Here in Atlanta, there’s a ton of events going on this Labor Day weekend, but the event I looked forward to the most was House In The Park. The annual event took place yesterday (August 31) in Grant Park and was as dope as expected. Now any time there’s a festive happening at one of Atlanta’s numerous parks I try to whip up something Lushworthy to sip on with friends. It’s usually something simple, one or two ingredients, because there’s no time for craft cocktails when it’s 90-plus degrees out. So, at the suggestion of a friend, I ended up making a pitcher of Pinnacle Amaretto and lemonade. I was obviously aiming for something Amaretto Sour-esque. Not sure if that was accomplished, but it was pretty tasty. It’s also super easy to make, with the Pinnacle Amaretto and lemonade being the only ingredients unless you want to add a few lemon wheels. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!
1 Part Pinnacle Amaretto Vodka
3 Parts Lemonade
Lemon Wheels (For Garnish)
Combine Pinnacle Amaretto Vodka and lemonade in a pitcher. Stir and add lemon wheels.
A few weeks ago I was issued a challenge: Create a stellar cocktail using the bitter liqueur known as BrancaMenta. And to aid in this particular challenge I was given a bottle of BrancaMenta and a $20 gift card to WholeFoods for cocktail ingredients and queso. Okay, queso wasn’t necessarily part of the challenge, but when you’ve got a little leftover dough on your gift card, queso must be bought. Anywho, back to the booze…
For some reason ginger beer was the first ingredient to come to mind as I brainstormed ideas for my #BrancaMenta Challenge cocktail. With that particular ingredient in mind I then came up with the idea to create my own twist on the classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail, which I dubbed the Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy. Hence the addition of both BrancaMenta and vanilla bitters. Why the vanilla bitters? Well, for me I found that upon sipping BrancaMenta by itself there is a subtle vanilla flavor. So, I wanted to bring that flavor out a little more.
I do have to say that the Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy turned out to be a unique and tasty twist on an original. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!
1.5 oz. Spiced Rum
1/2 oz. BrancaMenta
5 oz. Ginger Beer
2 Drops Vanilla Bitters
Place ice cubes in a tall glass. Add rum and BrancaMenta. Top with ginger beer and vanilla bitters. Stir and enjoy!
The first time I ever had a Rum & Coke Float I was at Seven Lamps, an eatery here in Atlanta. My friend Talaia (of WholeYum.com) and I developed a mild obsession with their off-the-menu burger, so we were there to happily get our carnivore on. I decided to order a Rum & Coke Float to sip on before our burgers came out and my goodness, it was delicious! I’ve never been a big fan of floats, but I decided to take a chance on Seven Lamps’ float since it had rum in it. I mean, what normal person says “no” to desserts with rum in them?
Mind you, all of that was nearly two years ago. And out of nowhere this week, I decided that I wanted to create my own Rum & Coke Float. So, I put my bottle of Captain Morgan 1671 to good use and created my latest Lushworthy Creation. I can’t remember what rum was used in Seven Lamps’ float, but the Captain Morgan 1671 is clutch (my new word for the month, and yes, “clutch” is a good thing). It’s a sipping rum, so it offers hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and chocolate, which are all flavors that are perfect for floats.
All in all, the Rum & Coke Float is super easy to make and hella tasty. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!
Rum & Coke Float
2 oz. Captain Morgan 1671
2 Scoops Of Vanilla Ice Cream (Don’t get crazy with the scoops, people. You merely need two regular, civilized scoops of ice cream)
Coca-Cola (Or Pepsi. I live in Atlanta, so it’s practically law that we use Coke instead of Pepsi)
Place two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass. Add Captain Morgan 1671. Fill glass with Coke and stir. Garnish with whipped cream and a cherry if you’re feeling fancy.
So, it was just a matter of weeks ago when I finally tried the much-loved Nutella. Crazy, right? Yeah, I’m hella late on that bandwagon, but needless to say, it’s pretty darn delicious. You can eat the hazelnut spread a number of ways, but I’ve become a big fan of dipping nuts in my jar of Nutella for a treat that tastes likes it’s straight outta Compton Godiva. And you know it was only a matter of time before I found a Lushworthy use for my new favorite..
The other weekend I found myself making Nutella hot chocolate out of curiosity and a desire for something a little more exciting than your standard hot chocolate. I happened to also have a bottle of Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon handy, so I of course added a nice helping to my Nutella hot chocolate and that is exactly how the “Nutella Hot Chocolate With Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon” was created. I’ve included the recipe below, and hopefully it’ll find its way onto your list of boozy, fall favorites this year.
1 Cup Milk
2 Generous Spoonfuls Of Nutella
2 oz. Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon
Marshmallows Or Whipped Cream
Heat one cup of milk in a pot until simmering. Gradually stir in your Nutella until the spread has fully dissolved. Add Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon once the milk and Nutella are fully mixed. Pour contents into a mug and garnish with whipped cream or marshmallows. Enjoy!
I really thought it’d be at least April before I’d find myself enjoying a frozen cocktail but it appears that Mother Nature had other plans. But hey, I’m not complaining. So on this unseasonably warm day I decided to create a little frozen treat for myself. This latest Lushworthy Creation was made using Little Black Dress Pineapple Honey Vodka and Mocafe’s Tahitian Vanilla Frappe. I chose the “Trouble In Tahiti” name because of the play on words. You don’t necessarily expect to find any kind of trouble in a paradise like Tahiti and you certainly don’t expect to find any vodka in a frappe. But here at Lushworthy no delicious treat is safe when it comes to being spiked.
Follow the directions on the back of the Tahitian Vanilla Frappe package to create one serving. Add Little Black Dress Pineapple Honey Vodka while blending your frappe. Pour into a tall glass and if you’re feeling fancy, which you should drinking Little Black Dress Vodka, top with whipped cream and a pineapple wedge.
For the sweetheart-less sweetheart Valentine’s Day can be quite the dreaded holiday, but nothing fixes Valentine’s Day woes like the perfect cocktail. So that was of course the goal for my most recent “Lushworthy Creation,” create a close to perfect cocktail that would make for a fun addition to your numerous Valentine’s Day themed cocktails. Alize’s Red Passion flavor just screams Valentine’s Day to me and you really can’t go wrong with a little Pinnacle Whipped Vodka here and there.
Before I gave it some thought I was planning on calling this drink the “Sweetheart Martini,” but I wanted to represent for the fellow Valentine’s Day haters, single ladies, etc. so that’s when I decided to call it the “Solo Sweetheart Martini.” Continue reading →
I was watching a video recently of a bartender creating a specialty cocktail and I was very impressed with the fact that this particular bartender used orange marmalade to sweeten their drink instead of simply syrup or sugar. After seeing this I was really set on including orange marmalade in the ingredients list for my next “Lushworthy Creation.” On top of learning about the usefulness of marmalade when it comes to making cocktails the video also sparked my interest in other unique ingredients. So for my latest cocktail which I’ve dubbed “Lady Marmalade” I’m kind of proud to say that I used both orange marmalade and coconut water.
To say that I was extremely leery when making this drink is a major understatement. For one, I have never in my life tried coconut water. And on top of that I had my concerns about the orange marmalade. Would it taste okay? Would it dissolve properly? But despite my hesitations this drink is what you might refer to as ThaBomb.com. Yea, I said it. Not only is the “Lady Marmalade” quite tasty, but I’m proud to say that it’s my most creative “Lushworthy Creation” yet. Continue reading →
I consider myself somewhat of a fan of the classic Whisky Sour cocktail, but I’m becoming less and less pleased with the sour mix that’s primarily used when making a Whisky Sour. Far too many times the sour mix is just entirely too tart. It’s almost as if the mix was made using Pixie Stix and Lemonheads. Not cool…not cool at all. So for my latest Lushworthy Creation I decided to remix the classic Whisky Sour by using Crown Royal Black and adding my own little twist to the recipe.
Instead of sour mix I opted for lemonade, Simply Lemonade of course. Lemonade is pretty similar to sour mix, but it’s way more smooth in my opinion. And to kick things up a bit more I topped the entire drink with a splash or two of Sprite. I also added both slices and cubes of lemon to make for a fun garnish. The “Whisky Sour Remix” is pretty deelish, but also quite potent so just be aware of that when downing these bad boys. Check out the ingredients and directions for this drink recipe below.
What’s New Years Eve without a Lushworthy, sparkling wine cocktail? Well it’s merely December 31st, just another day on the calendar. Everyone knows New Years Eve just isn’t the same without champagne or sparkling wine. So with 2011 slowly coming to an end and the New Year upon us I knew I wanted to create either a champagne or sparkling wine cocktail that’d be perfect for New Years Eve. So I present to you the “Lemon Sparkler!” Ta-Da!
For this latest “Lushworthy Creation” I used lemonade, grenadine, Yellow Tail Bubbles, andU’Luvka Vodka. I’m usually a Simply Lemonade kinda gal, but the Minute Maid lemonade is what happened to be in the fridge so there ya have it. But if you’re ever creating a cocktail with lemonade you should definitely give Simply Lemonade a shot. It’ friggin’ delicious! And I promise they didn’t pay me to say that.
In the past month or so I’m sure I’ve posted close to five drink recipes that are all made using warm apple cider. So for my next “Lushworthy Creation” I figured I’d put my own spin on the spiked apple cider recipe. I wanted to get a little daring with this one so I chose to use two different spirits: Smirnoff Whipped Cream and Conjure Cognac. As you may have guessed I was somewhat at a loss when it came to creative drink names so in the end I went with “Lush Cider” which I actually kinda like. It’s short, it’s sweet, and to the point.
I obviously chose to use an already made apple cider, but if you’re feeling a little on the creative side there’s tons of apple cider recipes online. And I’m sure a homemade apple cider would make for an even tastier drink.