Last month, pop star and Lushworthy ambassador in my head, Rihanna shared her best hangover remedies during an interview with ELLE magazine. When asked what her best hangover cure is during her cover story with ELLE, Rih Rih replied with “Ice, Chinese food! And an upside-down trash can and towels, preferably next to the toilet.”
Ice definitely seems like a wise choice for a hangover cure, whether you need an ice pack for that throbbing headache or are in desperate need of a tall glass of water filled to the brim with ice. I can honestly (and surprisingly) say that I’ve never tried Chinese food as a hangover remedy. I’ve always heard that greasy foods help cure hangovers, but depending on the type (yes, type) of hangover, greasy takeout food might be the last thing I want to consume. But if our Lushworthy ambassador approves of it, then I’m willing to give it a shot.
I’m a little thrown off by the upside-down trash can remedy. Anyone willing to break that one down for me?
Create a holiday-inspired cocktail using unconventional ingredients like cream cheese and cranberry sauce? No problem. That’s exactly what I was challenged to do as part of Piehole Whiskeys influencer competition. Last week, I received a package with all three of the Piehole Whiskey’s (Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, and Pecan Pie) and a handful of ingredients including walnuts, apple cider, whipped cream, canned pumpkin, and cream cheese. I was then tasked with creating a cocktail using at least two of those ingredients.
As much as I wanted to, I wasn’t brave enough to choose the cream cheese, but I did use the cranberry sauce and apple cider. The end result was my Cran-Apple Sangria, a holiday twist on a boozy classic. Oh! And did I mention that the winner of the challenge will win a cooking class for two? Much needed on my end, so wish me luck!
Check out the Cran-Apple Sangria recipe below, cheers!
Place two spoonfuls of whole berry cranberry sauce into an old fashioned glass. Muddle cranberry sauce. Add red wine, apple cider, and Piehole Apple Pie Whiskey. Stir, then add ice and diced red apples. Garnish with Cannelle Decor cinnamon spiral or cinnamon stick.
Hosting friends and family during the holidays is always a great time, but being the Lushworthy individual that I am there tends to be a little bit of pressure when it comes to creating a cocktail that everyone can enjoy. You can’t go wrong with the classic Moscow Mule, and for the holidays I figured I’d add my own twist to this much-loved cocktail. I used all of the ingredients in your standard Moscow Mule, but added cranberries and a Cannelle Decor cinnamon spiral for a “Holiday Mule.” It calls for a little extra work, but trust me it’s worth it.
Since you have to both boil and muddle cranberries, this is a cocktail that’s best enjoyed if you plan on hosting at your home. My suggestion? Dollar Store Not-So-Secret-Santa. You can be amazed at how many somewhat legit trinkets you can find at your local dollar store. So, instead of taking part in your standard Secret Santa this year, switch (and cheapen) things up a bit by asking your guests to buy five, $1 dollar gifts from the dollar store. Have everyone place their gifts in a large red bag (for instant Santa swag, of course). You can then have your guests pull a gift from the bag every 30 minutes or so.
Whether you find yourself sipping on a Holiday Mule or a cocktail of your own creation this holiday season, be sure to enjoy responsibly.
Boil cranberries in water (with sugar) until they burst. This takes about 10 minutes. Remove cranberries and allow to cool. You’ll be using the leftover water/sugar mixture in your pot, so make sure you don’t dump it. When the cranberries have cooled, add them to a cocktail shaker and smash/muddle.
Once the cranberries have been thoroughly muddled, add Ketel One and about three spoonfuls of the leftover water/sugar mixture set aside in your pot. Add lime juice, Cannelle spiral (or cinnamon stick), and ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into glass or copper mug. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime and cranberry.
A few weeks ago I was invited to take part in the #FestiveFernet-Branca cocktail challenge and after a great deal of brainstorming (that Fernet can be quite the tricky booze to work with) I finally came up with a drink recipe, Lushworthy enough to share with the masses. I’ve dubbed it the “Whimsical Wonderland,” and with ingredients that include apples and cinnamon it should serve as a welcomed addition to the holiday season.
In addition to Fernet-Branca, the “Whimsical Wonderland” also calls for Ketel One Vodka, cream soda, and sparkling apple drink (or similar). So, for anyone who may be a little intimidated by the herbs-heavy liqueur, there’s a nice balancing act with this cocktail thanks to the combination of sweet and tart flavors, in addition to the bitterness of the Fernet-Branca.
Check out the “Whimsical Wonderland” recipe below, cheers!
1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
.5 oz Fernet-Branca
3 oz. Cream Soda
3 oz. Sparkling Apple Drink
Handful Of Diced Red Apples
Add diced red apples to a large mason jar or tall glass. Add Ketel One, Fernet-Branca, cream soda, and sparkling apple drink. Stir, add ice, and stir again. Top with a dash of cinnamon.
Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but I’m really intrigued by the newly-announced Piehole Whiskey. This newest spirit combines both Canadian Whiskey and pie-flavored liqueur and comes in three flavors: Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, and Pecan Pie. I know what you’re thinking–Actually, I don’t know what you’re thinking because my love for both apple pie and booze clearly has my telepathic skills a little blurred right now.
A press release states that Piehole Whiskey aims to awaken memories of grandma’s fresh baked pies for those of legal drinking age. Personally, my nana never made pies, but she does make a mean coffee cake.
“Many people remember that feeling you get when you first taste Grandma’s pies fresh from the oven,” said Kristin Markovich, senior innovation manager, whiskey. “PIEHOLE is our way of bringing that delicious memory to consumers for any fun occasion and we hope people everywhere will open their pie holes to try these three mouth-watering flavors.”
For only $14.99 for a 750 mL bottle it’s at least worth a shot. Ironically, Piehole Whiskey is also said to be enjoyed best while in shot-form.
Lushworthy history has been made here in Atlanta thanks to the opening of the Old Fourth Distillery. Located on Edgewood Avenue, the distillery is mere blocks away from The King Center, and serves as the city’s first distillery since 1906. Yes, nineteen-friggin’-oh-six.
Old Fourth Distillery has been open for a little while now and they’re finally opening their doors to the public this week. Tours will take place every Thursday at their distillery in Old Fourth Ward. Unfortunately though, due to Georgia’s dated liquor laws they’re only allowed to give tour attendees a 0.5 oz sample during tours. But on the plus side, their tours are free, and hopefully in the near future you can grab a craft cocktail made using Old Fourth Distillery spirits from a neighboring bar (think Soundtable, Noni’s, Mother, etc.).
I had the opportunity to attend a media tour at the distillery this week and despite the intimidating machinery there’s a lot of charm to this place. It’s filled with refurbished material: old church pews, granite countertops from an old elementary school, etc. And I have to say it does distill (err, instill) a lot of Atlanta pride.
For more information on the Old Fourth Distillery and details on how you can attend one of their tours, visit Old4th.com or check out their Facebook page.
Oh, and check out a few pics I took at the distillery during the media tour, below.
You’ve got enough to worry about during the holidays, so you’re choice in cocktails should be the last thing on your mind. In fact, I’ve created a list of six, holiday-friendly cocktails that are definite go-tos this holiday season. That way the only thing you have to worry about in the coming weeks is not burning down your kitchen with another deep-fried turkey attempt, keeping your uncle away from the gin during Thanksgiving dinner, and you know, all that other fun holiday stuff.
Check out my recipe picks below! Cheers!
Baileys Salted Caramel & Crown Royal Regal Apple (Pictured Above)- I’m not sure about you guys’ family, but for some reason my fam tends to go IN on the Baileys during the holiday season. So, why not add a tangy twist to your Baileys on the rocks this season with a splash of the new Crown Royal Regal Apple?
1 oz. Baileys® Salted Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur
0.5 oz. Crown Royal® Regal Apple Flavored Whisky
0.25 oz. Caramel syrup to rim shot glass1 green apple slice
Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass rimmed with caramel. Garnish with an apple slice.
I’ve clearly been slacking on my Cocktails On The Cheap column, but over the weekend I promised myself I’d bring back Cocktails On The Cheap and also be more consistent with it. Because who doesn’t like cocktails on the cheap? With that being said, I’d like to introduce you all to Tacos & Tequila, a Mexican grill located on Ponce de Leon Ave. (right across from the new Ponce City Market).
And with a name like Tacos & Tequila they’ve got close to a dozen margaritas to choose from. I happened to check out Tacos & Tequila this past Friday with my dad. We were told the drink specials and to my surprise, they happened to have a drink special that lasted all day. Now unless I’ve been living under a Lushworthy rock all these years, there are few restaurants that offer drink specials that last all day on Fridays.
The special for Friday was the Texas Margarita for $5.99. On the Tacos & Tequila website, the Texas Margarita is described as being made with Cuervo Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, and citrus liqueur, but I’m about 99.9 percent sure our bartender used Herradura Tequila in my margarita. That would of course make this an even more amazing Happy Hour special.
‘Tis the season of the pumpkin and as expected, the pumpkin-inspired recipes are coming out of the woodwork these days. I’ll admit that I’m not a pumpkin fanatic. You won’t find me at Starbucks ordering a spiced pumpkin latte with a slice of pumpkin bread and I was probably a kiddo the last time I carved a pumpkin. Although I’m not a fanatic, I do enjoy the flavors that tend to accompany anything pumpkin.
I’ve had the idea to create a fall-inspired remix on the classic White Russian cocktail for a few weeks now, so when I received a bottle of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka the idea for the Pumpkin Pie White Russian immediately came to mind. Instead of Kahlua I used coffee syrup and for a little added flair I added coffee ice cubes to my Pumpkin Pie White Russian.
The end result was an easy-to-make and boozily, decadent treat for all the pumpkin lovers out there. Check out the recipe below, cheers!
1.5 oz. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
4 oz. Milk
3/4 Tbsp. Autocrat Coffee Syrup (Feel free to use any other brand)
In a shaker add milk and coffee syrup. Stir and add Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka. Add ice and shake. Strain contents into a glass already filled with coffee ice cubes*. Enjoy!
(To make coffee ice cubes, add cooled, lightly sweetened coffee to an ice tray. Freeze overnight.)
Aqua Vino, the Georgia Aquarium’sannual benefit event, is once again set to take place here in Atlanta. In addition to sampling fine wines from across the globe and noshing on the city’s best bites, those who purchase a ticket to Aqua Vino will help in raising funds for the Georgia Aquarium’s Sea Turtle conservation and research initiatives.
Aqua Vino guests will also be treated to brews from Atlanta favorite, SweetWater Brewing Company and specialty beer importer, Merchant du Vin.
The great thing about Aqua Vino is that during the event a number of Georgia Aquarium galleries are open, so if you’ve never visited the aquarium before you get to sip on exotic wines while also observing beluga whales, dolphins, and other aquatic life.
This year’s Aqua Vino is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 9th and will be hosted by Jeff Corwin. Tickets start at $125 per person and can be purchased at GeorgiaAquarium.org.