Lushworthy News | – Part 4

Over the past day, social media has been buzzing following the announcement that Bacardi plans on hosting one of the most epic music festivals around. Titled Bacardi Triangle (or #BacardiTriangle for the social media-loving folks), the festival will take place over a span of four days in Puerto Rico from October 30 to November 2.

In honor of the year of its creation, Bacardi will invite 1,862 guests to take part in the one-of-a-kind event, which will include a concert on a private island in the Bermuda Triangle. Pretty pimpin’, right? Among the artists scheduled to perform at the concert are Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, and DJ Calvin Harris.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the BACARDÍ Triangle, this has to be one of the most elaborate parties to have ever been organized,” Calvin Harris said in a statement.

So, the question of the hour is how does one get invited to such an amazing fete? It’s pretty simple actually. Just listen to Pandora, the Bacardi Triangle station (http://pandora.com/BacardiTriangle) to be exact. That’s where Bacardi will host a series of sweepstakes (beginning September 22) for those hoping to win a chance to jet off to Puerto Rico for their boozy, music extravaganza.

In addition to the concert on a private island, Bacardi Triangle attendees will also be treated to “pool-side sets from some of the world’s leading DJs” during their stay at the Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador resort in Puerto Rico. Also scheduled for that weekend is a Halloween-themed party that will consist of “global DJs, living mermaids, poi performance artists, voodoo shacks, tribal food huts and more.” Oh, and the entire trip is of course all-expenses paid.

Good luck to those who enter!

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In regards to this news…about damn time! If you’re a longtime fan of The Dude and are Lushworthy at heart then I’m sure you’ve been waiting for the day when Jeff Bridges, the actor who played the White Russian-loving The Dude in The Big Lebowski, teamed up with Kahlua for a boozy collaboration. And if you didn’t know, Kahlua is one of the main ingredients featured in the classic White Russian cocktail.

It was announced this week (via press release) that Bridges has teamed up with Kahlua Productions to release “The White Russian” short film. The actor will reportedly narrate and star in the film, which will debut on September 9 at a private screening in Hollywood, California.

“The White Russian is one of the most popular classic cocktails and it’s seeing a massive revival right now, so to work with Kahlua on this project is great timing,” said Jeff Bridges. “As a short film entirely inspired by a simple classic cocktail, this story is creative, enigmatic and beautifully shot.”

As far as the film is concerned, it’s directed by Ivan Zacharias and is “an intriguing story about the unlikely meeting of two men from different worlds.” There’s no word yet on when the general public will be able to see “The White Russian,” but I’m hoping for some time in the very near future. And I’ll surely be ready with White Russian in hand a la The Dude.

Be sure to follow the #KahluaWhiteRussian hashtag for more details on the film.

UPDATE: Check out the trailer below!

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Smirnoff is continuing to add to their line of low-calorie vodkas thanks to the release of two new, seasonal flavors, Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and Sorbet Light White Peach. Similar to other Sorbet Light flavors, which include Raspberry Pomegranate and Pineapple Coconut, the two newest additions are low on the calories with only 78 calories per 1.5 oz. serving and full on flavor. Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry boasts a flavor reminiscent of ripe strawberries while Sorbet Light White Peach keeps it heavily peachy with the addition of flavors similar to that of “juicy sweet peaches.”

Pinnacle Vodka Launches Pinnacle Amaretto

Famous for their variety of whipped and fruity flavors, Pinnacle Vodka is switching things up a bit with their newest addition, Pinnacle Amaretto. Pinnacle Amaretto is described as a vodka that flaunts “a full-bodied almond flavor with undertones of cherry and a smooth, lingering cocoa finish” and will likely be a welcomed addition to all those fall cocktails.

“Pinnacle Vodka is known for pioneering high quality premium vodka with out-of-this-world flavors,” said Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodka at Beam Suntory, in a statement. “We’re committed to continually providing new, fun flavors that we know our Pinnacle fans will enjoy. Amaretto is no exception.”

Look out for both Pinnacle Amaretto and Smirnoff’s newest Sorbet Light flavors at a liquor store near you this season.

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It’s always an occasion when a new Ciroc flavor is announced and with the announcement that Ciroc Pineapple is the latest addition to the Diageo-owned brand, the internet has been in a mild frenzy. A frenzy that I fully stand behind.

Ciroc Pineapple makes absolute and perfect sense. It’s a perfect companion to their Ciroc Coconut and is an ideal vodka flavor all around. It’s also a far cry from the confusing Ciroc Amaretto (vodka and amaretto?? who?? what??), which I can safely assume hasn’t done all that well since its release nearly one year ago.

Ciroc Pineapple is obviously not on shelves just yet, but I did come up with a drink recipe that I think will make for an amazing, summer cocktail. I’ve dubbed it the Ciroc Colada! Clever, eh? Check it out below.

Ciroc Colada

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Coco Lopez Cream Of Coconut

2 oz. Pineapple Juice

1 oz. Ciroc Coconut

1/2 oz. Ciroc Pineapple

1 Cup Ice

Pineapple Wedge

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients (minus pineapple wedge) to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple wedge.

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In honor of World Martini Day, Belvedere Vodka and Claire Smith, the brand’s Head of Spirit Creation & Mixology, linked up with drink historian/cocktail specialist Anistatia Miller to speak on what they’ve dubbed “the world’s most iconic cocktail.” It only takes one visit to a chain restaurant to see that the martini has morphed into something almost completely different than what it originally was. So, I think it’s pretty cool that Claire and Anistatia dropped a little knowledge for those who may be unfamiliar with the history of the martini. Check out their video below. And if you need a little martini inspiration, I’ve included the recipe to The Classic Belvedere below.

The Classic Belvedere

INGREDIENTS

2 oz/60ml Belvedere Vodka

¼ oz/10ml Lillet Blanc

Twist of pink grapefruit

DIRECTIONS

Combine Belvedere and Lillet in mixing glass and stir over ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit.

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Nearly ever week, my social media feeds are filled with pictures or news about various beer and food tastings. Brew-centered dinners have become immensely popular down here in Atlanta and I’m sure it’s the same in a lot of other major cities. Despite the popularity of beer and food tastings, I can say that I’ve never heard of a beer and candy tasting.

The folks over at Jelly Belly, who recently released the world’s first ever beer-flavored jelly bean, apparently caught wind of this and teamed up with Jackie Dodd of TheBeeroness.com to create a beer and candy tasting menu, which features various Jelly Belly goodies.

Their beer and candy tasting menu pairs candy corn with white ale, Jelly Belly Sour Neon Worms with IPAs, and more. I know what you’re thinking, “This would be a killer idea for my next get-together.” Indeed it would! You can find their full beer and candy tasting menu below.

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