‘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!
1.5 oz. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
4 oz. Milk
3/4 Tbsp. Autocrat Coffee Syrup (Feel free to use any other brand)
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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Aqua Vino, the Georgia Aquarium’s annual benefit event, is once again set to take place here in Atlanta. In addition to sampling fine wines from across the globe and noshing on the city’s best bites, those who purchase a ticket to Aqua Vino will help in raising funds for the Georgia Aquarium’s Sea Turtle conservation and research initiatives.
Aqua Vino guests will also be treated to brews from Atlanta favorite, SweetWater Brewing Company and specialty beer importer, Merchant du Vin.
The great thing about Aqua Vino is that during the event a number of Georgia Aquarium galleries are open, so if you’ve never visited the aquarium before you get to sip on exotic wines while also observing beluga whales, dolphins, and other aquatic life.
This year’s Aqua Vino is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 9th and will be hosted by Jeff Corwin. Tickets start at $125 per person and can be purchased at GeorgiaAquarium.org.
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If you’re a big fan of those almost painfully sour candies (think War Heads and Sour Patch Kids) and are of legal drinking age then it may be time to incorporate Smirnoff Sours into your weekend shots routine. The newly-released Smirnoff Sours line comes in three mouth-twerking flavors: Green Apple, Watermelon, and Fruit Punch.
All three flavors are best served chilled and in shot form and are said to pack “a flavorful punch.” And unlike your typical Smirnoff bottle, the Smirnoff Sours bottles glow in the dark under black light.
“SMIRNOFF is once again changing the game, infusing excitement and fun into the vodka category with the introduction of the electrifying Sour line,” said Sandhya Padmanabhan, Brand Manager for SMIRNOFF Vodka. “More palatable than other shot-based spirits, Sours is the next big thing in shot rituals. It’s unique because it creates a true, memorable moment – toasting with new and old friends and capturing the sour face that follows. Whether celebrating a big night out, the big game, or just an impromptu outing with friends, SMIRNOFF Sours is a perfectly bold and fun compliment to any occasion.”
You can get your hands on a 750 mL bottle of Smirnoff Sours for only $15.99. Also, be sure to share your likely hilarious, post-Smirnoff Sours shot face using the #MyFaceWhen hashtag on social media.
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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sample both Spodee White and the original Spodee during a Yelp event here in Atlanta. What is Spodee, you ask? Well, it’s a wine fortified with moonshine. I’m sure that sounds a little intimidating, but I assure you it isn’t. At the Yelp event, I sampled cocktails made using both varieties of Spodee. My hands down favorite was the Spodee White Sangria (recipe can be found below). Since Spodee White is already heavy on the coconut and pineapple flavors, the addition of pineapple juice gave the Spodee White Sangria an extra kick of sweetness while the club soda mellowed the drink out a bit.
I also received a bottle of Spodee White shortly after the Yelp event. Needless to say, I was so impressed at Spodee White as a stand-alone drink that I kept drinking it by itself (with a little ice). So, by the time I was ready for some cocktail experimenting my bottle was tapped out. Oops.
I love the old-fashioned, milk jug style bottle that Spodee comes in, but I have to say that you don’t get a whole lot of servings out of one bottle of Spodee. So, you may want to keep that in mind.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on a bottle of Spodee you can use their locator to find out where you can buy Spodee in your city. And when you do get your hands on a bottle, be sure to try the drink recipes below! Cheers!
1 part Spodee White 1 part Coconut Rum 2 parts Grapefruit Juice
Splash of Cranberry Juice
Combine Spodee, coconut liqueur and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker, shake for 30 seconds, pour over ice and top with a splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with grapefruit slice or cherry.
Over the past few years, Atlanta has seriously grown as a foodie city. Restaurants are popping up everywhere and chefs and restauranteurs here have been praised in publications across the country. To better take advantage of all the food and cocktail options here in the city, myself and Talaia of WholeYum.com created #SipAndNosh Food Tours.
#SipAndNosh is a walking food tour that will launch on Saturday, October 4th in downtown Decatur. We’ll visit five restaurants in the downtown Decatur area and sample various sips and bites.
Tickets are currently priced at $55 and will go up to $60 on September 27th. You can purchase tickets via Eventbrite. I hope to see a few Lushworthy readers on the tour! (P.S. Look out for a special coupon code within the next few days)
Check out a detailed #SipAndNosh menu and schedule below.
Calle Latina – 4:00 PM – Cangrejo (crab, habanero pepper, mango, and cilantro) and Barbacoa (pork shoulder, caramelized onion, and chipotle barbeque) empanadas.
Victory Sandwich Bar – 4:30 PM – Mile High Club sandwich (smoked turkey, bacon, ham, avocado, fontina, and Dijon) and a Jack & Coke Slushie.
No.246 – 5:00 PM – Agnolotti sample and three cocktail samples.
Big Tex Decatur – 5:30 PM – Shrimp taco, fried chicken taco, and an apple margarita.
The Bakery At Cakes & Ale – 6:00 PM – Assorted pastries.
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Over the past few years we’ve gradually learned more about Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic project and we now know that Grey Goose has jumped on board as a partner for Branson’s galactic endeavor. I know what you’re thinking, “Vodka and space? I’m not sure if that’s the smartest combo.” But I can assure you that Grey Goose’s partnership with Virgin Galactic goes far beyond in-flight cocktails.
According to a press release, “Grey Goose will bring this space journey to life through a range of out-of-this-world experiences, exclusive content and a series of limited edition promotions.” And yes, Grey Goose will be sipped by those taking part in Virgin Galactic’s commercial space flights. Likely some time before their galactic journey though. I personally have no fear of heights/planes, but I think I’d need quite a few Grey Goose signature cocktails if I was to ever take a flight to space.
“This is a marriage of two brands who share values and a true sense that if you can imagine it, it can be done. Not only do we both follow the same long-term vision that the extraordinary can be achieved from acting on your beliefs, but we also look forward to celebrating this iconic cultural moment in time with those on the ground,” said Grey Goose creator, François Thibault.
Virgin Galactic is expected to launch its first commercial space flight in 2015.
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