The following is a guest post written by Nick Stokes*
In comparison to alcoholic drinks and alcohol brands, which are usually made for profit, most cocktails were made for fun or out of boredom. This is only logical because there are no copyrights or other legal barriers when you make a cocktail. You make it for yourself and for your friends, so that you can enjoy new and interesting mixtures while you spend time together. Cocktails are usually made in public, making them that much more intriguing. Some of them were created accidentally, while others were created in order to promote a certain alcoholic beverage.
The Cuba Libre is a drink which was created in order to celebrate Cuban independence. After The Spanish-American War, this cocktail was made out of Cuban rum and American Coca-Cola. Whether it was made by a Cuban bartender or an American soldier, it still remains a mystery.
Robert Roy McGregor was a Scottish folk hero and in the 19th century there was an opera created about his life. Prior to the performance, a local New York bartender made a cocktail to honor Rob Roy. It included whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
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)
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
Combine Zacapa Rum 23, Myers Dark Rum, orange curaçao, perfect puree passion fruit, fresh lime juice, orgeat syrup and aromatic bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain contents into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig and orange slice.
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.
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)
8 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum 4 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum 12 parts Riesling 3 parts Lemonade
4/5 part Lemon Simple Syrup
Combine all but Riesling in a punch bowl and refrigerate. Add Riesling at service. (Serves 8)
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.
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.