Drink Recipes: The Peach Perfect SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Cocktails Featured At Cocktails With Belle – LUSHWORTHY

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to check out my first ever Cocktails With Belle meetup. The event series was created well before author and Cocktails With Belle creator Demetria Lucas rose to reality show fame with Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels,” and serves as an opportunity for Demetria to mix and mingle, and of course enjoy some sips with fans. Fortunately, for those in attendance at the Atlanta Cocktails With Belle shindig at Bar One, the event was sponsored by SKYY Vodka’s latest addition, SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach, which was used to create a trio of cocktails for attendees to sample. I had the opportunity to sample two out of three of the cocktails available and I have to say that they’re quite ideal for spring/summer and extremely easy to make.

I’ve included drink recipes to all of the cocktails featured at Cocktails With Belle as well as a brief review of the cocktails I was able to sample. Cheers!

Georgia Peach Pre-Tea – It’s no secret that those of us in the South love our sweet tea. Combine our beverage of choice with the iconic Georgia peach and you’ve got yourself a cocktail that’s as flavorful as it is simple. This was my personal favorite from Cocktails With Belle. I’m not the biggest peach fan, so the combination of sweet tea and fresh lemon dulled the peachiness and created a very refreshing cocktail.

INGREDIENTS

2 oz SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach 3 oz Iced Tea

Squeeze of fresh Lemon

Drink Recipe: Captain Morgan & Hugh Acheson Set The Stage For A #MintMutiny This Weekend – LUSHWORTHY

If you’re a lover of booze then there’s a good chance that you’re all for sipping on a classic cocktail. I love a great classic cocktail too, but every now and then it’s nice to switch things up a bit and revamp a classic. And Hugh Acheson of Empire State South (ATL represent!) has done just that with his “Mint Mutiny” cocktail. The “Mint Mutiny” was created just in time for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby and as you’ve probably guessed, it serves as a remix to the classic “Mint Julep.”

The folks over at Captain Morgan, which serves as the primary ingredient in the “Mint Mutiny” sent over a kit for making Acheson’s cocktail and also invited me to take part in their #MintMutiny Twitter competition. Basically, whichever blogger receives the most #MintMutiny retweets will receive a trip to either the Belmont Stakes or Preakness Stakes.

You can find both the “Mint Mutiny” recipe and one of my #MintMutiny tweets below (for easy retweeting).

Drink Recipe: @CaptainMorganUS & @HughAcheson (of @ESSouth) Set The Stage For A #MintMutiny http://t.co/QH98wK0B2y #KentuckyDerby

— Lushworthy (@Lushworthy) May 2, 2014

Mint Mutiny

INGREDIENTS

Crushed ice

1 Teaspoon fresh mint, torn into pieces

1½ Ounces Captain Morgan White Rum

½ Ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ Ounce Rose Water-infused Simple Syrup

Club Soda

Fresh mint, muddled

1 Cucumber spear

DIRECTIONS

Fill a julep glass with crushed ice. Add the Captain Morgan White Rum, lemon juice, Rose Simple Syrup, and then fill with club soda until the glass is almost full.  Top the glass with a mound of more crushed ice and garnish with a cucumber spear and mint sprig.

I’m definitely excited about taking part in yet another Kentucky Derby-themed blogger contest and would love it if you guys could help me out with some retweets!

Photo By Couper Cox

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Craft Beer To Hit The High Seas Thanks To Crystal Cruises’ New Microbrew Cruise – LUSHWORTHY

It’s no secret that the craft beer market has exploded over the past years. Even cruise lines, yes cruise lines, are getting in on this latest booze trend. Crystal Cruises, who previously featured a beer connoisseur menu on select cruises, has just announced their new craft beer theme for the Crystal Fall Culinary Cruise.

The brew-centric luxury cruise will consist of expert presentations, cooking and cocktail classes, tasting sessions, and dinners. In addition to on board experiences, guests will also have the opportunity to visit breweries on the mainland. Also pretty cool is the fact that this particular cruise will take you to a variety of ports including ones in Baltimore, Maryland, Charleston, South Carolina, Turks & Caicos, and Aruba.

Oh, and here’s one more “pretty cool” mention, the cruise will include appearances from brew connoisseurs Stephen Beaumont, Jon Ashton, and Anthony Caporale, who will help lead the various classes and demonstrations.

“We’ve recently seen the growing interest in microbrews, from crafting to drinking, reflected in our own guests’ palates, leading us to add international specialty beers to our Connoisseur beverage menu in 2013,” says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food and beverage operations and hotel procurement.  “A microbrew theme in 2014 is a natural extension of that interest, utilizing the programming format of our successful ‘Wine & Food’-cruises to expand travelers’ palates and minds in new ways that can last well beyond their cruise.”

Cruise fares, which are all-inclusive, start at $3,700.

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A Lushworthy Guide To The CounterPoint Festival: From The Heineken House To Camping BYOB – LUSHWORTHY

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.

Brew 101 – If you need to take a break from A-Trak, Matt & Kim, J. Cole and the dozens of other CounterPoint acts then you can always stop by The Point Draught House to learn a thing or two from their on-site brewery reps. They’ll be smack dab in the middle of the Kingston Downs concert area and will have plenty of brews available.

Free H20 – If you plan on getting your drink on at CounterPoint then please be sure to keep yourself hydrated. Free water will be available throughout the festival site and you can even bring a plastic container or two for water.

Stay Safe – You really don’t want to be the person who can’t recall how epic OutKast’s performance on Sunday was because you were completely wasted. Play it smart, folks. Be safe and enjoy!

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From Brats To Bacon Bites, Check Out These Booze-Infused Recipes From Captain Morgan & Crown Royal – LUSHWORTHY

I’m not gonna lie, the idea of cooking with booze scares me a little bit. You can’t tell me that the explosion of fire that results from flambeing a dish isn’t a little on the intimidating side. Thankfully though, not every booze-infused dish comes with the risk of singeing off one’s eyebrows. The folks at Crown Royal and Captain Morgan have come up with a handful of dishes that are made using either whiskey or rum and are perfect for this weekend’s Labor Day festivities.

Check out their recipes for BBQ Chicken Bacon Bites made with a rum-infused spicy sweet BBQ sauce and Brats With [Crown Royal] Maple-ized Onions.

BBQ Chicken Bacon Bites (Pictured Above)

(Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Georgia Johnson, The Comfort of Cooking)

INGREDIENTS

Nonstick cooking spray 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes 8 oz. (half pound) bacon, cut into thirds 1/2 cup Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce (recipe below)

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SweetWater’s New Deal With Delta Is The Most Lushworthy Airline News You’ll Hear This Year – LUSHWORTHY

“Exciting” and “airline news” are two words you hardly ever see together these days. But with the announcement that Delta Air Lines will now begin serving SweetWater’s 420 Extra Pale Ale on flights between Atlanta and New York City, we now have some airline news to actually be excited about.

So, the next time you end up sitting directly in front of the most turnt up toddler in aviation history on your next flight or are about to embark on your third connecting flight in one day, just know that an ice cold can of 420 Extra Pale Ale awaits you in the friendly skies.

“Delta is a world-class organization, as well as a local neighbor, so we couldn’t be more excited about this alliance and the opportunity for SweetWater to be featured onboard,” said SweetWater Founder and Big Kahuna Freddy Bench. “Our new cans eliminate the glass restrictions that previously held us back from offering our beer in great spots like airplanes, stadiums, beaches and more. This is an exciting time for craft beer and I’m personally looking forward to enjoy a few 420s on my next trip to The Big Apple!”

SweetWater ranks among the craft beer elite here in Atlanta, so it’s pretty cool seeing a home team make such a major move. And if you happen to be traveling from New York City to Atlanta, I’d highly suggest checking out the SweetWater brewery. I had the opportunity to check it out a few weeks ago and I’m already plotting which brewery I want to visit next. Good times, great beer, and it’s also pretty informative.

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The Cocktail Menu At Miami’s Lord Balfour Gets The Royal Treatment With These Tea-Infused Cocktails – LUSHWORTHY

Over the past few years, cultural fusions have become quite prominent when it concerns the food and drink world. Some fusions work amazingly well together. Take Atlanta restaurant Poor Calvin’s for example, which boasts a food and drink menu that combines Southern flair with far East sophistication. And when it comes to food and drink fusions, I’m sure the city of Miami reigns supreme. Among the Miami establishments serving up a unique mixture of two varying cultures, and in liquid form on top of that, is the Lord Balfour hotel.

Located on vibrant Miami Beach, Lord Balfour has just introduced a tea-infused signature cocktail list that pairs British staples with a little Latin flair. See, I told you they were serving up some very unique and of course Lushworthy combinations.

In the mood for a rum infused with green tea? Then their “Piccadilly Circus,” which combines green tea-infused rum with lime juice, mint, and ginger beer, should make for a welcoming addition to tea time. And if you prefer your cocktails sans the Brit’s beverage of choice then the Lord Balfour’s new menu offers a handful of cocktails that don’t include tea, but are still heavy on the Latin-British fusion.

You can find a sampling of Lord Balfour’s signature cocktails below. All of the cocktails listed are $12 and are two-for-one during Happy Hour (Monday – Friday, 5 – 7 PM).

 LORD BALFOUR COLLINS

Gin blended with Black Tea reduction, lemon juice and soda water.

TEA TIME
Gin shaken with chamomile honey, fresh pressed citrus, egg white (pasteurized), and spiked with Falernum bitters.

PICCADILLY CIRCUS
Rum infused with canton green tea, lime juice, mint and charged with ginger beer.

TOWER OF LONDON
Aged rum mixed with a coconut reduction, tropical juice, splash of lime and dusted with nutmeg.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Cachaça shaken with passion fruit, lime juice, sugar, angostura bitters and topped with ginger foam.

CHURCHILL
Apple infused Bourbon stirred with ginger syrup and finished with orange and aromatic bitters.

KING’S RANSOM
Vodka mixed with Aperol, herbal syrup, lemon juice, grapefruit and topped with Prosecco.

DOWNING STREET

Tequila Reposado, Aperol, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino and grapefruit twist.

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Davio’s Atlanta Introduces New Sparkling Champagne Floats – LUSHWORTHY

From carefully curated wine dinners to homemade, boozy Italian ices, those at Davio’s Atlanta sure know a thing or two about keeping things Lushworthy. And starting this June, Davio’s will introduce a new, boozy item to their menu, sparkling champagne floats. There will be three floats total (lemon, mango, and blueberry) and they’ll each be available for purchase for only $6. They’re all made using Prosecco and sorbet, but you can find the exact ingredients for each sparkling champagne float below. (Floats will be available until August)

Lemon Sorbetti 

Prosecco, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Cane Sugar, and Lemon Sorbet. Garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel.

Mango Sorbetti 

Prosecco, Absolut Mandarin Vodka, and Mango Sorbet. Garnish with dehydrated orange wheel.

Blueberry Sorbetti

Prosecco, Absolut Citron Vodka, Blueberry Syrup, and Blueberry Sorbet. Garnish with dehydrated lemon wheel.

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Drink Recipes: Spring Into The Season With Cocktails From D’USSE, Knob Creek, Cruzan Rum & More – LUSHWORTHY

As tempting as it may be, I think we can officially leave the spiked apple ciders, rum-heavy egg nogs and other cold-weather drinks behind and replace those boozy beverages with one of a number of Spring cocktails. Quite a few liquor brands, including D’USSE and Knob Creek, are taking full advantage of those seasonal fruits and other ingredients that are now available and have crafted cocktails that are ideal for the warmer months ahead. Oh, and since the start of Spring also unofficially marks the start of travel season (yesss!) I’ve included a special drink recipe from the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Cheers!

Basil Hayden’s Bluegrass Punch (Created by Debbi Peek; Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

4 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon 8 parts Blueberry Juice 8 parts Passion Fruit Juice Sparkling Wine or Club Soda

Fresh Mint Leaves

Lushworthy Pics: Grey Goose Le Melon & UrbanDaddy Celebrate The “Fruit Of Kings” In Atlanta – LUSHWORTHY

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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