Final Four frenzy is in the air, and it’s electric! I also haven’t watched a single game, so clearly no electricity on this end. But, just with any major event, there’s a number of Final Four-inspired cocktails that are just waiting to be sipped.
Like your drinks in shot form? Well, there’s the The Buzzer Beater, courtesy of Captain Morgan Cannon Blast. Like your booze a tad fancier? The Three Pointer is your guy, thanks to a combination of Crown Royal Deluxe, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Check out recipes for The Buzzer Beater, The Three Pointer and more, below.
Cheers! And may all your Tuesdays be tipsy.
The Buzzer Beater (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® Cannon Blast
0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.
The Three Pointer
1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe
.5 oz. Lemon juice
.75 oz. Simple syrup
Combine ingredients in an old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.
As the city of Atlanta continues to thrive as a top food and drink destination, the number of food and drink festivals hosted in the city are steadily increasing. I’m definitely not complaining. In fact, at this point I think I can officially add “attending food/drink festivals with the homies” to my list of hobbies. Right next to visiting MJQ bi-yearly and pigging out at Fellini’s.
With my newfound hobby and all, I felt compelled to create a list of my favorite, Atlanta food and drink festivals. Check ’em out below!
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival – Although the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) is only in its sixth year, it’s fast becoming the G.O.A.T. of Atlanta food and drink festivals. The tasting tents alone have proven to be the it place to see and be seen (and to grub out like there’s no tomorrow). There’s also plenty of knowledge dropped during one of the many seminars and workshops that take place during AFWF.
Atlanta Taco Festival – Trust me, I know that attending a food festival for the first year can be a little scary. There’s about a bazillion things that could go wrong. But I’ve got a really good feeling about the inaugural Atlanta Taco Festival. I mean, we’re talking about tacos here, people! TAHHH-KOESSS. Oh, and if you purchase a VIP pass, there’s also The Lunazul Tequila Experience. A win, win, for sure.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably pranced around your house singing “Peeno noir, smoke a cigar, revenge can be spectacular,” on numerous occasions following an “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” binge-watch. Well, I came across some really cool news via Instagram today. Tituss Burgess, the actor who crafted that amazing song and plays Titus Andromedon on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” is releasing his own wine! The wine is fabulously titled Pinot By Tituss, and is currently available for pre-order (shipment for bottles will begin on March 14).
“To be enjoyed by all the fabulous Kings and Kweens. Pinot makes things fun. xo Tituss #PinotMakesThingsFun #PinotByTituss @PinotByTituss www.pinotbytituss.com,” Tituss wrote in the caption to an Instagram post promoting Pinot By Tituss.
Me: “Excuse me, is your Happy Hour special for all wines on the menu?”
Waitress: “Yep! All wines by the glass.”
Not sure about you guys, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across a Happy Hour that features half-off an entire, and quite extensive, menu of wines. Well, I lucked out in the most Lushworthy of ways during my recent trip to Los Angeles. My friend and I were really craving French macarons, so we did some research online and came across Little Next Door. We immediately made our way to Little Next Door and soon discovered that we arrived during Happy Hour. Cha-ching! After being informed that all wines were half-off, I ordered a glass of Rose to go with my macarons. And then more Rose. And then another macaron. And then possibly more Rose…I can’t quite remember.
The Rose was delish, and in my opinion it paired well with the assortment of macarons I ordered. I absolutely loved their salted caramel-flavored macaron. I ordered a pistachio macaron, but it came straight out of the fridge or freezer, and was a little too cold to be enjoyed. The third flavor may have been vanilla. Tasty, but the salted caramel was hands down the best.
Also, in addition to boasting a stellar Happy Hour, Little Next Door is a welcoming, well-decorated establishment. Heavily French-themed with ample space outside for people-watching while you sip on your wine of choice.
Oh! Almost forgot the most important part. Happy Hour at Little Next Door takes place from 4 – 7 PM, Monday – Friday.
A few weeks ago, I took part in my first afternoon tea, and I absolutely loved it. It was super cute, and I loved how well the teas paired with the assortment of sandwiches and cookies provided. Being the Lushworthy individual that I am, I recently held a boozy afternoon tea with friends, which consisted of a selection of Lipton teas. Lipton’s multi-sensory teas refresh standard tea time, creating an exciting and unique tea-drinking experience.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life Boozy Afternoon Tea
Although afternoon tea typically consists of warm beverages, it’s a plus to provide your guests with the option of both warm tea and iced teas, during your boozy afternoon tea. For my iced tea, I made an amazing cocktail using Lipton’s Peach Mango Herbal Tea (you can find all drink recipes at the end of this post). With Lipton’s line of herbal teas, real ingredients combine with their best herbal tea blends to awaken the senses.
I knew watching DJ Khaled on Snapchat at five in the morning would eventually pay off one day. In a recent Snap from DJ Khaled, which featured French Montana, the rapper revealed that Ciroc French Vanilla will be the newest flavor from the vodka brand.
“Look out for the new French Vanilla Ciroc,” French Montana says in the Snap.
I haven’t heard any news of Ciroc French Vanilla, so this is either super exclusive info or French is pulling our strings. Given that the rapper is a Ciroc Boy, it does seem somewhat believable. At the same time, his name is French Montana, so his comment could be a play on that.
Other flavors from Ciroc currently include Pineapple, Apple, Amaretto, Red Berry, Peach, and Coconut. If the news is true, how do you feel about French Vanilla as the newest Ciroc flavor?