Weekend project! These jelly shots may look fancy, but they could not have been easier.
Manhattan jelly shot : Bitters syrup, Bulleit Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Maraschino cherry French 75 jelly shot : Lemon syrup, Prosecco, Cognac, Orange zest 
* All recipes from the Jelly Test Shot Kitchen book.

Weekend project! These jelly shots may look fancy, but they could not have been easier.

Manhattan jelly shot : Bitters syrup, Bulleit Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Maraschino cherry 
French 75 jelly shot : Lemon syrup, Prosecco, Cognac, Orange zest 

* All recipes from the Jelly Test Shot Kitchen book.


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Jan 30
9:00 am
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THE LUSH LADY IS ONE YEAR OLD!
And what better way to celebrate than at a highly regarded local Atlanta establishment with a kick ass cocktail menu that could compete against any major city - I’m talking about H Harpers Station. Any celebration calls for champagne, so shown here is The Little Prince - Don Diego Blanco, Yellow Chartreuse, Herbsaint and Gruet Rose Sparkling. I also had to celebrate with some bourbon (their staple Bufala Negra cocktail), some tequila (please try the Calexico), and some scotch (the Alchemist). You just can’t go wrong at their bar. The food was equally as divine. 
Photo credit: Lush Lady

THE LUSH LADY IS ONE YEAR OLD!

And what better way to celebrate than at a highly regarded local Atlanta establishment with a kick ass cocktail menu that could compete against any major city - I’m talking about H Harpers Station.
Any celebration calls for champagne, so shown here is The Little Prince - Don Diego Blanco, Yellow Chartreuse, Herbsaint and Gruet Rose Sparkling. I also had to celebrate with some bourbon (their staple Bufala Negra cocktail), some tequila (please try the Calexico), and some scotch (the Alchemist). You just can’t go wrong at their bar. The food was equally as divine. 

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Jan 22
7:09 pm
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We’ve all had cake at office birthday gatherings… but have you ever had Margarita Cake with tequila lime glaze? What a way to spice up a work day! This cake was brought in by the lovely and, apparently very talented baker, Kristin, and was every bit as delicious as it looks. She was kind enough to share the recipe she used from Food.com. I would recommend trying this out next time you need to whip up a moist cake with a punch of flavor.*Tip: Kristin did not have the lemon cake the recipe calls for, so she used white cake and replaced the water with lemon juice. She also used more powdered sugar on top to “balance the tang”.
Photo credit: Lush Lady 

We’ve all had cake at office birthday gatherings… but have you ever had Margarita Cake with tequila lime glaze? What a way to spice up a work day!

This cake was brought in by the lovely and, apparently very talented baker, Kristin, and was every bit as delicious as it looks. She was kind enough to share the recipe she used from Food.com. I would recommend trying this out next time you need to whip up a moist cake with a punch of flavor.

*Tip:
Kristin did not have the lemon cake the recipe calls for, so she used white cake and replaced the water with lemon juice. She also used more powdered sugar on top to “balance the tang”.

Photo credit: Lush Lady 


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Jan 20
11:49 am
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Me and some friends tried out The Chocolate Bar in Decatur, GA on Saturday. The concept is, you guessed it, chocolate desserts and dessert martini’s and cocktails. Shown here is their signature martini, The Chocolate Bar, with vodka, bailey’s irish cream, and 75% tanzanian couverture (hard chocolate coating the base). It was a perfectly made creamy concoction with delicious glassy ice shards floating on the top. Curious, I tasted the other drinks at the table, and they all tasted fairly similar. There’s no adventurous flavors or real risks taken here, but it will indeed satisfy your sweet tooth.We also sampled an assortment of their truffles and an ancho chili chocolate cupcake. Overall, I have to say, I enjoyed their non-chocolate offerings so much more. The curry popcorn was light with just the right amount of flavor, and their ginger lemon martini rocked my socks off. Next time I’m going to try their chocolate wings!
Photo credit: Lush Lady

Me and some friends tried out The Chocolate Bar in Decatur, GA on Saturday. The concept is, you guessed it, chocolate desserts and dessert martini’s and cocktails. Shown here is their signature martini, The Chocolate Bar, with vodka, bailey’s irish cream, and 75% tanzanian couverture (hard chocolate coating the base). It was a perfectly made creamy concoction with delicious glassy ice shards floating on the top. Curious, I tasted the other drinks at the table, and they all tasted fairly similar. There’s no adventurous flavors or real risks taken here, but it will indeed satisfy your sweet tooth.

We also sampled an assortment of their truffles and an ancho chili chocolate cupcake. Overall, I have to say, I enjoyed their non-chocolate offerings so much more. The curry popcorn was light with just the right amount of flavor, and their ginger lemon martini rocked my socks off. Next time I’m going to try their chocolate wings!

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Jan 16
10:00 am
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You can’t go to Mexico without drinking the tequila. This is my first ever tequila bandera. Americans make a mockery of tequila. We throw it back to try to hide the sting and get drunk asap. In Mexico, they sip high quality tequila with meals, savoring the flavors of the agave or mezcal plant. Shown here is the standard bandera. One shot glass tequila (Jose Cuervo Tradicional, now available in the States), one shot glass lime juice, and one shot glass sangrita (mix of tomato and orange juice, sometimes spicy). You sip these alternatively. You would be surprised at how enjoyable tequila can be!
Photo credit: Lush Lady 

You can’t go to Mexico without drinking the tequila. This is my first ever tequila bandera. Americans make a mockery of tequila. We throw it back to try to hide the sting and get drunk asap. In Mexico, they sip high quality tequila with meals, savoring the flavors of the agave or mezcal plant. Shown here is the standard bandera. One shot glass tequila (Jose Cuervo Tradicional, now available in the States), one shot glass lime juice, and one shot glass sangrita (mix of tomato and orange juice, sometimes spicy). You sip these alternatively. You would be surprised at how enjoyable tequila can be!

Photo credit: Lush Lady 


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Jan 6
10:00 am
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The Lush family is building up a tradition of fine Christmas Eve dining. Last Christmas we were living in New York City and enjoyed dinner at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. This year we are living in Atlanta and were blessed with Hugh Acheson’s (now of Top Chef fame) Empire State South prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner. The menu was 6 courses and included a warm winter salad, roasted leg of lamb, broccoli gratin, veal sweetbreads, a wonderful cheese plate, and finished with a croquembouche (French cream puff). BUT, you know I focus on the libations, and they were top notch as well. Shown above are:
+ Hugh’s Egg Nog+ Crimson King: Prunier VSOP, Cognac, Carpano Antica Formula, Drambuie, 2005 Tayor Fladgate Port LBV+ Lucifer’s Lampshade:  Deaths Door Gin, Punt-E-Mas, Cynar, Celery bitters, grapefruit oil
Photo credit: Lush Lady

The Lush family is building up a tradition of fine Christmas Eve dining. Last Christmas we were living in New York City and enjoyed dinner at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. This year we are living in Atlanta and were blessed with Hugh Acheson’s (now of Top Chef fame) Empire State South prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner. The menu was 6 courses and included a warm winter salad, roasted leg of lamb, broccoli gratin, veal sweetbreads, a wonderful cheese plate, and finished with a croquembouche (French cream puff). BUT, you know I focus on the libations, and they were top notch as well. Shown above are:

+ Hugh’s Egg Nog
+ Crimson King: Prunier VSOP, Cognac, Carpano Antica Formula, Drambuie, 2005 Tayor Fladgate Port LBV
+ Lucifer’s Lampshade:  Deaths Door Gin, Punt-E-Mas, Cynar, Celery bitters, grapefruit oil

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Dec 27
9:08 am
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With a bottle of Chambord by my side, it was a very merry Christmas indeed. I am working my way through the recipes on the attached booklet, and this one was magnifique. 
Chambord Cosmopolitan+ 1 oz Vodka+ .5 oz Chambord+ .5 oz Orange Liqueur+ 1.25 oz Cranberry Juice+ .25 oz Fresh Lime JuiceShake with ice and strain into a martini glass. If you want to get really snazzy, garnish with raspberries.
Photo credit: Lush Lady  

With a bottle of Chambord by my side, it was a very merry Christmas indeed. I am working my way through the recipes on the attached booklet, and this one was magnifique. 

Chambord Cosmopolitan
+ 1 oz Vodka
+ .5 oz Chambord
+ .5 oz Orange Liqueur
+ 1.25 oz Cranberry Juice
+ .25 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. If you want to get really snazzy, garnish with raspberries.

Photo credit: Lush Lady  


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Dec 26
3:52 pm
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I got talked into buying the Vodka 3 brand vodka at the liquor store this weekend by a sales rep. It’s vodka distilled from soy. They market it as a healthier choice, as the vodka does not turn into sugars/carbs in your body since it is made from soy and not wheat. I’m not sure how much truth there is to the claim, but it is a nice and smooth vodka at the $20 price point. 
Photo credit: Lush Lady

I got talked into buying the Vodka 3 brand vodka at the liquor store this weekend by a sales rep. It’s vodka distilled from soy. They market it as a healthier choice, as the vodka does not turn into sugars/carbs in your body since it is made from soy and not wheat. I’m not sure how much truth there is to the claim, but it is a nice and smooth vodka at the $20 price point. 

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Dec 20
9:00 am
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I give you the Champs-Ilysee cocktail at Balthazar: Hennessy, Chartreuse, lemon and bitters.
Photo credit: Lush Lady

I give you the Champs-Ilysee cocktail at Balthazar: Hennessy, Chartreuse, lemon and bitters.

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Dec 15
9:00 am
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