Valentine’s Day Cocktails To Sweeten Up The Weekend

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Margairta

You know what I love about Valentine’s Day? All-chocolate-everything and pink-and-red-for-the-win. Can’t go wrong with lots of chocolate and a dope color combo. So, when that translates to cocktails it’s even more of a win. Whether you’re rolling solo, rolling with the homies, or happen to be booed-up this Valentine’s Day weekend, I’ve got a handful of cocktail selections that are sure to sweeten the deal. Check ‘em out below!

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Margarita (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS (Recipe Serves Two)

3 parts Sauza® Silver Tequila
1 parts DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
2 part Pucker® Strawberry Schnapps
6 parts sour mix
2 chocolate-covered strawberries
Chocolate shavings for rimming

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to a blender, puree until smooth. Serve in glasses rimmed with chocolate shavings and garnish each with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Soltado Hot ChocolateSoltado Molten Hot Chocolate (Created By Rob Bennett, Blu Wolf Bistro)

INGREDIENTS

1 oz Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila
1 oz Chocolate Vodka
4 oz hot drinking chocolate
2 oz brewed espresso
Drizzle chipotle chocolate syrup
Whipped cream and cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Stir first 4 ingredients into a mug or Irish coffee glass. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Drizzle chocolate syrup. Garnish cinnamon sticks.

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“The Walking Dead” Drinking Game Is A Must For TWD Fans

The Walking Dead Drinking Game

While a number of people plan on smooching it up with their boos this Valentine’s Day, fans of “The Walking Dead” will spend their V-Day in walker bliss thanks to the mid-season premiere of “The Walking Dead.” I’m sure the premiere will already be amazing, but if you really want to take things to the next level, check out my “The Walking Dead” drinking game. This particular drinking game involves various shots and sips, as well as one shot/sip combo (let’s hope we don’t have to drink to a character death).

If you plan on partaking in my “The Walking Dead” drinking game, be sure to drink responsibly. Cheers!

Lushworthy News: EFFEN Vodka & 50 Cent Introduce Limited Edition Football Bottle

EFFEN Vodka Limited Edition Football Bottle

Just in time for the Super Bowl (Go Panthers!), EFFEN Vodka has released a limited edition, football-inspired bottle that’s sure to be a worthy addition to any Super Bowl shindig. The limited edition, EFFEN Vodka bottle is wrapped in a textured football sleeve, and features musician 50 Cent’s signature and logo.

The Queens, New York rapper/entrepreneur recently partnered with the brand, and has been pushing hard for EFFEN Vodka on social media and elsewhere, ever since.

“EFFEN is the perfect example of LIQUID LUXURY®, and it’s taking over. This limited edition football bottle will raise the game for your football party,” 50 Cent said in a statement.

You can get your hands on EFFEN Vodka’s limited edition bottle at select retailers this month for $35.99 (750 mL bottle).

Lushworthy Creations: Boozy Float With Homemade Southern Comfort Caramel Ice Cream

Southern Comfort Boozy Float

Chances are you’ve had a boozy float in your lifetime. But have you had a boozy float made with your own liquor-infused ice cream? If you haven’t, you’ll be happy to hear that while it may sound complex, making your own booze-infused ice cream is actually pretty easy. The booze of choice for my ice cream was Southern Comfort Caramel, which is a whiskey liqueur. Since it is a liqueur, it freezes a little easier than most spirits, and it’s also rather sweet, which makes it absolutely perfect for ice cream.

And when I say liquor-infused ice cream is easy to make, we’re talking “three-ingredient-throw-it-in-the-freezer-and-watch-the magic-happen” easy. You can find both the Southern Comfort Caramel Ice Cream, and boozy float recipe below. Cheers!

Homemade Southern Comfort Caramel Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS

1 Pint Cream
1 Can Of Sweetened Condensed Milk
9 oz. Southern Comfort Caramel

DIRECTIONS

Pour cream in bowl and whip to semi-stiff peaks. Add condensed milk and stir. Add Southern Comfort Caramel and stir. Pour mixture into a flat, freezer-safe container. Allow to freeze overnight. (This is your own creation, so have fun with it! Feel free to add nuts, syrups, etc. to your ice cream mixture)

Boozy Float

INGREDIENTS

2 Scoops Homemade Southern Comfort Caramel Ice Cream
Coca-Cola
1 oz. Southern Comfort Caramel (Optional)

DIRECTIONS

Place Southern Comfort Caramel Ice Cream in a glass. Fill glass with Cola-Cola. Top off with Southern Comfort Caramel if you’re feeling extra Lushworthy.

Cocktails On The Cheap: $5 Pina Coladas & Punch Of The Day At Decatur’s The SOS Tiki Bar

The SOS Tiki Bar Pina Colada

It’s not often that you stumble upon a tiki bar while walking through a dimly lit alley in downtown Decatur. Okay, maybe said alley wasn’t that dimly lit, and I was familiar with The SOS Tiki Bar long before stumbling upon it, but you get the idea.

Pina coladas, daiquiris, and other tropics-inspired concoctions are high on my list of favorite cocktails, so I wanted to visit The SOS Tiki Bar as soon as I received word that the bar would be replacing Paper Plane.

Also, they have a daily Happy Hour special, which features various punches, so my enthusiasm was heightened even more. I assumed their Happy Hour punches would feature solely rum, but the punch of the day when I stopped by featured cognac as the main spirit. It was the “Beach Cobbler,” and was made using cognac, sherry, raspberry, lemon, sugar, and soda. I can’t say I was a fan. It wasn’t bad, just not my speed.

I did enjoy their pina colada, which was only $5. FIVE FRIGGIN’ DOLLARS. In case you’re wondering, I felt the need to repeat that price because A) $5 for a real pina colada is pretty insane, and B) The pina coladas at The SOS Tiki Bar were initially $10, but were brought down to $5 back in December. Let’s all go ahead and embrace that win for a moment.

With its $5 pina coladas, rotating Happy Hour, and retro, tiki bar vibe, I’m very much looking forward to my next visit to The SOS Tiki Bar.

Cocktails In ‘Nooga: Sips & Southern Charm At The Chattanoogan Hotel

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If you grew up in Atlanta, or any other city in the Southeast for that matter, the mention of Chattanooga, Tennessee probably brings back memories of lengthy fields trips to the Tennessee Aquarium or family trips to Lookout Mountain. With such nostalgic memories, you’d probably be surprised to hear that Chattanooga is actually quite the Lushworthy city.

During a trip to Chattanooga, which thankfully took place before the holiday rush, I had the opportunity to experience the Lushworthy side of The Chattanoogan Hotel, one of the city’s premier hotels.

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My brunch plate, which was devoured within minutes, and mimosas.

Although the Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Chattanoogan Hotel was quite literally the last part of our trip, I absolutely have to start here. In fact, the hotel was put on my radar because of their brunch. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. First off, not only is the Sunday Champagne Brunch buffet-style, they also serve bottomless champagne and mimosa. As someone who drinks and dines in the city of Atlanta, I can tell you that brunch with a standard meal and bottomless mimosas will easily cost you at least $30. Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Chattanoogan Hotel is only $21.95, and that includes your champagne and mimosas.

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