Sip On One Of These Wakanda Inspired Cocktails During “Black Panther” Opening Weekend

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So, there’s this little movie coming out this weekend that you may or may not have heard of. It’s called Black Panther. Ring a bell? All jokes aside, Black Panther will likely be one of the most epic releases in movie history. And take it from someone who’s already seen the movie, the hype is well worth it. Now what I haven’t seen much of are cocktails inspired by Wakanda, the East African nation Black Panther hails from. Thankfully, while scrolling through Instagram I came across a cocktail menu (courtesy of Berk Communications) featuring the Black Panther and Wakanda-inspired cocktails from a special D’USSE/OkayAfrica after-party for a screening of the film. You can find the recipes below. Oh, and…All Hail The King! 

Wakanda Special

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. D’USSE VSOP Cognac
0.5 oz. Disaronno
4 oz. Pineapple Juice

DIRECTIONS

Build ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir and serve. 

Vibranium

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. D’USSE VSOP Cognac
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Cranberry Juice

DIRECTIONS

Combine D’USSE, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

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Based On Who You’re Rooting For, Here’s The Super Bowl Cocktail You Need For The Big Game

Super Bowl LII is fast approaching, and to be quite blunt, I’m just here for the cocktails (and the accompanying snacks). My team, the Atlanta Falcons had a pretty mediocre season, so I’m somewhat eager to end this chapter in football. I will say that I am really excited for all the Lushworthy cocktail options for the big game. Whether you’re rooting for the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles, or none of the above, I’ve compiled a list of cocktails you can whip up based on who you’re cheering for, this weekend.

New England Patriots – If you’re on the side of evil, then I’m assuming you’re rooting for Brady and the Patriots. The fiery “Brady’s Bunch” cocktail (pictured above), which is featured at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, is perfect for you Pats fans thanks to its spicy kick.

Brady’s Bunch

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Patron Anejo Tequila
1 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
.25 oz. Ancho Chile Liqueur
.25 oz. Bitter Liqueur
.25 oz. Spiced Syrup

DIRECTIONS

Place a block of ice into an Old Fashioned glass, and set aside. Combine all of your ingredients in a separate mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with candied ginger.

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This Holiday Season, Cozy Up To These Cocktails Straight Outta The Caribbean

With snow in the Southeast and frigid temps in the North, “brrrr” has become an all too familiar declaration this December. It’s cold. Super cold. Aggravatingly cold. With that being said, at least there is the option of cozying up at home with a holiday-inspired cocktail straight from the Caribbean. Despite what’s being served up at holiday parties and your local watering hole, winter cocktails don’t have to be all boozy hot chocolate and cranberry-pomegranate sangria. Below you’ll find drink recipes to two cocktails (both of which are served at hotels in the Caribbean) that are equal parts holiday cheer and beach-y bliss.

Aruba Aloe Mule (Featured at Aruba Marriott Resort in Aruba)

INGREDIENTS

1.25 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Aloe Vera Juice
0.25 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.25 oz. Simple Syrup
0.25 oz. Ginger Beer
3 Lemon Slices
1 Mint Sprig

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients and pour into copper mule mugs or in a glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

The Old Hollywood (Featured at SLS Baha Mar in the Bahamas)

INGREDIENTS

2oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
.75oz Fig Almond Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Walnut Bitters

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients into mixing glass. Stir until properly diluted, and strain into a double old fashioned glass. Top with an orange ribbon and brandied cherry.

 

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Drink Up! The Top Fall Cocktails From Lushworthy

Not sure about you guys, but I’m super excited for fall, especially fall cocktails! Fall technically doesn’t start until September 22, but I find that there’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t prepare in advance. To make sure you’re at your most Lushworthy when fall rolls around, I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite, fall-friendly “Lushworthy Creations.” In case you’re new to the site, “Lushworthy Creations” are drink recipes created exclusively by moi.

Pecan Pie Old Fashioned (Pictured Above): I’m not one to name favorites, but the Old Fashioned is easily one of my boozy favs. What I love most about the Old Fashioned is it’s really easy to get creative using a variety of bitters and even a flavored whiskey, which is exactly what I did with my Pecan Pie Old Fashioned. [Full recipe here]

Skinny Spiked Cider: Not sure why apple cider is a million times tastier than apple juice, I’ll just chalk it up as one of life’s great mysteries. I really had a great time creating this Skinny Spiked Cider given that it was one of the first recipe videos I created for Lushworthy. [Full recipe here]

Boozy Nutella Shake: For me, fall is all about indulgence. And suffice it to say that, Nutella easily falls into the indulgence category. So, for my Boozy Nutella Shake, I opted to combine Nutella with Pecan Pie Whiskey to create a sinfully delicious cocktail. [Full recipe here]

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Toast To The Final Days Of Summer With The “End Of Summer Fling”

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!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Chambord
1 oz. Grey Goose
6 oz. Lemon La Croix
Fresh Lime
Lime Wheel Or Black Raspberries (For Garnish)

DIRECTIONS

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.

Photos by Talaia W. 

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The Atlanta Bars Providing An Authentic Turn Up

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. 

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