What You Sippin’ On?! – February 2020 Sips

Pretty Fly For A Mai Tai

For those of you who’ve followed Lushworthy since it launched nearly 10 years ago, you may have noticed a dramatic lack of content. Long story short, my past blog posts are in a sort of internet hosting limbo. While the idea of losing nearly a decade’s worth of content is rough, I was planning on revamping the site to make it more personal, but still boozy, so I’m not too bothered.

With that being said, I’d like to introduce “What You Sippin’ On?!”, a new series that will focus on the beer, wine, cocktails and spirits I’ve just discovered, and can personally vouch for. For February’s edition, all of the cocktails can be found at Atlanta bars and restaurants. And I’ll definitely try and highlight a few spots outside of Georgia whenever I can.

The Hilton (Cocktail) – It may be the middle of February, but The Hilton at Old Fourth Ward’s Rina is giving out heavy, beach vibes. I love a good pina colada, not the cringeworthy, pre-made ones that come out of bulky machines, so the combination of Plantation Rum, coconut, pineapple, lime and anessette The Hilton was serving gave me Lushworthy life.

Cream Weaver (Beer) – I’ve been waiting to try Three Taverns’ Cream Weaver for a minute now. And it’s just as good as I hoped! This is precisely the beer you recommend for that friend who “hates beer.” They’ll love it, trust me. My knowledge of beer is still a little meh, so here’s a description of Cream Weaver from the Three Taverns Brewery website: “A tangerine, vanilla and lactose sour ale creating a tart liquid expression of the classic orange creamsicle.” So much yum.

Big Tune (Cocktail) – I’ve been in and out of restaurants so much this month, that I’ve discovered not one, but two restaurants serving up twists on the Old Fashioned. First up is the Big Tune, which can be found at the newly-opened Rock Steady. Keeping to the restaurant’s Afro-Caribbean roots, the Big Tune is made using Havana Club Anejo, Jamaican coffee liqueur and orange bitters. The aged rum paired with the coffee liqueur flaunts a welcome richness, while the orange bitters keep this cocktail from being a little too moody.

Hand holding a cocktail in front of Japanese-inspired decor.
I Got 5 On It

I Got 5 On It (Cocktail) – Just off the Atlanta BeltLine you’ll find another tasty spin on the Old Fashioned. At Hawkers Asian Street Fare, the restaurant offers the I Got 5 On It, a Japanese whisky-based cocktail with lots of flair. In addition to Suntory whisky, there’s Angostura and orange bitters, Five-Spice simple syrup, cherry garnish and an orange twist. While I loved the I Got 5 On It cocktail, I have to give honorable mention to the shrimp curry (Po Po Lo’s Curry) and Pretty Fly For A Mai Tai cocktail. And if you order the Po Po Lo’s Curry, I recommend that you get it extra spicy. It is curry after all!

Antigal Uno Malbec (Wine) – Don’t you just love a great food and wine pairing? I was recently invited to a Galentine’s Dinner at The Shed at Glenwood, and throughout the tasting I switched between a specialty cocktail and Uno Malbec. The cocktail was legit, it was a pink lemonade-inspired marg, but the Uno Malbec paired so well with the dishes we sampled, which ranged from charcuterie to steak. The wine was so rich and buttery, and really elevated each dish.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company Heads To Atlanta For A Week’s Worth Of Boozy Events

There’s a new brew in town and it hails from central Virginia. 

To help introduce the good people of Atlanta to the Virginia-based Devils Backbone Brewing Company, the brand is bringing their Devils Backbone Thru Hike series of events to the city this week. Taking place from April 21 to April 27, the week’s events range from a beer dinner to a Pours & S’mores event on Friday (!!!). I’ll list a full schedule of events at the end of this post, but first I feel obliged to tell you guys about the boozy good time I had last weekend during Devils Backbone’s Craft Beer Hike.

After meeting up with fellow media, we were equipped with Devils Backbone fannypacks (yes, you should be jealous) and some snacks, and soon began our journey. We sipped on Cran-Gose (a.k.a my new favorite “brunch beer”) and other DB brews as we traveled to the Tumbling Waters Trail in Ellijay, Georgia via party bus. Given the monstrously mediocre weather we’ve been having here in Atlanta, we lucked out on a really amazing day for our hike. The sun was glistening and it wasn’t too hot.

The hike was super scenic, especially with the waterfall, but after about an hour and 182 photos later, it was clear that we came, we saw, and we conquered. We then boarded our brew-filled party bus and headed to Freight Kitchen & Tap for some Southern-style grub. ‘Twas a good day.