Drink Recipes: Beat The Heat With Boozy Popsicles From Basil Hayden’s Bourbon – LUSHWORTHY

Boozy popsicles have become somewhat of a summer staple this season. They may not pack a lot of punch, but they’re a tasty and refreshing way to enjoy your favorite spirits when the summer heat is at its peak.

It’s somewhat rare to come across a spiked popsicle recipe that calls for the addition of bourbon, so I was pretty excited when I came across two recipes for popsicles that are made using Basil Hayden’s Bourbon. They were created by Los Angeles-based mixologist Rob Floyd and both sound and look pretty amazing. Check out the recipes below, cheers!

Basil Hayden’s Berry American

INGREDIENTS

7 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

1 1/2 parts Elderflower Syrup

2 parts Water

2 parts Fresh Lime Juice

4-5 Strawberries, medium size

12 Blueberries

DIRECTIONS

Poke a hole in each blueberry and soak in 4 parts of bourbon for 30 minutes. Set aside. Add strawberries to cocktail shaker and muddle. Add fresh lime juice, Elderflower syrup, remaining bourbon and water to the cocktail shaker and shake hard. Add to the popsicle molds. Add three bourbon-soaked blueberries to each mold and freeze.

Basil Hayden’s Spiced Chocolate

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon

16 parts Low Fat Milk

1 1/2 parts Unsweetened Chocolate

1 1/2 parts Sugar

1 bar of Dark Chocolate (4 oz bar)

4-5 dashes of Chipotle Chili Pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a saucepan over low heat, combine milk, unsweetened chocolate, sugar and dark chocolate. Warm, and stir continuously until all ingredients are combined (Do not boil). Remove from heat and let cool. Add bourbon and chipotle chili pepper and stir. Add to popsicle mold and freeze.

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A Lushworthy Guide To The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Tasting Tents – LUSHWORTHY

As much as I love the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, it can definitely be overwhelming at times. The annual festival, which will take place from May 29 to June 1, includes various dinners, seminars, and tasting tents. The tasting tents alone are enough to bring foodies and boozies (is that a word yet?) to their knees with joy.

In case things get a little too overwhelming, I’ve gone ahead and created somewhat of a Lushworthy-inspired tasting tent cheat sheet for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF). Below you’ll find the names of a handful of brands that will all have tents during the festival. I’ve also included a brief description as to why I think you should check ’em out. Oh, and the three digit number in bold at the end of each description shows where you can find their tent on the official festival map.

Campari America –  With over 45 spirits to its name, you can be sure that Campari America will be slinging some must-have cocktails during AFWF. 191

Savannah Sweet Tea Lemonade Bourbon – I’m not terribly familiar with this brand, but since I’m obsessed with the city of Savannah, bourbon, and both sweet tea and lemonade, this sounds like a solid tasting tent winner. 186

Wines Of Chile – If you’re a lover of all things vino then I’m sure you’re quite familiar with the wines coming out of the Southern American country of Chile. It’s said to be some of the best in the world. Even if you’re not a wine lover you should still indulge in at least a few sips. 209

St. Germain – Hands down one of my favorite liqueurs! Rest assured that whatever St. Germain is mixing up at AFWF, it will be delicious. 214

Three Taverns Craft Brewery – Craft beer made right in Decatur, Georgia? This one’s a no-brainer folks. 107

Patron / King Of Pops Carts – Homemade popsicles spiked with tequila anyone? The Patron-sponsored King Of Pops cart has gradually become a favorite among festival-goers. Their popsicles are also a great way to enjoy something light in between heavier tasting tent bites. 122

Ultimat Vodka Lemonade Stand – During AFWF, temperatures are expected to range from the mid to upper-80s. So, when you need help beating the heat, be sure to head over to the Ultimat Vodka Lemonade Stand for a refreshing lemonade and vodka cocktail. 164

Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream – I had the opportunity to sample this particular spirit at last year’s festival and it definitely found a place in both my heart and my list of favorite cream-based spirits. 119

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Drink Recipes: Toast To National Tequila Day (July 24) With Cocktails From Don Julio, Herradura & More – LUSHWORTHY

If you plan on celebrating National Tequila Day by downing tequila shots with the assistance of a slice of lime and a lick of salt then please step away from that bag of organic limes, canister of Morton Salt, and cheap tequila, my friend. All those blue agave plants didn’t sacrifice themselves just so you could celebrate National Tequila Day like an overeager undergrad. No bueno. So, when this latest boozy holiday does roll around this Thursday (July 24), you should definitely consider one of these carefully-crafted, tequila-heavy recipes from Herradura, Don Julio, Sauza, and a handful of other tequila brands. Cheers!

Pineapple Serrano Margarita (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Herradura Silver 3 cubic inches of pineapple diced ¾ oz lime juice ½ oz simple syrup

3 slices of Serrano chili with seeds.

Drink Recipes: The Peach Perfect SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Cocktails Featured At Cocktails With Belle – LUSHWORTHY

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to check out my first ever Cocktails With Belle meetup. The event series was created well before author and Cocktails With Belle creator Demetria Lucas rose to reality show fame with Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels,” and serves as an opportunity for Demetria to mix and mingle, and of course enjoy some sips with fans. Fortunately, for those in attendance at the Atlanta Cocktails With Belle shindig at Bar One, the event was sponsored by SKYY Vodka’s latest addition, SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach, which was used to create a trio of cocktails for attendees to sample. I had the opportunity to sample two out of three of the cocktails available and I have to say that they’re quite ideal for spring/summer and extremely easy to make.

I’ve included drink recipes to all of the cocktails featured at Cocktails With Belle as well as a brief review of the cocktails I was able to sample. Cheers!

Georgia Peach Pre-Tea – It’s no secret that those of us in the South love our sweet tea. Combine our beverage of choice with the iconic Georgia peach and you’ve got yourself a cocktail that’s as flavorful as it is simple. This was my personal favorite from Cocktails With Belle. I’m not the biggest peach fan, so the combination of sweet tea and fresh lemon dulled the peachiness and created a very refreshing cocktail.

INGREDIENTS

2 oz SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach 3 oz Iced Tea

Squeeze of fresh Lemon

Drink Recipe: Captain Morgan & Hugh Acheson Set The Stage For A #MintMutiny This Weekend – LUSHWORTHY

If you’re a lover of booze then there’s a good chance that you’re all for sipping on a classic cocktail. I love a great classic cocktail too, but every now and then it’s nice to switch things up a bit and revamp a classic. And Hugh Acheson of Empire State South (ATL represent!) has done just that with his “Mint Mutiny” cocktail. The “Mint Mutiny” was created just in time for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby and as you’ve probably guessed, it serves as a remix to the classic “Mint Julep.”

The folks over at Captain Morgan, which serves as the primary ingredient in the “Mint Mutiny” sent over a kit for making Acheson’s cocktail and also invited me to take part in their #MintMutiny Twitter competition. Basically, whichever blogger receives the most #MintMutiny retweets will receive a trip to either the Belmont Stakes or Preakness Stakes.

You can find both the “Mint Mutiny” recipe and one of my #MintMutiny tweets below (for easy retweeting).

Drink Recipe: @CaptainMorganUS & @HughAcheson (of @ESSouth) Set The Stage For A #MintMutiny http://t.co/QH98wK0B2y #KentuckyDerby

— Lushworthy (@Lushworthy) May 2, 2014

Mint Mutiny

INGREDIENTS

Crushed ice

1 Teaspoon fresh mint, torn into pieces

1½ Ounces Captain Morgan White Rum

½ Ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ Ounce Rose Water-infused Simple Syrup

Club Soda

Fresh mint, muddled

1 Cucumber spear

DIRECTIONS

Fill a julep glass with crushed ice. Add the Captain Morgan White Rum, lemon juice, Rose Simple Syrup, and then fill with club soda until the glass is almost full.  Top the glass with a mound of more crushed ice and garnish with a cucumber spear and mint sprig.

I’m definitely excited about taking part in yet another Kentucky Derby-themed blogger contest and would love it if you guys could help me out with some retweets!

Photo By Couper Cox

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Craft Beer To Hit The High Seas Thanks To Crystal Cruises’ New Microbrew Cruise – LUSHWORTHY

It’s no secret that the craft beer market has exploded over the past years. Even cruise lines, yes cruise lines, are getting in on this latest booze trend. Crystal Cruises, who previously featured a beer connoisseur menu on select cruises, has just announced their new craft beer theme for the Crystal Fall Culinary Cruise.

The brew-centric luxury cruise will consist of expert presentations, cooking and cocktail classes, tasting sessions, and dinners. In addition to on board experiences, guests will also have the opportunity to visit breweries on the mainland. Also pretty cool is the fact that this particular cruise will take you to a variety of ports including ones in Baltimore, Maryland, Charleston, South Carolina, Turks & Caicos, and Aruba.

Oh, and here’s one more “pretty cool” mention, the cruise will include appearances from brew connoisseurs Stephen Beaumont, Jon Ashton, and Anthony Caporale, who will help lead the various classes and demonstrations.

“We’ve recently seen the growing interest in microbrews, from crafting to drinking, reflected in our own guests’ palates, leading us to add international specialty beers to our Connoisseur beverage menu in 2013,” says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food and beverage operations and hotel procurement.  “A microbrew theme in 2014 is a natural extension of that interest, utilizing the programming format of our successful ‘Wine & Food’-cruises to expand travelers’ palates and minds in new ways that can last well beyond their cruise.”

Cruise fares, which are all-inclusive, start at $3,700.

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A Lushworthy Guide To The CounterPoint Festival: From The Heineken House To Camping BYOB – LUSHWORTHY

I’ve been planning on posting a Lushworthy guide to CounterPoint for a few weeks now, but I’ve basically procrastinated my way through those few weeks. Tsk tsk, I know. So, when a friend of a friend on Facebook commented on a post on CounterPoint with the following message: “I hope they have beer!” I knew I had to get my Lushworthy guide up ASAP. The people clearly need this. So, here you have it!

Heineken House!!! – Yes! I was hoping there would be some kind of booze-sponsored lounge at Counterpoint. And here you have it. The Heineken House is described as “a multi-sensory experience, featuring a Live Art Pyramid as the core…the pyramid features 12 massive live art walls to be hand-painted over the three days at Counterpoint this spring.” They’ll be plenty of ice cold brew on deck, but no word yet on if that brew will be complimentary.

Where’s The Booze?! – So, the folks at CounterPoint have created this handy little map to show you where all the stages, eateries, the Heineken House, and of course the bars, are. The places where you can buy drinks are represented by a green mug of beer. There’s a total of five bars in the main festival area. There’s also a bar at the campgrounds area.

BYOB Or Nah? – If you’ll soon have the pleasure of camping out at CounterPoint then yes, you do get to bring your own booze. Restrictions for the campgrounds are as follows:

  • You’re allowed to bring your own personal beer, wine and liquor into the campgrounds as long as it’s for personal consumption and within reason.
  • One case of beer, a box of wine, or one liter of liquor per person.
  • No glass bottles or containers! We’d hate to take your booze from you, but we will.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID in order to consume alcohol.

Brew 101 – If you need to take a break from A-Trak, Matt & Kim, J. Cole and the dozens of other CounterPoint acts then you can always stop by The Point Draught House to learn a thing or two from their on-site brewery reps. They’ll be smack dab in the middle of the Kingston Downs concert area and will have plenty of brews available.

Free H20 – If you plan on getting your drink on at CounterPoint then please be sure to keep yourself hydrated. Free water will be available throughout the festival site and you can even bring a plastic container or two for water.

Stay Safe – You really don’t want to be the person who can’t recall how epic OutKast’s performance on Sunday was because you were completely wasted. Play it smart, folks. Be safe and enjoy!

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From Brats To Bacon Bites, Check Out These Booze-Infused Recipes From Captain Morgan & Crown Royal – LUSHWORTHY

I’m not gonna lie, the idea of cooking with booze scares me a little bit. You can’t tell me that the explosion of fire that results from flambeing a dish isn’t a little on the intimidating side. Thankfully though, not every booze-infused dish comes with the risk of singeing off one’s eyebrows. The folks at Crown Royal and Captain Morgan have come up with a handful of dishes that are made using either whiskey or rum and are perfect for this weekend’s Labor Day festivities.

Check out their recipes for BBQ Chicken Bacon Bites made with a rum-infused spicy sweet BBQ sauce and Brats With [Crown Royal] Maple-ized Onions.

BBQ Chicken Bacon Bites (Pictured Above)

(Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Georgia Johnson, The Comfort of Cooking)

INGREDIENTS

Nonstick cooking spray 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes 8 oz. (half pound) bacon, cut into thirds 1/2 cup Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce (recipe below)

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SweetWater’s New Deal With Delta Is The Most Lushworthy Airline News You’ll Hear This Year – LUSHWORTHY

“Exciting” and “airline news” are two words you hardly ever see together these days. But with the announcement that Delta Air Lines will now begin serving SweetWater’s 420 Extra Pale Ale on flights between Atlanta and New York City, we now have some airline news to actually be excited about.

So, the next time you end up sitting directly in front of the most turnt up toddler in aviation history on your next flight or are about to embark on your third connecting flight in one day, just know that an ice cold can of 420 Extra Pale Ale awaits you in the friendly skies.

“Delta is a world-class organization, as well as a local neighbor, so we couldn’t be more excited about this alliance and the opportunity for SweetWater to be featured onboard,” said SweetWater Founder and Big Kahuna Freddy Bench. “Our new cans eliminate the glass restrictions that previously held us back from offering our beer in great spots like airplanes, stadiums, beaches and more. This is an exciting time for craft beer and I’m personally looking forward to enjoy a few 420s on my next trip to The Big Apple!”

SweetWater ranks among the craft beer elite here in Atlanta, so it’s pretty cool seeing a home team make such a major move. And if you happen to be traveling from New York City to Atlanta, I’d highly suggest checking out the SweetWater brewery. I had the opportunity to check it out a few weeks ago and I’m already plotting which brewery I want to visit next. Good times, great beer, and it’s also pretty informative.

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The Cocktail Menu At Miami’s Lord Balfour Gets The Royal Treatment With These Tea-Infused Cocktails – LUSHWORTHY

Over the past few years, cultural fusions have become quite prominent when it concerns the food and drink world. Some fusions work amazingly well together. Take Atlanta restaurant Poor Calvin’s for example, which boasts a food and drink menu that combines Southern flair with far East sophistication. And when it comes to food and drink fusions, I’m sure the city of Miami reigns supreme. Among the Miami establishments serving up a unique mixture of two varying cultures, and in liquid form on top of that, is the Lord Balfour hotel.

Located on vibrant Miami Beach, Lord Balfour has just introduced a tea-infused signature cocktail list that pairs British staples with a little Latin flair. See, I told you they were serving up some very unique and of course Lushworthy combinations.

In the mood for a rum infused with green tea? Then their “Piccadilly Circus,” which combines green tea-infused rum with lime juice, mint, and ginger beer, should make for a welcoming addition to tea time. And if you prefer your cocktails sans the Brit’s beverage of choice then the Lord Balfour’s new menu offers a handful of cocktails that don’t include tea, but are still heavy on the Latin-British fusion.

You can find a sampling of Lord Balfour’s signature cocktails below. All of the cocktails listed are $12 and are two-for-one during Happy Hour (Monday – Friday, 5 – 7 PM).

 LORD BALFOUR COLLINS

Gin blended with Black Tea reduction, lemon juice and soda water.

TEA TIME
Gin shaken with chamomile honey, fresh pressed citrus, egg white (pasteurized), and spiked with Falernum bitters.

PICCADILLY CIRCUS
Rum infused with canton green tea, lime juice, mint and charged with ginger beer.

TOWER OF LONDON
Aged rum mixed with a coconut reduction, tropical juice, splash of lime and dusted with nutmeg.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Cachaça shaken with passion fruit, lime juice, sugar, angostura bitters and topped with ginger foam.

CHURCHILL
Apple infused Bourbon stirred with ginger syrup and finished with orange and aromatic bitters.

KING’S RANSOM
Vodka mixed with Aperol, herbal syrup, lemon juice, grapefruit and topped with Prosecco.

DOWNING STREET

Tequila Reposado, Aperol, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino and grapefruit twist.

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