You guys jamming to Beyonce and JAY-Z’s Everything Is Love yet? I’m currently silently turning up in the library to “Nice” as I type this. The music powerhouse dropped their first ever joint album over the weekend as they tour overseas. And speaking of tours, it’s only a matter of weeks before Jay and Bey head back to the states to kick off the U.S. leg of their On The Run II Tour. And if, like me, your On The Run II tickets are but a figment of your imagination, D’USSE has shared the recipe to two of the cocktails served backstage to VIPs during the tour. So, we can at least sip like Jay and Bey as we indulge in a D’USSE & Lemonade or The 13th. Check out the recipes below, cheers!
D’USSÉ & Lemonade
D’USSE VSOP Lemonade
Add 1 1/2 parts D’USSE VSOP and 2 parts lemonade into an ice filled highball glass. Garnish with lime.
D’USSE VSOP Fresh Lime Juice Simple Syrup Ginger Beer
Add 2 parts D’USSE VSOP, 1 part Fresh Lime Juice, a splash of simple syrup into a shaker, Shake, then strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime.
Surprise, surprise. It has now been revealed that Ciroc’s latest offering, Ciroc VS (Very Special) is actually a French brandy. Given that past Ciroc releases have included coconut, apple, and red berry-flavored vodkas, the decision to release a brandy is certainly unexpected. My guess is that Ciroc VS is Ciroc’s response to the increase in millennials purchasing craft bourbons/whiskeys. Ciroc putting out a bourbon/whiskey isn’t really an option, but a French vodka releasing a French brandy does work.
Given that brandy has always come across as a fall/winter spirit to me, I wanted to create a summer-friendly Ciroc VS cocktail perfect for the upcoming holidays. Given that sangria is absolutely the first cocktail that comes to mind when I think of brandy, I knew that “Ciroc Very Special Sangria” was the one. I also wanted to offer up a classier cocktail, so I opted for a twist on the Old Fashioned cocktail, which I’ve dubbed the “Amour Old Fashioned.”
You can find both drink recipes below, and look out for Ciroc VS when it’s release this June. Cheers!
Ciroc Very Special Sangria
1 Bottle Red Wine (750 mL) 1/2 Cup Ciroc VS 5 oz. Ciroc Pineapple 1 Cup Orange Juice 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
Pineapple Chunks And Orange Slices
It’s been a minute, but I finally stepped back into the Lushworthy Lab to work on some boozy, new creations this week. First up was my own personal take on the ultra-popular frosé wine cocktail. Although everyone has their own twist on frose’, it typically consists of frozen rosé blended together to make a boozy slushie. My wine of choice was Little Black Dress Rosé. And I opted to kick things up a notch with the addition of Smirnoff Red White & Berry (a cherry, citrus, and blue raspberry-flavored vodka). That’s how I ended up with the name Firecracker Frosé. Smirnoff Red White & Berry is basically the classic Firecracker popsicle in boozy, liquid form.
Check out my recipe for Firecracker Frosé, below. Cheers!
1 Bottle Little Black Dress Rosé Smirnoff Red White & Berry Vodka Frozen Strawberries Fresh Lemon Juice
Pour Little Black Dress Rosé into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least five to six hours.
Once your rosé ice cubes have solidified, add seven cubes to a blender, along with three frozen strawberries, 1 oz. Smirnoff Red White & Berry, 1/2 tablespoon simple syrup, and 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Blend all ingredients together. Pour into a glass and garnish with lemon wheel. (Makes one serving)
Both cocktail lovers and the curious converged in Atlanta for Hendrick’s Gin’s Surrealist Soiree, late last month. I had the opportunity to check out the intimate event, and in true Hendrick’s fashion, Surrealist Soiree boasted unique talent, tantalizing bites, and of course, amazing and creative craft cocktails.
[Photo: Me sipping on a Hendrick’s Gin cocktail while wearing one of the handmade flower crowns, which were created on site.]
One of my favorite sips from the evening was the Superbloom Punch (pictured above). It was a complex, gin-based punch that was quite literally garnished with a garden. I was able to snag a recipe card for the Superbloom Punch, so I can attempt to recreate it at home, and to also share on here with you guys. You can find the full recipe, below. Cheers!
Hendrick’s Gin Rose Petal Hibiscus Tea Fresh Lemon Juice Martini Rosato Simple Syrup Sparkling Water Peychaud’s Bitters
Fresh Raspberries, Blackberries & Edible Flowers
Combine ingredients over ice in short glass and stir gently. Garnish with fresh raspberries, blackberries, and edible flowers.
A few days ago, I was invited to attend a really cool event hosted by Crown Royal Apple. For St. Patrick’s Day, select bloggers and influencers watched the Atlanta Hawks play the Denver Nuggets from a private suite hosted by Crown Royal Apple. We took part in a guided whiskey tasting held by Master of Whisky, Ryan Ross, enjoyed Crown Royal Apple cocktails, and thankfully, watched the Hawks beat the Nuggets.
We also walked away with our very own bottle of Crown Royal Apple and a handful of other goodies. If you’ve ever purchased a bottle of Crown Royal Apple, you’ve likely noticed that its contents don’t last too long. It’s that tasty. So, I wanted to quickly knock out a cocktail recipe before my bottle was tapped out.
I wanted something super simple and also spring/summer-friendly. The end result is one of the tastiest, boozy lemonades I’ve ever laid lips on. Since boozy lemonade is rather common, I upped the ante a bit by adding a cinnamon-dusted lemon wheel as my garnish.
A few weeks ago, I received a bottle of Wicked Dolphin Spiced Rum in the mail. Upon receiving the bottle, I immediately knew what my plans would be…boozy apple cider. I love a good rum punch or pina colada, but once fall and winter hit, I’m taking full advantage of boozy apple cider and egg nog cocktails.
I’m sure there’s several, uber-fancy ways of making apple cider. But time and place, folks. Time and place. If you happen to be short on time or don’t feel like picking apples from the orchard, there’s Alpine Spiced Apple Cider. It’s kind of the truth. It was perfect paired with the Wicked Dolphin Spiced Rum, and together the two made for an ideal, Lushworthy treat on a cold, Atlanta night.
I was only able to sample Wicked Dolphin Spiced Rum in the apple cider and on the rocks. On the rocks, you get a really nice array of flavors given the distilling process for Wicked Dolphin. Nothing’s too overpowering, and it is a relatively smooth rum.