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?
For 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.
Hey 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.
I’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.
It’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.
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.
It’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.
Following 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.
For far too long, a box of mystery chocolates and a gigantic teddy bear have become the norm when it comes to Valentine’s Day. It’s almost as if a little thing called “creativity” disappears as soon as Cupid shows his pudgy, little face. Chocolate is great and all and I have nothing against teddy bears, but if you really want to impress your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day then look no further than your at-home bar (or the local liquor store if your bar is looking a little famished).
When V-Day rolls around this Friday, find your favorite cocktail below and get to work fixing your Valentine a dessert cocktail that’s far tastier than anything Russell Stover himself could have created.
Espress Your Love (Pictured Above)
50 ml Belvedere Vodka
20 ml chilled espresso
20 ml vanilla infused simple syrup
Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupette. Garnish with 3 espresso beans.
For actress Mila Kunis, Kentucky is a far cry from her native Ukraine, but that certainly doesn’t mean the actress lacks familiarity when it comes to one of America’s most celebrated spirits, bourbon whiskey. In fact, Mila has just been named the new face of Jim Beam Bourbon.
“As a fan of bourbon and a huge proponent of making history, I am thrilled to be the newest member of the Jim Beam family,” said Mila in a statement.
Personally, I’m pretty excited about the partnership. No shade to “Sex & The City,” but for too long women have been relegated to cosmos and any drink that ends in “-tini.” I love margaritas and pina coladas just as much as the next gal, but a good whiskey on the rocks is heaven in a glass. AM I RIGHT?? So, kudos to Mila and Jim Beam for showing that women and whiskey is gradually becoming the norm.
You can expect to see Jim Beam commercials featuring Mila beginning in February, but in the meantime check out this video of the self-proclaimed bourbon fan visiting the Jim Beam American Stillhouse Distillery.