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!
Martell Blue Swift
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.]
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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!
Rose Petal Hibiscus Tea
Fresh Lemon Juice
Fresh Raspberries, Blackberries & Edible Flowers
Combine ingredients over ice in short glass and stir gently. Garnish with fresh raspberries, blackberries, and edible flowers.
This year’s Jack Daniel’s Art, Beats & Lyrics is bound to be epic given that the annual event is set to take place at Atlanta’s newly-opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium. For those unfamiliar, Art, Beats & Lyrics (ABL) is described as a “traveling urban art and music exhibition” that “supports visionary artists and musicians who share our values of authenticity, creativity, and individuality.” I’ve attended ABL on several occasions, and it’s definitely an event you don’t want to miss.
Click here to RSVPto the Atlanta Art, Beats & Lyrics event, which will take place on October 20 at 7 P.M.
For many, the similarities between music and cocktails may seem minimal at best. But during D’USSEcognac’s intimate D’USSE Remixer event in Atlanta, myself and a handful of others learned firsthand the parallels between booze and beats.
Before being treated to an intriguing intro to D’USSE courtesy of its creator Michel Casavecchia, we mixed and mingled while sipping on “Jasmine’s Punch.” Serving as the signature cocktail for D’USSE Remixer, “Jasmine’s Punch” was a not-too-sweet combination of D’USSE, St. Germain (my fav!!), pear liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Jasmine tea. It may have looked and sounded dainty, but it packed quite the punch.
From there, we headed to the studio to meet with producer extraordinaire 9th Wonder (Kendrick Lamar’s “DUCKWORTH,” Jay Z’s “Threat”) to create a remix to Jay Z’s The Black Album track, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” Before remixing Hov himself, which I may or may not have struggled with, 9th let us listen to the various components (isolated vocals, vocals with music, etc.) for Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Fantasy.”
Forget Waffle House, okonomiyaki is how you end a booze-fueled night in The A.
I first came across OK YAKI via a Facebook event page announcing that the pop-up restaurant would be at Atlanta eatery/late night turn-up, Noni’s over the weekend. I was interested off the bat after reading a drool-worthy description for their okonomiyaki, which is a super savory, Japanese pancake made of water, eggs, cabbage, and meat (or tofu).
It’s grilled and then topped with all kind of goodies (Japanese BBQ sauce, mayo, etc). It is DEE-lish-usssss. The pancake has a subtle crunch to it, and is tasty enough to be a standalone item, but the variety of sauces and toppings really make for a memorable dish. The okonomiyaki is big enough to be enjoyed by two, non-starving people, but you also won’t have a problem devouring this bad boy solo.
Also, the ambiance at Noni’s late at night is pretty ideal for enjoying street food from far off lands. You can usually hear the trap tunes blaring from the inside and the outdoor bar is perfect for grabbing a drink either pre or post-okonomiyaki.
You can find OK YAKI and their epic okonomiyaki at Noni’s every Friday and Saturday, from 11 PM – 3 AM.
It’s no secret that Atlanta hosts countless food and drink festivals each year. Despite the plethora of fests, this year was my first time attending BaconFest, which was more like a bacon and beer fest. When there’s alcohol and bacon involved, there’s bound to be fun, but I was actually a little taken aback by how much fun I did have at this bacon extravaganza.
There was beer pong, pin the tail on the pig , cooking with candy, and even Dr. Boobies. Beer pong was fun until I failed miserably. Pin the tail on the pig made me realize that the older you get, the less capable you are of handling dizziness. Cooking with candy was absolutely hilarious, and I left with a handbag half-filled with candy. And Dr. Boobies was incorrect with his guess. Nice try though.
In addition to generous servings of freshly-cooked bacon, BaconFest attendees also enjoyed unlimited sips of Pale Ale, Tropical Torpedo, Otra Vez, Summerfest, and Miller Lite. There was tons of bacon on deck, but I wished there were more bacon-y options to choose from. The main, two options for attendees was bacon straight up or a BLT. There was a handful of vendors on hand selling various bacon dishes though. I tried some amazing sriracha-flavored bacon jerky from Jack’s.
Overall, a great time was had and I ate way more bacon (and candy) than I probably should have.