Backstage With Avion Tequila During Jeezy’s The Cold Summer Tour

I haven’t been to a concert in forever, so I was pretty amped when a rep for Avion tequila invited me to the Atlanta stop for Jeezy’s The Cold Summer Tour. Jeezy made news at the top of this year after selling his stake in Avion, but he still appears to be pretty involved with the brand. During the sold-out concert, the hometown hero put on quite the show, performing classics like “Go Crazy” and “All There.” Prior to the concert, guests of Avion sipped on their Elevated Margarita in the Avion Suite backstage. I love a simple margarita and Avion’s boozy backstage offering was just that. In case you’re interested in recreating the Elevated Margarita at home, I’ve listed the full recipe below. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 Parts Avion Silver Or Reposado Tequila
1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Part Agave Nectar

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain over fresh ice in a tumbler glass.

Cocktails On The Cheap: STK Atlanta Gets B.A.D.A.S.S. With $7 Belvedere Cocktails – LUSHWORTHY

It’s no secret that STK Atlanta can be a little on the pricey side, but if you aren’t planning on going all out with a steak dinner and a bottle of bubbly, then you may be surprised to hear that you can enjoy both cocktails and small bites at an affordable price.

Late last year, the Midtown Atlanta steakhouse launched their B.A.D.A.S.S. specialty cocktail menu. I’m guessing this is the part where you need a little help with that acronym. Well, B.A.D.A.S.S. is an acronym for $7 Belvedere All Day And Saturday, Sunday. Among the Belvedere cocktails featured on STK’s specialty cocktail menu are the Midtown Elixir, Blueberry Collins, and Orange Noir.

I had the opportunity to try the Midtown Elixir and it was both tasty and refreshing. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure it’s a champagne and vodka-based cocktail (one of my favorite boozy combinations). And if you happen to venture outside of STK’s B.A.D.A.S.S. menu then I highly suggest their Strawberry Cobbler cocktail (pictured above). Yeah, it’s $14, but the graham cracker rim is well worth it. The vodka and fresh strawberries too.

In addition to $7 cocktails all day, everyday, STK also offers a $7 Small Bites Menu from 5 to 7 P.M., Monday through Friday. In regards to that menu, my favorite is the Lil’ BGR with truffle fries.

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9 Cupid Approved Cocktails You Should Consider This Valentine’s Day – LUSHWORTHY

Cupid must have had a serious affinity for cocktails because Valentine’s Day is easily one of the most Lushworthy of holidays. Whether you and your boo plan on having an at home date night this Valentine’s Day, or if you plan on turning up at a V-Day house party (*slowly raises hand*), the cocktails are sure to be flowing. Stumped on ideas for V-Day inspired dranks? Fret not, I’ve compiled a list of nine Valentine’s Day cocktails for both the sweethearts and the love-haters. Check ’em out below!

D’USSE Devotion (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1.5oz D’USSE VSOP Cognac ¾ oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice ¾ oz House made Cinnamon Simple Syrup* 1 oz Hard Cider

Dash Angostura Bitters

Boozing With Willie: “The Velvet Kiss” (Made Using Baileys & Tequila Rose) – LUSHWORTHY

Well gentlemen, it’s that time of year again. Cupid is on the prowl, love is in the air and that special someone in your life is awaiting to see just how romantic of a night you have planned. Yeah, it’s the special day we call Valentine’s Day, the day we all express our love to our significant other and smother each other with kisses and hugs. Flowers, dinner, maybe a small, sentimental gift, it’s all well and good, but it’s been done over and over and over again. Your lady wants to see you get creative and unless you were born with a singing voice like yours truly (not true, but it sounds good) you might be in a bit of a bind. However, Ol’ Willie boy here has got you covered.

Her tastes buds will melt when she tastes The Velvet Kiss. This red velvet cake inspired cocktail will have you looking cooler than Clark Gable back in 1939 on the silver screen. Before things heat up, keep her cool with this blend of Tequila Rose liqueur, Baileys Irish Creme and last, but certainly not least red velvet Oreo cookies. Scroll down, get the recipe and thank me in the comments. Happy Valentine’s Day everybody, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Tequila Rose Strawberry Liqueur 0.5 oz Baileys Irish Creme Splash of Strawberry Liqueur 4-6 Red Velvet Oreo Cookies 1 Cup of Ice Strawberry Syrup

Whipped Cream

Drink Recipes: Labor Day Gets Lushworthy With Cocktails From Skinnygirl, Belvedere Vodka & More – LUSHWORTHY

I can’t believe I’m writing this blog post right now. Is summer over already? I mean, I know we’ve got a gazillion more weeks of sweltering heat left here in Atlanta, but I’m surprised that we’ve almost knocked out yet another season this year. Thankfully though, this Labor Day weekend is sure to be a cocktail-filled one, so I can leave my bewilderment at the door at least for a few days.

No need to fret over what sips you should serve this holiday weekend because I’ve compiled a list of drink recipes from Skinnygirl, Belvedere Vodka, 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, and a handful of other boozy brands, that are sure to please even the most finicky of cocktail lovers..Cheers to a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

South Of The Border (Created By Mixologist Lynnette Marrero)(Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 ounce Zacapa Rum 23 1/3 ounce Myers Dark Rum 1/3 ounce Orange Curaçao 2/3 ounce Perfect Puree Passion Fruit 1/3 ounce Fresh Lime Juice 1/3 ounce Orgeat Syrup 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters

Mint Sprig & Orange Slice for Garnish

Lushworthy Travel: Avoid A Fall Freak Out With A Trip To The Ritz-Carlton South Beach – LUSHWORTHY

I’ll give it to you, summer. You’re cute. With your beach-worthy weather, tropical drinks, fancy sunblocks, and other summery niceties. But I’m more of a fall gal, myself (hello boots and leggings!). With that being said, I’m definitely not in the majority. In fact, I’m sure most of the country (especially those in the North) have already found themselves dreading counting down the remaining weeks of summer. If you’ve already found yourself on the verge of a “fall freakout” then it may be time to get away to a place where the heat’s present nearly year round and the cocktails are oh so Lushworthy. I’m talking about South Beach, Miami, ladies and gents.

I had the opportunity to visit Miami earlier this year and during my stay I spent one night at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Although The Ritz-Carlton is smack dab in the middle of all the action on South Beach, it boasts an inviting solitude. The lobby area is dimly-lit, but still warm. A nice change from the sensory overload one can endure on Collins Ave, which the hotel rests on the corner of. And the pool area, my personal favorite, is a welcomed surprise in a city where teeny, tiny rooftop pools seem to be all the rave. The pool itself is pretty large. Large enough to where if you happen to visit at the right time you may even be able to get your Michael Phelps on without swimming directly into a middle-aged, European tourist.

Sangria on the beach! A great way to beat any upcoming fall blues.

Oh, and did I mention the plethora of beachy cocktails available at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach? We’re talking sipping sangria while beachside and later moving to frothy, frozen drinks by the pool once you start getting sand in highly unwelcomed places. While on the beach we ordered the watermelon sangria, which was very refreshing. There were about four servings in the pitcher and while the sangria was tasty I felt like I had to drink it up pretty quickly to keep from sipping on a super-diluted sangria due to all the ice placed in the pitcher.

Next up was “The Vice,” a sort of daiquiri/pina colada hybrid cocktail (pictured above). Two-in-one frozen cocktails can be kind of hit-or-miss for me, but I’ll give it to The Ritz, “The Vice” was pretty darn delicious. A minor warning though, if you plan on indulging in “The Vice” before a meal you may want to sip slowly. I made the mistake of nearly slurping down my cocktail right before I ate, so by the time our food started to arrive I felt like I inhaled at least one Chick-fil-A value meal. In conclusion, “The Vice” is hella delicious and also doubles as a meal substitute (okay, not really, but do sip in moderation).

If Lushworthy cocktails, blue waters, and luxury hotels are your thing, which face it they’re pretty much everybody’s “thing,” then it’s probably time to head on down to The Ritz-Carlton South Beach.

***A complimentary stay was provided by The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, but the thoughts in this post are fully my own.

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Lushworthy News: D’USSE XO Enters The Market, Captain Morgan Introduces New Commemorative Blend – LUSHWORTHY

Following the launch of D’USSE in 2012, the Bacardi-owned brand has welcomed its first expression, D’USSE XO. Described as “a unique blend of meticulously hand-selected eaux-de-vie, aged ten years or more,” D’USSE XO is said to boast “flavor notes of ripe blackberry and apricot, layered with hints of dark chocolate and walnut.” Sounds like a boozy trip to Godiva Chocolatier. And that definitely works for me.

“Following the highly successful launch of D’USSE VSOP, there is an opportunity to lead the evolution of the Cognac category even further,” said Robert Furniss-Roe, President of Bacardi North America. “Consumers are fascinated with dark spirits and care more than ever about the quality and level of craftsmanship in the brands they consume. D’USSE XO is the response to that request.”

For a while the newly-introduced cognac was only available to the entertainment and cocktailing elite, but now you can get your hands on a bottle of D’USSE XO for a cool $230.

The Cap’n Welcomes New Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend.

Legend has it that Captain Henry Morgan lost five ships while traveling to Panama City, Panama in the late 1600’s. Among the ships he lost was his flagship, Satisfaction.

What was the point of that brief history lesson, you ask? Well, the new, limited edition Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend is inspired by the Satisfaction. In fact, Captain Morgan’s latest spirit is finished in Spanish Oak, which is said to have also been used in the barrels that were on board Captain Morgan’s doomed ship. Kinda cool, right?

Also cool is the fact that it’s one of few commemorative blends that’s affordable. You can get your hands on a bottle of Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend (750 mL) for only $19.99.

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Lushworthy Pics: Hennessy V.S Hosts An “Illmatic” Brunch Celebration For Nas During Coachella – LUSHWORTHY

New York City wordsmith Nas has a lot to celebrate this month. He served as one of the headliners at the Coachella arts and music festival over the weekend. This month marks 20 years since he released his classic debut, Illmatic. (All you need to do is peep this IG pic to understand my excitement about that feat) And lastly, the rapper’s Time Is Illmatic documentary will open this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. And to celebrate all of Nas’ accomplishments, Hennessy V.S held an intimate brunch at Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, California on Sunday (April 13).

Among those in attendance at Hennessy and Nas’ boozy brunch (because booze and brunch go together like Jay and Bey) were actors Lance Gross and Damon Wayans, and So So Def’s own Jermaine Dupri. During the brunch, guests sipped on a bevy of Hennessy cocktails including the “Desert Cooler” while noshing on waffles poolside. Okay, I actually have no idea what they ate, but I think it’s safe to say that waffles were included in the mix.

You can check out a few pics from the event below, courtesy of Hennessy V.S.

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Sauza & Cinco: A Recap Of My Lushworthy, Cinco De Mayo Backyard Party – LUSHWORTHY

With Cinco de Mayo taking place on a Monday (womp womp), a number of people including myself got the party started a little early this year. Over the weekend I hosted a Cinco de Mayo get together in my backyard, which proved to be most ideal given the picture perfect weather on Saturday. The margaritas were of course plentiful thanks to Sauza tequila who sent over a bottle of Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila and their new Sauza Sparkling Margarita Watermelon.

Sauza has plenty of unique margarita recipes, which I’ve listed below, but I was in the mood for something a little more traditional, so I stuck with a basic margarita. But for presentation’s sake I did add a handful of strawberries and lime slices to the pitcher of margaritas. Definitely a wise move. It looked pretty darn amazing and drew a bunch of ultra-inquistive “Mmm…what’s in this?!” from partygoers. Also, I have to say that I love the convenience of the Sauza Sparkling Margarita line. It’s a ready-to-serve beverage, so there’s no mixing involved. Just pour and add a garnish if you like, and you’re good to go.

Now we all know that no Cinco de Mayo shindig is complete without some serious grub. In addition to Herdez salsa and chips, I also made a bunch of quesadillas using Herdez’ Traditional Chipotle Mexican Cooking Sauce. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but they were thee bomb. Not the bomb, but thee bomb. For some tragic reason I’ve never made quesadillas using any type of sauce and now that I have it’s definitely an ingredient I will always use. As you can see from the picture below, I used the Herdez cooking sauce while sauteing the chicken and jalapenos, which were later placed in the quesadillas along with some shredded cheese.

I was kind of in a hurry on Saturday, so I completely missed out on making my Mexican Chipotle Potatoes. I did make them on Sunday though since it was something I really wanted to try, and I have to say that it was a dish that benefited from the addition of Herdez’ Traditional Chipotle Mexican Cooking Sauce. I used a slightly altered version of this recipe I found on BBC Good Food. I didn’t use any sauteed onions or add any spices, and once the potatoes were almost fully cooked I added a few spoonfuls of the Herdez sauce. I topped the cooked potatoes with sour cream, cheese, and jalapenos, and proceeded to enjoy back-to-back bowls. Definitely not a wise move for someone who plans on traveling to Miami in less than two weeks, but I simply cannot deny the power of the potato.

As you can probably tell from the IG picture below, we all had a great time at my backyard fiesta. Thanks to everyone who came out and special thanks to Sauza!

Happy Cinco de Mayo and be sure to check out the Sauza recipes below for a little cocktail inspiration for today’s boozy holiday.

Flirty Fiesta Margarita

INGREDIENTS

6 parts Sauza® Blue Silver100% Agave Tequila 16 parts cran-raspberry juice 8 parts lemon-lime soda 2 parts DeKuyper® 03 Premium Orange Liqueur 1 part sanding salt

5 lime wedges (for garnish)

Drink Recipes: Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend With Spiked Punch, Skinny Pina Coladas & More – LUSHWORTHY

I feel like it was just yesterday when I was bombarding you guys with all kinds of cold weather-friendly cocktails and now I’m about to sling some Memorial Day-inspired drinks your way. So, get excited! With the unofficial start of summer taking place this weekend, a number of brands are rolling out drink recipes that are perfect for the warmer months. Think spiked punches, pina coladas, margaritas, and other boozy sips. So, if you’re in the market for a boozy addition to your Memorial Day weekend festivities then be sure to check out the drink recipes below.

Drink recipes come courtesy of Cruzan Rum, Skinnygirl, Sauza Tequila, Hendrick’s Gin, and Pinnacle Vodka. Cheers!

Weekender’s Punch (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

8 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum 4 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum 12 parts Riesling 3 parts Lemonade

4/5 part Lemon Simple Syrup