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Cocktail Class: Preserved Pimm’s Punch – VIDEO

preserved-pimms-punch-cocktail-how-to-videoThis Preserved Pimm’s Punch video made by Graham Case, mixologist of Blackberry Farm, caught my attention when researching the locale of Kelly Clarkson’s recent wedding. The Tennessee farm is at the top of my list of places in the South that I have yet to travel to, but plan on making my way there soonest.

The punch cocktail looks delicious, and the addition of Champagne at the end punches up the celebratory factor. I love that Case also explains the preservation process to get a summer favorite transitioned into fall.

Want to do more with your Pimm’s?

Try these Pimm’s recipes from ViewLondon.UK

Traditional Pimm’s No.1
Take one slice of orange, lemon, apple, cucumber per person and one sprig of mint and add to two parts lemonade to one part Pimm’s.

Turbo Pimm’s No.1
As above but five parts lemonade, two parts Pimm’s, one part gin.

English Passion Pimm’s No. 6
Take a shaker 2/3 full of ice and add 50 ml of Pimm’s No.6, 25 ml of Zubrowka vodka, flesh and juice of a passion fruit and a dash of sugar syrup. Shake well and strain into a tumbler full of ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and two short straws.

Maximum Voltage Pimm’s No.6
Take a shaker 2/3 full of ice, 50 ml of Pimms No.6, 25 ml of  Zubrowka vodka (it offers an herbal taste) and 25 ml of Cointreau. Shake well and strain into a highball full of ice. Fill with soda water and garnish with mint. If mixing your own Pimm’s sounds too much like hard work, head to one of the many pubs and bars in London which serve up Pimm’s with a healthy dose of fruit, ice and garnished with a sprig of mint.


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Splashy New Tropical Spring Cocktails at RA Sushi

On the first day of spring, Atlantans were choking on 9,368 particles of pollen (per cubic meter of air), which is a new record, reports 11 Alive.

Some people might prefer to waste their time washing their cars, momentarily freeing their vehicles from this yellow dusting. But the smart ones among us, and I suspect you are a part of this select group, will head indoors and cleanse our throats from Mother Nature’s dander with cocktails. Special spring cocktails at RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant (located in the 1010 Midtown building at 1080 Peachtree Street) to be exact.

Take an island vacation with just one swig of these fine $8 concoctions, from my fave, the Pineapple Express (a jaunt down to a some remote island with Hawaiian-based Kai Young Coconut Shochu, St. Germain and pineapple juice) to the Bikini Martini, which flirts with your beach-loving soul by combining vanilla vodka, blue Curacao, pineapple juice and more of that lovely coconut shochu. Hurry, though. They’re only available at RA until April 30 (but we got the inside scoop on recipes so you can try these fab libations out at home, too). Pair them with some of Atlanta’s best and most fun sushi from RA, and your itchy throat and eyes will be a distant memory while you hold up your getaway-in-a-glass and cry out, “Spring has sprung!”

Pineapple Express and Bikini Martini at RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Atlanta

Pineapple Express 
1.25 oz. Kai Young Coconut Shochu
.25 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
3 oz. pineapple juice
.25 oz. lemon juice (2 lemons)
Splash of Prosecco
2 Pineapple wedges
Slice of lime

Muddle pineapple with St. Germain in mixing tin. Add everything except soda, shake and strain into ice filled glass, top with Prosecco soda, garnish with a slice of pineapple and lime.

Bikini Martini
.75 oz. Kai Young Coconut Shochu
.75 oz. vanilla vodka
1.5 oz. pineapple juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
.25 oz. blue Curacao
Splash of lemon-lime soda
Pineapple wedge for garnish

Pour all ingredients into mixing tin with ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and dash of blue Curacao.

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SIP // Rosy Ripper Cocktail

Always on the hunt for a new cocktail, I just discovered this delicious gem:


1 can Cascal Ripe Rouge
Courvoisier Rose
Orange juice


Mix gently in glass over ice one part Courvoisier Rose, two parts orange juice, and one part Cascal Ripe Rouge. Garnish with raspberries.

Tried it? Let me know what you think in the comments, or share your favorite cocktail recipes.

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@DBAbarbecue Presents Harvest Moon Dinner Thurs., Oct. 27

This Thursday, Oct. 27, D.B.A. Barbecue and Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moonshine is partnering for a Harvest Moonshine Dinner. The special $30 three-course meal takes place at 7 p.m. on DBA’s heated patio and will feature pairings of Junior Johnson Moonshine for just $30 plus tax and gratuity. The evening begins with passed snacks from D.B.A.’s brand new dinner menu, such as Cajun spiced fried shrimp, pork sliders with tangy BBQ sauce and slaw boiled peanuts, along with Junior Johnson Cherry Moonshine. The seated dinner menu highlights the best of fall’s harvest for faithful Southern foodies, including smoked pork belly with a maple bourbon glaze over Parmesan cheese grits and smoked beef short rib over horseradish mashed potatoes With caramelized Brussels sprouts. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy tunes off of Neil Young’s classic album, Harvest Moon.

For more information or to make a reservation, call D.B.A. Barbecue at 404.249.5000. D.B.A. is located at 1190 N. Highland Avenue NE Suite B Atlanta, Georgia 30306. Visit D.B.A. Barbecue online at

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Southern Art Opens Today

Buttermilk fried chicken at Southern Art / Photo by Sara Hanna

Southern Art opens in Atlanta’s InterContinental Hotel today. The urban eatery combines Southern comfort with upscale, modern elements, such as a handsomely appointed bourbon bar, large painted canvases hanging from the ceiling and, of course, a famous chef leading the charge. Chef Art Smith is at the helm; you might know him as Oprah’s chef, as the executive chef and co-owner of Table fifty-two and Art and Soul restaurants, as a contestant on Top Chef Masters or as a guest judge on Top Chef. Or perhaps as the author of his cookbook, Back to the Family. He’s also founder of Common Threads, a non-profit organization that teaches children about diversity and tolerance through the world’s great cultures. I could go on about his awards, too, but suffice it to say he’s definitely a rising rock star in the culinary world.

Chef Art Smith

A native of Jasper, Fla. (just below Valdosta, so we’ll count that as the South), Chef Smith brings his delicious Southern roots to a boil in his rich menu packed with family favorites, such as his mother Addie Mae’s chicken and dumpling soup, a hearty meal with tender chunks of chicken and silky soft pappardelle noodles; buttermilk fried chicken from Springer Mountain paired with creamed butter ball potatoes, Brussels sprout leaves and cracked pepper gravy; deviled eggs; angel biscuits; North Carolina catfish; sweet potato casserole; and, of course, the full lineup of rich desserts like red velvet cake, mockingbird cake, buttermilk chocolate cake and banana pudding.

Smith isn’t the only star at this tasty lineup. If you’ve ever been to Charleston (and what serious foodie hasn’t?), you’ve certainly dined at High Cotton and tasted the splendid dishes of Chef Anthony Gray. At Southern Art, Executive Chef Gray oversees every detail, from the careful, slow stirring of the black rice for the Carolina black rice risotto to the selection of all the exquisite hams from all over the South. Chef Gray is practically giddy over the artisan ham bar. He can identify each and every shaving of delicate pink meat and rattle off how it was prepared and the goings-on of the farm from which it came. I’m not even a ham eater, but his descriptions made it irresistible. What I ate melted in my mouth like smooth, lightly salted butter. I added another piece to my biscuit, and it was pure Southern heaven. Y’all better go.

Southern Art
3315 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, Ga. 30326

p. 404.946.9070
f. 404.946.9020

Parking: Complimentary valet

6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday Brunch:
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Bourbon Bar:
12 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily

Artisan Ham Bar:
3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday
3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

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Pretty in Pink Party Tonight

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dragonfly the Salon is hosting Pretty in Pink, a cocktail-infused soiree benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, tonight, Wednesday, October 12th from 7 to 9 p.m. In addition to a fun raffle and complimentary Sinless Cosmos, Russian Standard Vodka drinks and more, Candy Cake Company will be on hand with its delicious pink cake pops. After a mini-massage courtesy of Spa Sentio, get an early start on holiday shopping with Limon Verde, Lisa Jill Jewelry and Pieces of Me, who are all donating a portion of proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Guests are also invited to show their support by having Dragonfly’s talented stylists put pink feathers in their hair starting at just $10 with all proceeds going to the beneficiary.  RSVP to Caren West PR at  

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An Apple a Day Fall Feast at The Family Dog

The Family Dog

The Family Dog and Chef Ron Eyester (aka The Angry Chef) are offering a scrumptious-sounding fall-inspired beer dinner entitled “An Apple a Day…” on Monday, Oct. 17.
The dinner offers a six-course twist on a favorite fall fruit, apples. Featuring locally grown and freshly harvested apples, dishes include smoked apple bisque, apple-stuffed Berkshire pork loin and more. Each course is expertly paired with a Southeastern brew selected and profiled by The Family Dog’s Jason Chenette.

“An Apple a Day…” Menu & Beer Pairings

Tempura Apple Chips
Celery-Caper Relish, Local Radish & Goat Cheese Fondue
French Broad Gateway Kolsch – Asheville, NC

Apple “Tartare”
Benton’s Country Ham, Green Onion & Micro Parsley Salad
SweetWater GA Brown Ale – Atlanta, GA

Smoked Apple Bisque
Peekytoe Crab, Mustard Oil & Crispy Wontons
Jailhouse Brewing Conjugal Visit Red Ale – Hampton, GA

Seared George’s Bank Scallops
Saffron Apple Puree & Pickled Apple Relish
Wild Heaven Invocation Ale – Decatur, GA

Apple-Stuffed Berkshire Pork Loin
Balsamic Braised Cippolini Onions & Sage Caramel
Jailhouse Brewing Breakout Stout – Hampton, GA

High Road Craft “Drunken Dutchman” Ice Cream
Blend of Roasted Apples, Toffee, Lager Caramel & Dutch Topping
Terrapin Pumpkinfest – Athens, GA

COST: The dinner with beer pairings costs $38 per person, excluding tax & gratuity.
RSVP: Reservations are required; RSVP to Jason Chenette,
PLEASE NOTE: The Family Dog will be closed to the public for this exclusive event. Despite the friendly moniker, The Family Dog isn’t an ideal family spot, unless your children are of drinking age.
WHERE: 1402 N. Highland Ave., Suite 8, Atlanta, GA 30306
PARKING: Free lot or street
MORE INFO: 404-249-0180 or

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Fall Cocktail: Forest Fizz

Now that cooler weather’s headed our way, it’s time to trade in our G&Ts and other summer libations for a more autumnal drink. Here’s a new one to try from Belvedere Vodka.

Forest Fizz

1 oz Belvedere Black Raspberry
1 oz crème de cassis
Moet Nectar

Shake Belvedere Black Raspberry and crème de cassis with cubed ice and strain into a champagne flute
Top with Moet Nectar


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Hot and Wild: Carnivale this Friday

Transport yourself to Rio de Janeiro as Actor’s Express celebrates Carnivale at its annual fundraiser at the King Plow Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 18. The night promises to be outrageously fun. Guests will be greeted by dynamic street performers and slip into a vibrant world filled with dancers, live music, interactive gaming booths, a photo booth and more. A decadent VIP area will raise the temperature to sultry South American heights with burlesque performances by Minette Magnifique.
The evening will also include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Funds raised at Carnivale will directly support the dynamic, adventurous work done at Actor’s Express. Tickets range in price from $60 to $90 and can be purchased online at or via phone at 404.607.SHOW. Party begins at 8 p.m.