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Lushworthy Pics: Grey Goose Le Melon & UrbanDaddy Celebrate The “Fruit Of Kings” In Atlanta

Grey Goose Le Melon 2Atlanta’s movers and shakers had the opportunity to #FlyBeyond last week thanks to UrbanDaddy and Grey Goose Le Melon’s “Fruit Of Kings” event. I had the opportunity to attend the exclusive fete, which was held last Tuesday (July 29) at Whiskey Blue in the W Buckhead, and I was really excited to finally have the opportunity to try the new Grey Goose Le Melon. Created using the Cavaillon melon, Grey Goose Le Melon was used in all four of the cocktails featured at “Fruit Of Kings.” I’ve listed all four below and I’ve also gone ahead and included their ingredients in case you want to mix them up at home.

IMGP1827Melon Mule – Grey Goose Le Melon, ginger beer, and fresh lime.

Melon Royal – Grey Goose Le Melon and lemon-lime soda.

Fizz – Grey Goose Le Melon, Manzanilla Sherry, orgeat, fresh lemon, and soda.

Southern Sip – Grey Goose Le Melon, fresh grapefruit juice, ginger beer, Benedictine, melon ball and sage.

I have to say that I was really surprised at the addition of ginger beer to two of the Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails. I’m still on the fence about the “Melon Mule,” but the “Southern Sip” was a much smoother sip (pun intended). And as a big fan of Grey Goose’s “Le Fizz” cocktails, my hands down favorite from the “Fruit Of Kings” event was the “Fizz” cocktail. Sweet, fizzy, boozy goodness! My kind of party.

In addition to a variety of Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails, guests were also treated to tunes from DJ Don Cannon and had the opportunity to sample a handful of melon-inspired bites. Speaking of which, I’ve clearly been sleeping on the delicious combination that is melon and smoked salmon. Delish!

Check out a few pictures I snapped from the “Fruit Of Kings” event below.

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Lushworthy Pics: Hennessy V.S Hosts An “Illmatic” Brunch Celebration For Nas During Coachella

NasNew York City wordsmith Nas has a lot to celebrate this month. He served as one of the headliners at the Coachella arts and music festival over the weekend. This month marks 20 years since he released his classic debut, Illmatic. (All you need to do is peep this IG pic to understand my excitement about that feat) And lastly, the rapper’s Time Is Illmatic documentary will open this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. And to celebrate all of Nas’ accomplishments, Hennessy V.S held an intimate brunch at Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, California on Sunday (April 13).

Among those in attendance at Hennessy and Nas’ boozy brunch (because booze and brunch go together like Jay and Bey) were actors Lance Gross and Damon Wayans, and So So Def’s own Jermaine Dupri. During the brunch, guests sipped on a bevy of Hennessy cocktails including the “Desert Cooler” while noshing on waffles poolside. Okay, I actually have no idea what they ate, but I think it’s safe to say that waffles were included in the mix.

You can check out a few pics from the event below, courtesy of Hennessy V.S.

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Lushworthy Pics: Noms & Sips Aplenty During Last Week’s #MeetMeAtTheBar At Cook Hall

Cook Hall CocktailFor quite sometime now I’ve toyed with the idea of hosting my own Happy Hour meetup series, and after putting it off for a bit I finally decided to host the first ever #MeetMeAtTheBar Happy Hour meetup last week. The meetup took place at Cook Hall (inside the W Atlanta Buckhead) during their Punch Out @ 5 Happy Hour, and lucky for us the day’s Happy Hour special was a $5 Hurricane Punch.

In addition to sipping on Hurricanes, we also nibbled on Cook Hall’s $5 Snacks throughout the evening. During Punch Out @ 5, all of the Snacks at Cook Hall are priced at only $5. And I have to say that their Popcorn Shrimp (normally $12) is hands down the gem of their Snacks menu in my opinion. It consists of fried shrimp and actual, real life popcorn and the entire dish is then drizzled with the most amazing Ranch dressing I’ve ever had. Seriously, they need to bottle the stuff and sell it pronto.

Those in attendance at #MeetMeAtTheBar also won gift bags featuring Lolita martini glasses, Kiehl’s mini gift sets, and Lushworthy t-shirts.

Thanks to everyone who came out and a special thank you to those at Cook Hall, specifically their team of bartenders and Shannon R! And for those of you who weren’t able to make it out, you can expect another #MeetMeAtTheBar at a new location in the very near future.

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Lushworthy Pics: Maurice Hennessy & Daniel Graham Host Hennessy Dinner In Atlanta

Maurice Hennessy Dinner 11It’s not often that you get to sample a cognac created to pay homage to the founder of Hennessy, but on a surprisingly mild, winter evening in The A, I had the opportunity to do just that. Earlier this month, I received an invite to a Hennessy dinner hosted by Maurice Hennessy, 8th generation descendant to the Hennessy empire. The dinner, which took place last week, was held in honor of Daniel Graham, former NFL football player and Henny afficianado.

Prior to dinner, which was to take place inside a quaint room in historic Rhodes Hall, small bites were served and myself and those in attendance sipped on Mint Juleps made using Hennessy Privilege. This was to be the only cocktail served during the event since dinner was more of a tasting than a cocktail extravaganza.The tasting before dinner was definitely a highlight for me. I’m far from a spirits expert, but I’ve definitely learned a thing or two in the time since I started this blog, so the tasting was a welcoming (albeit boozy) educational component to the night.

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Lushworthy Pics: Dr. J Hosts Crown Royal XO Tasting During All-Star Weekend

Julius Erving, Robert SicklerFollowing the announcement that Ciroc, Crown Royal, and a handful of other brands were partnering with the NBA, Crown Royal was of course highly present at NBA All-Star Weekend last week. The brand even hosted their own Crown Royal XO whisky tasting at New Orleans’ Metropolitan Night Club.

The intimate event was attended by the likes of Julius “Dr. J” Erving, who starred in that really fly Crown Royal commercial last year, actor/television personality Terrence J, “Inside The NBA” analyst Kenny Smith, and more. Those present at the tasting were able to sample Crown’s latest premium blend, which is finished in cognac casks from the French Limousin Forest. Fancy, right? Check out a few flicks from the whisky-centric shindig below.

Photos courtesy of Jack Dempsey/Invision for Crown Royal/AP.

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Lushworthy Pics: Hennessy & Crown Royal Invade Miami’s Art Basel

1At this year’s Art Basel, which took place in several cities across the globe including Miami, there was a good chance your favorite spirit brands were heavily present at the multi-day celebration of the arts. Among those brands were Hennessy and Crown Royal. Hennessy continued to push their Wild Rabbit campaign with noted rapper Nas thanks to their “Never stop. Never settle” photo series while Crown Royal introduced their new Crown Royal XO during a birthday celebration for producer Rico Love.

Check out a few flicks from both Hennessy and Crown Royal’s Art Basel festivities below. Photos courtesy of KirillWasHere and Gustavo Caballero/Getty Photos.

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Lushworthy Pics: Jordin Sparks, Aubrey O’Day & More Sip On Sauza Sparkling Margaritas During AMA Gifting Suite

Danity KaneLance Bass, Jordin Sparks, and the ladies of Danity Kane were among a number of celebrities present at Sauza Tequila’s American Music Awards gifting suite last weekend in Los Angeles. Attendees at the exclusive gifting event were able to sample the new line of Sauza Sparkling Margaritas (Original Lime, Mango Peach, and Wild Berry) in between preparing for the 40th annual AMAs. And in addition to sparkling margaritas and gifting swag, those in attendance at Sauza’s gifting suite were also treated to some serious eye candy in the form of a bartending lifeguard. Bow-chicka-wow-wow, indeed.

Check out a few pictures from the gifting suite below (courtesy of Getty Images/Sauza).

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The Good & The Bad From The 2013 Speakeasy Cocktail Festival

IMGP0981Over the weekend, I again had the opportunity to check out Atlanta’s Speakeasy Cocktail Festival. The annual cocktail festival, founded by Gary Cobb, first kicked off last year, so I was really looking forward to seeing how the event would fare in its second year. Since there was a fair amount of highs and lows this year, I figured I’d share ‘em with you guys in this blog post. Check ‘em out below.

The GOOD

Wayyy Better Venue – The theme of the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival is of course centered around 1920′s speakeasies and that theme was a lot more visible this year at Opera Nightclub than it was at last year’s ginormous Georgia World Congress Center exhibit hall. Opera may be a mega-club, but it also makes for a pretty nice event venue and was a near perfect choice for the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival.

More Cocktails – Although it’s called the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival, it definitely seemed there was a lack of cocktails last year. Instead, brands were pouring liquor straight and there was also a handful of beer options (and Atlanta’s got plenty of beer festivals). This year, I’m pleased to say that there were a lot more cocktail samples available. Favorite cocktail from the festival? Jim Beam’s “Spiked Apple Cider.” Man, you guys need to get into that! Simple, but friggin’ delicious.

Lack Of Excess – Last year, there was a lot going that really should not have been going on at the festival. There was a car show that was way more “random-old-car-parked-in-the-middle-of-an-exhibit-hall” than it was car show. And the gambling area was entirely too big, which made it look vacant most of the time. They seemed to do away with a lot of the extra stuff this year and it was a wise choice.

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Lushworthy Pics: Music, Art & Brew Merge At The Heineken Mural Project VIP Party

Heineken Mural Project 5With the A3C Hip Hop Festival and last night’s annual Flux Night art party, Atlanta has been absolutely crazy this weekend, but I am in no way complaining. From rooftop parties sponsored by Heineken to music industry panels held in Speakeasy-style bars, I had the opportunity to check out a variety of events over the weekend, but I have to say that my favorite was the Heineken Mural Project VIP party. Held smack dab in the middle of Castleberry Hill during Flux Night, the party took place in a previously abandoned building and included a solar stage powered by Tree Sound Studios and 3 Little Digs.

We arrived at the party just in time to see DJ Maseo of De La Soul spin a few tunes before being treated to a performance from renowned deejay and producer, DJ Premier. And man, did he play some jams! Lot’s of soul and 90′s R&B. He came in with some Aaliyah, switched it up a little with Groove Theory’s “Tell Me,” and then took us back to the 70′s. Pair that with some complimentary ice-cold Heineken and a live art installation courtesy of Heineken Mural Project street artists Chor Boogie, Clogtwo, Inkten, Marka27, Angwy Woebots, and Atlanta’s own Paper Frank, and it was a great night.

I haven’t had the opportunity to check out the murals in person yet, but they did show video projections from each of the mural locations throughout the night and they all looked pretty impressive. For more information on the murals, as well as their locations, visit the Heineken Mural Project website.

Kudos to Mali Hunter and the Retnuh Agency for bringing such a unique experience to Atlanta.

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Boos! And Booze At The Netherworld VIP Party (Pictures)

IMGP0652Earlier in the month, I received an invite to attend the Netherworld Media & VIP Party, and you know I wasn’t going to pass on the opportunity to enjoy a Lushworthy libation or two before being scared to death, so I was all in. As Netherworld is one of the most celebrated haunted attractions in the Southeast it was nice to be able to bypass the crowds during their media event, which took place weeks prior to their opening on September 27th.

Before that whole “being scared to death” thing took place, myself and Talaia from WholeYum.com enjoyed a few sips of Black Box Wine and entirely too many delicious cupcakes while chillaxin’ in the media/VIP area. And then…it was on. We entered into Netherworld’s ginormous haunted house after receiving the A-Okay from the gypsy woman standing at the entrance and were almost immediately met with a few subtle, but impactful scares (think serial killer hiding in the corner).

I’m of course not going to breakdown my entire walk through Netherworld (spoilers aren’t just reserved for “Breaking Bad” finales, ya know?), but it’s definitely a fun and frightful experience. It’s a little more on the fun end for me, but for those with a fear of all thing’s that go bump in the night then it should be a chilling experience.

For more information on dates and to purchase a ticket, visit the Netherworld Website.

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