Things harder than finding half price specials on craft cocktails: locating a leprechaun and his pot of gold, beating Level 482 on Candy Crush, taking a selfie with Beyonce…You get the point. Needless to say, finding cheap craft cocktails is no easy feat. That’s why I’m a big fan of Whiskey Wednesdays at downtown Decatur eatery, The Pinewood Tippling Room.
Every Wednesday, the restaurant offers their whiskey cocktails, which are normally $10 to $12-ish, at half price. Sometimes this offer does change a bit. They might only feature select whiskeys, but despite any minor stipulations, the cocktails are always half off. And we’re talking about some darn good cocktails too, folks. I can’t speak on the food too much since I haven’t sampled a lot, but the cocktails at The Pinewood are definitely on point.
Let’s be honest here, I’m sure we can all make room for a Hot Toddy any day of the year, but today in particular is an ideal day to indulge in this boozy, steamy drink given that it’s National Hot Toddy Day. Yes, National Hot Toddy Day. No need to head to Target to cop mugs for loved ones or send your neighbor a “Happy Hot Toddy Day” card to celebrate this Lushworthy holiday, but you can check out one of the Hot Toddy recipes below to take full advantage of National Hot Toddy Day. Cheers!
Bulleit Hot Toddy (Pictured Above)
1.25 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 tsp. fine grain sugar
2 small clove(s)
1.5 oz. boiling water
Add Bulleit Bourbon, fine grain sugar and cloves in a mug. Add boiling water. Stir.
Last month, pop star and Lushworthy ambassador in my head, Rihanna shared her best hangover remedies during an interview with ELLE magazine. When asked what her best hangover cure is during her cover story with ELLE, Rih Rih replied with “Ice, Chinese food! And an upside-down trash can and towels, preferably next to the toilet.”
Ice definitely seems like a wise choice for a hangover cure, whether you need an ice pack for that throbbing headache or are in desperate need of a tall glass of water filled to the brim with ice. I can honestly (and surprisingly) say that I’ve never tried Chinese food as a hangover remedy. I’ve always heard that greasy foods help cure hangovers, but depending on the type (yes, type) of hangover, greasy takeout food might be the last thing I want to consume. But if our Lushworthy ambassador approves of it, then I’m willing to give it a shot.
I’m a little thrown off by the upside-down trash can remedy. Anyone willing to break that one down for me?
Create a holiday-inspired cocktail using unconventional ingredients like cream cheese and cranberry sauce? No problem. That’s exactly what I was challenged to do as part of Piehole Whiskeys influencer competition. Last week, I received a package with all three of the Piehole Whiskey’s (Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, and Pecan Pie) and a handful of ingredients including walnuts, apple cider, whipped cream, canned pumpkin, and cream cheese. I was then tasked with creating a cocktail using at least two of those ingredients.
As much as I wanted to, I wasn’t brave enough to choose the cream cheese, but I did use the cranberry sauce and apple cider. The end result was my Cran-Apple Sangria, a holiday twist on a boozy classic. Oh! And did I mention that the winner of the challenge will win a cooking class for two? Much needed on my end, so wish me luck!
Check out the Cran-Apple Sangria recipe below, cheers!
Place two spoonfuls of whole berry cranberry sauce into an old fashioned glass. Muddle cranberry sauce. Add red wine, apple cider, and Piehole Apple Pie Whiskey. Stir, then add ice and diced red apples. Garnish with Cannelle Decor cinnamon spiral or cinnamon stick.
Hosting friends and family during the holidays is always a great time, but being the Lushworthy individual that I am there tends to be a little bit of pressure when it comes to creating a cocktail that everyone can enjoy. You can’t go wrong with the classic Moscow Mule, and for the holidays I figured I’d add my own twist to this much-loved cocktail. I used all of the ingredients in your standard Moscow Mule, but added cranberries and a Cannelle Decor cinnamon spiral for a “Holiday Mule.” It calls for a little extra work, but trust me it’s worth it.
Since you have to both boil and muddle cranberries, this is a cocktail that’s best enjoyed if you plan on hosting at your home. My suggestion? Dollar Store Not-So-Secret-Santa. You can be amazed at how many somewhat legit trinkets you can find at your local dollar store. So, instead of taking part in your standard Secret Santa this year, switch (and cheapen) things up a bit by asking your guests to buy five, $1 dollar gifts from the dollar store. Have everyone place their gifts in a large red bag (for instant Santa swag, of course). You can then have your guests pull a gift from the bag every 30 minutes or so.
Whether you find yourself sipping on a Holiday Mule or a cocktail of your own creation this holiday season, be sure to enjoy responsibly.
Boil cranberries in water (with sugar) until they burst. This takes about 10 minutes. Remove cranberries and allow to cool. You’ll be using the leftover water/sugar mixture in your pot, so make sure you don’t dump it. When the cranberries have cooled, add them to a cocktail shaker and smash/muddle.
Once the cranberries have been thoroughly muddled, add Ketel One and about three spoonfuls of the leftover water/sugar mixture set aside in your pot. Add lime juice, Cannelle spiral (or cinnamon stick), and ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into glass or copper mug. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime and cranberry.
A few weeks ago I was invited to take part in the #FestiveFernet-Branca cocktail challenge and after a great deal of brainstorming (that Fernet can be quite the tricky booze to work with) I finally came up with a drink recipe, Lushworthy enough to share with the masses. I’ve dubbed it the “Whimsical Wonderland,” and with ingredients that include apples and cinnamon it should serve as a welcomed addition to the holiday season.
In addition to Fernet-Branca, the “Whimsical Wonderland” also calls for Ketel One Vodka, cream soda, and sparkling apple drink (or similar). So, for anyone who may be a little intimidated by the herbs-heavy liqueur, there’s a nice balancing act with this cocktail thanks to the combination of sweet and tart flavors, in addition to the bitterness of the Fernet-Branca.
Check out the “Whimsical Wonderland” recipe below, cheers!
1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
.5 oz Fernet-Branca
3 oz. Cream Soda
3 oz. Sparkling Apple Drink
Handful Of Diced Red Apples
Add diced red apples to a large mason jar or tall glass. Add Ketel One, Fernet-Branca, cream soda, and sparkling apple drink. Stir, add ice, and stir again. Top with a dash of cinnamon.