The Cocktails You Need To Survive The Weekend Before Christmas

If you’re like me, and have yet to buy a single Christmas gift, then you’re probably going to need a solid cocktail at some point this weekend, as you begin your last-minute shopping. It’s not easy fighting the masses at Target or having to pass on buying yourself those thigh-high boots because you’ve already blown your gifting budget. So, you should definitely treat yourself once it’s all said and done. If you need some boozy inspiration, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list featuring a few of my favorite holiday cocktails. Cheers!

Snowflake Chiller (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts heavy cream
3 tablespoons melted white chocolate
½ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon coconut extract
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Shredded coconut or granulated sugar crystals

DIRECTIONS

Rim edges of glasses by dipping in melted white chocolate and then in either coconut flakes or sugar crystals. Combine vodka, heavy cream and extracts. Shake and strain into the glass.

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Hendrick’s Gin Celebrates Atlanta Influencer Chilly-O’s “Half-Birthday” With Lavish Dinner Party

Hendrick’s Gin hosted yet another curiously opulent event here in Atlanta. This time around, the city’s creatives and influencers (and me!) gathered in a cozy, private space at Negril Village for a dinner party held to celebrate Chilly O’s “Half-Birthday.” Yes, his Half-Birthday. Considered the Creative Godfather of Atlanta, Chilly-O has likely helped pave the way for a number of your faves in the creative realm. In addition to Chilly-O, other notables at the dinner party included rapper Kap G and photographer Cam Kirk.

Hendrick’s Gin’s pre-dinner cocktails proved once again that gin drinks are fully capable of slaying. My personal favorite, the “Fall All Over” was a seasonal cocktail with a spicy kick (thanks to the addition of ginger beer). For those curious, I’ve gone ahead and listed the recipe for the “Fall All Over” at the end of this post. Dinner was fittingly served family style, with plates of jerk chicken, plantains, and other Caribbean bites placed alongside table settings adorned with gorgeous roses. Suffice it to say that it was a good night. 

Fall All Over

INGREDIENTS

2 Parts Hendrick’s Gin
2 Parts Cloudy Apple Juice
1 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Parts Ginger Beer
Grated Nutmeg
Sliced Apple
Cinnamon Stick

DIRECTIONS

Combine gin, apple juice, and lemon juice. Shake and pour into a highball glass over ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with grated nutmeg, a slice of apple, and cinnamon stick.

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This Holiday Season, Cozy Up To These Cocktails Straight Outta The Caribbean

With snow in the Southeast and frigid temps in the North, “brrrr” has become an all too familiar declaration this December. It’s cold. Super cold. Aggravatingly cold. With that being said, at least there is the option of cozying up at home with a holiday-inspired cocktail straight from the Caribbean. Despite what’s being served up at holiday parties and your local watering hole, winter cocktails don’t have to be all boozy hot chocolate and cranberry-pomegranate sangria. Below you’ll find drink recipes to two cocktails (both of which are served at hotels in the Caribbean) that are equal parts holiday cheer and beach-y bliss.

Aruba Aloe Mule (Featured at Aruba Marriott Resort in Aruba)

INGREDIENTS

1.25 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Aloe Vera Juice
0.25 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.25 oz. Simple Syrup
0.25 oz. Ginger Beer
3 Lemon Slices
1 Mint Sprig

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients and pour into copper mule mugs or in a glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

The Old Hollywood (Featured at SLS Baha Mar in the Bahamas)

INGREDIENTS

2oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
.75oz Fig Almond Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Walnut Bitters

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients into mixing glass. Stir until properly diluted, and strain into a double old fashioned glass. Top with an orange ribbon and brandied cherry.

 

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Sampling The “2nd Best Old Fashioned” At Atlanta’s ASW Distillery

As an Old Fashioned lover, I immediately became curious after reading about ASW Distillery’s “2nd Best Old Fashioned.” If you’re a little taken aback by the title, don’t worry, it came about after a patron at ASW happily made the shady declaration after taking a sip of the Old Fashioned served at the distillery. It does make for a pretty funny story, and an incentive for the cocktail curious, like myself. So, I recently paid a visit to the ASW Distillery to try out their take on the Old Fashioned. First off, the space is amazing. Hues of blue and lots of wood surround the open bar/lounge space.

As far as the “2nd Best Old Fashioned,” it’s definitely a solid Old Fashioned. It’s got a nice amount of kick thanks to the Fiddler Unison Bourbon, and there’s just the right amount of sweetness. The latter of which is where most Old Fashioneds fail, in my opinion. And if you’re interested in checking out the “2nd Best Old Fashioned” for yourself, you can either visit the ASW Distillery, or try out one of these variations they’ve created on the “2nd Best Old Fashioned.”

“2nd Best Old Fashioned” Recipe No. 1

INGREDIENTS

2 oz Fiddler Unison Bourbon
⅓ oz Simple syrup
5 drops 1821 Prohibition Aromatic Bitters
5 drops 1821 Tart Cherry Saffron Bitters
Splash Fresh orange juice
Orange peel (for garnish)

“2nd Best Old Fashioned” Recipe No. 2

INGREDIENTS

2 oz Fiddler Unison Bourbon
2 tsp warm water
1 tsp raw sugar
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange wedge (for garnish)

“2nd Best Old Fashioned” Recipe No. 3

INGREDIENTS

2 oz Fiddler Unison Bourbon
2 tsp Fig cordial
1 tsp Balsamic vinegar
Regan’s Orange Bitters
Lemon peel (for garnish)

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Recreate The Migos Themed Cocktails Featured At H.O.M.E. By Martell

Martell Cognac, the oldest French Cognac house, threw yet another super Lushworthy, “you-just-had-to-be-there” event in Atlanta. Last week’s H.O.M.E. By Martell event in Atlanta served as one of a series of Martell events that have taken place in cities across the country. Migos rapster, Quavo served as performer for the evening. Additionally, the Atlanta rap trio served as inspiration for the cocktails featured at H.O.M.E.

If you happened to have missed out on the event or just want to recreate the cocktails at home, I took note of the recipes to all the Migos-centric cocktails featured. My personal favorite was the “Bad & Boujee” (pictured above). It reminded me of a cognac-based Old Fashioned, which is one of my go-to cocktails. 

Check out the recipes below, cheers!

Huncho Punch

Martell Blue Swift
Cranberry Syrup
Ginger
Lime Juice

Datway

Martell VSSD
Carrot Juice
Coconut Milk
Simple Syrup
Vanilla
Nutmeg

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Channel Your Cocktail Curiosity With Hendrick’s Gin’s Superbloom Punch

Both cocktail lovers and the curious converged in Atlanta for Hendrick’s Gin’s Surrealist Soiree, late last month. I had the opportunity to check out the intimate event, and in true Hendrick’s fashion, Surrealist Soiree boasted unique talent, tantalizing bites, and of course, amazing and creative craft cocktails.

[Photo: Me sipping on a Hendrick’s Gin cocktail while wearing one of the handmade flower crowns, which were created on site.]

Sipping at #hendricksginatl. 🌷🍸 #LUSHWORTHY #Gin

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One of my favorite sips from the evening was the Superbloom Punch (pictured above). It was a complex, gin-based punch that was quite literally garnished with a garden. I was able to snag a recipe card for the Superbloom Punch, so I can attempt to recreate it at home, and to also share on here with you guys. You can find the full recipe, below. Cheers!

Superbloom Punch

INGREDIENTS

Hendrick’s Gin
Rose Petal Hibiscus Tea
Fresh Lemon Juice
Martini Rosato
Simple Syrup
Sparkling Water
Peychaud’s Bitters
Fresh Raspberries, Blackberries & Edible Flowers

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients over ice in short glass and stir gently. Garnish with fresh raspberries, blackberries, and edible flowers.

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