For all our Lushworthy readers in Atlanta, I’m pleased to announce that the next #MeetMeAtTheBar meetup will take place on Saturday, August 16 from 2 to 5 P.M. at the Wild Heaven Craft Beers brewery in Decatur, Georgia. I was initially planning on taking the Happy Hour route with #MeetMeAtTheBar, but I’ve visited a few Atlanta-based breweries over the past few weeks, and I love ’em!
A visit to the Wild Heaven Craft Beers brewery usually costs $12, but they’re offering $2 off for #MeetMeAtTheBar attendees on August 16. So, for only 10 bucks you get a souvenir glass and six complimentary tastings. Oh, also included in that $10 is a boozily amazing way to spend your Saturday afternoon. There may even be some prizes in the mix for those in attendance. (Prizes from the last #MeetMeAtTheBar included Kiehls gift sets and Lolita martini glasses…Just saying)
Be sure to send a RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and I look forward to seeing you all next weekend!
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Atlanta’s movers and shakers had the opportunity to #FlyBeyond last week thanks to UrbanDaddy and Grey Goose Le Melon’s “Fruit Of Kings” event. I had the opportunity to attend the exclusive fete, which was held last Tuesday (July 29) at Whiskey Blue in the W Buckhead, and I was really excited to finally have the opportunity to try the new Grey Goose Le Melon. Created using the Cavaillon melon, Grey Goose Le Melon was used in all four of the cocktails featured at “Fruit Of Kings.” I’ve listed all four below and I’ve also gone ahead and included their ingredients in case you want to mix them up at home.
Melon Mule – Grey Goose Le Melon, ginger beer, and fresh lime.
Melon Royal – Grey Goose Le Melon and lemon-lime soda.
Fizz – Grey Goose Le Melon, Manzanilla Sherry, orgeat, fresh lemon, and soda.
Southern Sip – Grey Goose Le Melon, fresh grapefruit juice, ginger beer, Benedictine, melon ball and sage.
I have to say that I was really surprised at the addition of ginger beer to two of the Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails. I’m still on the fence about the “Melon Mule,” but the “Southern Sip” was a much smoother sip (pun intended). And as a big fan of Grey Goose’s “Le Fizz” cocktails, my hands down favorite from the “Fruit Of Kings” event was the “Fizz” cocktail. Sweet, fizzy, boozy goodness! My kind of party.
In addition to a variety of Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails, guests were also treated to tunes from DJ Don Cannon and had the opportunity to sample a handful of melon-inspired bites. Speaking of which, I’ve clearly been sleeping on the delicious combination that is melon and smoked salmon. Delish!
Check out a few pictures I snapped from the “Fruit Of Kings” event below.
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As much as I love the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, it can definitely be overwhelming at times. The annual festival, which will take place from May 29 to June 1, includes various dinners, seminars, and tasting tents. The tasting tents alone are enough to bring foodies and boozies (is that a word yet?) to their knees with joy.
In case things get a little too overwhelming, I’ve gone ahead and created somewhat of a Lushworthy-inspired tasting tent cheat sheet for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF). Below you’ll find the names of a handful of brands that will all have tents during the festival. I’ve also included a brief description as to why I think you should check ’em out. Oh, and the three digit number in bold at the end of each description shows where you can find their tent on the official festival map.
Campari America – With over 45 spirits to its name, you can be sure that Campari America will be slinging some must-have cocktails during AFWF. 191
Savannah Sweet Tea Lemonade Bourbon – I’m not terribly familiar with this brand, but since I’m obsessed with the city of Savannah, bourbon, and both sweet tea and lemonade, this sounds like a solid tasting tent winner. 186
Wines Of Chile – If you’re a lover of all things vino then I’m sure you’re quite familiar with the wines coming out of the Southern American country of Chile. It’s said to be some of the best in the world. Even if you’re not a wine lover you should still indulge in at least a few sips. 209
With Cinco de Mayo taking place on a Monday (womp womp), a number of people including myself got the party started a little early this year. Over the weekend I hosted a Cinco de Mayo get together in my backyard, which proved to be most ideal given the picture perfect weather on Saturday. The margaritas were of course plentiful thanks to Sauza tequila who sent over a bottle of Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila and their new Sauza Sparkling Margarita Watermelon.
Sauza has plenty of unique margarita recipes, which I’ve listed below, but I was in the mood for something a little more traditional, so I stuck with a basic margarita. But for presentation’s sake I did add a handful of strawberries and lime slices to the pitcher of margaritas. Definitely a wise move. It looked pretty darn amazing and drew a bunch of ultra-inquistive “Mmm…what’s in this?!” from partygoers. Also, I have to say that I love the convenience of the Sauza Sparkling Margarita line. It’s a ready-to-serve beverage, so there’s no mixing involved. Just pour and add a garnish if you like, and you’re good to go.
Now we all know that no Cinco de Mayo shindig is complete without some serious grub. In addition to Herdez salsa and chips, I also made a bunch of quesadillas using Herdez’ Traditional Chipotle Mexican Cooking Sauce. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but they were thee bomb. Not the bomb, but thee bomb. For some tragic reason I’ve never made quesadillas using any type of sauce and now that I have it’s definitely an ingredient I will always use. As you can see from the picture below, I used the Herdez cooking sauce while sauteing the chicken and jalapenos, which were later placed in the quesadillas along with some shredded cheese.
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.
Every time I attend a beer or liquor festival here in the Atlanta area and proceed to document the festivities on social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc.), I get a lot of responses along the lines of “I can’t believe that was this weekend!” or “Why didn’t you tell me about [insert random booze festival here]?” So, since we’re gradually working our way into booze festival season, I figured I’d help you guys out a bit and list all the Lushworthy festivals I’m aware of. And if you have any festivals you’d like to add, feel free to chime in via the comments section or shoot me an email and I’ll gladly add on to the list. Oh, and FYI, this list only consists of spring/summer festivals.
March 21 – HAWKtoberfest – Phillips Arena
April 5 – Beer Carnival – Atlantic Station
April 5 – Hogs & Hops Atlanta – Masquerade Music Park
April 18 – 20 – SweetWater 420 Fest – Centennial Olympic Park
April 26 – Hip Hop Beer Fest At The Brewery – Three Taverns Brewery
April 26 – Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Fest – Heritage Green
April 27 – Buckhead Wine Festival – Andrews Entertainment District
May 29 – June 1 – Atlanta Food & Wine Festival – Midtown Atlanta
June 7 – Brookhaven Beer Fest – (Umm…Is behind the Brookhaven MARTA station an adequate location?)
June 21 – Atlanta Summer Beer Fest – Masquerade Music Park
July 4 – Red White & Brew – Georgia Aquarium
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