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Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice To Hit Shelves This Holiday Season

Souther Comfort Gingerbread SpiceTime waits for no man and that’s especially true when it comes to the holidays. We’ve just celebrated Labor Day and booze brands are already beginning to release their holiday flavors. Southern Comfort is one of the first to announce their limited-edition holiday flavor, Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice.

Described as “a zesty and smooth combination of warm gingerbread flavors, creamy vanilla and subtle notes of Southern Comfort,” their new Gingerbread Spice sounds pretty ideal for spiking those cold-weather drinks.

“Gingerbread is one of the most popular holiday flavors. You see it just about everywhere – in coffee, seasonal sweets, and now in your favorite spirit.” said Jennifer Powell, Southern Comfort Brand Director. “Southern Comfort’s unique flavor is mixed with hints of Gingerbread and cinnamon spice to create a delicious, ready to serve holiday drink that’s sure to become a holiday tradition.”

You can get your hands on a bottle of Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice beginning on October 1st.

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Bacardi Reveals Sweepstakes Details For Bacardi Triangle Festival

Bacardi TriangleOver the past day, social media has been buzzing following the announcement that Bacardi plans on hosting one of the most epic music festivals around. Titled Bacardi Triangle (or #BacardiTriangle for the social media-loving folks), the festival will take place over a span of four days in Puerto Rico from October 30 to November 2.

In honor of the year of its creation, Bacardi will invite 1,862 guests to take part in the one-of-a-kind event, which will include a concert on a private island in the Bermuda Triangle. Pretty pimpin’, right? Among the artists scheduled to perform at the concert are Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, and DJ Calvin Harris.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the BACARDÍ Triangle, this has to be one of the most elaborate parties to have ever been organized,” Calvin Harris said in a statement.

So, the question of the hour is how does one get invited to such an amazing fete? It’s pretty simple actually. Just listen to Pandora, the Bacardi Triangle station (http://pandora.com/BacardiTriangle) to be exact. That’s where Bacardi will host a series of sweepstakes (beginning September 22) for those hoping to win a chance to jet off to Puerto Rico for their boozy, music extravaganza.

In addition to the concert on a private island, Bacardi Triangle attendees will also be treated to “pool-side sets from some of the world’s leading DJs” during their stay at the Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador resort in Puerto Rico. Also scheduled for that weekend is a Halloween-themed party that will consist of “global DJs, living mermaids, poi performance artists, voodoo shacks, tribal food huts and more.” Oh, and the entire trip is of course all-expenses paid.

Good luck to those who enter!

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Jeff Bridges (a.k.a The Dude) Teams Up With Kahlua For “The White Russian” Short Film

White Russian The Dude Jeff BridgesIn regards to this news…about damn time! If you’re a longtime fan of The Dude and are Lushworthy at heart then I’m sure you’ve been waiting for the day when Jeff Bridges, the actor who played the White Russian-loving The Dude in The Big Lebowski, teamed up with Kahlua for a boozy collaboration. And if you didn’t know, Kahlua is one of the main ingredients featured in the classic White Russian cocktail.

It was announced this week (via press release) that Bridges has teamed up with Kahlua Productions to release “The White Russian” short film. The actor will reportedly narrate and star in the film, which will debut on September 9 at a private screening in Hollywood, California.

“The White Russian is one of the most popular classic cocktails and it’s seeing a massive revival right now, so to work with Kahlua on this project is great timing,” said Jeff Bridges. “As a short film entirely inspired by a simple classic cocktail, this story is creative, enigmatic and beautifully shot.”

As far as the film is concerned, it’s directed by Ivan Zacharias and is “an intriguing story about the unlikely meeting of two men from different worlds.” There’s no word yet on when the general public will be able to see “The White Russian,” but I’m hoping for some time in the very near future. And I’ll surely be ready with White Russian in hand a la The Dude.

Be sure to follow the #KahluaWhiteRussian hashtag for more details on the film.

UPDATE: Check out the trailer below!

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Lushworthy News: Smirnoff Introduces Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry & White Peach, Pinnacle Welcomes Pinnacle Amaretto

Smirnoff Sorbet Light Strawberry And PeachSmirnoff is continuing to add to their line of low-calorie vodkas thanks to the release of two new, seasonal flavors, Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and Sorbet Light White Peach. Similar to other Sorbet Light flavors, which include Raspberry Pomegranate and Pineapple Coconut, the two newest additions are low on the calories with only 78 calories per 1.5 oz. serving and full on flavor. Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry boasts a flavor reminiscent of ripe strawberries while Sorbet Light White Peach keeps it heavily peachy with the addition of flavors similar to that of “juicy sweet peaches.”

Pinnacle Vodka Launches Pinnacle Amaretto

Pinnacle AmarettoFamous for their variety of whipped and fruity flavors, Pinnacle Vodka is switching things up a bit with their newest addition, Pinnacle Amaretto. Pinnacle Amaretto is described as a vodka that flaunts “a full-bodied almond flavor with undertones of cherry and a smooth, lingering cocoa finish” and will likely be a welcomed addition to all those fall cocktails.

“Pinnacle Vodka is known for pioneering high quality premium vodka with out-of-this-world flavors,” said Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodka at Beam Suntory, in a statement. “We’re committed to continually providing new, fun flavors that we know our Pinnacle fans will enjoy. Amaretto is no exception.”

Look out for both Pinnacle Amaretto and Smirnoff’s newest Sorbet Light flavors at a liquor store near you this season.

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Ciroc Pineapple Announced As Newest Ciroc Flavor + “Ciroc Colada” Recipe

Ciroc PineappleIt’s always an occasion when a new Ciroc flavor is announced and with the announcement that Ciroc Pineapple is the latest addition to the Diageo-owned brand, the internet has been in a mild frenzy. A frenzy that I fully stand behind.

Ciroc Pineapple makes absolute and perfect sense. It’s a perfect companion to their Ciroc Coconut and is an ideal vodka flavor all around. It’s also a far cry from the confusing Ciroc Amaretto (vodka and amaretto?? who?? what??), which I can safely assume hasn’t done all that well since its release nearly one year ago.

Ciroc Pineapple is obviously not on shelves just yet, but I did come up with a drink recipe that I think will make for an amazing, summer cocktail. I’ve dubbed it the Ciroc Colada! Clever, eh? Check it out below.

Ciroc Colada

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Coco Lopez Cream Of Coconut

2 oz. Pineapple Juice

1 oz. Ciroc Coconut

1/2 oz. Ciroc Pineapple

1 Cup Ice

Pineapple Wedge

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients (minus pineapple wedge) to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple wedge.

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Belvedere Vodka’s Claire Smith & Drink Historian Anistatia Miller Give Us The 411 On The Martini

Claire Smith Anistatia MillerIn honor of World Martini Day, Belvedere Vodka and Claire Smith, the brand’s Head of Spirit Creation & Mixology, linked up with drink historian/cocktail specialist Anistatia Miller to speak on what they’ve dubbed “the world’s most iconic cocktail.” It only takes one visit to a chain restaurant to see that the martini has morphed into something almost completely different than what it originally was. So, I think it’s pretty cool that Claire and Anistatia dropped a little knowledge for those who may be unfamiliar with the history of the martini. Check out their video below. And if you need a little martini inspiration, I’ve included the recipe to The Classic Belvedere below.

The Classic Belvedere

INGREDIENTS

2 oz/60ml Belvedere Vodka

¼ oz/10ml Lillet Blanc

Twist of pink grapefruit

DIRECTIONS

Combine Belvedere and Lillet in mixing glass and stir over ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit.

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Jelly Belly & The Beeroness’ Jackie Dodd Team Up To Create Beer And Candy Tasting Menu

Jelly Belly Candy Company Craft BeersNearly ever week, my social media feeds are filled with pictures or news about various beer and food tastings. Brew-centered dinners have become immensely popular down here in Atlanta and I’m sure it’s the same in a lot of other major cities. Despite the popularity of beer and food tastings, I can say that I’ve never heard of a beer and candy tasting.

The folks over at Jelly Belly, who recently released the world’s first ever beer-flavored jelly bean, apparently caught wind of this and teamed up with Jackie Dodd of TheBeeroness.com to create a beer and candy tasting menu, which features various Jelly Belly goodies.

Their beer and candy tasting menu pairs candy corn with white ale, Jelly Belly Sour Neon Worms with IPAs, and more. I know what you’re thinking, “This would be a killer idea for my next get-together.” Indeed it would! You can find their full beer and candy tasting menu below.

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Four Reasons Why Every Booze Lover Should Read Amy Stewart’s “The Drunken Botanist”

The Drunken BotanistA few months ago I received Amy Stewart’s “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The World’s Great Drinks” as part of a gift set I was sent, and thank goodness I did because it’s a book I really enjoyed, but probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own. If you’re a booze lover and you’ve considered picking up “The Drunken Botanist” then please go for it, my friend! But if you need a little extra motivation, I’ve listed a few reasons why you need to hit up your local bookstore and pick up a copy ASAP.

Infinite Booze Knowledge – Okay, “infinite” might be a bit of a strong word, but you’re bound to learn a thing or two or 20 while reading “The Drunken Botanist.” I mean, it’s like the Rosetta Stone of booze. Alright, that’s another wonky comparison, but you get the idea. It’s chock-full of great facts.

Lushworthy Recipes – From sake cocktails to classic sips and everything in between, nearly every chapter of “The Drunken Botanist” includes a few drink recipes. You’ll probably love some more than others, but trust me, you’ll have plenty to choose from.

A Hard-Cover Beauty – “The Drunken Botanist” comes in hard-cover form and instead of being covered in those annoying sleeves that slip and slide all over the place, it boasts a pretty handsome cover. In fact, it’s such a looker, I’d go so far as to say that it might make a nice addition to your home bar.

A Surprisingly Entertaining Read – I’m a sucker for a good story. So, it’s rare that I’ll choose non-fiction over fiction, but despite being loaded with all kinds of boozy facts, “The Drunken Botanist” is an entertaining and enjoyable read thanks to Stewart’s conversational and occasionally witty tone.

You can pick up “The Drunken Botanist” at Barnes & Noble (a.k.a. my eighth favorite place in the world) and a number of other retailers.

Picture via Gardenista.com.

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Craft Beer To Hit The High Seas Thanks To Crystal Cruises’ New Microbrew Cruise

Crystal Cruises BeerIt’s no secret that the craft beer market has exploded over the past years. Even cruise lines, yes cruise lines, are getting in on this latest booze trend. Crystal Cruises, who previously featured a beer connoisseur menu on select cruises, has just announced their new craft beer theme for the Crystal Fall Culinary Cruise.

The brew-centric luxury cruise will consist of expert presentations, cooking and cocktail classes, tasting sessions, and dinners. In addition to on board experiences, guests will also have the opportunity to visit breweries on the mainland. Also pretty cool is the fact that this particular cruise will take you to a variety of ports including ones in Baltimore, Maryland, Charleston, South Carolina, Turks & Caicos, and Aruba.

Oh, and here’s one more “pretty cool” mention, the cruise will include appearances from brew connoisseurs Stephen Beaumont, Jon Ashton, and Anthony Caporale, who will help lead the various classes and demonstrations.

“We’ve recently seen the growing interest in microbrews, from crafting to drinking, reflected in our own guests’ palates, leading us to add international specialty beers to our Connoisseur beverage menu in 2013,” says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food and beverage operations and hotel procurement.  “A microbrew theme in 2014 is a natural extension of that interest, utilizing the programming format of our successful ‘Wine & Food’-cruises to expand travelers’ palates and minds in new ways that can last well beyond their cruise.”

Cruise fares, which are all-inclusive, start at $3,700.

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A Lushworthy Guide To The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Tasting Tents

AFWF Tasting TentsAs much as I love the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, it can definitely be overwhelming at times. The annual festival, which will take place from May 29 to June 1, includes various dinners, seminars, and tasting tents. The tasting tents alone are enough to bring foodies and boozies (is that a word yet?) to their knees with joy.

In case things get a little too overwhelming, I’ve gone ahead and created somewhat of a Lushworthy-inspired tasting tent cheat sheet for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF). Below you’ll find the names of a handful of brands that will all have tents during the festival. I’ve also included a brief description as to why I think you should check ‘em out. Oh, and the three digit number in bold at the end of each description shows where you can find their tent on the official festival map.

Campari America -  With over 45 spirits to its name, you can be sure that Campari America will be slinging some must-have cocktails during AFWF. 191

Savannah Sweet Tea Lemonade Bourbon – I’m not terribly familiar with this brand, but since I’m obsessed with the city of Savannah, bourbon, and both sweet tea and lemonade, this sounds like a solid tasting tent winner. 186

Wines Of Chile – If you’re a lover of all things vino then I’m sure you’re quite familiar with the wines coming out of the Southern American country of Chile. It’s said to be some of the best in the world. Even if you’re not a wine lover you should still indulge in at least a few sips. 209

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