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660 At The Angler’s, A South Beach Oasis For Both Foodies & Happy Hour Enthusiasts

660 The Anglers 1If you’ve ever been to South Beach then you know that dining on the sidewalk while 8,000 people walk past you and your teeny-tiny (and probably wobbly) table is kinda “the thing” down there. I’ve done it once and I can’t say that I’m a fan. Thankfully though, the food and cocktail scene in South Beach offers far more than cooped up sidewalk dining. While on a visit to Miami last month, a friend and I had the opportunity to attend a food and cocktail tasting at 660 At The Angler’s, which is located in The Angler’s, a boutique hotel situated on Washington Avenue.

Upon stepping into the bar and lounge area at 660 At The Angler’s it’s apparent that this ain’t your average South Beach joint. The decor is what I would describe as cozy Bohemian. There’s various shades of maroon, lots of gold details, and tons of decorative pillows (hence the cozy factor). The bar area is relatively small (it seats about four people) and lacks the Bohemian feel of the neighboring lounge. I was really a fan of the decor in the lounge, so I wish it would have transitioned into the bar area. But bars were meant for drinking and not getting your inner interior decorator on, so it obviously wasn’t a major flaw.

660 The Anglers 3Speaking of bars, I had the opportunity to sample a handful of cocktails at 660 At The Angler’s including the El Diablo, Southside Fizz, and 660 Sangria. Here’s a little breakdown of each of those drinks.

El DiabloHerradura Reposado, Creme de Cassis, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer.

Don’t let the devilish name fool you. The El Diablo is truly a sweetheart when it comes to the palate. The Creme de Cassis does a fine job of mellowing out the tequila and ginger beer always makes everything better. All in all, the El Diablo is both sweet and highly drinkable (i.e. you might just forget you’re drinking booze).

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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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Five Reasons Why Mac’s Club Deuce In Miami Beach Is The Move

Mac's Club DeuceI haven’t been back in Atlanta more than 24 hours yet and already I’m eager to share the details of my recent trip to Miami. Miami (South Beach in particular) is a pretty popular tourist spot. So, I’m sure many of you are familiar with the hoity-toity mega-clubs and sidewalk cafes that charge you well over 30 bucks for a margarita with two gallons of ice plopped into it. Although I do have to admit that I did indulge in one over-priced, sidewalk margarita. What can I say? I just can’t avoid the allure of numerous, neon-hued straws.

Anywho, while taking the South Beach Food Tour (also “the move”) our tour guide pointed out a well-known, Miami Beach dive bar called Mac’s Club Deuce. She revealed that it was a favorite of Anthony Bourdain, and at that point I knew it was a place I had to check out before the end of my trip. Unfortunately, I waited until my last night on Miami Beach to check out this divey jewel, and here’s a few reasons why my visit to Mac’s Club Deuce was pretty damn amazing.

Cheap, Strong Drinks – You’re more likely to come across a three-legged unicorn than you are a cheap drink on South Beach. Thankfully though, the drinks at Mac’s Club Deuce are both affordable and potent. I switched between a Manhattan and Guinness the night I was there. The Manhattan was made using Maker’s Mark and was only $9 and the bottle of Guinness was $6.

Shenanigans – No good dive bar is complete without a surplus of shenanigans. So, here are just a few randomly hilarious and/or interesting moments I witnessed.

  1. A man riding his bike around the pool table.
  2. Two, Atlanta chicks hovering over the jukebox, singing loudly to Incubus and Outkast. And yes, I was one of them. Continue reading

The Cocktail Menu At Miami’s Lord Balfour Gets The Royal Treatment With These Tea-Infused Cocktails

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Over the past few years, cultural fusions have become quite prominent when it concerns the food and drink world. Some fusions work amazingly well together. Take Atlanta restaurant Poor Calvin’s for example, which boasts a food and drink menu that combines Southern flair with far East sophistication. And when it comes to food and drink fusions, I’m sure the city of Miami reigns supreme. Among the Miami establishments serving up a unique mixture of two varying cultures, and in liquid form on top of that, is the Lord Balfour hotel.

Located on vibrant Miami Beach, Lord Balfour has just introduced a tea-infused signature cocktail list that pairs British staples with a little Latin flair. See, I told you they were serving up some very unique and of course Lushworthy combinations.

In the mood for a rum infused with green tea? Then their “Piccadilly Circus,” which combines green tea-infused rum with lime juice, mint, and ginger beer, should make for a welcoming addition to tea time. And if you prefer your cocktails sans the Brit’s beverage of choice then the Lord Balfour’s new menu offers a handful of cocktails that don’t include tea, but are still heavy on the Latin-British fusion.

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Head To The Tropics (In Your Head) With Cocktails From The Caribbean’s Most Lushworthy Resorts

Aruba_aloe(right)Let me preface this blog post by stating that here in HOT-lanta we’re expecting between one and two inches of snow (and unfortunately there’s some ice thrown in the mix). While this does give me a great reason to sip on a spiked hot chocolate or hot toddy as I watch plump snowflakes fall from the comfort of my own home, I have to say that I’d much rather be sipping on a tropics-inspired beverage somewhere in the Caribbean (preferably Jamaica…just saying).

If you’re like me and a trip to an island boasting turquoise waters and white sand beaches isn’t quite in the near future then you can always whip yourself up a cocktail that happens to be served at a Caribbean resort. The three cocktails I’ve listed below are served at bars located at resorts in Aruba, St. Kitts, and Anguilla. Enjoy!

Sam’s Pyrat Rum Punch – Azure Beach Bar At CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

CuisinArt Pyrat Rum Punch

INGREDIENTS

½ oz Apricot Brandy
½ oz Galliano
1 oz Pyrat Pistol Rum
1 Dash Grenadine
1 oz Lemon Juice
4 oz Pineapple Juice

DIRECTIONS

Shake all ingredients except Galliano in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a Collins glass. Add Galliano on top and garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

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Lushworthy Travel: Jacksonville’s Ocean 60 Aims To Please Both Cocktail Lovers & Foodies

Ocean 60 Blueberry CollinsFor me, good food and even better cocktails go together like peas and carrots, Jay Z and Beyonce, Siri and iPhones. Well, you get the picture…So, anytime I come across an establishment that has great food and cocktails I’m always willing to spread the word. During a recent trip to Jacksonville, Florida, I was invited to have dinner at Atlantic Beach restaurant Ocean 60 and it was quite the enjoyable experience.

Ocean 60 Food 3Described as a “fine dining restaurant,” Ocean 60 features an ever-changing array of seafood dishes and a drink menu filled with martinis, classic cocktails, specialty mojitos, and other Lushworthy delights. I’m sure you foodies out there are eager to hear about the kind of meals Ocean 60 is dishing out, but first, we talk cocktails.

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Lushworthy Travel: Martinis, Music & More At The Casa Marina Hotel’s Penthouse Lounge

Casa Marina Key Lime MartiniIf you’ve ever found yourself sipping cocktails beachside, whether you’re on one of numerous beaches here in the states or somewhere exotic, there’s a good chance your cocktail was a fruity, frozen concoction that happened to be served in a plastic cup with a plethora of fruity garnishes. Don’t get me wrong, I love a “beachy” cocktail, but they’re a little on the predictable side sometimes.

If you love the beach atmosphere, but are in the market for a more sophisticated cocktail then you may want to head over to the Casa Marina Hotel in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The historic hotel, which first opened its doors in 1925, premiered its Penthouse Lounge a little over a decade ago and they’ve been serving up cocktails to the “Jax Beach” community ever since.

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“Flirtini” and “Raspberry Lemonade Martini” at the Casa Marina Hotel’s Penthouse Lounge.

Thanks to its location, the Penthouse Lounge offers amazing ocean views since it sits right above the beach. They also boast a full martini menu and for those of you hoping to get your snack on as well, there’s also a tapas and lunch menu. While at the lounge I had the opportunity to sample a handful of cocktails and I have to say that my favorite was the “Key Lime Martini.” A combination of Stoli Vanil Vodka, Licor 43, fresh lime juice and cream, the “Key Lime Martini” is a decadent cocktail that comes with a surprisingly tart finish.

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Lushworthy News: Marriott Autograph Collection Partners With Jim Beam For Limited Edition Cocktail Book

Autograph Collection Bourbon MuleThe cocktail pictured above is just one of a handful of carefully-crafted drinks that can be found in a limited edition cocktail book, available at all Marriott Autograph Collection hotels. A partnership between Marriott and Jim Beam, the book serves as a cocktail guide to the various Autograph Collection hotels and their unique locales. In it you’ll find a dozen cocktails that take their inspiration from vibrant New York City and the famed Algonquin Hotel Times Square, the laid-back Southern charm of Savannah and the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, and much more. Other hotels featured in the book include The Glenn Hotel in Atlanta, The Saint Hotel in New Orleans, and more.

Below you can find a handful of drink recipes from the Marriott Autograph Collection’s limited edition cocktail book.

Bourbon Mule - Turnberry Isle Miami (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Makers Mark® Bourbon
1 oz. Peach Liqueur
1 oz. Honey-Basil Syrup
1 oz. Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Ginger Beer
Basil Leaf to Garnish

DIRECTIONS

Add ingredients, except the ginger beer, in a tin shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with basil leaf.

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Miami’s The Local House Raw Bar & Grill Goes Global With Their New Signature Cocktails

Local House Blood Orange Margarita

When it comes to going global here in the United States, South Beach may be one of the best places to do just that. The cuisine is always an eclectic array of global tastes and the cocktails can be just as international. Just in time for the warmer months, South Beach’s The Local House Raw Bar & Grill, located in the Sense Beach House, has introduced a new signature cocktail menu that boasts a global theme. Each of the Lushworthy cocktails is created by an international mixologist that hails from Italy, Germany, and even a few bars/restaurants located here in the states.

With the exception of the “Oyster And Vodka Are Up To No Good” ($17), all of the cocktails are available for purchase for $15. And here’s a little Lushworthy tip for ya, all of the signature cocktails are half-off during Happy Hour on Wednesday from 4 to 7 P.M. You can find the full list of The Local House Raw Bar & Grill’s signature cocktails and their ingredients below.

“Down The Rabbit Hole” (Created By Gabriele Selvi) - Scotch, Raspberries, Fresh Mint, Ginger Ale, Sugar

“Beyond Good And Evil” (Created By Gabriele Selvi & Cristina Bini) - Rum, Triple Sec, Jalapeno, Lime, and Passion Fruit

“Oyster And Vodka Are Up To No Good” (Created By Gabriele Selvi) - Vodka, Lillet, Dry Vermouth, Twist of Lemon, Two Oyster

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New Orleans’ Windsor Court Hotel Introduces The $10,000 “Key To The City” Cocktail & More With Their New Luxury Menu

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Although the city of New Orleans may be notorious for its lively, Hurricane-sipping Bourbon Street crowd, there are quite a few places in the city where you can bypass that crowd and instead enjoy a grandiose cocktail in a more relaxed setting. Among those places is the Polo Club Lounge in the Windsor Court Hotel and just in time for this weekend’s big game they’ve introduced a new menu of Luxury Cocktails (emphasis on luxury). Prices for the cocktails start at $16 and go all the way up to $10,000. I’m sure you’re wondering what kind of cocktail costs $10,000. Well, it’s called the “Key To The City” and is a cobbler that’s made using 1907 D’Oliveiras Malvazia madeira.

Now if you’re thinking the “Key To The City” and the $2,000 “Key To The Court” are a little pricey for just a cocktail then fret not because the price also includes a souvenir gold key and a return stay to the Windsor Court Hotel which includes a ton of perks while you’re there.

You can find a full list of the Polo Club Lounge’s new Luxury Cocktails below. Keep in mind that the menu does end on Tuesday, February 12.

Key To The City – $10,000 - D’Oliveiras Malvazia 1907 Madeira Cobbler served in a silver julep cup, garnished with fresh fruit and a souvenir gold key.

Key To The Court – $2,000 - A traditional New Orleans Sazerac, made unforgettable with Louis XIII Cognac and a souvenir gold key garnish.

French – $75 - Cristal Brut Champagne ‘04, Martell XO, Peychaud’s Bitters, Sugar Cube.

The Vieux Carre – $27 - Martell XO, WhistlePig Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, Peychaud’s Bitters.

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