Boozing With Willie: A Day At The Peach (Made Using Cointreau, Grand Marnier & Chambord)

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On a recent trip to Orlando, I realized the genius that is Grand Marnier. Not that I’d never enjoyed this fine cognac liqueur in the past, but I’m certainly guilty of overlooking it. I swore when I got back home I’d include this in a cocktail, but wasn’t able to come up with anything unique enough to post for the world to try. Enter Grand Marnier’s second installment in their Signature Collection, their liqueur with a blend of raspberries and peaches, PERFECT!

Back into the lab I went and the result was A Day At The Peach. A sweetheart of a cocktail, literally. The mission was to really compliment the fruity notes Grand Marnier offered, while also being refreshing going down. If you’re a fan of fruity cocktails or just Grand Mariner in general, try this on for size. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz Cointreau
Splash of Chambord Liqueur
1/4 oz Grenadine
3/4 oz Peach Nectar
1/2 oz Grand Mariner Signature Collection No. 2
Splash of Lemon Lime soda
Raspberries
Peach (sliced)

INSTRUCTIONS

In a shaker with ice, combine peach schnapps, Cointreau, Chambord and peach nectar. Shake and pour into a rocks glass. Drizzle grenadine down the side of the glass to give a red bottom affect. Top the cocktail off with Grand Mariner and a splash of lemon lime soda. Drop in some raspberries and a peach slice as a garnish.

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Join Jack Honey’s #SummerSwarm & Enter To Win A Trip To Lollapalooza

Jack Honey Summer Swarm

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 Daniels Sweet Tea

Jack n’ Tea

INGREDIENTS

1 Part Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
3 Parts Sweet Tea
Fresh Lemon

DIRECTIONS

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.

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Sip Pretty With This Pecan Pie Old Fashioned, Featuring Piehole Whiskey & Bulleit Bourbon

Pecan Pie

I’ve been sitting on this recipe idea for quite a few months now and finally chose to whip it up earlier today. And now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long because it’s super easy to make and hella tasty. Also, if you’ve found yourself slightly intimated by the Old Fashioned then this is a nice way to ease yourself in. The addition of Piehole Pecan Pie Whiskey gives it a nice layer of dessert-y sweetness while the Bulleit Bourbon still makes for a pretty solid Old Fashioned.

Another cool thing about this cocktail is that you can really add your own twist to it by using flavored bitters. I used good ol’ fashioned Angostura bitters for my cocktail, but a vanilla or walnut-flavored bitter would really take this drink to the next level.

Check out my Pecan Pie Old Fashioned recipe, below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz Bulleit Bourbon
0.5 oz Piehole Pecan Pie Whiskey
1 or 2 Sugar Cubes
2 Dash Of Bitters
Splash Of Water

DIRECTIONS

Add sugar cube(s), bitters, and a splash of water to an Old Fashioned glass. Muddle sugar mixture with the back of a spoon. Add Bulleit Bourbon and Piehole Whiskey to your glass. Stir and add ice. Garnish with cherry.

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5 Tips For Surviving The 2015 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

ATL Food Wine

This year will serve as the fourth time I’ve attended the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, so I’ve definitely learned a thing or two over the past few years. And with the 2015 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival kicking off this weekend, it seemed only right to share a handful of tips with you guys.

Don’t Stay Thirsty, My Friend – Whether it’s the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival or some hipster music fest in the middle of nowhere, staying hydrated is always key. There’s plenty of free water at the festival, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be properly hydrated.

Sign Up For Classes/Seminars Ahead Of Time – Not sure if this is an option for everyone, but if you can, be sure to sign up for festival classes/seminars, online. The festival has welcomed bigger and bigger crowds each year, and I’ve noticed that quite a few classes sell out before doors even open for that particular day.

Hey, Bag Lady – This tip is primarily for the ladies. I highly recommend wearing either a cross-body bag or a mini backpack to the festival. Trust me, you’re going to want to have your hands free during the tasting tents. There’s nothing like having to hold two souvenir glasses, a tasting tents map, three GooGoo Clusters, and your Marc Jacobs satchel.

Mixing And A Mingling – The cool thing about the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is that it welcomes people from across the country, and at this point, probably even the globe. Don’t be scurred, try and meet a new friend or two while you’re enjoying the festivities.

Pace Yourself – I was definitely guilty of not pacing myself my first two years at the festival, specifically at the tasting tents. There’s just so many tasty options, and you want to try them all! Just take a breath and relax. The food is not running away and there’s plenty of it for everyone, so please do pace yourself.

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Boozing With Willie: Gin Cucumber Southside

Gin Cucumber Southside

Like it or love it, bulking season is over and it’s time to show off that body you’ve been hiding all winter. If you haven’t been watching your carb intake, working out and all that other mumbo-jumbo you promised yourself you would do back on January 1st, don’t bother worrying now, time to have fun in the sun. However as history would have it, you’ll ignore this and still try to eat and drink right in hopes of shedding some emergency pounds. This cocktail is going to be something you can sip on and not feel like you’re setting yourself too far back as far as your diet goes.

Low in calories, refreshing and tasty. This is truly the best way to describe the Gin Cucumber Southside. In recent years, cucumber has become more and more commonly used in cocktails with good reason. They’re a great compliment to spirits containing gin or vodka as you’ll find out here. Not to mention, they’re really refreshing to the point of masking the alcohol you’re consuming. Leave your thoughts on this cocktail in the comments. If you’re really fond of this post, I’ll be sure to work on more that are similar to this. Enjoy everyone, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Gin
6-7 mint leaves
3 cucumber wheels
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 cucumber wedges
1 mint sprig

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients (except the cucumber wedges) to a shaker and muddle them gently together. Add ice and give them a shake. Double strain your mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a mint sprig and two cucumber wedges.

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Lushworthy Creations: “The Bitter Coconut” (Made Using Captain Morgan Coconut Rum)

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With this weekend serving as the unofficial start of summer, the rum punch is sure to be flowing for the next few days. In honor of both the holiday weekend and their #SunsOutRumsOut campaign, I was tasked with creating my own Memorial Day rum punch recipe by Captain Morgan. I absolutely love, love, love coconut rum, so I of course chose the new Captain Morgan Coconut Rum as my booze of choice. I wanted a rum punch that was a little on the creative side, and after some experimentation, I created “The Bitter Coconut,” a rum punch that’s both sweet and tart.

Check out the recipe to “The Bitter Coconut,” below. Cheers!

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The Bitter Coconut (Makes 6 Servings)

INGREDIENTS

8 oz. Captain Morgan Coconut Rum
1 oz. Bitter Italian Apertif
1.75 cups Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
1.5 tbsp. Lemon Simple Syrup*
Grapefruit Soda

 DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients (minus grapefruit soda) in a large pitcher. Add ice, stir, and serve. Top off individual servings with grapefruit soda.

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