Sip And Chew Your Way Through Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week (August 9-17)

Eat Tweet RepeatA few days ago, I had the opportunity to attend an “Eat. Tweet. Repeat” media event held to promote Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, which began yesterday (August 9). Downtown Atlanta is definitely trying to put itself back on the map, so it was pretty cool checking out the various food and drink options available downtown. Among the three restaurants we had the opportunity to visit were McCormick And Schmick’s, Thrive, and Ted’s Montana Grill. We tried a variety of bites from each of the three restaurants, but I was of course most interested in the cocktails.

The award for Most Lushworthy definitely goes to the margarita at Ted’s Montana Grill. All of their mixers are made in the restaurant, and that added step definitely made for a great cocktail. The Lemon Drop martini from McCormick And Schmick’s was another winner. Be warned, it does come with a sugared-rim. Despite the dreaded, sugared-rim it was a tasty and welcomed sip on a day when a refreshing cocktail was a must. Also worth noting is the crab cake from Ted’s Montana Grill. It’s loaded with crab and comes with a side of guacamole for all you guac addicts out there.

All three of the restaurants we visited during “Eat. Tweet. Repeat” are of course among the numerous restaurants taking part in Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, which is sponsored by Celebrity Cruises. As part of Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week you can indulge in gourmet prix-fixe menus that range in price from $15 to $35 up until August 17. To view a list of participating restaurants and their menus, visit AtlantaDowntown.com.

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LUSHWORTHY Heading To The Wild Heaven Brewery For #MeetMeAtTheBar (Aug. 16)

MeetMeAtTheBar - Wild HeavenFor all our Lushworthy readers in Atlanta, I’m pleased to announce that the next #MeetMeAtTheBar meetup will take place on Saturday, August 16 from 2 to 5 P.M. at the Wild Heaven Craft Beers brewery in Decatur, Georgia. I was initially planning on taking the Happy Hour route with #MeetMeAtTheBar, but I’ve visited a few Atlanta-based breweries over the past few weeks, and I love ‘em!

A visit to the Wild Heaven Craft Beers brewery usually costs $12, but they’re offering $2 off for #MeetMeAtTheBar attendees on August 16. So, for only 10 bucks you get a souvenir glass and six complimentary tastings. Oh, also included in that $10 is a boozily amazing way to spend your Saturday afternoon. There may even be some prizes in the mix for those in attendance. (Prizes from the last #MeetMeAtTheBar included Kiehls gift sets and Lolita martini glasses…Just saying)

Be sure to send a RSVP to rsvp@lushworthy.com and I look forward to seeing you all next weekend!

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Lushworthy News: Smirnoff Introduces Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry & White Peach, Pinnacle Welcomes Pinnacle Amaretto

Smirnoff Sorbet Light Strawberry And PeachSmirnoff is continuing to add to their line of low-calorie vodkas thanks to the release of two new, seasonal flavors, Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and Sorbet Light White Peach. Similar to other Sorbet Light flavors, which include Raspberry Pomegranate and Pineapple Coconut, the two newest additions are low on the calories with only 78 calories per 1.5 oz. serving and full on flavor. Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry boasts a flavor reminiscent of ripe strawberries while Sorbet Light White Peach keeps it heavily peachy with the addition of flavors similar to that of “juicy sweet peaches.”

Pinnacle Vodka Launches Pinnacle Amaretto

Pinnacle AmarettoFamous for their variety of whipped and fruity flavors, Pinnacle Vodka is switching things up a bit with their newest addition, Pinnacle Amaretto. Pinnacle Amaretto is described as a vodka that flaunts “a full-bodied almond flavor with undertones of cherry and a smooth, lingering cocoa finish” and will likely be a welcomed addition to all those fall cocktails.

“Pinnacle Vodka is known for pioneering high quality premium vodka with out-of-this-world flavors,” said Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodka at Beam Suntory, in a statement. “We’re committed to continually providing new, fun flavors that we know our Pinnacle fans will enjoy. Amaretto is no exception.”

Look out for both Pinnacle Amaretto and Smirnoff’s newest Sorbet Light flavors at a liquor store near you this season.

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Lushworthy Pics: Grey Goose Le Melon & UrbanDaddy Celebrate The “Fruit Of Kings” In Atlanta

Grey Goose Le Melon 2Atlanta’s movers and shakers had the opportunity to #FlyBeyond last week thanks to UrbanDaddy and Grey Goose Le Melon’s “Fruit Of Kings” event. I had the opportunity to attend the exclusive fete, which was held last Tuesday (July 29) at Whiskey Blue in the W Buckhead, and I was really excited to finally have the opportunity to try the new Grey Goose Le Melon. Created using the Cavaillon melon, Grey Goose Le Melon was used in all four of the cocktails featured at “Fruit Of Kings.” I’ve listed all four below and I’ve also gone ahead and included their ingredients in case you want to mix them up at home.

IMGP1827Melon Mule – Grey Goose Le Melon, ginger beer, and fresh lime.

Melon Royal – Grey Goose Le Melon and lemon-lime soda.

Fizz – Grey Goose Le Melon, Manzanilla Sherry, orgeat, fresh lemon, and soda.

Southern Sip – Grey Goose Le Melon, fresh grapefruit juice, ginger beer, Benedictine, melon ball and sage.

I have to say that I was really surprised at the addition of ginger beer to two of the Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails. I’m still on the fence about the “Melon Mule,” but the “Southern Sip” was a much smoother sip (pun intended). And as a big fan of Grey Goose’s “Le Fizz” cocktails, my hands down favorite from the “Fruit Of Kings” event was the “Fizz” cocktail. Sweet, fizzy, boozy goodness! My kind of party.

In addition to a variety of Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails, guests were also treated to tunes from DJ Don Cannon and had the opportunity to sample a handful of melon-inspired bites. Speaking of which, I’ve clearly been sleeping on the delicious combination that is melon and smoked salmon. Delish!

Check out a few pictures I snapped from the “Fruit Of Kings” event below.

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Drink Recipes: Beat The Heat With Boozy Popsicles From Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

Basil Hayden's Bourbon PopsiclesBoozy popsicles have become somewhat of a summer staple this season. They may not pack a lot of punch, but they’re a tasty and refreshing way to enjoy your favorite spirits when the summer heat is at its peak.

It’s somewhat rare to come across a spiked popsicle recipe that calls for the addition of bourbon, so I was pretty excited when I came across two recipes for popsicles that are made using Basil Hayden’s Bourbon. They were created by Los Angeles-based mixologist Rob Floyd and both sound and look pretty amazing. Check out the recipes below, cheers!

Basil Hayden’s Berry American

INGREDIENTS

7 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

1 1/2 parts Elderflower Syrup

2 parts Water

2 parts Fresh Lime Juice

4-5 Strawberries, medium size

12 Blueberries

DIRECTIONS

Poke a hole in each blueberry and soak in 4 parts of bourbon for 30 minutes. Set aside. Add strawberries to cocktail shaker and muddle. Add fresh lime juice, Elderflower syrup, remaining bourbon and water to the cocktail shaker and shake hard. Add to the popsicle molds. Add three bourbon-soaked blueberries to each mold and freeze.

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Drink Recipes: Toast To National Tequila Day (July 24) With Cocktails From Don Julio, Herradura & More

Pineapple Serrano MargaritaIf you plan on celebrating National Tequila Day by downing tequila shots with the assistance of a slice of lime and a lick of salt then please step away from that bag of organic limes, canister of Morton Salt, and cheap tequila, my friend. All those blue agave plants didn’t sacrifice themselves just so you could celebrate National Tequila Day like an overeager undergrad. No bueno. So, when this latest boozy holiday does roll around this Thursday (July 24), you should definitely consider one of these carefully-crafted, tequila-heavy recipes from Herradura, Don Julio, Sauza, and a handful of other tequila brands. Cheers!

Pineapple Serrano Margarita (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Herradura Silver
3 cubic inches of pineapple diced
¾ oz lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
3 slices of Serrano chili with seeds.

DIRECTIONS

Crush pineapple and chili slices in the base of a shaker with a muddler. Add cubed ice and remaining ingredients; shake hard and strain over ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a chili and a star Anise pod.

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Ciroc Pineapple Announced As Newest Ciroc Flavor + “Ciroc Colada” Recipe

Ciroc PineappleIt’s always an occasion when a new Ciroc flavor is announced and with the announcement that Ciroc Pineapple is the latest addition to the Diageo-owned brand, the internet has been in a mild frenzy. A frenzy that I fully stand behind.

Ciroc Pineapple makes absolute and perfect sense. It’s a perfect companion to their Ciroc Coconut and is an ideal vodka flavor all around. It’s also a far cry from the confusing Ciroc Amaretto (vodka and amaretto?? who?? what??), which I can safely assume hasn’t done all that well since its release nearly one year ago.

Ciroc Pineapple is obviously not on shelves just yet, but I did come up with a drink recipe that I think will make for an amazing, summer cocktail. I’ve dubbed it the Ciroc Colada! Clever, eh? Check it out below.

Ciroc Colada

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Coco Lopez Cream Of Coconut

2 oz. Pineapple Juice

1 oz. Ciroc Coconut

1/2 oz. Ciroc Pineapple

1 Cup Ice

Pineapple Wedge

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients (minus pineapple wedge) to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple wedge.

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Drink Recipes: Independence Day Inspired Sips From Sauza, Belvedere, Skinnygirl & More

Red White Blue BerriesWith World Cup fever at an all time high here in the states, it seems that the home of the brave is full of patriotism these days. And with the Fourth Of July right around the corner it couldn’t have come at a better time. Whether you plan on celebrating Independence Day with friends, family, or even solo this weekend, I’m sure you’ll be celebrating with a cocktail in hand. I mean, if we’re being honest here booze is just as important as barbeque when it comes to the Fourth. So, a number of spirits brands have created drink recipes just for the holiday weekend. Check out a few below and have a safe and enjoyable Fourth Of July!

Herradura’s Red, White and Blue Berries (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1½ oz. Herradura Silver
2 ½ oz. coconut water
¼ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. lime juice

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in to a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake hard and strain over crushed ice in to a tall glass.  Garnish with raspberries and blueberries.

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Lushworthy Creations: Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy (Made Using BrancaMenta)

Brancamenta Cocktail 2 FinalA few weeks ago I was issued a challenge: Create a stellar cocktail using the bitter liqueur known as BrancaMenta. And to aid in this particular challenge I was given a bottle of BrancaMenta and a $20 gift card to WholeFoods for cocktail ingredients and queso. Okay, queso wasn’t necessarily part of the challenge, but when you’ve got a little leftover dough on your gift card, queso must be bought. Anywho, back to the booze…

For some reason ginger beer was the first ingredient to come to mind as I brainstormed ideas for my #BrancaMenta Challenge cocktail. With that particular ingredient in mind I then came up with the idea to create my own twist on the classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail, which I dubbed the Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy. Hence the addition of both BrancaMenta and vanilla bitters. Why the vanilla bitters? Well, for me I found that upon sipping BrancaMenta by itself there is a subtle vanilla flavor. So, I wanted to bring that flavor out a little more.

I do have to say that the Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy turned out to be a unique and tasty twist on an original. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Spiced Rum

1/2 oz. BrancaMenta

5 oz. Ginger Beer

2 Drops Vanilla Bitters

DIRECTIONS

Place ice cubes in a tall glass. Add rum and BrancaMenta. Top with ginger beer and vanilla bitters. Stir and enjoy!

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Drink & Dine Like Locals During Miami Culinary Tours’ South Beach Food Tour

South Beach Food Tour 3Let’s face it, even the most celebrated of foodies have found themselves dining at an Applebees or similar while on vacation due to their unfamiliarity with that city’s dining options or even a surplus of overwhelming, though sketchy, options. I’ve definitely found myself in similar situations while traveling, but during a recent trip to South Beach I think I may have found one of the best ways to uncover a slew of local favorites thanks to the South Beach Food Tour.

As part of the South Beach Food Tour, which is just one tour Miami Culinary Tours offers, guests have the opportunity to “enjoy delicious tastings at hole-in-the-wall and mom & pop type of restaurants” and “taste the best of Miami Beach’s global cuisine.” Hole-in-the-wall spots are sometimes called hole-in-the-walls for a reason, so I was a tad skeptical at first despite the stellar reviews South Beach Food Tour has received on Yelp.

The tour started out on a Lushworthy note, which is always a good thing. While noshing on finger-licking-good empanadas and ceviche at Bolavir, our first stop on the tour, we were also treated to a “Refajo.” The Refajo is a beer cocktail that combines Colombiana (a Colombian cream soda) and beer. A surprising combination, the Refajo was a sweet, refreshing, and slightly boozy beverage that I’m sure is ideal on those steamy South Beach days.

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