Nearly 25 years after Snoop Dogg dropped his classic record, “Gin And Juice,” the rapper has been brought on to creatively oversee a new Gin & Juice campaign from Tanqueray Gin. I’m not gonna lie, this campaign is giving me life. As part of the newly-announced campaign, Snoop will help in developing signature cocktails, exclusive Tanqueray events, and more.
“When I wrote ‘Gin & Juice’ it was about good feelings and real experiences; it just naturally became a global anthem,” Snoop Dogg said in a statement. “Tanqueray’s creative approach to representing ‘Gin & Juice’ as the drink I’m known for is authentic and it’s always been what we enjoy, so I whipped up a cool cocktail which I call the ‘Laid Back’ which y’all gotta try out.”
Who knew Snoop was a mixologist at heart? His “Laid Back” cocktail actually looks really tasty. It’s definitely a more adult version of the gin and juice cocktail, which typically calls for OJ.
You can find the recipe for the “Laid Back,” below. Cheers!
Tanqueray No. TEN ‘Laid Back’ by Snoop Dogg
1 oz. Tanqueray No. TEN 1 oz. Cîroc Apple 2 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
Splash Club Soda
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Strain into Double Old Fashioned Glass. Top with a splash Club Soda.
I’m pretty sure I’m one of few Atlantans who never had the opportunity to visit Prohibition before it closed months ago (tsk tsk, I know), but it seems as if the bar has been reborn thanks to the newly-opened, Red Phone Booth. Located in downtown Atlanta, the Red Phone Booth serves as a cigar lounge and Prohibition-style bar.
I had the opportunity to visit Red Phone Booth, during a media event earlier this month, and I was immediately impressed by the richness of the space. Lots of deep colors and wood detailing. The space is also filled with a number of cozy, leather couches for your Lushworthy leisure.
During my visit, the mixologists whipped up a number of classic cocktails. I opted for a Caipirinha (in the spirit of the Rio Olympics), a modified whiskey sour, and a Flirtini (don’t ask). I absolutely loved the modified whiskey sour, which was made by master mixologist Bob Ruede. As much as I love a good whiskey sour, I find that a lot of them are usually way too tart, so this cocktail was perfect. As far as the food selection, we were offered a variety of fresh seafood and other bites. Although tasty, I’m hoping their full menu has more of a robust selection.
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Being a booze blogger and all, I’ve attended a lot of really cool events here in the city, but I was super excited to cover the FX screening of “Atlanta” this week. “Atlanta” is a new series created by “Community” alum and rapper extraordinaire, Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino). It follows two cousins as they “work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.” We had the opportunity to watch two episodes of the show during the screening, “The Big Bang” and “Streets On Lock.”
I’m not about to drop any spoilers, so I won’t get into what went down in those first two episodes, but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Like I said on Facebook shortly after seeing the premiere, “Atlanta” is so Atlanta, and for that I’m a fan. It is a dramatic comedy, so be prepared for both laughs and a few uncomfortable moments.
The screening of “Atlanta” took place at the Georgia Aquarium, and was attended by Glover and the rest of the show’s cast. Jermaine Dupri and Metro Boomin (who served as DJ for the evening) were also in attendance. The event proved to be quite Lushworthy thanks to an open bar that lasted until midnight. My bartender, I believe her name was Juicy (either that or I completely misheard her) whipped up a mean rum punch. I can’t tell you exactly how it was made, but I’m pretty sure there was a combination of fruit juices, grenadine, and Bacardi. We were also treated to a Southern style buffet, which featured fresh veggies, shrimp and grits, and of course, mac and cheese.
And since I know that you all need something nice to sip on when you watch the premiere of “Atlanta” on September 6 on FX, I’ve created the Atlanta Old Fashioned for your sipping pleasure. You can find the recipe below. Cheers!
An Old Fashioned with an Atlanta twist. (Recommended food pairing: Lemon pepper wings, wet)
- 1 oz. Bourbon
- 0.5 oz Honey Whiskey Liqueur
- Peach Bitters
- 1 Sugar Cube
- Peach Wedge
- Place sugar cube in an old fashioned glass.
- Add three dashes of peach bitters.
- Add a splash of water and muddle the sugar and bitters.
- Fill your old fashioned glass with ice and add bourbon and honey whiskey liqueur.
- Stir and garnish with a peach wedge.
Do you guys mind it if I get my brag on for a hot second? Much appreciated. A few years back, I had the opportunity to visit Le Logis as part of an immersion trip with Grey Goose. Le Logis is the French manor brand home for Grey Goose, and it’s located in the Cognac region of France. Given that Le Logis is in fact a French Manor in Cognac, it’s absolutely divine. During the time I spent there, we were treated to exquisite meals that were created on site and enjoyed lots of, you guessed it, Grey Goose. It was there that I was introduced to my favorite Grey Goose cocktail, Le Fizz.
Oh crap, I forgot that I said that I would only brag for “a hot second.” Well, this exclusive experience is no longer super exclusive. Grey Goose will offer guest experiences at Le Logis from August 4 – 6 and August 25 – 27 of this year. According to a press release, “The GREY GOOSE Le Logis Summer Open House will offer guests a specially curated journey that explores what lies behind the French luxury vodka brand with a unique, two–day itinerary.”
All of this of course comes with a cost, and it’s a pretty penny. The trip costs $1,800 per person and includes “return luxury airport transfers from Bordeaux and Angouleme, two nights B&B in a single, twin or double bedroom, all meals cooked by an in-house chef, expertly crafted GREY GOOSE cocktails prepared by an on-site mixologist, soft drinks, snacks, tours and experiences.”
To purchase your trip, you can visit the Brown + Hudson website.
Sinks filled with beer and showers boasting beer-scented soap are just a few of the perks that await guests who book a Hop Hotel Room.
What once may have seemed like the stuff of fantasy for beer lovers is now a reality thanks to the one-night only, Hop Hotel Rooms at the Union Station Hotel and The Cheshire in St. Louis.
The specialty hotel rooms, which came about thanks to a partnership between Schlafly Beer and Lodging Hospitality Management, will be available during the HOP In The City Festival, which will take place in St. Louis on Saturday, September 17.
According to a press release:
“Guests are greeted by beer and food pairings from Cheshire’s Executive Chef Rex Hale like smoked pork ribs with gochujang, pickled radish, and local berries paired with Schlafly Expo IPA, an exclusive release in St. Louis. The suites also include beer books for bedside reading, Schlafly swag for attending the HOP in the City festival, a growler of the exclusive HOP in the City beer, bottled beers on ice in the sink, a Schlafly robe, and more. Schlafly also worked with sammysoap, a St. Louis company, to offer handmade beer-scented soaps based on Schlafly’s beer styles. The company creates all-natural, small batch soaps bars and supports employment of adults with disabilities.”
Package rates for the Hop Hotel Rooms start at $175.
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With news that the new grocery store near Glenwood Ave. has its own beer and wine bar (sup gentrification), I couldn’t help but think of all the other Atlanta establishments that could really benefit from a bar. So, here goes:
Publix: You know what would really make shopping a pleasure? A bar. Publix is obviously wayyy better than Kroger (not up for debate), so I can only imagine how epic a bar inside of Publix would be. BOGO cocktails, chicken tender samples while you turn up, the possibilities are truly endless.
Decatur Library: No need to go crazy here. A simple wine bar will do. Who doesn’t love a good book with a glass of vino?
Five Points Marta Station: Yeah, I’m sure a bar at Five Points Marta Station would do way more harm than good. But it might actually be needed for most commuters. Actually, you know what? Scratch that. How about a mobile bar on all Marta trains? I’m here for it.
The Varsity: They already have the food that drunk people love, so why not offer a brewski with that Yankee Dog with Strings, and other greasy delights.
The Passport Agency On Peachtree Street: I don’t know about you all, but the Atlanta Passport Agency is up there with the DMV. The wait is insanity. And by the time you’re done with it all, a Happy Hour is likely calling your name. And if they were to ever open their own bar, a cutesy, global-themed lounge with sake cocktails, caipirinhas, and other international dranks would be the move.