It’s no secret that Atlanta hosts countless food and drink festivals each year. Despite the plethora of fests, this year was my first time attending BaconFest, which was more like a bacon and beer fest. When there’s alcohol and bacon involved, there’s bound to be fun, but I was actually a little taken aback by how much fun I did have at this bacon extravaganza.
There was beer pong, pin the tail on the pig , cooking with candy, and even Dr. Boobies. Beer pong was fun until I failed miserably. Pin the tail on the pig made me realize that the older you get, the less capable you are of handling dizziness. Cooking with candy was absolutely hilarious, and I left with a handbag half-filled with candy. And Dr. Boobies was incorrect with his guess. Nice try though.
In addition to generous servings of freshly-cooked bacon, BaconFest attendees also enjoyed unlimited sips of Pale Ale, Tropical Torpedo, Otra Vez, Summerfest, and Miller Lite. There was tons of bacon on deck, but I wished there were more bacon-y options to choose from. The main, two options for attendees was bacon straight up or a BLT. There was a handful of vendors on hand selling various bacon dishes though. I tried some amazing sriracha-flavored bacon jerky from Jack’s.
Overall, a great time was had and I ate way more bacon (and candy) than I probably should have.
On April 1, the new Ciroc Summer Colada is set to hit shelves nationwide. With Ciroc Coconut and Ciroc Pineapple both serving as major hits for the vodka brand, Summer Colada is sure to be as lit, turnt, [insert flame emoji here] as a spirit can get. Although the latest boozy addition has yet to be released, I went ahead and put on my Lushworthy thinking cap to craft the following drink recipes. Check ’em out!
2 oz. Ciroc Summer Colada
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
Splash Of Lemon-Lime Soda (Optional)
Splash Of Fresh Lime Juice
Combine Ciroc Summer Colada and pineapple juice in a glass with ice. Stir and top off with lemon-lime soda and lime juice. Garnish with lime wheel.
Epic Summer Punch
1 part Ciroc Summer Colada
1 part Ciroc Mango
3 parts Pineapple Juice
3 parts Mango Juice
Fresh Lime Juice
Build ingredients in a large pitcher. Squeeze the juice of about one and a half limes. Stir and add lime wheels to pitcher.
If you live in the Southeast, a trip to Nashville, Tennessee is perfect for a weekend getaway. Live music is seemingly infinite and the food is slap-ya-mama good. I recently had the opportunity to visit Nashville for a quick one-nighter to explore the city for the first time, and to also check out the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Although my time spent at the Loews didn’t surpass 24-hours, it was pretty clear how Lushworthy of a hotel it is. And here’s why…
Killer Craft Cocktails – Looking for carefully-crafted cocktails in a subtly chic setting? Mason Bar should be right up your alley. Located inside the Loews Vanderbilt, Mason Bar serves craft cocktails and sophisticated bar bites until about midnight. As a self-proclaimed Old Fashioned connoisseur, the “Mason Old Fashioned,” with its combination of bourbon, peach syrup, and bitter was perfection.
On the food end, I highly recommend the Fried Green Tomato Tacos. I usually despise tomatoes, but I do enjoy a good, fried green tomato. Yes, I understand how crazy that sounds. The tacos boasted an unexpected, but pleasant combination of ingredients, including fried green tomatos, shaved apples, goat cheese, candied pecans, and a secret sauce. Somewhat of a splurge at $9 for two tacos, but worth it.
Well, I can officially knock cocktails in the “Music City” (Nashville, Tennessee) off the Lushworthy bucket list. Over the weekend, myself and a couple of blogger friends took part in our first ever #LushYumBeauty press trip. We sipped and noshed our way through both Chattanooga and Nashville, and had an amazing time while doing so.
I love a good Happy Hour turn-up, so I was excited to discover that The Sutler Saloon, one of the restaurants we visited while in Nashville, offered just that. All of the cocktails on their menu are half-off from 3 to 7 P.M., Monday through Friday.
A cocktail fav for me from The Sutler was “The Slingshot,” which is made using Gordon’s Gin, orange bitters, lemon, and sweet vermouth. I know that a lot of people tend to treat gin cocktails like a wicked step-kid because of past experiences. Trust me, a well-made gin cocktail will change your entire outlook on life. And “The Slingshot” has the ability to do just that. Taste-wise, it was like biting into a gin-infused orange. The orange flavor is heavily present thanks to the bitters, but there isn’t that tart ickyness you sometimes get from OJ. It. Is. Good!
As well-loved as the margarita is, it seems only right that National Margarita Day is a real life celebration. Although your traditional margarita is a simple combination of tequila, lime, and triple sec, hundreds of variations have emerged over the years. If you really want to make the most out of National Margarita Day, try indulging in a unique twist on the classic marg with one of these cocktails.
The Late Night Lychee (Serves 8)
1 1/2 cups Sauza® Signature Blue Silver
1/2 cup lychee-infused simple syrup
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
15-20 sprigs of cilantro
8 jalapeño slices
Add ingredients to an ice-filled pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into salt-rimmed margarita glasses. Garnish with lychee and cilantro.
Smoked Pear Margarita (Created by Charlotte Voisey)
1.5 oz. Milagro Silver
¾ oz. Montelobos Mezcal
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
¾ oz. Agave Nectar
½ Fresh Pear Juice (muddle from ripe fruit)
2 Dashes Apple Bitters
Combine ingredients and shake well. Garnish with a dehydrated pear slice and a sprinkle of sea salt.
So, I missed out on watching the Grammys last night, and instead tuned in to “The Walking Dead,” but I ended up catching a bunch of highlights on social media. Although there were tons of dope performances, there was one video in particular that stood out to me. And that was of Rihanna and her homegirl taking shots of their booze of choice (my guess would be whiskey) from a bedazzled flask.
This, my friends, is why Rihanna is absolute Booze Goddess goals. First off, she understands that with booze, sharing is caring. Sure, her dainty flask probably only held about four shots. She could have easily been stingy and chugged to her heart’s desire, but she was gracious enough to let her friend also get her sip on.
Also, RiRi understands the importance of BYOB. Listen, the Grammys are nearly four-hours long. Liquor. Is. Needed.
Lastly, leave it to Rihanna to turn a flask into the season’s must-have accessory. In fact, I would guess that Etsy is killing it today when it comes to bedazzled flask sales.
If you too want to channel your inner Booze Goddess, might I suggest my “Booze Over Boos” coffee mug? I’m currently accepting orders via PayPal. Feel free to reach out to me via email to place an order!