Danielle H., Author at LUSHWORTHY

In a city where restaurants come and go, Atlanta’s Eight Sushi Lounge graciously celebrated its one-year-anniversary with a celebration held last week. In addition to attending Eight’s anniversary affair, I’ve enjoyed dinner at the restaurant on several occasions, and it’s absolutely amazing. A combination of excellent service and smack-your-mama-worthy grub make it an easy contender for Atlanta’s top restaurant. 

At the Eight Sushi Lounge anniversary party, which went down last Tuesday, guests nibbled on signature bites and enjoyed a selection of craft cocktails. Also on hand for our sipping pleasure was Eight’s private label sake. 

You can find photos from the anniversary, below. And congrats to all those involved in Eight Sushi Lounge’s much-deserved success! 

Apple pie? Love it. Cheesecake? Please hand me two slices. With the exception of fruit cake, I absolutely love a good dessert, especially during the holidays. But if your dessert table is in need of revamping this holiday season, try incorporating a few dessert cocktails. You can up the ante on your standard, boozy hot chocolate with Zacapa’s Peppermint Rum Cocoa or indulge in Smirnoff’s deliciously decadent Gingerbread Martini.

You can find recipes for both the Peppermint Rum Cocoa and Gingerbread Martini, below. Cheers!

Gingerbread Martini (2 Servings)

INGREDIENTS

3 oz Smirnoff Vodka 3 oz Irish cream 2 tbsp gingerbread syrup (or to taste) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 oz cream

Whipped Cream & Crushed Gingerbread cookies for garnish

Combine Smirnoff, Irish cream, gingerbread syrup, vanilla extract, and cream in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with crushed gingerbread cookies and whipped cream.

Chocolate Peppermint Martini (2 Servings)

3 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka 2 oz crème de cacao 1 oz chocolate liquor 2 oz cream chocolate sauce

Combine Smirnoff, crème de cacao, cream chocolate sauce, and chocolate liquor in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with crushed peppermint or peppermint stick.

While finding cheap drinks in Phuket, Thailand is no struggle, you can easily fall into the tourist trap of overpriced hotel drinks and their dreaded service charges, and weak, pricey drinks at nightclubs. If you’re planning a trip to Phuket anytime soon (which you should) here are a few, boozy tips I gathered from my time there. 

Street Vendors Are EVERYTHING – The cheapest drink I came across during my travels in Phuket was a 50 baht mojito from a street vendor near Karon Beach. 50 baht is roughly $1.50 in American dollars. $1.50 mojitos make me very, very happy, and I am forever indebted to the group of ladies making these tasty concoctions. And yes, the mojitos were very tasty.

If you pay $1.50 for a mojito, you probably expect a cheap rum paired with an even cheaper, pre-made mojito mixer. Well, that’s not how they roll in Phuket. Although there was likely cheap rum involved, they did use fresh mint and lime. There was also lots of muddling involved. 

Also, I read a lot of warnings in regards to Phuket street vendors and the quality of ice they use, and how it relates to err…gastrointestinal issues. So, I should share that I didn’t have any problems on that end.

Indulge In Hotel Happy Hours – Out of the three hotels we stayed at in Phuket, two of them had daily Happy Hours. Both hotels had buy one, get one free specials for about two hours each day. One hotel in particular, Hotel Ikon, had an all-day special on Mai Tais, which was right up my alley. I may have had one every day, during our stay. I can’t remember the exact price in baht, but I do know that each Mai Tai was about four dollars and change. 

Tis’ the season to let the mimosas chill for a bit. Don’t get me wrong, mimosas are great. But for me, they aren’t very indicative of the holiday season. Instead of serving up your standard mimosas during your holiday brunch, why not switch things up this year?

Not ready to ditch the bubbly just yet? The “Absolut Shining Star” is pretty similar to the mimosa, but instead of OJ and prosecco, it calls for cranberry cordial, sparkling wine, and vodka. For another brunch-friendly option, there’s “The 8th Day” cocktail from Havana Club. A decadent combination of Havana Club, chai tea, and coconut milk, “The 8th Day” is a boozy must for the holidays.

Check out recipes for both cocktails and more, below. Cheers!

The 8th Day (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico 3 parts Chai Tea 1 ¾ parts coconut milk

1 part simple syrup or 1tbs white sugar

DIRECTIONS

Hot: Prepare Chai Tea. While the tea steeps, warm coconut milk over medium heat, do not boil. Combine ingredients in a high temperature resistant mixing glass, adding rum last and stir. Serve in an Irish Coffee Cup or preferred glass coffee cup, and garnish with a cinnamon stick

Absolut Shining Star

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 parts Absolut Elektrik 1/2 part Cranberry Cordial

3 parts Sparkling Wine

DIRECTIONS

Add Absolut and champagne. Gently pour cranberry cordial into glass so it sinks to the bottom of the flute. Garnish with clove studded orange twist (cut orange twist and insert whole clove into orange twist.

If you’re like me, then you’re probably finding it hard to believe that we’ve found ourselves smack dab in the middle of yet another holiday season. Thankfully though, the newly-released Crown Royal Vanilla has a handful of cocktails that are sure to get you in the mood. The holiday mood, that is. 

The Vanilla Old Fashioned is definitely calling my name, but I’m sure that in addition to the cocktails below, Crown Royal Vanilla likely works well with egg nog, hot chocolate, apple cider, and other holiday beverages. So, grab yourself a bottle and toast to your newfound holiday cheer. 

Vanilla Old Fashioned

INGREDIENTS

0.25 oz. Simply Syrup 1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla 3 dashes Angostura Bitters 3 dashes Orange Bitters

Orange Peel Twist

DIRECTIONS

In old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup and bitters. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir. Add enough ice to fill glass. Squeeze orange peel over glass to extract oils, add peel to glass, and add whiskey. Stir just until drink is cold and serve.

Hong Kong has gained quite the reputation for being one of the costliest cities around. But if you’re looking to get your drink on, there are definitely ways to do that without breaking the bank. Following my recent trip to Hong Kong, I gathered a few tips on how you can enjoy your cocktails on the cheap while in the Pearl Of The Orient. 

Complimentary Happy Hour At Ovolo Hotels – Well, it doesn’t get any cheaper than free. During our stay in Hong Kong, we stayed at the Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour, and were treated to a complimentary, two-hour Happy Hour every darn day. Seriously, it was great. The staff put out a selection of wines, spirits, mixers, and snacks during those two hours, and you’re allowed to serve yourself. They also fill your FREE mini-bar with local beer. Again, it was great.

The Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour is on a pretty chill side of Hong Kong Island. I personally enjoyed it since we were able to take advantage of cheap food and less hustle and bustle. But if Aberdeen isn’t quite your style, there are several Ovolo hotels in Hong Kong to choose from.