The Belmont Jewel Gets A Lushworthy Makeover With Help From Maker’s Mark

The Belmont Jewel

Hey folks! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. In addition to sharing a few drinks with friends at the Atlanta Jazz Fest, I was also hard at work brainstorming cocktail ideas for a #TrifectaChallenge I was invited to take part in by Maker’s Mark.

We were tasked with creating our own rendition of The Belmont Jewel (bourbon, pomegranate juice, and lemonade). I hate to admit it, but prior to this challenge I had never tried The Belmont Jewel cocktail before. I’m clearly sleeping on pomegranate juice as a mixer. It’s pretty amazing. And I’m all for anything with lemonade.

My rendition of The Belmont Jewel, which I’ve dubbed The Cloud Jewel, keeps to the standard recipe, but with a few quirky changes. I didn’t want to stray too far from the original flavor since it’s pretty delicious. Bourbon and pomegranate juice are both present. But I opted for fresh lemon juice instead of lemonade. And for my quirky addition, I added a cotton candy garnish, which you can add to your cocktail to sweeten up things.

Check out the recipe to The Cloud Jewel, below. And be sure to check out the Maker’s Mark Instagram page on June 1 to vote for my cocktail!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Maker’s Mark
4 oz. Pomegranate Juice
A Generous Squeeze Of Fresh Lemon Juice
Cotton Candy

DIRECTIONS

Combine Maker’s Mark and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with ice. Add a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Garnish with a piece of cotton candy. After serving, take your cotton candy garnish and dip baby, dip.

Samples, and no compensation, were provided for this post.

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Lushworthy News: Baileys Goes Vegan With New Baileys Almande

Baileys Almande

Vegans rejoice! With the announcement of Baileys Almande, you can now enjoy the boozy decadence that is Baileys liqueur. The dairy free, gluten free liqueur is made using Baileys’ own almondmilk, which is a blend of sweet almond oil and almond essence (extracted from crushed almonds), cane sugar, and purified water with a touch of real vanilla

A description for Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur on the Baileys website, states the following:

“Introducing a delicious and light tasting spirit from Baileys made with real almondmilk. This smooth spirit blends the luscious, nutty flavors of real almondmilk and real vanilla to create a versatile drink. Serve over crushed ice or mix with coconut water for a delicious summer cocktail.”

I’m not vegan, but I do love almond milk (it makes thee best smoothies), so I’m very curious as to how this newest addition to the Baileys line will taste.

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Give Your Phone A #Lushworthy Makeover With This “Garden Party” Wallpaper

#LUSHWORTHY

Happy Friday, folks!

In honor of the weekend, I created yet another, fun download. This time around, I designed a Lushworthy wallpaper perfect for your mobile device(s). I hope you enjoy. You can find a download link for the “Garden Party” wallpaper, below.

Download the “Garden Party” wallpaper here.

And if you have any ideas for a #Lushworthy downloadable, feel free to let me know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out my last free download, the Live #Lushworthy Cocktail Creator.

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Grey Goose’s New “La Pursuit” Commercial Is Très Jolie

Grey Goose La Pursuit

Grey Goose has released their latest commercial, an almost fairy tale-like visual titled “La Pursuit,” which serves as an accompaniment to the brand’s Fly Beyond campaign. The whimsical commercial, created by BBDO Worldwide, follows a young group as they quite literally hit the clouds in search of Grey Goose’s winged icon.

“‘Fly Beyond’ is a timeless platform,” David Lubars, chief creative officer of BBDO Worldwide, said in a statement obtained by AdWeek. “Our job was to make it relevant for what’s happening today. In the end, you want people looking at every part of the campaign thinking, ‘I want to be part of that.'”

You can check out Grey Goose’s “La Pursuit” commercial, below. Cheers!

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Cocktails On The Cheap: Complimentary Happy Hour For Guests At Miami’s Hotel Croydon

Hotel Croydon Happy Hour

Due to an unfortunate Airbnb experience, my best friend and I unexpectedly found ourselves at the Hotel Croydon, during a recent visit to Miami Beach. The hotel came with a number of perks (free shuttle service to and from the airport, fruit-infused water, etc.) , but as you can imagine I was most impressed by the daily, complimentary Happy Hour. Happy Hour is already a gift from the gods, so when complimentary drinks are involved, it’s almost too much Lushworthy-ness to handle. Don’t worry though, I managed.

Hotel Croydon’s complimentary Happy Hour takes place every day for hotel guests, from 7 to 8 P.M. at the bar inside The Tavern. All you do is flash the bartender your room card and you’re good to go. Happy Hour options consist of drinks made using vodka, tequila, whiskey, or rum and a variety of fruit juices. So, don’t expect pina coladas or Manhattans. Since the complimentary Happy Hour ends at 8 P.M., it’s a nice pre-game before you head down to South Beach where you’ll likely spend an arm and a leg, and another leg on cocktails.

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Enjoying a cocktail or two…definitely two.

If you don’t plan on visiting the Hotel Croydon anytime soon as a guest, there’s also their regular Happy Hour, which is also pretty sweet. It takes place every day from 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. and 11 P.M. to 3 A.M., and features $3 domestic beer bottles, $5 well drinks, and more.

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These Cocktails Prove That Green Tea Is A Great Addition To Spring Drinks

Green Tea Cocktail

As much as people love green tea, the green-hued beverage often gets overlooked as a mixer for cocktails. Who would think that your morning staple would make for an amazing martini? I’ve done some cocktail experimenting of my own using green tea as a mixer, but there’s a ton of cocktails that take their cue from one of the trendiest cocktail ingredients this spring.

There’s the “Kinky Tea,” which is a simple combination of green tea, BULLDOG Gin, Splenda syrup, and fresh lemon. If you like your cocktails with a little added flair, the “Green Tea Mojito” is a green tea cocktail that draws inspiration from the classic mojito.

You can find recipes to both the “Kinky Tea” and “Green Tea Mojito,” below. Cheers!

Kinky Tea

INGREDIENTS

1 bag green tea
3 ounces BULLDOG Gin
2 lemon slices
1/4 ounce Splenda syrup*

DIRECTIONS

Put tea bag into a glass with gin and heat for 30 seconds. Remove tea bag, squeeze one lemon slice into gin, and add simple syrup. Transfer to an ice-filled shaker, shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with remaining lemon slice.

*To make Splenda syrup, heat two parts Splenda and one part water over low heat in a saucepan, stirring until Splenda fully dissolves.

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