Hennessy Celebrates Black History Month with the Launch of WE ARE

Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, celebrates Black History Month with the launch of WE ARE – a powerful four-part content series highlighting the stories behind today’s trailblazers, meant to empower the next generation. For more than 250 years, Hennessy has shared the remarkable stories of extraordinary individuals and continues this tradition today with its WE ARE platform.  

WE ARE CREATORS – the first video in the series – launched today and features hip hop artist A$AP Ferg; fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss; DJ and son of Jam Master Jay, TJ Mizell; and vintage designer Sami Miro. The five-minute video brings viewers into a candid conversation about the importance of art as a platform of expression, and how each artist uses their medium to push the limits of potential.

“I have always challenged myself to give 100% in everything that I do – to always strive and prosper – to never settle,” says artist and hip-hop visionary A$AP Ferg. “I am excited to work alongside Hennessy to inspire a rising generation of talent to do the same.”

In addition to the debut WE ARE CREATORS video, Hennessy will release additional content throughout February celebrating other influential voices of today.

WE ARE PROUD: Producer and performer George Twopointoh, education advocate Lincoln Stephens, and founder of TheBlackManCan, Inc. Brandon Frame discuss the importance of family and how they push the limits of their own potential

WE ARE DISRUPTORS: Musician Kenneth Whalum, co-founder of LISNR Rodney Williams, celebrity wardrobe stylist Rachel Johnson and co-founder of Driven Society Travis Weekes discuss how their individual efforts and organizations are aiding in economic equality and education within the African American community

WE ARE AMBITIOUS: The series will culminate later this month during an intimate event in NYC where select participants will come together for a live discussion that puts a spotlight on the importance of ambition in building an enduring legacy

Hennessy has a long history of supporting the African American community in the United States, dating back to the late 1800s. William Jay Schieffelin, the visionary behind stateside marketing for the Cognac brand at the turn of the century, pushed the brand into unchartered territory with a formal partnership with a highly regarded Historically Black College and University. In 1909, Hennessy became the first corporate sponsor of one of the most pivotal civil rights organizations and, years later, became among the first advertisers in two of the world’s most prominent African American publications. More recently, in 2012, Hennessy launched its “Wild Rabbit” campaign designed to inspire and celebrate those who “Never stop. Never settle.” Over the years, faces of the campaign have included several cultural luminaries such as Nas, and, most recently, world champion cyclist, Marshall “Major” Taylor.

Hennessy invites consumers to toast to their continued “Never stop. Never settle.” journeys with the Hennessy V.S Ginger cocktail. 

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. Hennessy V.S

3 ½ oz. ginger ale

Lime wedge

Ginger slices

Method

Pour Hennessy V.S into highball glass, add cubed ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh slices of ginger.

For more information and to watch the content series, visit Hennessy.com or YouTube.com/HennessyUS, Facebook.com/Hennessy or Instagram.com/hennessyus.

SOURCE Hennessy

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5 Cocktails To Celebrate Repeal Day

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, ending Prohibition and reestablishing the right to legally enjoy a cocktail. Now that’s something to celebrate! If you’re looking for place to raise your glass to Repeal Day, visit one of the below Atlanta restaurants and they’ll be more than happy to make one for you! Grab the recipe to enjoy these featured cocktails at home and continue the celebration all month long! Happy sipping!

Photo Courtesy of Atlas

Atlas’ Winter Warmer

1oz mezcal

.75 Captain Morgan

.25 Grand Marnier

.75 lemon

.25 vanilla syrup

.25 Cocchi Torino Vermouth

.25 spiced apple shrub

Directions: Mix ingredients and place in glass. Top with hot water and garnish with orange wheel and star anise. 

Atlas

88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

(404) 600-6471

Photo Courtesy of STK Atlanta

STK Peppermint Prosecco 

5oz Prosecco

1oz peppermint liquor

1 Chocolate Bar

3 Candy Canes

Directions:Rim champagne flute with melted chocolate. Finish rim with crushed candy cane. Garnish with mini candy cane.

1075 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 793-0144

Photos Courtesy of Mia Yakel

Dantanna’s Espresso Old Fashioned

1 1/2 ounces Knob Rye

1 shot of espresso

1/4 ounce simple syrup

2 dashes orange bitters

2 dashes chocolate bitters

Garnish with orange twist

Directions:Combine Knob Rye, espresso, simple syrup, orange bitters and chocolate bitters in a mixing glass. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over one large ice cube, or cubed ice. Garnish the cocktail with an orange twist.

3400 Around Lenox Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 760-8873
Photo Courtesy of Tomas Espinoza

Park Tavern’s Salted Caramel

1 oz Svedka Vanilla

1/2 oz Whisper Creek

6 oz Coffee

A dollop of Whipped Cream

A Caramel Drizzle

Sprinkled with a pinch of Sea Salt

Directions: Combine Svedka Vodka, Whisper Creek, coffee and ice into a shaker tin and mix. Strain into a glass and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle caramel over the whipped cream and sprinkle with a pinch of Sea Salt.

Park Tavern

500 10th St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 249-0001

Photo Courtesy of City Winery

City Winery’s Mullin’ It Over

1 bottle of dry red wine

1 orange, zested

8 dried cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

4 dried star anise

4 Tbsp honey

4 oz. brandy

Directions: Add all ingredients to stockpot and heat over low. Be careful not to boil. Continue simmering for at least 30 minutes. Strain and serve garnished with an orange slice and cinnamon stick. This recipe works great in a crock pot.

City Winery

Ponce City Market

650 North Ave NE

Suite #201

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 946-3791

Where to get a Proper Mai Tai in Atlanta

If you’re like me, you can appreciate a very carefully crafted cocktail. If I find a place that does that, expect me to be a return customer. A few months ago, a group of my closest friends and I met up at S.O.S Tiki Bar in downtown Decatur, GA. I had heard many great things about this place and was eager to get in there and see what it was all about. We had the best time! The food, the cocktails and good vibes all played a part in that most awesome night with my friends.

S.O.S Tiki Bar Decatur, GA

S.O.S Tiki Bar is a very cozy bar, but it has lots of personality. It kind of feels like you’ve traveled somewhere tropical and fun. Expect bartenders wearing shirts with palm trees while serving up tropical cocktail. Some with a bit of fire for that dramatic flair. The cocktail menu is amazing! Trust me, I’ve had all of them. Get there early and enjoy their rotating happy hour punch for only $5 until they run out! So much bang for your buck!

S.O.S Tiki Bar Cocktail Menu Decatur, GA

Today was National Mai Tai Day so I grabbed a friend and headed to S.O.S Tiki Bar to have a proper Mai Tai. And boy was it proper! It’s just dreamy…..

S.O.S Tiki Bar Mai Tai

More awesome reason to check out S.OS Tiki Bar…

S.O.S Tiki Bar

340 Church St

Decatur, GA 30030

WEDNESDAY — SATURDAY

6 P.M. till LATE

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU #StarWarsDay

It’s Star Wars Day! The first movie I ever saw in the theater was The Return of the Jedi. My dad took me and I was beyond excited. I was a little girl with Afro puffs, mesmerized by the way of the Jedi. These movies are just the best! On May 25th, Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters for another amazing anthology. Until then, I sip on this intergalactic cocktail fit for the finest Jedi. What’s your favorite movie in the Star War series?

Drink This You Will

1/2 teaspoon matcha

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 oz organic agave nectar

1 1/2 oz 100% agave tequila blanco

1 lime quartered

5 mint leaves

smoked salt to salt rim.

ice

Combine hot water and matcha and whisk; sit inside refrigerator to cool.

Muddle lime and mint in shaker.

Add matcha tea, tequila, agave nectar, and ice.

Shake.

Pour into ice filled glass, with salted rim.

Garnish with mint leaf.

Sip & Enjoy

Cocktail Chronicles: Happy Hour at The Heights

So I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed this afternoon and what do I stumble upon? The good people at The Heights mixing up something amazing. Apparently today is International Whiskey Day. Gasp! How did I miss this very important day? To make this potential run even more tempting, Happy Hour was starting in about 15 minutes and this drink, I was watching them make on Facebook Live, was on menu. I didn’t ponder too much longer, minutes later I was in the car headed to downtown Toledo.

Before I knew it, I was on the 12th floor of the Renaissance Hotel, enjoying my whiskey cocktail. I went with the featured cocktail, the Whiskey Renaissance. This cocktail was simple, but amazing! It was made with one of my favorite whiskeys, Bulleit Rye Whiskey. Added to the glass, was a bourbon-barrel aged orange liqueur from a local distillery, The Toledo Spirits Company. Next a bit of lemon and simple syrup. Then, my favorite part, the cocktail was topped with Malbec.

Visually, the cocktail was beautiful. That wine just hanging out at the top to the glass made it very sexy. My first, second, third, and every sip after that were just as amazing as the next. I will definitely be back for this cocktail again, as I sit back and enjoy the city views. What whiskey cocktail were you sipping on today?

The Heights is located in the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo, Ohio. Be sure to take advantage of their Happy Hour specials daily from 4-7pm.

National Margarita Day- 5 Places to Enjoy a Margarita in Atlanta

National Margarita Day was a delicious success! Five margaritas from five different Atlanta hot spots! I shared this boozy adventure with cocktail blogger and all-around awesome person, Amber of Sippin in the ATL. Check out where we went!

1. Bartaco

The first stop on this most awesome day was to bartaco. They were certainly bringing the business with the release of 5 new margaritas. Kicking off the campaign, was their chai-chichi-rita. So good! Definitely in my books as a top rated margarita. This one is only available till February 28th. But there are many more to follow! Check their Instagram page for the latest margarita releases! While you’re there order yourself a the secret taco. It’s amazing!!

2. Highland Cigar

Next up, he headed a few doors down to Highland Cigar for their Margarita Day featured cocktail, the Blackberry Margarita. Perfection! I loved everything about it.

3. Tin Lizzy’s

Next, we hopped in a Uber and headed to Midtown where Tin Lizzy’s were pouring up margaritas for $2.25!! Can’t beat that! To top it off they were quite tasty! Winning!

4. 5 Church

Just a short walk from Tin Lizzy’s and we were at 5 Church sipping another amazing margarita. $5 bucks for a proper margarita! Sign me up!

5. No Mas Cantina

Lastly, we ended our major margarita adventure at No Mas Cantina. We met up with a couple friends and closed the day with a gigantic margarita…..for sharing of course.

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3 Bourbon Cocktails to Ring in the New Year

2018 is only a few days away! If you’re opting to bring in the year at home with a few friends, I’m sharing a few of Coopers’ Craft Bourbon‘s cocktail recipes from their mixologist, Michael Ring, to get you started. Michael is taking the healthier road by using fresh ingredients and ditching the sugars and syrups. He’s also provided mocktail versions for those participating in the Dry January challenge. Thanks Michael!

Cran-Orange Sparkler

Photo courtesy of Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.50 oz Simple Syrup

6 ea Fresh Cranberries

2-3 oz Orange Flavored Sparkling Water

2 dash Orange Bitters

1 ea Orange Twist skewered with fresh cranberry

In a cocktail shaker, crush the cranberries to break the skins with the back of a spoon or a muddler. Add Coopers Craft Bourbon, simple syrup, and ice, then shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill. Strain into a coupe or flute and top with Orange Flavored Sparkling water, 2 dashes of orange bitters, and garnish with orange cranberry twist.

For the mocktail version replace the bourbon with lemonade

Bourbon Blackberry Rickey

1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.75 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

.75 oz Simple Syrup

2-4 oz Sparkling water

4 ea Fresh blackberries

1 ea lime wheel skewered with blackberry

In a cocktail shaker, crush the blackberries, then add Coopers Craft Bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup, and fill with ice. Shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill. Strain into Collins glass, then add ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with Lime and Blackberry skewer and serve with a straw.

Simply omit the bourbon for a delicious mocktail.

The Golden Grapefruit

1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.5 oz Honey Syrup**

1 tbsp Chopped Crystalized Ginger

3-4 oz Grapefruit Flavored Sparkling Water

2-3 dsh Grapefruit or orange bitters

1 ea Mint Sprig

In a cocktail shaker muddle the crystallized Ginger and Honey syrup. Add Coopers’ Craft Bourbon and fill with ice, shake for 15 seconds until chilled. Strain into Ice filled Collins Glass, top with Grapefruit Seltzer and two dashes of bitters. Garnish with mint sprig and serve with a straw.

** Honey Syrup (1/2 cup hot water +1/2 cup honey cooled to room temp)

For the mocktail version, simply replace the bourbon with lemonade.

About Coppers’ Craft

Coopers’ Craft is a celebration of Brown-Forman’s more than 70 years of expertise raising its own barrels at Brown-Forman Cooperage. Drawing inspiration from the craft of raising barrels and the importance of wood in bourbon-making, Coopers’ Craft uses a unique charcoal finishing process. Coopers’ Craft is a product of Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Tequila Herradura, Korbel, Finlandia, Chambord and Sonoma-Cutrer.

*This post is sponsored by Coopers’ Craft Bourbon.