My New, Favorite Beauty Product Is Made Using Booze

Folie Apothecary All Purpose Mist

Booze and beauty don’t normally go hand-in-hand. Well, unless an evening getting all dolled up is later spent sipping vodka martinis. So, I was pretty excited to discover that a new favorite of mine, Folie Apothecary’s Palo Santo + Peru Balsam All Purpose Mist is made using grain alcohol, which is the key ingredient in a variety of spirits.

I’m sure there’s very little grain alcohol in the mist, but it’s still nice to know that one of my new favorites is a tad Lushworthy.

About the mist…it smells amazing.  There are notes of pine, mint, lemon, and vanilla. It’s also very much all purpose. You can use the mist on your body, face, and linens. Personally, I use it for everything, but it serves as a nice refresher on the body, given these sweltering summer months. Additionally, the various ingredients (white sage oil, peru balsam oil, vetiver essential oil) can help in reducing inflammation, fading dark spots, and more. 

Folie Apothecary’s Palo Santo + Peru Balsam All Purpose Mist is available for purchase on Etsy for $22. They’ve also just released a new scent, Fleur de Mer. So, be on the lookout for that, as well.

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EFFEN Vodka Unveils 3 New Flavors: Green Apple, Blood Orange & Raspberry

EFFEN Vodka Green AppleWith the announcement of three, new flavors from EFFEN Vodka, it looks like the vodka wars are about to get pretty intense. The newest additions to the brand, which has quickly gained in popularity thanks in part to brand partner 50 Cent, include EFFEN Blood Orange Vodka, EFFEN Green Apple Vodka, and EFFEN Raspberry Vodka. 

“As demand for Super Premium flavored vodka continues to grow, we are always looking to deliver new offerings that are unparalleled in quality and style,” Halley Kehoe, Director, Lifestyle Brands at Beam Suntory said in a statement. “From our sleek bottle design to unique, bold flavor offerings, EFFEN embodies individuality and good taste, and these exciting, new flavors are no exception. We know our fans will love them.”

50 Cent also expressed his confidence in the latest roll out from the premium vodka brand.

“Adding these new flavors to the EFFEN lineup is just one of the many things we’ve been up to,” 50 Cent added. “EFFEN stands for ‘smooth’, and these new flavors deliver on that promise.”

Prior to today’s announcement, EFFEN Vodka’s line of flavors consisted of Original, Black Cherry, Dutch Raspberry, and Cucumber. 

News of the latest, fruity additions to the EFFEN Vodka portfolio comes weeks after Ciroc announced their own new flavor. In a flood of social media posts, which came courtesy of Puff Daddy himself, Ciroc Mango was revealed as the Diageo-owned brand’s newest addition. 

It’s clearly been a great few weeks if flavored, premium vodkas are your booze of choice.

Stay tuned for recipes featuring EFFEN Blood Orange, EFFEN Green Apple, and EFFEN Raspberry. Cheers!

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Snoop Dogg’s New Partnership With Tanqueray Gin Is A Match Made In Booze Heaven

Snoop Dogg Tanqueray

Nearly 25 years after Snoop Dogg dropped his classic record, “Gin And Juice,” the rapper has been brought on to creatively oversee a new Gin & Juice campaign from Tanqueray Gin. I’m not gonna lie, this campaign is giving me life. As part of the newly-announced campaign, Snoop will help in developing signature cocktails, exclusive Tanqueray events, and more.

“When I wrote ‘Gin & Juice’ it was about good feelings and real experiences; it just naturally became a global anthem,” Snoop Dogg said in a statement. “Tanqueray’s creative approach to representing ‘Gin & Juice’ as the drink I’m known for is authentic and it’s always been what we enjoy, so I whipped up a cool cocktail which I call the ‘Laid Back’ which y’all gotta try out.”

Who knew Snoop was a mixologist at heart? His “Laid Back” cocktail actually looks really tasty. It’s definitely a more adult version of the gin and juice cocktail, which typically calls for OJ. 

You can find the recipe for the “Laid Back,” below. Cheers!

Laid Back Cocktail SnoopTanqueray No. TEN ‘Laid Back’ by Snoop Dogg

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Tanqueray No. TEN
1 oz. Cîroc Apple
2 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
Splash Club Soda

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Strain into Double Old Fashioned Glass. Top with a splash Club Soda.

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Pumpkin Cocktails You Can Enjoy Without Guilt, Before Fall Starts

Pumpkin Pie White Russian 1

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. 

Red Phone Booth Atlanta 1

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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