord Balfour Spiked Tea

Over the past few years, cultural fusions have become quite prominent when it concerns the food and drink world. Some fusions work amazingly well together. Take Atlanta restaurant Poor Calvin’s for example, which boasts a food and drink menu that combines Southern flair with far East sophistication. And when it comes to food and drink fusions, I’m sure the city of Miami reigns supreme. Among the Miami establishments serving up a unique mixture of two varying cultures, and in liquid form on top of that, is the Lord Balfour hotel.

Located on vibrant Miami Beach, Lord Balfour has just introduced a tea-infused signature cocktail list that pairs British staples with a little Latin flair. See, I told you they were serving up some very unique and of course Lushworthy combinations.

In the mood for a rum infused with green tea? Then their “Piccadilly Circus,” which combines green tea-infused rum with lime juice, mint, and ginger beer, should make for a welcoming addition to tea time. And if you prefer your cocktails sans the Brit’s beverage of choice then the Lord Balfour’s new menu offers a handful of cocktails that don’t include tea, but are still heavy on the Latin-British fusion.

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Drink Recipes: The Peach Perfect SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Cocktails Featured At Cocktails With Belle

SKYY Infusions Peach CocktailsA few days ago, I had the opportunity to check out my first ever Cocktails With Belle meetup. The event series was created well before author and Cocktails With Belle creator Demetria Lucas rose to reality show fame with Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels,” and serves as an opportunity for Demetria to mix and mingle, and of course enjoy some sips with fans. Fortunately, for those in attendance at the Atlanta Cocktails With Belle shindig at Bar One, the event was sponsored by SKYY Vodka’s latest addition, SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach, which was used to create a trio of cocktails for attendees to sample. I had the opportunity to sample two out of three of the cocktails available and I have to say that they’re quite ideal for spring/summer and extremely easy to make.

I’ve included drink recipes to all of the cocktails featured at Cocktails With Belle as well as a brief review of the cocktails I was able to sample. Cheers!

Georgia Peach Pre-Tea – It’s no secret that those of us in the South love our sweet tea. Combine our beverage of choice with the iconic Georgia peach and you’ve got yourself a cocktail that’s as flavorful as it is simple. This was my personal favorite from Cocktails With Belle. I’m not the biggest peach fan, so the combination of sweet tea and fresh lemon dulled the peachiness and created a very refreshing cocktail.

Georgia Peach Pre-TeaINGREDIENTS

2 oz SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach
3 oz Iced Tea
Squeeze of fresh Lemon

DIRECTIONS

Mix over ice in a tall glass. Squeeze and drop lemon wedge.

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Turn Your Cocktail Napkin Art Into $5,000 With Tuaca Liqueur’s #TuacaArt Contest

Tuaca Art Contest LushworthyIf the drawing above is any sign, then I probably won’t be winning any cocktail napkin art contests anytime soon, but I would definitely encourage all my artistic readers to check out Tuaca Liqueur’s #TuacaArt contest. All you have to do to enter the #TuacaArt contest is upload your finest napkin art to TuacaArt.com. Following the close of the contest (last day to submit your art is on April 30), a panel of judges will then judge each submission based on creativity/originality and appeal. Since the contest is being held by a boozy beverage, you of course have to be 21 years of age or older to enter.

And if you didn’t already figure it out, which you probably haven’t, the picture I drew is of a martini and shot glass garden. Don’t ask…

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A Somewhat Comprehensive List Of All The Atlanta-Based Booze Fests I Can Think Of

Beer FestsEvery time I attend a beer or liquor festival here in the Atlanta area and proceed to document the festivities on social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc.), I get a lot of responses along the lines of “I can’t believe that was this weekend!” or “Why didn’t you tell me about [insert random booze festival here]?” So, since we’re gradually working our way into booze festival season, I figured I’d help you guys out a bit and list all the Lushworthy festivals I’m aware of. And if you have any festivals you’d like to add, feel free to chime in via the comments section or shoot me an email and I’ll gladly add on to the list. Oh, and FYI, this list only consists of spring/summer festivals.

March 21 – HAWKtoberfest – Phillips Arena

April 5 – Beer Carnival – Atlantic Station

April 5 – Hogs & Hops Atlanta – Masquerade Music Park

April 18 – 20 – SweetWater 420 Fest – Centennial Olympic Park

April 26 – Hip Hop Beer Fest At The Brewery – Three Taverns Brewery

April 26 – Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Fest – Heritage Green

April 27 – Buckhead Wine Festival – Andrews Entertainment District

May 29 – June 1 – Atlanta Food & Wine Festival – Midtown Atlanta

June 7 – Brookhaven Beer Fest - (Umm…Is behind the Brookhaven MARTA station an adequate location?)

June 21 – Atlanta Summer Beer Fest – Masquerade Music Park

July 4 – Red White & Brew – Georgia Aquarium

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Drink Recipes: Swap Your Green Beer For A Festive, St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Instead This Year

The Monsterrat

If there’s one thing you can always get your hands on on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) it’s beer, and lots of it, especially the green-hued stuff. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with chugging down a few ice cold brews during St. Patrick’s Day, but if you’re in the market for something a little outside of the norm then there’s plenty of St. Paddy’s Day-inspired cocktails to choose from. Whether you’re in the market for a dessert cocktail courtesy of Pinnacle Vodka or in the mood for something with a little more history behind it, take the Tullamore D.E.W.-made “The Montserrat” for example, then you should definitely be able to find your ideal St. Patrick’s Day cocktail from the list below.

The Montserrat (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
1 part cloudy apple juice
1 brown sugar cube
Dash Angostura Bitters
Large orange ‘Horses Neck’ twist

DIRECTIONS

Muddle brown sugar cube, bitters and small amount of Tullamore D.E.W. in bottom of rocks glass. Fill glass with cubed ice. Stir to dilute, adding Tullamore D.E.W. slowly. Add more ice as necessary. Afterwards, add apple juice and garnish with an orange twist. Continue reading

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