When the clock strikes 5 P.M. today and your work week officially ends, chances are pretty high that you’ll then scramble to the mall for that perfect Mother’s Day gift. Or if that’s not the case, you’ll probably immediately whip out your smartphone and scour OpenTable in the hopes of finding the ideal Mother’s Day brunch spot. Am I right? Well, since you’re likely going to spend most of the weekend planning for Sunday, if anything, at least you don’t have to put in too much effort finding that winning Mother’s Day cocktail. I’ve gone ahead and included the drink recipes to a handful of Mother’s Day-inspired drink recipes to make your weekend a little easier. From tequila-based to those heavy on the vodka, from the sweet to the savory, you’ll likely find at least one cocktail mom will go head over heels for. Enjoy!
Relaxi Taxi Spa-Tini (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Lemon
1.5 oz. Club soda
.05 oz. Lemon juice
0.5 oz. Agave nectar
10 slices cucumber (Garnish)
Muddle cucumber slices in the bottom of a mixing glass with SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Lemon, lemon juice and agave nectar. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with club soda.
Each year, thousands of Atlantan’s and plenty of out-of-towners converge in Midtown Atlanta for the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. The foodie’s come out in droves at the annual event, but as someone who’s had the opportunity to attend the festival I can tell you that there’s plenty of wine tastings, cocktail classes, and beer seminars to keep all you Lushworthy individuals more than satisfied. The May 30th kickoff for the festival is approaching fast, so I’ve gone ahead and compiled a minor cheat sheet for those of you struggling to choose what events you want to attend.
Ramos Gin Fizz – Look, you guys are afraid of gin. I get it. Gin is arguably one of the most intimidating spirits out there, but it’s time to face your fear folks. So, why not rid yourself of your gin fears and also learn how to make the New Orleans favorite, the “Ramos Gin Fizz” during this cocktail class?
Sip Down Under – Australia wine? Yes, please. During this seminar you’ll have the opportunity to sample both “world-renowned vintages” and “lesser-known, up-and-coming gems” from the land down under…mate.
Cocktails & Confections – Oh hells yes! At this cooking demonstration, Gary Crunkleton and Plinio Sandalio will teach participants how to infuse desserts with various cocktail ingredients.
It’s been quite sometime since Malibu wet our rum-hungry palates with a new flavor, but at last the brand has introduced their latest addition. The latest flavor from the brand is titled Malibu Island Spiced and as you can tell from the name it combines Malibu coconut with vanilla and a touch of cinnamon. Malibu Island Spiced is also one of numerous Spring additions that’s low on the calories (70 per serving) since it’s in fact made using the all-natural sweetener, Truvia.
To help spread the word about Malibu Island Spiced, they’ve gone ahead and partnered with former reality star and fashion designer Lauren Conrad. Here’s what Conrad had to say about her partnership with Malibu:
“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be working with Malibu on launching the new Malibu Island Spiced,” said Lauren Conrad in a statement. “Entertaining is such a big part of my life and Malibu Island Spiced gives me the perfect inspiration for new and delicious cocktail recipes that I’m excited to share with you all.”
A bottle of the spiced rum boasts a modest price tag at about $16.99 for a 750 ml bottle. You can expect Malibu Island Spiced to hit your preferred Lushworthy establishment later this month.
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As lovely as the classic margarita may be, it’s nice to switch it up sometimes. With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner why not use the holiday to experiment with a few unique margarita recipes and maybe a few other tequila-based cocktails? Well, in case you need a little extra motivation when it comes to checking out the Cinco de Mayo-inspired drink recipes listed below, I’ve decided to also incorporate a giveaway into today’s Cinco de Mayo post. I’m giving away two Lushworthy t-shirts and all you have to do to enter is hit me up in the comments section with the name of the cocktail (you have to choose from the six below) that appeals to you most. Be sure to use a legit e-mail, so I can contact you if you win. Two winners will be chosen on Monday.
Good luck, and cheers to an enjoyable (though rainy for me) Cinco de Mayo!
Crave Chili’rita (Pictured Above)
1 part JDK&Sons™ Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur
2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver Tequila
3 parts Sweet and Sour Mix
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and shake. Strain into a margarita glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
I have to admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of the Kentucky Derby, but this year Crown Royal has upped the ante for myself and nine other bloggers with a special Derby Influencer Program. Here’s how the program works:
Earlier today I received a package from Crown Royal that contained a bottle of Crown Royal, the ingredients to their “Crown Royal Press” cocktail, and a Crown Royal pouch that included the names of two horses that will be competing at the Kentucky Derby this weekend. Here’s the cool part, if either of those two horses win I’ll receive VIP travel and accommodations to either the Preakness or The Belmont Stakes. Pretty cool, right?
Well, my horses are Revolutionary and Normandy Invasion and from the research I’ve done so far these are two amazing competitors. Needless to say I’m feeling pretty excited! Feel free to show your support for Revolutionary and Normandy Invasion by using the #ReignOn hashtag and either #Revolutionary or #NormandyInvasion on your preferred social networking site.
Moonshine and mixology don’t typically go hand in hand, but the good folks over at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine would probably be pretty quick to debate that notion. Believe it or not, but the brand actually has quite a few cocktails that are made using a variety of their products and they were kind enough to share a few with Lushworthy. They’ve got a cocktail that’s made using their much-loved Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries and they also boast their own version of the normally tequila-made margarita. Lastly, I had to include the recipe to Ole Smoky’s “Apple Pie Moonshine Martini” since it uses their Apple Pie Moonshine, which I’m a huuuge fan of. Be sure to get yourself a jar of this Tennessee favorite and check out the drink recipes below!
Moonshine Margarita (Pictured Above)
2 Parts Ole Smoky Original Moonshine
1 Part Lime Juice
1 Part Simple Syrup
1 Part Triple Sec, Fresh Lime Juice
Combine salt and sugar with zest of lime for rim of glass. Pour ingredients in a shake with ice. Shake and strain into chilled margarita glass.
This spring and summer expect to be bombarded by a bevy of fruity spirits that are low on the calories, and with the launch of The Light Grape that trend has now found itself a cozy, little place in the wine world. At 80 calories per serving, the newly-launched line of wines prides itself on maintaining the taste you love while providing a low-calorie product.
“While many U.S. consumers are interested in trying lower-calorie wines, skepticism about quality and taste have been the biggest obstacles to purchase,” said Accolade Wines North America Vice President of Marketing Reid Stinnett, in a statement. “With The Light Grape, we’ve found the perfect solution: flavorful wines that offer health conscious consumers a superior, low-calorie wine drinking experience.”
The Light Grape consists of four wines and they include a White Blend, Red Blend, Chardonnay, and Rose and each bottle retails for only $12. I had the opportunity to sample both the Chardonnay and Rose thanks to a package I received from The Light Grape earlier in the week and I have to say that both were pretty comparable to the average wine in that price range. So, from what I can tell you really aren’t sacrificing taste by going with this lower calorie option.
The Light Grape is currently available in certain markets in the United States, but be sure to check out their “Where To Buy” page for info on where the line of wines will be made available in the future.
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Confession time…So, I’m about 82 percent sure that “The Great Gatsby” is one of a handful (just a handful!) of novels I bought the Cliffs Notes for during high school. Sorry F. Scott Fitzgerald, but you weren’t quite my cup of literary tea. At this moment you’re probably wondering what exactly is so Lushworthy about “The Great Gatsby.” Well, in honor of the film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” Moët, which is featured throughout the film, has introduced a new cocktail inspired by “The Great Gatsby.” Described as “a twist on the classic champagne cocktail,” the “Moët Imperial Gatsby” combines Moët Imperial and Green Chartreuse. And in case you can’t get your hands on any Green Chartreuse, you can always find the Jim Meehan-crafted cocktail at New York City’s The Plaza Hotel.
“The Great Gatsby” will be released in theaters nationwide on Friday, May 10.
Moët Imperial Gatsby
5 oz. Moët Imperial
1 sugar cube soaked in .25 oz. Green Chartreuse
Combine in a champagne flute and garnish with a spiral lime twist.
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When it comes to the annual Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is probably one of the first things to come to mind, especially if you’re a Lushworthy individual such as myself. The relatively simple cocktail has been associated with the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century now and is made using a combination of bourbon, mint leaf, water and sugar. Over time, a number of “remixed” versions of the Mint Julep have been introduced and if you’re hoping to break from tradition when the Kentucky Derby airs this Saturday then I’ve got a few cocktails you may want to consider.
The first is Wild Turkey’s “Bourbon Mojito,” which calls for the unexpected addition of ginger beer and if you’re looking for a really unique spin on the Mint Julep then there’s always Bulleit Bourbon’s “The Ginger Julep ’68 Fastback.” I’ve also included the recipe to the Lucid Absinthe-made “The Cool & Skinny,” a cocktail that may not be made using bourbon and isn’t reminiscent of the Mint Julep, but does channel the overall excitement of the Kentucky Derby. As always, you can find the drink recipes for all of the cocktails mentioned below. Cheers!
Bourbon Mojito (Pictured Above)
3 oz. Wild Turkey 101
House Sour Mix
Combine muddled mint, lime, and simple syrup with Wild Turkey 101 and house sour mix.
When it comes to going green, cocktails are likely the last thing to come to mind, but you’d be surprised at how green some cocktails can be. You’ve got a number of mixed drinks that are made using organic spirits like American Harvest and well, there’s also plenty of cocktails that are made with what are quite literally green ingredients. Take for instance Skinnygirl Vodka’s “Going Green,” a cocktail that’s made using a combination of basil, mint, and lime. But if you’re truly hoping to go organic this Earth Day then you can’t go wrong with American Harvest’s “Sustainable Seabreeze” and Casa Noble’s “Organic Margarita,” a margarita that’s made using a handful of organic ingredients.
You can find the recipes to all three cocktails below and don’t be afraid to get your Captain Planet on and do something good for the planet when Earth Day rolls around on April 22.
Sustainable Seabreeze (Pictured Above)
2 parts American Harvest Organic Spirit
1 1/2 parts fresh squeezed orange juice
1 part R.W. Knudsen’s Just Cranberry juice
1/2 parts agave nectar
Combine ingredients and garnish with an orange slice.