Danielle H.

A few weeks ago I was invited to take part in the #FestiveFernet-Branca cocktail challenge and after a great deal of brainstorming (that Fernet can be quite the tricky booze to work with) I finally came up with a drink recipe, Lushworthy enough to share with the masses. I’ve dubbed it the “Whimsical Wonderland,” and with ingredients that include apples and cinnamon it should serve as a welcomed addition to the holiday season.

In addition to Fernet-Branca, the “Whimsical Wonderland” also calls for Ketel One Vodka, cream soda, and sparkling apple drink (or similar). So, for anyone who may be a little intimidated by the herbs-heavy liqueur, there’s a nice balancing act with this cocktail thanks to the combination of sweet and tart flavors, in addition to the bitterness of the Fernet-Branca.

Check out the “Whimsical Wonderland” recipe below, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka

.5 oz Fernet-Branca

3 oz. Cream Soda

3 oz. Sparkling Apple Drink

Handful Of Diced Red Apples

Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Add diced red apples to a large mason jar or tall glass. Add Ketel One, Fernet-Branca, cream soda, and sparkling apple drink. Stir, add ice, and stir again. Top with a dash of cinnamon.

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Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but I’m really intrigued by the newly-announced Piehole Whiskey. This newest spirit combines both Canadian Whiskey and pie-flavored liqueur and comes in three flavors:  Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, and Pecan Pie. I know what you’re thinking–Actually, I don’t know what you’re thinking because my love for both apple pie and booze clearly has my telepathic skills a little blurred right now.

A press release states that Piehole Whiskey aims to awaken memories of grandma’s fresh baked pies for those of legal drinking age. Personally, my nana never made pies, but she does make a mean coffee cake.

“Many people remember that feeling you get when you first taste Grandma’s pies fresh from the oven,” said Kristin Markovich, senior innovation manager, whiskey. “PIEHOLE is our way of bringing that delicious memory to consumers for any fun occasion and we hope people everywhere will open their pie holes to try these three mouth-watering flavors.”

For only $14.99 for a 750 mL bottle it’s at least worth a shot. Ironically, Piehole Whiskey is also said to be enjoyed best while in shot-form.

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Lushworthy history has been made here in Atlanta thanks to the opening of the Old Fourth Distillery. Located on Edgewood Avenue, the distillery is mere blocks away from The King Center, and serves as the city’s first distillery since 1906. Yes, nineteen-friggin’-oh-six.

Old Fourth Distillery has been open for a little while now and they’re finally opening their doors to the public this week. Tours will take place every Thursday at their distillery in Old Fourth Ward. Unfortunately though, due to Georgia’s dated liquor laws they’re only allowed to give tour attendees a 0.5 oz sample during tours. But on the plus side, their tours are free, and hopefully in the near future you can grab a craft cocktail made using Old Fourth Distillery spirits from a neighboring bar (think Soundtable, Noni’s, Mother, etc.).

I had the opportunity to attend a media tour at the distillery this week and despite the intimidating machinery there’s a lot of charm to this place. It’s filled with refurbished material: old church pews, granite countertops from an old elementary school, etc. And I have to say it does distill (err, instill) a lot of Atlanta pride.

For more information on the Old Fourth Distillery and details on how you can attend one of their tours, visit Old4th.com or check out their Facebook page.

Oh, and check out a few pics I took at the distillery during the media tour, below.

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You’ve got enough to worry about during the holidays, so you’re choice in cocktails should be the last thing on your mind. In fact, I’ve created a list of six, holiday-friendly cocktails that are definite go-tos this holiday season. That way the only thing you have to worry about in the coming weeks is not burning down your kitchen with another deep-fried turkey attempt, keeping your uncle away from the gin during Thanksgiving dinner, and you know, all that other fun holiday stuff.

Check out my recipe picks below! Cheers!

Baileys Salted Caramel & Crown Royal Regal Apple (Pictured Above) – I’m not sure about you guys’ family, but for some reason my fam tends to go IN on the Baileys during the holiday season. So, why not add a tangy twist to your Baileys on the rocks this season with a splash of the new Crown Royal Regal Apple?

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Baileys® Salted Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur 0.5 oz. Crown Royal® Regal Apple Flavored Whisky

0.25 oz. Caramel syrup to rim shot glass1 green apple slice

DIRECTIONS

Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass rimmed with caramel. Garnish with an apple slice.

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I’ve clearly been slacking on my Cocktails On The Cheap column, but over the weekend I promised myself I’d bring back Cocktails On The Cheap and also be more consistent with it. Because who doesn’t like cocktails on the cheap? With that being said, I’d like to introduce you all to Tacos & Tequila, a Mexican grill located on Ponce de Leon Ave. (right across from the new Ponce City Market).

And with a name like Tacos & Tequila they’ve got close to a dozen margaritas to choose from. I happened to check out Tacos & Tequila this past Friday with my dad. We were told the drink specials and to my surprise, they happened to have a drink special that lasted all day. Now unless I’ve been living under a Lushworthy rock all these years, there are few restaurants that offer drink specials that last all day on Fridays.

The special for Friday was the Texas Margarita for $5.99. On the Tacos & Tequila website, the Texas Margarita is described as being made with Cuervo Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, and citrus liqueur, but I’m about 99.9 percent sure our bartender used Herradura Tequila in my margarita. That would of course make this an even more amazing Happy Hour special.

You can find Tacos & Tequila at 650 Ponce de Leon Ave.

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‘Tis the season of the pumpkin and as expected, the pumpkin-inspired recipes are coming out of the woodwork these days. I’ll admit that I’m not a pumpkin fanatic. You won’t find me at Starbucks ordering a spiced pumpkin latte with a slice of pumpkin bread and I was probably a kiddo the last time I carved a pumpkin. Although I’m not a fanatic,  I do enjoy the flavors that tend to accompany anything pumpkin.

I’ve had the idea to create a fall-inspired remix on the classic White Russian cocktail for a few weeks now, so when I received a bottle of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka the idea for the Pumpkin Pie White Russian immediately came to mind. Instead of Kahlua I used coffee syrup and for a little added flair I added coffee ice cubes to my Pumpkin Pie White Russian.

The end result was an easy-to-make and boozily, decadent treat for all the pumpkin lovers out there. Check out the recipe below, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka

4 oz. Milk

3/4 Tbsp. Autocrat Coffee Syrup (Feel free to use any other brand)

DIRECTIONS

In a shaker add milk and coffee syrup. Stir and add Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka. Add ice and shake. Strain contents into a glass already filled with coffee ice cubes*. Enjoy!

(To make coffee ice cubes, add cooled, lightly sweetened coffee to an ice tray. Freeze overnight.)

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