Lushworthy News: EFFEN Vodka & 50 Cent Introduce Limited Edition Football Bottle

EFFEN Vodka Limited Edition Football Bottle

Just in time for the Super Bowl (Go Panthers!), EFFEN Vodka has released a limited edition, football-inspired bottle that’s sure to be a worthy addition to any Super Bowl shindig. The limited edition, EFFEN Vodka bottle is wrapped in a textured football sleeve, and features musician 50 Cent’s signature and logo.

The Queens, New York rapper/entrepreneur recently partnered with the brand, and has been pushing hard for EFFEN Vodka on social media and elsewhere, ever since.

“EFFEN is the perfect example of LIQUID LUXURY®, and it’s taking over. This limited edition football bottle will raise the game for your football party,” 50 Cent said in a statement.

You can get your hands on EFFEN Vodka’s limited edition bottle at select retailers this month for $35.99 (750 mL bottle).

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About Barnes & Noble Applying For A Liquor License

Barnes Noble Beer

I’m sure a ton of you have likely come across a GoodeReader article on your Facebook news feeds about Barnes & Noble applying for a liquor license. And if you’re like me, you probably proceeded to whip and nae nae at that bit of good news. Well, if you think that in the near future you’ll be sipping on an Old Fashioned while reading a book you have no plans on purchasing at your local B&N, I’ve got a bit of bad news for you.

First off, Barnes & Noble applied for a liquor license with the New York State Liquor Authority. So, if you live outside of New York, this already doesn’t apply to you. Sorry, guys. And so far, the only B&N location announced as a tester is their store in New Hartford, New York.

Another downer, one I’m personally a little saddened by, is the fact that B&N applying for a liquor license shows that they’re not doing too hot in today’s e-climate. According to Gizmodo, Barnes & Noble “struggled in the face of stiff competition” this year.

Also, that Old Fashioned I mentioned earlier? Looks like the tester location in New Hartford will only sell beer and wine. Not a huge shocker here though. It is a bookstore, not the local watering hole.

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Four Times Diddy’s Ciroc Promotion Was A Little Extra

Diddy Ciroc Promotion

Diddy a.k.a Puff Daddy rakes in some serious dough when it comes to Ciroc Vodka. Quite honestly, if my association with a brand brought in that much money, I’d be extra too. Thankfully though, Diddy has gifted us with some hilarious moments during the times when his promotion for the brand has gone a little left.

That Time He Became A Ciroc Tyrant…

During a club appearance in Atlanta, Georgia years ago, Diddy quite literally threatened to smack the taste (of vodka, I’m assuming) out of a Grey Goose drinker’s mouth for sipping on the competition. I guess you have to appreciate the man’s dedication. I guess…

That Time He Jumped Over A Bull…

Bad Boy Records founder turned vodka slinger turned bull wrangler? Well, not quite. In a video promoting Ciroc, a CGI Diddy swan-dived over a bull. Yes, swan-dived. Quite the elegant swan-dive too. Definitely a quirky, albeit extra way to promote the “perfectly smooth” Ciroc.

That Time Ciroc Time Traveled…

Although I can’t say that Diddy was fully behind this move, I will say that it takes guts to break the rules of space and time to promote your brand. During the premiere of VH1′s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, bottles of Ciroc were spotted on the wall of a bar, during a scene with Left Eye. Only problem is the scene took place in the 90s, and Ciroc was reportedly introduced to the U.S. market in 2003.

That Time His “Downton Abbey” Spoof Featuring Ciroc Wasn’t Really Funny…

Err…better luck next time? Appearing as “the first black cast member” on “Downton Abbey,” Diddy poured rounds of Ciroc, expressed his love for numerous women, but didn’t really make us laugh [sad face].

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Lushworthy News: Absolut Elyx To Sell Their Copper Pineapples To Benefit Water For People

Absolut Eyx Copper Pineapple

If you’re like me, then you’ve probably spent an absurd amount of time swooning over Absolut Elyx’s copper pineapples. If you follow the brand on Instagram, you’ve likely seen countless pictures of these gorgeous drinking vessels. And for the longest time, it seemed as though they were out of reach from us normal folks.

Well, here comes the good news! Absolut Elyx is now selling their copper pineapples for $84.99 on (You can also purchase both a copper pineapple and a bottle of Absolut Elyx for $119.99) As if this wasn’t already great news, Absolut Elyx will use the proceeds from the sale of the copper pineapples and bottles of Absolut Elyx to benefit Water For People.

According to a press release, “For every Elyx Pineapple sold, access to safe water will be provided for one month. For every bottle of Elyx sold anywhere in the world, they’ll provide access to safe water for one week (140 liters) for someone in need.”

If you’d like to learn more about the partnership between Absolut Elyx and Water For People, be sure to check out the video below.

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Buckhead Atlanta’s Burn Social Club Brings On The Booze & Rat Pack Nostalgia

Burn Social Club 1

If you live in Atlanta, chances are you’ve visited Buckhead’s Andrews Entertainment District at least once. The complex is home to several bars, restaurants, and other nightlife spots, including the newly-opened Burn Social Club. Burn Social Club has dubbed itself “a modern day supper club,” serving craft cocktails and smaller bites like sushi and flat bread pizzas.

With famed, cocktail-slinger Tom McGuire behind the bar, the cocktail menu at Burn Social Club is pretty major. From an Old Fashioned that’s served over smoked ice cubes to a Rum Punch that’s made using clove-vanilla syrup, the cocktail selection at Burn Social Club is not to be played with.

During my visit to Burn, I had the opportunity to sample the “Mary Pickford” and the “Buckhead Bramble.” Sadly, the “Buckhead Bramble,” which was made using vodka, sparkling lime, wine, and Creme de Mure, was on the underwhelming side. It was much sweeter than I thought it would be, and wasn’t very memorable overall. The “Mary Pickford” on the other hand was my kind of drink. Although it boasted only a handful of ingredients, the flavors meshed well together and helped in creating a subtly sweet cocktail banger.

I had a few favorites from the food menu at Burn Social Club. First up was the BBQ Chicken Flat Bread Pizza. I’ll merely describe the pizza as being “off the chain” (that’s a good thing, by the way). Their carrot cake was amazing. I’m not even that big of a carrot cake fan, but I would definitely order that piece of dessert-y goodness again. I wasn’t a fan of the oysters. I’ve had tastier at a more wallet-friendly cost. (A half a dozen West Coast oysters at Burn were $15) Presentation also left a lot to be desired.

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Roundup Some Booze, It’s Time For The Shark Week Drinking Game

Shark Week Drinking Game

With Discovery Channel’s Shark Week extravaganza starting in a matter of hours, I took it upon myself to create my own drinking game inspired by Shark Week. So, grab a few friends, get your hands on a bottle of your favorite booze, and enjoy! And please do remember to drink responsibly. Cheers!

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