Well, I can officially knock cocktails in the “Music City” (Nashville, Tennessee) off the Lushworthy bucket list. Over the weekend, myself and a couple of blogger friends took part in our first ever #LushYumBeauty press trip. We sipped and noshed our way through both Chattanooga and Nashville, and had an amazing time while doing so.
I love a good Happy Hour turn-up, so I was excited to discover that The Sutler Saloon, one of the restaurants we visited while in Nashville, offered just that. All of the cocktails on their menu are half-off from 3 to 7 P.M., Monday through Friday.
A cocktail fav for me from The Sutler was “The Slingshot,” which is made using Gordon’s Gin, orange bitters, lemon, and sweet vermouth. I know that a lot of people tend to treat gin cocktails like a wicked step-kid because of past experiences. Trust me, a well-made gin cocktail will change your entire outlook on life. And “The Slingshot” has the ability to do just that. Taste-wise, it was like biting into a gin-infused orange. The orange flavor is heavily present thanks to the bitters, but there isn’t that tart ickyness you sometimes get from OJ. It. Is. Good!
As well-loved as the margarita is, it seems only right that National Margarita Day is a real life celebration. Although your traditional margarita is a simple combination of tequila, lime, and triple sec, hundreds of variations have emerged over the years. If you really want to make the most out of National Margarita Day, try indulging in a unique twist on the classic marg with one of these cocktails.
The Late Night Lychee (Serves 8)
1 1/2 cups Sauza® Signature Blue Silver
1/2 cup lychee-infused simple syrup
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
15-20 sprigs of cilantro
8 jalapeño slices
Add ingredients to an ice-filled pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into salt-rimmed margarita glasses. Garnish with lychee and cilantro.
Smoked Pear Margarita (Created by Charlotte Voisey)
1.5 oz. Milagro Silver
¾ oz. Montelobos Mezcal
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
¾ oz. Agave Nectar
½ Fresh Pear Juice (muddle from ripe fruit)
2 Dashes Apple Bitters
Combine ingredients and shake well. Garnish with a dehydrated pear slice and a sprinkle of sea salt.
So, I missed out on watching the Grammys last night, and instead tuned in to “The Walking Dead,” but I ended up catching a bunch of highlights on social media. Although there were tons of dope performances, there was one video in particular that stood out to me. And that was of Rihanna and her homegirl taking shots of their booze of choice (my guess would be whiskey) from a bedazzled flask.
This, my friends, is why Rihanna is absolute Booze Goddess goals. First off, she understands that with booze, sharing is caring. Sure, her dainty flask probably only held about four shots. She could have easily been stingy and chugged to her heart’s desire, but she was gracious enough to let her friend also get her sip on.
Also, RiRi understands the importance of BYOB. Listen, the Grammys are nearly four-hours long. Liquor. Is. Needed.
Lastly, leave it to Rihanna to turn a flask into the season’s must-have accessory. In fact, I would guess that Etsy is killing it today when it comes to bedazzled flask sales.
If you too want to channel your inner Booze Goddess, might I suggest my “Booze Over Boos” coffee mug? I’m currently accepting orders via PayPal. Feel free to reach out to me via email to place an order!
Is it just me or did Valentine’s Day all of a sudden become a major party holiday? You’ve got your Galentine’s get-togethers and V-Day themed house parties. Personally, I love it. I mean, I love any excuse for a party, so turn up for Cupid.
With so many fun happenings, Valentine’s Day serves as a perfect time to break out those awesome, themed cocktails. If you’re at a loss when it comes to ideas for your V-Day sips, I’ve compiled a list of five cocktails that are perfect for any V-Day celebration. Cheers!
Honey Berry Cosmo (Pictured Above)
0.75 oz Chambord® Liqueur
1.25 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Honey
1.5 oz Cranberry Juice
1 Splash Lemon Juice
1 Lemon Twist (Garnish)
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
Sparkling Rose – (Created by Milagro Tequila Brand Ambassador, Jaime Salas)
1.5 parts Milagro Silver
0.25 part Simple Syrup
0.5 part Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 part Watermelon Juice
2 parts Rosé Sparkling Wine
Garnish: 1 Lemon Twist
Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake, strain and pour into a champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Roses are red. Violets are blue. Wine and dine your boo or they’ll shade you.
Every year, couples flock to restaurants across Atlanta, looking to impress their significant other on Valentine’s Day. This particular feat can definitely prove costly, but it certainly doesn’t have to. In addition to their daily specials, a number of restaurants in the city will offer various, wallet-friendly promos for V-Day.
And if you’re looking to ball out on Valentine’s Day, I’ve also got you covered on that end.
Dinner & Drinks For Two Under $40
Lure – Photo via Phase:3
Tin Lizzy’s – Indulge in margaritas and tacos at Tin Lizzy’s this V-Day, which also serves as a #TacoTuesday and #TequilaTuesday hybrid. And if you’re looking to save even more dough on V-Day dinner, sign up for Tin Lizzy’s Cinco Club to save $5 on your next meal.
Calle Latina – If sangria and tacos are more your speed, Calle Latina offers an amazing special on both items on Tuesdays. You can indulge in sangria for $3 a glass and tacos for only $2 a pop.
Lure – Alright, enough talk about tacos. If you’re looking for something a little more high-end yet still within budget, Lure is offering a dozen oysters and two glasses of Cava wine for only $20 on Valentine’s Day. Can’t go wrong with bougie on a budget.
From noon to 5 P.M. on Saturdays, heaven resides inside of Calle Latina, thanks to the Decatur restaurant’s bottomless sangria. For only $12 per person, you get to indulge in their homemade sangria while you nosh on empanadas, ceviche, and other Latin-inspired bites.
I’m a big fan of the empanadas at Calle Latina, so I’ve visited the restaurant quite a few times, but I finally had the chance to check out their bottomless sangria a few weeks ago. Let’s just say, I’m already plotting my return. The sangria is tasty, and the waiters don’t hesitate in giving you fresh carafes of sangria for you and your homies when you start getting low.
In addition to their bottomless sangria on Saturdays, Calle Latina also offers bottomless mimosas on Sundays, and a variety of other boozy specials throughout the week.
You can find Calle Latina at 406 Church Street (right outside of Decatur Station).