Drink Recipes: The Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Gets A Mixology Makeover With These Seasonal Cocktails

Kiwi Straw-Ber-RitaI’m sure many of us love to drink our Bud Light Lime-A-Rita of choice straight out of those cute, little eight ounce cans, so you may find it hard to believe that life does exist outside the can. The folks over at Bud Light recently tapped into their inner mixologist and created a handful of spring-friendly cocktails that are made using various flavors from the Lime-A-Rita collection. Yes, that’s right people. I’m talking about Lime-A-Rita cocktails. Now you may not want to break these out when your craft cocktail-sipping amigos are around, but I’m sure they’ll make for a fun addition to any get-together you’ve got planned for the warmer months ahead.

Kiwi Straw-Ber-Rita (Pictured Above)


Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita
Club soda


Muddle two kiwi slices with a dash of club soda. Add ice and pour Straw-Ber-Rita. Stir very well with a bar spoon and serve with a kiwi slice garnish.

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Everything You Need To Know About The Second Annual HAWKtoberfest

Hawks GangGuest Post By Gregg Jarahian

The Atlanta Hawks and Fizz invited local, brew-centric minded media to a sneak preview of the 2014 HAWKtoberfest during a recent game at Phillips Arena.

We were treated to a suite, snacks, and beers during the game, along with a tour of the event space. During the game we spoke with representatives from the Atlanta Hawks and Fizz to acquire everything you need to know about attending HAWKtoberfest.

HAWKtoberfestWhat is HAWKtoberfest?

The Atlanta Hawks’ 2nd Annual HAWKtoberfest will take place at Philips Arena and celebrates Atlanta’s local craft breweries! You can enjoy offerings from local breweries, talk with the brewmasters, enjoy live music by Yacht Rock Revue, and sample craft beer treats from Happy Hour Confections.

What is the date and who are the Hawks playing?

HAWKtoberfest will take place at Philips Arena on March 21, 2014 during the Hawks vs. New Orleans Pelicans game from 6 PM to the end of the third quarter.

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5 Random Observations From Southern Comfort’s New “Dance” Commercial (Video)

Southern Comfort Dance

If you know me then you know that I’m a fan of the wacky guys featured in Southern Comfort’s “Whatever’s Comfortable” commercials. It’s been a minute since we were last introduced to one of SoCo’s whisky-drinking characters and last week that all came to an end thanks to Southern Comfort’s new “Dance” commercial. Whenever I come across one of the “Whatever’s Comfortable” commercials my brain is usually bombarded with a number of random observations, so I figured I’d actually list ‘em out this time. Here goes…

1. Is he wearing a cookie on his shirt? Seriously though, is that a paper cookie stuck to his chest? And if so, then I think I want one.

2. This song is kinda jammin’. Yep, the song’s called “Estrelar” by Marcos Valle and I will be YouTube-ing it in a matter of minutes for an impromptu jam session. Yes, a jam session quite similar to the one featured in this video.

3. Top Row, Center. You see the dance move buddy’s performing in the top row, center column around the 0:35 mark? There’s about an 82.5% chance that you’ll be performing that same exact dance move in the club two weeks from now.

4. Moves Like Jagger? Is it just me or did his dance moves become a lot more suave once he had a glass of whiskey in his hand?

5. Garnish game on lock. Southern Comfort should really consider creating drink garnishes that are actual waving flags. How epic would that be?

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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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#MeetMeAtTheBar Happy Hour Meetup & Taste And Brews Discount Code

Meet Me At The Bar March FinalHey folks! I wanted to extend a quick invitation to all my Atlanta-based readers to come and hang with me this Thursday, March 6th at Cook Hall for my #MeetMeAtTheBar Happy Hour meetup. The event will take place between 5 and 7 P.M. during Cook Hall’s Punch Out @ 5 Happy Hour. They’ll be serving up $5 specialty punch and $5 snacks during Punch Out @ 5, so be prepared to have a good time without assaulting your wallet. You can find RSVP info on the flyer above. Oh! And I’ll be giving away prizes from Kiehl’s and Lolita as well during #MeetMeAtTheBar!

You can also find me at Taste And Brews at Atlanta Food Truck Park this Saturday. If you’re also planning on attending Taste And Brews, you can use promo code “lushworthy” to save $10 on tickets (General Admission – $49, VIP – $75). That amount will change to $5 at midnight.

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Atlanta’s Poor Calvin’s Rich On Craft Cocktails & Flavorful Fusions, Despite Its Name

Poor Calvins 1I’m sure I’ve mentioned this in a previous blog post, but as much as I love a great cocktail, enjoying or attempting to enjoy said cocktail becomes much more of a chore when it’s paired with a mediocre meal. I mean, a cocktail prepared by one of the country’s most esteemed mixologists surely loses its luster when it’s paired with a Bic Mac and cold fries (please note that I said cold fries because there are far things greater than a fresh batch of fries from Mickey D’s).

So, I was definitely in for a pleasant surprise when I was invited to attend dinner at Atlanta restaurant Poor Calvin’s last month and enjoyed both my meal and the few cocktails I was able to sample.

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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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Drink Recipes: Break Out Your Favorite Tequila & Get To Work On These National Margarita Day Cocktails

Spicy Sage Margarita

It was once said that a well-made margarita could bring even the most hardened criminals to tears. And by “once said” I mean “I-completely-made-that-up-because-I-love margaritas-so-gosh-darn-much,” so I of course had to show love to the margarita before National Margarita Day takes place this Saturday (February 22).

Yes, the margarita does rank high on my list of favorite cocktails, but I’m not talking about chain restaurant margaritas that taste like they wouldn’t even fare well when paired against a Lime-A-Rita. I’m talking about the good stuff. A combination of tequila, fresh lime juice, and Cointreau is a good go-to, but there are also a number of more creative margaritas out there that could give the classic margarita a run for its money. I’ve listed a few of those cocktails below and I hope you’ve got that bottle of tequila handy!

Spicy Sage Margarita (Pictured Above)


2 oz. Avión Silver
3/4 oz. Jalapeño-Infused Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz. Orange Juice
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Sage Leaves
1 Sage Leaf and Salt for garnish


Muddle sage in a shaker. Add all ingredients. Shake. Double strain. Pour over ice in salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with sage leaf.

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Little Orphan Whiskey Finds Itself A Home Thanks To Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company

Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling CompanyIt’s painfully hard to believe that there are forgotten barrels of whiskey out there. It simply breaks my heart [insert uber-tearful emoji here]. But thanks to the good folks at Diageo these orphaned barrels of whiskey have now found themselves a home. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Diageo would soon be introducing their Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company project. As part of the project, the beverage behemoth has chosen to locate these forgotten barrels of whiskey and share them with the public.

“The whiskey warehouses and rickhouses these spirits come from are special places filled with the incredible smells of seasoned oak, rough textures of weathered wood and amazing tastes of precious liquid,” said Ewan Morgan, Master of Whiskey for DIAGEO.  “It’s every worker’s dream of finding that forgotten barrel of delicious whiskey and sharing it with their friends.  That’s exactly what we’re doing.”

The first two whiskeys that will be available to the public will be Barterhouse Whiskey ($75) and Old Blowhard Whiskey ($150). Both were discovered at the Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Kentucky and were then hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Both whiskeys will be available in limited quantities beginning in March. And if you do happen to get your hands on a bottle feel free to send a shot or two this way.

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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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