This Lemon-Pineapple Shandy Is The Shandy You Need In Your Life, This Summer

 

Lemon-Pineapple Shandy

Please don’t judge me, but it took a minute before I became hip to the shandy. For those unfamiliar, the shandy is a refreshing combination of beer and soda and/or juice. It’s basically a beer cocktail, and it’s delicious. I was recently tasked with creating my own shandy as part of Guinness Blonde American Lager’s Guinness Blonde Shandy Challenge.

I knew I wanted a lemon-y ingredient and also something that was a bit unexpected. After a visit to my local farmer’s market, I ended up with lemonade and pineapple soda as the ingredients for my shandy, which I’ve appropriately named the Lemon-Pineapple Shandy. Beware, my penchant for creative cocktail names is contagious.

Another thing I love about the shandy is how easy it is to make. Simply combine your ingredients in a tall glass and give it a stir, if you like. See, even the stir isn’t really needed. Given that you need this shandy in your life this summer, I’ll go ahead and get to the good stuff…the recipe.

You can find the recipe to my Lemon-Pineapple Shandy, below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

4 Parts Guinness Blonde American Lager
1 Part Lemonade
1 Part Pineapple Soda
Lime Wheel

DIRECTIONS

Combine all  liquid ingredients in a tall glass with ice. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Beer Lovers Rejoice, The Hop Hotel Is Here

Hop Hotel Room

Sinks filled with beer and showers boasting beer-scented soap are just a few of the perks that await guests who book a Hop Hotel Room.

What once may have seemed like the stuff of fantasy for beer lovers is now a reality thanks to the one-night only, Hop Hotel Rooms at the Union Station Hotel and The Cheshire in St. Louis.

The specialty hotel rooms, which came about thanks to a partnership between Schlafly Beer and Lodging Hospitality Management, will be available during the HOP In The City Festival, which will take place in St. Louis on Saturday, September 17.

According to a press release:

“Guests are greeted by beer and food pairings from Cheshire’s Executive Chef Rex Hale like smoked pork ribs with gochujang, pickled radish, and local berries paired with Schlafly Expo IPA, an exclusive release in St. Louis. The suites also include beer books for bedside reading, Schlafly swag for attending the HOP in the City festival, a growler of the exclusive HOP in the City beer, bottled beers on ice in the sink, a Schlafly robe, and more. Schlafly also worked with sammysoap, a St. Louis company, to offer handmade beer-scented soaps based on Schlafly’s beer styles. The company creates all-natural, small batch soaps bars and supports employment of adults with disabilities.”

Package rates for the Hop Hotel Rooms start at $175.

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Forget A Kroger: 5 Atlanta Establishments That Really Need A Bar

Five Points Bar
Picture By Creative Loafing

With news that the new grocery store near Glenwood Ave. has its own beer and wine bar (sup gentrification), I couldn’t help but think of all the other Atlanta establishments that could really benefit from a bar. So, here goes:

Publix: You know what would really make shopping a pleasure? A bar. Publix is obviously wayyy better than Kroger (not up for debate), so I can only imagine how epic a bar inside of Publix would be. BOGO cocktails, chicken tender samples while you turn up, the possibilities are truly endless.

Decatur Library: No need to go crazy here. A simple wine bar will do. Who doesn’t love a good book with a glass of vino?

Five Points Marta Station: Yeah, I’m sure a bar at Five Points Marta Station would do way more harm than good. But it might actually be needed for most commuters. Actually, you know what? Scratch that. How about a mobile bar on all Marta trains? I’m here for it.

The Varsity: They already have the food that drunk people love, so why not offer a brewski with that Yankee Dog with Strings, and other greasy delights.

The Passport Agency On Peachtree Street: I don’t know about you all, but the Atlanta Passport Agency is up there with the DMV. The wait is insanity. And by the time you’re done with it all, a Happy Hour is likely calling your name. And if they were to ever open their own bar, a cutesy, global-themed lounge with sake cocktails, caipirinhas, and other international dranks would be the move.

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Red White & Brew Returns To The Georgia Aquarium On July 2

Red White Brew 2016 ATL

Red White & Brew at the Georgia Aquarium was one of a handful of food/drink events I doted on in my “5 Atlanta Food & Drink Festivals You’d Be A Fool To Miss” post a few week backs. Well, this year’s Red White & Brew will take place this weekend on Saturday, July 2, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a fun event to help in kicking off the holiday weekend.

Red White & Brew attendees will be treated to unlimited sips from the likes of Abita, Terrapin, Sweetwater, and more. Wolfgang Puck Catering will also be on hand with their glorious grub. (Fingers crossed for the return of last year’s tater tot bar) You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the Georgia Aquarium, during the event.

Tickets for Red White & Brew, which benefits the aquarium’s Sponsored Education Admissions program, teacher development and H20 summer camps), are $65 for nonmembers and $50 for members. This is a pretty popular event, so I highly suggest that you get your tickets ASAP. Hope to see you guys there!

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The Belmont Jewel Gets A Lushworthy Makeover With Help From Maker’s Mark

The Belmont Jewel

Hey folks! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. In addition to sharing a few drinks with friends at the Atlanta Jazz Fest, I was also hard at work brainstorming cocktail ideas for a #TrifectaChallenge I was invited to take part in by Maker’s Mark.

We were tasked with creating our own rendition of The Belmont Jewel (bourbon, pomegranate juice, and lemonade). I hate to admit it, but prior to this challenge I had never tried The Belmont Jewel cocktail before. I’m clearly sleeping on pomegranate juice as a mixer. It’s pretty amazing. And I’m all for anything with lemonade.

My rendition of The Belmont Jewel, which I’ve dubbed The Cloud Jewel, keeps to the standard recipe, but with a few quirky changes. I didn’t want to stray too far from the original flavor since it’s pretty delicious. Bourbon and pomegranate juice are both present. But I opted for fresh lemon juice instead of lemonade. And for my quirky addition, I added a cotton candy garnish, which you can add to your cocktail to sweeten up things.

Check out the recipe to The Cloud Jewel, below. And be sure to check out the Maker’s Mark Instagram page on June 1 to vote for my cocktail!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Maker’s Mark
4 oz. Pomegranate Juice
A Generous Squeeze Of Fresh Lemon Juice
Cotton Candy

DIRECTIONS

Combine Maker’s Mark and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with ice. Add a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Garnish with a piece of cotton candy. After serving, take your cotton candy garnish and dip baby, dip.

Samples, and no compensation, were provided for this post.

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Lushworthy News: Baileys Goes Vegan With New Baileys Almande

Baileys Almande

Vegans rejoice! With the announcement of Baileys Almande, you can now enjoy the boozy decadence that is Baileys liqueur. The dairy free, gluten free liqueur is made using Baileys’ own almondmilk, which is a blend of sweet almond oil and almond essence (extracted from crushed almonds), cane sugar, and purified water with a touch of real vanilla

A description for Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur on the Baileys website, states the following:

“Introducing a delicious and light tasting spirit from Baileys made with real almondmilk. This smooth spirit blends the luscious, nutty flavors of real almondmilk and real vanilla to create a versatile drink. Serve over crushed ice or mix with coconut water for a delicious summer cocktail.”

I’m not vegan, but I do love almond milk (it makes thee best smoothies), so I’m very curious as to how this newest addition to the Baileys line will taste.

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