Usually when your neighbors go on vacation, you water their plants, and take in their mail, and in return you receive a shiny new mass produced souvenir from the airport that they’ve grabbed in a frenzy before departing. A magnet of an alligator that says “Stay Cool!”, a snow globe with a palm tree, or if you’re lucky, a not-too-obnoxious coffee mug. Not if you’re me! The Lush Lady and Lush Husband just received a beautiful goody bag containing all the makings of a Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, including Cachaça(Brazilian rum), organic sugar and limes. Thank you Melody and Greg for being such amazing neighbors!
Caipirinha+ 1/2 lime, quartered + 2 tsp sugar+ 2 ozCachaça Directions:  Muddle limes and sugar in an old-fashioned glass. Fill with crushed ice and add Cachaça.

Usually when your neighbors go on vacation, you water their plants, and take in their mail, and in return you receive a shiny new mass produced souvenir from the airport that they’ve grabbed in a frenzy before departing. A magnet of an alligator that says “Stay Cool!”, a snow globe with a palm tree, or if you’re lucky, a not-too-obnoxious coffee mug. Not if you’re me! The Lush Lady and Lush Husband just received a beautiful goody bag containing all the makings of a Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, including Cachaça(Brazilian rum), organic sugar and limes. Thank you Melody and Greg for being such amazing neighbors!

Caipirinha
+ 1/2 lime, quartered 
+ 2 tsp sugar
+ 2 ozCachaça 
Directions:  Muddle limes and sugar in an old-fashioned glass. Fill with crushed ice and add Cachaça.


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Aug 3
6:53 pm
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From Winnie the Pooh, to The Cure, to cocktails - a good mom is supportive, no matter what you’re into. Thanks for the birthday bottles, Mom!

From Winnie the Pooh, to The Cure, to cocktails - a good mom is supportive, no matter what you’re into. Thanks for the birthday bottles, Mom!




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Jul 19
6:50 pm
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There’s a Twin Peaks themed bar in Atlanta! The Bookhouse Pub, named after the evil fighting secret society on the series, the Bookhouse Boys, is a spot-on recreation of David Lynch’s moody Twin Peaks. With its 1970’s dark tavern atmosphere intermingled with Dr. Jacoby’s tiki island flair, it feels as you’re walking onto the set as you enter the door, leaving the Poncey Highlands of Atlanta behind. If I wouldn’t have been in the midst of rewatching the show on Netflix, I might not have put it together… at least not until I saw the menu with cocktails like the Laura Palmer, Audrey Horne, and Log Lady. I worked my way through most of the cocktail list, discovering the highlights were the Wow Bob Wow, a spicy jalapeno margarita, and the Log Lady, an herbal infused vodka you can have with cran or grapefruit (go with grapefruit). The beer snobs (and I say that with love!) accompanying me were satisfied as well. The only thing that was missing from the experience was the theme song playing on loop.

There’s a Twin Peaks themed bar in Atlanta!

The Bookhouse Pub, named after the evil fighting secret society on the series, the Bookhouse Boys, is a spot-on recreation of David Lynch’s moody Twin Peaks. With its 1970’s dark tavern atmosphere intermingled with Dr. Jacoby’s tiki island flair, it feels as you’re walking onto the set as you enter the door, leaving the Poncey Highlands of Atlanta behind. If I wouldn’t have been in the midst of rewatching the show on Netflix, I might not have put it together… at least not until I saw the menu with cocktails like the Laura Palmer, Audrey Horne, and Log Lady. I worked my way through most of the cocktail list, discovering the highlights were the Wow Bob Wow, a spicy jalapeno margarita, and the Log Lady, an herbal infused vodka you can have with cran or grapefruit (go with grapefruit). The beer snobs (and I say that with love!) accompanying me were satisfied as well. The only thing that was missing from the experience was the theme song playing on loop.


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Jul 16
6:55 pm
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Happy birthday to me! What better way to celebrate than with tiny alcoholic jello cupcakes? I found this recipe (and many more I’d like to try) for Birthday Cake Jello Shots on the blog Erica’s Sweet Tooth. Cake vodka, cream soda, cran and heavy cream gelled together into an adorable cupcake shape and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles - they’re any girls dream! (Note: The boys in my life were pretty fond of them too).

Birthday Cake Jello Shots (from the blog Erica’s Sweet Tooth)Recipe adapted from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

+ 2/3 cup cream soda

+ 2/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail
+ 1 tbsp heavy cream
+ 2 envelopes plain gelatin*
+ 2/3 cup cake-flavored vodka
+ Few drops food coloring, if desired
+ Whipped cream - fresh or store-bought
+ Sprinkles for garnish

- Lightly spray the mold with non-stick spray and wipe excess off with a paper towel. Don’t overdo it or the residue will affect the taste of the jello.
- Pour the soda, juice, and cream into a medium saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the gelatin to soak for 2-3 minutes, then begin to heat on low, stirring constantly until gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).
- Remove saucepan from heat and add vodka and food coloring.
- Pour into molds and chill for several hours, or until set.
- Remove from mold, top with whipped cream, and enjoy responsibly!

*The original recipe suggests 2-3 envelopes, depending on how long your jello shots will be left out (more gelatin for more time). I opted for 3 because we were traveling an hour to get to the party, but I found them to be a little too firm , so I suggest you stick with 2 and plan accordingly for the best results!

Recipe yields 30 small jello shots using this mold

Happy birthday to me! What better way to celebrate than with tiny alcoholic jello cupcakes? I found this recipe (and many more I’d like to try) for Birthday Cake Jello Shots on the blog Erica’s Sweet Tooth. Cake vodka, cream soda, cran and heavy cream gelled together into an adorable cupcake shape and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles - they’re any girls dream! (Note: The boys in my life were pretty fond of them too).


Birthday Cake Jello Shots (from the blog Erica’s Sweet Tooth)
Recipe adapted from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

+ 2/3 cup cream soda
+ 2/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail
+ 1 tbsp heavy cream
+ 2 envelopes plain gelatin*
+ 2/3 cup cake-flavored vodka
+ Few drops food coloring, if desired
+ Whipped cream - fresh or store-bought
+ Sprinkles for garnish

- Lightly spray the mold with non-stick spray and wipe excess off with a paper towel. Don’t overdo it or the residue will affect the taste of the jello.
- Pour the soda, juice, and cream into a medium saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the gelatin to soak for 2-3 minutes, then begin to heat on low, stirring constantly until gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).
- Remove saucepan from heat and add vodka and food coloring.
- Pour into molds and chill for several hours, or until set.
- Remove from mold, top with whipped cream, and enjoy responsibly!
*The original recipe suggests 2-3 envelopes, depending on how long your jello shots will be left out (more gelatin for more time). I opted for 3 because we were traveling an hour to get to the party, but I found them to be a little too firm , so I suggest you stick with 2 and plan accordingly for the best results!

Recipe yields 30 small jello shots using this mold

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Jul 11
8:45 am
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Octane Coffee in Grant Park serves up better cocktails than most bars.
Peruvian Pine cocktail : Grapefruit bitters, Pisco, Zirbenz Pine, Cocchi Americano

Octane Coffee in Grant Park serves up better cocktails than most bars.

Peruvian Pine cocktail : Grapefruit bitters, Pisco, Zirbenz Pine, Cocchi Americano


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Jul 9
8:00 pm
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It’s-a-spicy-Friday! 
Here’s a little back story on this drink. A Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail made with a liquor from fermented sugarcane juice called cachaça, lime and sugar. In the States we use vodka and call it a Caipiroska. I’m lucky I can escape to Brazil just down the street at Ziba’s Wine Bar.
Pepper Pear Caipiroska : vodka, habanero pepper, soda, limes

It’s-a-spicy-Friday! 

Here’s a little back story on this drink. A Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail made with a liquor from fermented sugarcane juice called cachaça, lime and sugar. In the States we use vodka and call it a Caipiroska. I’m lucky I can escape to Brazil just down the street at Ziba’s Wine Bar.

Pepper Pear Caipiroska : vodka, habanero pepper, soda, limes


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Jul 6
7:49 pm
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There’s a beluga in my beer!I hope everyone had a fun, safe and boozy Fourth. I know I did. I went to Red, White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium, thanks to thebeerbelly and Beer Connoisseur magazine. I sampled beers, cider and craft beer ice cream, all amongst the company of whale sharks, manta rays and, my favorite, the beluga whales. It all ended up with the perfect view of the downtown Atlanta fireworks from the Aquarium’s rooftop. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

There’s a beluga in my beer!
I hope everyone had a fun, safe and boozy Fourth. I know I did. I went to Red, White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium, thanks to thebeerbelly and Beer Connoisseur magazine. I sampled beers, cider and craft beer ice cream, all amongst the company of whale sharks, manta rays and, my favorite, the beluga whales. It all ended up with the perfect view of the downtown Atlanta fireworks from the Aquarium’s rooftop. I can’t wait to do it again next year!


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Jul 5
7:22 pm
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Me and the hubs went to one of my favorite restaurant/bars, the Iberian Pig (Atlanta). Noticing the cocktail menu didn’t offer ups any tequila libations, we asked the bartender if he had any off-menu ideas. He whipped out a little black notebook and mixed up this beauty borrowed from the Tabard Inn in Washington, DC. The moral of the story? Sit at the bar!
Tabard cocktail : Milagro Reposado Tequila, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, Drambuie, Orange Boat, Fresh Thyme

Me and the hubs went to one of my favorite restaurant/bars, the Iberian Pig (Atlanta). Noticing the cocktail menu didn’t offer ups any tequila libations, we asked the bartender if he had any off-menu ideas. He whipped out a little black notebook and mixed up this beauty borrowed from the Tabard Inn in Washington, DC. The moral of the story? Sit at the bar!

Tabard cocktail : Milagro Reposado Tequila, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, Drambuie, Orange Boat, Fresh Thyme


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Jun 27
11:51 am
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I visited the Terrapin Brewery in Athens, GA this weekend and had a blast. Beer can’t be sold legally at a brewery, so they sell you a glass for $10 with tickets that you use for pours. It’s a dang good deal! I tried Side Project, Hopsecutioner, Golden Ale, Monk’s Revenge, and ended with the Easy Rider. I’d say the favorite amongst my peeps was the Monk’s Revenge - at 9.8% ABV it is a combination of a Belgian Style Tripel and a new age American Double IPA. Holy Turtle, it hit the spot.


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Jun 25
11:53 am
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