It’s here! It’s here! My first ever recipe video is now live on YouTube! With the fall season in full swing, I opted for a “skinny” version of a boozy, apple cider. I hope you enjoy! And if you do, be sure to “Like.” The full “Skinny Spiked Cider” recipe can be found in the video description. Cheers!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably recall seeing a photo of several large mugs of beer during my #LushworthyInNYC visit to New York. Well, during my visit, my friends and I were able to take part in a little Oktoberfest fun at The Beergarden at the Andaz Wall Street. I’m more of a cocktail gal, so unfortunately, I tend to sometimes neglect the wonderful world of beer.
I’m a picky beer drinker, but at the end of the day I do consider myself a beer drinker overall. My friends on the other hand, not so much. You’ll never catch them with a brew in hand. While at The Beergarden at the Andaz Wall Street, we all opted for a mug of Schöfferhofer Grapefruit. And let me tell you…I. Am. In. Love. It was delicious. I had no idea what to expect. It’s heavy on the fruity side, which I enjoyed. Thankfully, it also lacks that grapefruit bitterness that I personally dread. Oh! And believe it or not, my non-beer-drinking friends might actually be on board the brew bandwagon thanks to Schöfferhofer Grapefruit.
Other beers served at The Beergarden include Radeberger Pilsener, Erdinger Weissbier, Bluepoint Oktoberfest, and Lagunitas IPA. All beers can be purchased in regular glasses or large, shareable boots.
We also had the opportunity to sample two different, Sigmund’s pretzels during our visit. One was a cheese pretzel while the other was a standard, salted pretzel. The salted pretzel was heavy on the salty side. No bueno. But the cheese pretzel, like most everything made with cheese, was pretty tasty.
The Beergarden is of course outdoors, and we really lucked out with the weather in New York during our visit. It was perfect for relaxing outside while sipping on a new favorite.
If you’re hoping to visit The Beergarden, take note that it’s open until the end of October, Tuesdays through Fridays.
***A complimentary food and drink tasting was provided by the Andaz Wall Street, but the thoughts in this post are fully my own.
It’s Tuesday, folks. And with that being said, I’m sure Happy Hour is much needed for the majority of us. If you happen to live in the Atlanta area, do yourself a favor and check out Happy Hour at Mi Cocina in Midtown at least once. During their Happy Hour, which takes place Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 PM, you can purchase their Mi Cocina Margarita and Mambo Taxi for only $5.
The Mambo Taxi is made using Sauza Silver Tequila, lime juice, housemade Sangria with Pinot Noir, Brandy, and fruit juices. Yes, my friend, the Mambo Taxi is a margarita/sangria fusion! Shout out to the genius who came up with that combination, because it’s both delicious and potent. I had the opportunity to try one, which quickly turned into two, at a media event recently, and I’m already plotting my next visit to Mi Cocina.
Mi Cocina’s Happy Hour menu also features $5 bites, which consists of Flautas de Pollo, Nachos Locos, and more.
We’ve all heard of foods and dishes that contain sexually stimulating properties, but did you know that cocktails can also work as aphrodisiacs?
Drinking a cocktail may seem counter-intuitive for arousal given that alcohol is a depressant, and there are a plethora of beverages–ones typically used to make alcoholic drinks–that also suppress your libido, such as soda, according to YourTango.com. But mixologists have found a way to combine common sexually boosting ingredients into delicious, and some rather out-of-the ordinary cocktails. And despite science pretty much proving that alcohol inhibits performance in the bedroom, a study conducted by Adameve.com showed that 79 percent of the participants actually enjoy sex when they drink beforehand.
Without further ado, here are some of the sexy concoctions that you should sample with your partner:
Chai-Infused Sweet Vermouth
In Eastern medicine, ginger is widely known as a libido booster that can literally heat you up. Like ginger, cinnamon also has both medicinal and sensual powers. Together with cloves, black tea, and cardamom, they make the flavor profile of chai, which will be used to elevate the taste of the sweet vermouth. Expert mixologist Dushan Zaric explains that, “The resulting flavor is so sexy that you will feel like you have been kissed by a beautiful belly dancer,” and is a key ingredient for one of his other stimulating cocktails called the Matahari.
1 in-long piece of ginger, coarsely chopped
8 green cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp chai
2 L Cinzano sweet vermouth
Heat the first four ingredients in a pan. Add the tea and then 2 cups of vermouth to begin with, and then boil for 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and after letting it cool completely, mix the rest of the vermouth in. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, then pour it into a bottle and store at room temperature.
If you skipped out on watching tonight’s (September 9) episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” you missed quite a lot. Fallon and crooner Justin Timberlake got down to a few Hip Hop classics, Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres engaged in an epic lip sync battle, and most importantly, a pretty awesome cocktail was made.
With Timberlake representing Sauza 901 tequila, the pair teamed up with mixologist Eddy Buckingham to make “The Fallon,” a tequila-twist on the classic Old Fashioned. I took note of the ingredients while watching, so be sure to check out the recipe for “The Fallon,” below.
2 parts Jalapeno-Infused Sauza® 901® Tequila (see below for directions)
1 part maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura® Orange Bitters
Stir all ingredients and jalapeño-infused Sauza 901 Tequila in a rocks glass. Top rocks glass with ice. Stir. Garnish with a Small Skewered red Jalapeno
Jalapeño-Infused Sauza® 901® Tequila
1 bottle of Sauza® 901® Tequila
1 tsp. agave syrup
Four jalapeño peppers
Pinch of salt
Rough chop four jalapeño peppers. Combine the chopped jalapeño peppers with one bottle of Sauza 901 Tequila, teaspoon of agave syrup and a pinch of salt. Stir and allow to sit for up to one hour. Fine strain back into the Sauza 901 Tequila bottle.
Hello fellow lushes! If you follow me on social media, then you probably already know that I’m planning on releasing an eBook later this month with fun, fall cocktails. The eBook will be the first in a series of eBooks titled “Live #Lushworthy.” Fun, right?! I have to say I’m pretty excited about it. And to get you guys amped up for its release, I created a Live #Lushworthy Cocktail Creator you can use to create your own cocktails. It’s a free download, and it’s a great tool for party planning, organizing, and more.
Tips on how to use the Live #Lushworthy Cocktail Creator:
Have fun and be creative!
Under “Liquor,” use the “Other” space to write in spirits not listed (liqueurs, wine, etc).
Under “Measurements,” if you’re using ounces circle “Oz.” and if you’re using cups circle “Cups.” Add the numeric measurement in the space provided to the left. Use the space after “of” to add your ingredient. (Example: 2 Oz. of Vodka or 1 Cup of Lemonade)
A completed Live #Lushworthy Cocktail Creator can be found below.