As if dope pool parties and boozy drinks by the beach weren’t enough to get us excited about summer, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey has re-introduced their #SummerSwarm giveaway series. All you have to do to take part is create a photo album on JackSummerSwarm.com and upload pics via your device or Instagram. Take note that each week is a different summer-friendly theme (selfies, the beach, festival life, etc). Jack Honey will be giving out cool prizes like selfie sticks and personal-action cams, but the grand prize is an all-expenses paid trip to next year’s Lollapalooza music fest. Be sure to check out JackSummerSwarm.com for added details.
Oh, and if you’re in need of a super simple, summer cocktail then check out the recipe for my Jack n’ Tea! It calls for both Jack Honey and sweet tea, and is so tasty.
Jack n’ Tea
1 Part Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
3 Parts Sweet Tea
Add Jack Honey and sweet tea to either a glass or a pitcher (depending on how big of a batch you’re serving). Stir, add ice, and a splash of lemon (more for a big batch). Garnish individual servings with a lemon wedge.
Last month, Smirnoff introduced their two newest flavors, Cinna-Sugar Twist and Wild Honey. And now that these boozy, new additions are beginning to work their way into the market, Smirnoff is gradually revealing a handful of new drink recipes that are made using Cinna-Sugar Twist and Wild Honey. I came across the drink recipes for the “Classic Beauty” and “Nutty Honey Love” via Smirnoff’s Facebook page earlier this week and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed and eager to try the two at home. Not only do they look amazing, they’re also cream-based. And I’m a huuuge fan of any cream-based cocktail especially for the fall/winter seasons. You can find the recipes for both the “Classic Beauty” and “Nutty Honey Love” below. And cheers to all things elegantly boozy!
Classic Beauty (Pictured Above)
1 oz SMIRNOFF® Cinna-Sugar Twist™ Flavored Vodka
0.5 oz Cream
0.25 oz. Framboise (Or Cassis)
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a shot glass. Garnish with a cherry on a toothpick.
With a recent album titled Life Is Good and a new partnership with Hennessy, I can’t imagine life being anything less than spectacular for Queens rapper Nas. Late last year, Nas was named as the newest artist to take part in Hennessy’s “Wild Rabbit” campaign and to celebrate this momentous occasion, Nas and Hennessy will take the party to Times Square tomorrow (January 15) for a live concert at the uber-chic R Lounge. It is a private event, but you can head over to Hennessy’s Facebook page to try and score yourself an invite to the concert. If you’re unable to get your hands on an invite or are outside of the New York City area you can always whip yourself up a Henny on the rocks and watch the concert via livestream tomorrow.
I’m not sure about you guys, but my idea of an enjoyable New Years Eve has never consisted of being cramped in a mega-club, sipping on watered down cran and vodka’s while those new shoes you bought die a slow and arduous death at the feet of hundreds of drunken strangers. Also, the price tag of that mega-club mayhem typically starts at at least $100. So if you happen to reside in the great city of Atlanta and are looking for a more cost efficient, genuinely fun, and of course Lushworthy New Years Eve affair then I’ve come up with three ideas that’ll likely peak your interest.
Share A Punch Bowl With Friends At Lure – Fantastic drinks paired with an equally amazing dinner might just be the most ideal way to spend New Years Eve in my book and when that fantastic drink happens to be served from one of Lure’s oh so Lushworthy punch bowls then you’re in for quite the evening. Punch bowls at Lure range in price from $40 to $80 and are about as craft as they come thanks to ingredients like almond horchata, Bacardi Solera Rum, Quinta do Portal, and Benedictine. Be sure to get your NYE reservation in ASAP!
Party It Up At The Stankonia New Years Eve Party – At Stankonia you will get a crowd, but it’s far from your up-tight, faux Louboutin-sporting club crowd. And seriously, where else in Atlanta the world can you partake in a Belvedere Vodka open bar for only $45? Yes, 45 buckaroos…that’s it. On top of that open bar bargain, you’ll also be partying it up at the former recording haven of the legendary Outkast. In fact, at last years party Big Boi of Outkast even tapped into his inner bartender to serve up a few shots to attendee’s. You can purchase tickets via Xorbia.com.
Trade Bubbly For Brew At New Beers Eve – “Champagne who?” That’s precisely what you’ll likely be saying within minutes of attending the Atlanta Beer Festivals’ New Beers Eve celebration in Lil 5 Points. For only $60 ($70 day of) you’ll have the opportunity to sample 20 different beers and when you’ve had your fill of brew (if that’s even possible) you can switch over to well liquor or house wine which, on top of food, is also complimentary with your ticket purchase. Tickets to New Beers Eve can be purchased at Xorbia.com.
For all you lucky lushes out there who will be heading down to the tropics to celebrate the holidays this month you’ll likely be surprised to hear that you can still get your holiday cocktail fix while surrounded by powder white sand instead of powder white snow. Quite a number of hotels in the Caribbean including the Cotton Tree in Grand Cayman and the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offer up a bevy of holiday cocktails that’ll ensure that you remain in the holiday spirit. Here’s just a sampling of the festive cocktails that await at a variety of beachy resorts.
“The Candy Cane” – Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino – For all you frozen drink lovers out there, this one’s for you. Perfect for poolside lounging at H2Oasis, the Aruba Marriott Resort’s adults-only pool, “The Candy Cane” is a festive blend of white rum, Strawberry Oasis mix, Pina Colada Oasis mix, coconut cream, and melon liquor.
“Cranberry Cherry Martini” – Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa – Personally, when the holiday’s come to mind, cranberry is one of the first flavors I think of when it comes to holiday cocktails. It screams seasonal and fortunately you don’t have to venture out of the county to try the “Cranberry Cherry Martini” at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Served at the resort’s 3030 Ocean seafood restaurant, this particular cocktail is handcrafted using fresh, seasonal products.
I’m not sure if it’s her bold Scottish accent or the fact that she’s able to make the twisting open of a bottle of whisky sound a lot like the breaking of bones, but the woman featured in Dewar’s Scotch Whisky’s latest commercials seems to be one bad mama jama. While writing this little blurb I was of course doing some research to find out who exactly the actress featured in Dewar’s various commercials is and all Google-assisted clues have led me to British actress Claire Forlani. Here’s the link to her IMDB page if you want the 4-1-1 on our leading lady. I have to admit that I am a little disappointed to find out that that “bold Scottish accent” I mentioned earlier isn’t as genuine as I had imagined, but regardless it’s still an interesting ad campaign on behalf of Dewar’s.