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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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Lushworthy News: D’USSE XO Enters The Market, Captain Morgan Introduces New Commemorative Blend

D'USSE XOFollowing the launch of D’USSE in 2012, the Bacardi-owned brand has welcomed its first expression, D’USSE XO. Described as “a unique blend of meticulously hand-selected eaux-de-vie, aged ten years or more,” D’USSE XO is said to boast “flavor notes of ripe blackberry and apricot, layered with hints of dark chocolate and walnut.” Sounds like a boozy trip to Godiva Chocolatier. And that definitely works for me.

“Following the highly successful launch of D’USSE VSOP, there is an opportunity to lead the evolution of the Cognac category even further,” said Robert Furniss-Roe, President of Bacardi North America. “Consumers are fascinated with dark spirits and care more than ever about the quality and level of craftsmanship in the brands they consume. D’USSE XO is the response to that request.”

For a while the newly-introduced cognac was only available to the entertainment and cocktailing elite, but now you can get your hands on a bottle of D’USSE XO for a cool $230.

The Cap’n Welcomes New Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend.

Captain Morgan 1671Legend has it that Captain Henry Morgan lost five ships while traveling to Panama City, Panama in the late 1600′s. Among the ships he lost was his flagship, Satisfaction.

What was the point of that brief history lesson, you ask? Well, the new, limited edition Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend is inspired by the Satisfaction. In fact, Captain Morgan’s latest spirit is finished in Spanish Oak, which is said to have also been used in the barrels that were on board Captain Morgan’s doomed ship. Kinda cool, right?

Also cool is the fact that it’s one of few commemorative blends that’s affordable. You can get your hands on a bottle of Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend (750 mL) for only $19.99.

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Davio’s Atlanta Introduces New Sparkling Champagne Floats

Davio's Atlanta Sparkling Champagne FloatFrom carefully curated wine dinners to homemade, boozy Italian ices, those at Davio’s Atlanta sure know a thing or two about keeping things Lushworthy. And starting this June, Davio’s will introduce a new, boozy item to their menu, sparkling champagne floats. There will be three floats total (lemon, mango, and blueberry) and they’ll each be available for purchase for only $6. They’re all made using Prosecco and sorbet, but you can find the exact ingredients for each sparkling champagne float below. (Floats will be available until August)

Lemon Sorbetti 

Prosecco, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Cane Sugar, and Lemon Sorbet. Garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel.

Mango Sorbetti 

Prosecco, Absolut Mandarin Vodka, and Mango Sorbet. Garnish with dehydrated orange wheel.

Blueberry Sorbetti

Prosecco, Absolut Citron Vodka, Blueberry Syrup, and Blueberry Sorbet. Garnish with dehydrated lemon wheel.

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Drink Recipe: Captain Morgan & Hugh Acheson Set The Stage For A #MintMutiny This Weekend

Mint Mutiny_2If you’re a lover of booze then there’s a good chance that you’re all for sipping on a classic cocktail. I love a great classic cocktail too, but every now and then it’s nice to switch things up a bit and revamp a classic. And Hugh Acheson of Empire State South (ATL represent!) has done just that with his “Mint Mutiny” cocktail. The “Mint Mutiny” was created just in time for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby and as you’ve probably guessed, it serves as a remix to the classic “Mint Julep.”

The folks over at Captain Morgan, which serves as the primary ingredient in the “Mint Mutiny” sent over a kit for making Acheson’s cocktail and also invited me to take part in their #MintMutiny Twitter competition. Basically, whichever blogger receives the most #MintMutiny retweets will receive a trip to either the Belmont Stakes or Preakness Stakes.

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