I absolutely love discovering new places to get my drink on in Atlanta. After walking past a spot on Euclid Ave. called El Bandido countless times, I finally gave it a shot after spotting an outdoor banner promoting $2.99 margaritas on Tuesdays. Smart move. Not only is their house margarita one of the cheapest in the city, it’s also hella strong. I’m no lightweight, and I was tipsy off of one. Two margs, and I was set. Thank you, El Bandido.
I also had the pleasure of dining on their tortilla soup, which was another pleasant surprise. Not gonna lie to you guys, but I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever had chicken tortilla soup. It was delicious though. I was really impressed by the presentation. The tortilla crisps and the placement of the avocados made for a five-star dish, visually.
In addition to their margs and chicken tortilla soup, El Bandido offers a hearty variety of your usual Tex-Mex options. You can find El Bandido at 1083 Euclid Ave.
Can you believe how fast summer has gone? It’s hard to believe we’re already in the final weeks of barbecuing, pool hopping, and sipping on tropics-inspired cocktails. Since my love for summery cocktails runs deep, I created a special drink to help us bid adieu to the season. I call it the End Of Summer Fling. Cute, right? The spirits I’ve used for this particular cocktail are Grey Goose and Chambord.
I wanted to keep my creation relatively light, and I also wanted the flavor from the Chambord to really shine through, so I opted for Lemon La Croix and fresh lime juice to top off my cocktail.
Check out the full recipe to the “End Of Summer Fling,” below. And cheers to an awesome remainder of summer!
1 oz. Chambord
1 oz. Grey Goose
6 oz. Lemon La Croix
Lime Wheel Or Black Raspberries (For Garnish)
Add Chambord and Grey Goose to a glass with ice, and stir. Top with La Croix. Add more ice, if desired. Add a hearty squeeze of fresh lime. Garnish with lime wedge or black raspberries.
Whether you’re a tequila aficionado or a boozy novice, we should all bask in the Lushworthy glory that is National Tequila Day (July 24). And just in time for National Tequila Day, I was able to snag a handful of tequila-fueled recipes from Tiffanie Barriere, Tequila Avion brand ambassador and mixologist extraordinaire.
From a tequila Old Fashioned to an Avion cocktail topped with Prosecco, there’s something for everyone, no matter your level of tequila fandom. Take a look below for Tiffanie’s recipes. Cheers!
2 oz Avion Reposado
Bar spoon of agave
2 dashes angostura bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
In a tall mixing glass, first combine agave and bitters, and create an aroma with bar spoon. Add Avion and ice. Stir cold. Pour over large ice cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange zest.
Maria Takes On
2 oz Avion
.50 oz lime juice
.50 oz Orange liquor
1 oz cranberry
Combine all ingredients and shake cold. Double strain over clean ice into rocks glass. Top with Prosecco.
2 oz Avion Silver
.50 oz Campari
1 oz oz agave
.50 oz fresh lime juice
4 sprigs of thyme
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake cold. Double strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with fresh thyme.
I love ice cream almost as much as I love booze. But to be honest, I don’t have a lot of love in my heart for vanilla ice cream. It’s just so…vanilla. Thankfully though, in honor of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, which takes place today (July 23), mixologist Brian Floyd has created a drink recipe that takes vanilla ice cream to Lushworthy heights. The recipe for the Very Vanilla Shake is super simple, given that it only calls for Crown Royal Vanilla, vanilla ice cream, and mole bitters.
You can find the full recipe to the Very Vanilla Shake in the image above. Cheers!
If you’ve lived in the city of Atlanta for at least a decade, you’re probably well aware of the swift changes being made to the city. New buildings are finding their place within the Atlanta skyline, every weekend seems to be met with a restaurant opening, and Murder Kroger is now long gone.
I’m not against finding new and exciting places to get my drink on, but it’s becoming increasingly harder to find an authentically Atlantan, good time. So, if you’re struggling to find a bar with a true Atlanta turn up, I’ve compiled a list of my personal, favorites.
The list is lit to say the least.
Jack’s Pizza & Wings – I absolutely LOVE Jack’s. They have some of the cheapest drinks in all of The A. The wings are bomb and I’ve met so many cool/fun/crazy people while late night drinking. Speaking of which, shout out to the random at Jack’s who gave my best friend and I life while snap-dancing to D4L’s “Laffy Taffy.” Jack’s is one of those places where you’ll be met with random shenanigans nearly any night, and for that I love it.
El Bar– What El Bar lacks in size, it makes up for in pure turn up. Seriously this place is small AF, but also lit AF. It’s almost magical. I take that back, it is magical. With the gentrification of Ponce running rampant, places like El Bar and MJQ have become treasured jewels of turn up.
I always thought the idea of “Christmas In July” was merely a marketing tool to get people to bust out their wallets months ahead of the Christmas holiday. But after talking to a friend about a “Christmas In July” house party crawl they’re taking part in this month (so awesome!), I realized that the idea of “Christmas In July” extends far beyond premature holiday shopping. In fact, it’s down right boozy.
I absolutely love, love, love holiday cocktails. They’re just so rich, decadent, and cheery! So, the idea of taking a break from your standard summer cocktails for a dessert-y, holiday-inspired drank is super enticing to me. And to help you celebrate “Christmas In July,” I’ve added the recipe to my Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters, and a handful of other holiday-heavy cocktails. Cheers!
Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters (Pictured Above)
2 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1 Cup Cooled Hot Chocolate
Prepare hot chocolate. Allow time to cool. Pour cooled, hot chocolate in a shaker with ice. Pour Smirnoff Peppermint Twist into shaker. Shake and strain into shot glasses. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint. (Should fill approximately six shot glasses)
1 part Hornitos Plata Tequila
½ part coconut water
½ part almond milk
Add all ingredients to a shaker over ice to chill. Shake, strain and pour into a shot glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.