With Discovery Channel’s Shark Weekextravaganza 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!
This year will serve as the fourth time I’ve attended the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, so I’ve definitely learned a thing or two over the past few years. And with the 2015 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival kicking off this weekend, it seemed only right to share a handful of tips with you guys.
Don’t Stay Thirsty, My Friend – Whether it’s the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival or some hipster music fest in the middle of nowhere, staying hydrated is always key. There’s plenty of free water at the festival, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be properly hydrated.
Sign Up For Classes/Seminars Ahead Of Time – Not sure if this is an option for everyone, but if you can, be sure to sign up for festival classes/seminars, online. The festival has welcomed bigger and bigger crowds each year, and I’ve noticed that quite a few classes sell out before doors even open for that particular day.
Hey, Bag Lady – This tip is primarily for the ladies. I highly recommend wearing either a cross-body bag or a mini backpack to the festival. Trust me, you’re going to want to have your hands free during the tasting tents. There’s nothing like having to hold two souvenir glasses, a tasting tents map, three GooGoo Clusters, and your Marc Jacobs satchel.
Mixing And A Mingling – The cool thing about the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is that it welcomes people from across the country, and at this point, probably even the globe. Don’t be scurred, try and meet a new friend or two while you’re enjoying the festivities.
Pace Yourself – I was definitely guilty of not pacing myself my first two years at the festival, specifically at the tasting tents. There’s just so many tasty options, and you want to try them all! Just take a breath and relax. The food is not running away and there’s plenty of it for everyone, so please do pace yourself.
With the changing of the seasons, restaurants and bars across the country are introducing a bevy of new drinks to their cocktail menus. Among those providing new, Lushworthy options for their guests is Miami, Florida eatery, Red, The Steakhouse. Located on South Beach, the steakhouse boasts a new cocktail menu that “incorporates fresh and unique ingredients.”
Among the drinks featured on the new cocktail menu at Red, The Steakhouse is the Red “305,” which is made using Bombay Sapphire, fresh agave, orange bitters, strawberries, cucumbers, and is topped off with a Prosecco float. Yeah, I could go for about two of those bad boys right now.
In case you don’t plan on hitting the streets of South Beach anytime soon, you can find full recipes for Red, The Steakhouse’s boozy, new options below. Cheers!
2.0 oz Corzo Silver Tequila
1.0 oz Fresh Agave
Splash of fresh Pineapple juice and Sprite
Muddled Pineapple & Cucumber
Muddle fresh fruit in a martini shaker. Add Corzo Silver Tequila, Pineapple Juice, Sprite and Agave to the same martini shaker. Shake well and pour over ice in a highball glass.
Red “305” (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire
1.0 oz Fresh Agave
Splash of Orange Bitters
Fresh Strawberries & Cucumbers
Combine Gin, Agave, Bitters and fresh fruit in martini shaker. Shake well and strain over ice in a highball glass. Top with a Prosecco float to finish.
Although K. Michelle may be known as one of the cast members on the VH1 reality series, “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” the Memphis-born songstress is actually quite the Jack Daniel’s connoisseur. She even became somewhat of an ambassador for the brand, reportedly signing an endorsement deal with Jack Daniel’s late last year. With her passion for all-things-Jack, K. Michelle recently shared her favorite Jack Honey cocktails. Check out her favs, along with full recipes, below.
The following is a guest post written by Nick Stokes*
In comparison to alcoholic drinks and alcohol brands, which are usually made for profit, most cocktails were made for fun or out of boredom. This is only logical because there are no copyrights or other legal barriers when you make a cocktail. You make it for yourself and for your friends, so that you can enjoy new and interesting mixtures while you spend time together. Cocktails are usually made in public, making them that much more intriguing. Some of them were created accidentally, while others were created in order to promote a certain alcoholic beverage.
The Cuba Libre is a drink which was created in order to celebrate Cuban independence. After The Spanish-American War, this cocktail was made out of Cuban rum and American Coca-Cola. Whether it was made by a Cuban bartender or an American soldier, it still remains a mystery.
Robert Roy McGregor was a Scottish folk hero and in the 19th century there was an opera created about his life. Prior to the performance, a local New York bartender made a cocktail to honor Rob Roy. It included whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
To encourage people to use the #Lushworthy hashtag on their cocktail and booze-related pictures on Instagram, I’m giving away two pairs of Crown Royal socks as part of a new contest.
To win a pair of the beautifully boozy socks (pictured above), all you have to do is follow me on Instagram (@Lushworthy_Danielle) and use both the #Lushworthy and #LushworthyGiveaway hashtags on one or more of your cocktail pics. Simple, right? You can even add those two hashtags to older pictures to enter.
You must be 21 or over to enter and must reside in the United States. I’ll choose two winners on Friday, March 20. Good luck!