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

Viva Tequila Festival at Atlantic Station 9.15.18

ATLANTA, GA The inaugural Viva Tequila Festival (www.vivatequilafestival.com) will be held at Atlantic Station, September 15, 2018 from 11am-6pm with an exclusive after party from 6pm -9pm.

Viva Tequila Festival welcomes food, art, music and small batch, hand-crafted tequilas of Mexico to the streets of Atlanta’s own Atlantic Station.  The festival is thrilled to introduce our official, non-profit sponsor, the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, (GOCA), an organization dedicated to “increasing awareness and educating Georgia’s women, their families, and the healthcare community about the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.” A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit GOCA. (www.gaovariancancer.org)

Viva Tequila is also proud to announce a community partnership with the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) and The Georgia Hispanic Business Center (https: // ghcc.org).

Atlanta’s finest participating restaurants will be paired with the world’s finest boutique tequilas to create Signature Bites and Sips designed to dazzle your palate. The festival will educate attendees on the history of the agave plant, tequila cultivation, proper sipping technique and its’ development on the global market. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to stroll through Atlantic Station’s Pinnacle Pad and sample prepared bites from some of city’s finest restaurants as they display their respective culinary talents. A complete list of the restaurants can be found on the Viva Tequila website.

Moreover, Viva Tequila Festival presents a unique marketing opportunity for its participants. Restaurants and tequila sponsors will be featured on “The Tastemaker Talks” Live with Sean O’Keefe, a new Facebook Live show highlighting Atlanta’s most influential brand ambassadors and tastemakers. As a leader in the events industry, and the producer behind Viva Tequila, Sean O’Keefe (www.seanokeefeevents.com) will be bringing his wealth of culinary knowledge and event design expertise to the forefront. “This show is an exciting option to introduce the sponsors and cross promote the brands, further increasing their reach and exposure for the duration of the festival campaign this summer. “ says O’Keefe. All participating brands will be eligible for inclusion in the “The Tastemaker Talks” series.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for small business owners for the “Mi Pueblito Craft and Artisan Showcase” a lively marketplace for vendors whose wares reflect the dynamic and rich culture of Mexico. Mi Pueblito, designed in the style and feel of Olvera Street in Los Angeles, will allow local artisans to sell their crafts and merchandise in the midst of the festival.

The price for general admission is now $55 and $150 for VIPs. VIP guests will enjoy intimate conversations with the Tequila makers in the sophisticated VIP lounge and have access to the Viva La Noche after party, complete with live music performances. Each ticket includes six delicious bites to be paired with six tequila sips. Each bite is a small dish, each sip is a small-pour, handcrafted cocktail created in conjunction with the restaurant’s chef and bartender. All bites and sips will be created solely for Viva Tequila and are unique to the feel of each restaurant.

All adults aged 21 and older are welcomed. Tickets can be purchased at www.vivatequilafestival.com and Eventbrite.

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Dinner in the Dark with Pinnacle French Vodka

Last week, I was excited to be invited to a lovely French Vodka tasting. The event, hosted by Chef Jennifer Booker, was held at Atmosphere Restaurant Upon arrival, guest were invited to mingle amongst each other while sipping on the first cocktail of the evening, the Champagne Spritz. Initially I thought that it just a glass of champagne, later I was informed that it was actually the French vodka topped with champagne. It was quite tasty.

Photo Courtesy of DMHPR

Dinner guest were told that this was a Dining in the Dark experience. So we would not be told the French Vodka name until the end of the three course meal prepared by Atmosphere’s Chef Adam Olejniczak. Plot twist! Usually at media dinners, we are given a ton of information about the brand prior to the event. I was actually enjoying the suspense.

Photo Courtesy of DMHPR

FIRST COURSE

Poulpe en SALADE

Charred octopus salad with hearts of palm, Niçoise olives, fresh tomatoes, marinated anchovies, red onion, organic arugula, and lemon confit

Paired with: French Vodka, Neat

Photo Courtesy of DMHPR

Let’s just start by saying this salad was amazing! The flavors were light and vibrant, perfectly pairing with the slight sweetness of the vodka.

SECOND COURSE

Confit de canard Moulard

Duck leg confit cooked in the time-honored French tradition, wild mushroom raviolis, glazed baby carrots, French green beans, truffles red wine reduction.

Paired with: Southern Berry Bramble

Another deliciously successful course! Everything about it screamed delectable. The duck was well seasoned and every single component on the plate played its part. Bravo! The course was paired with another French Vodka based cocktail called a Southern Berry Bramble. It was very light and fresh with the flavors of summer.

THIRD COURSE

Atmosphère Profiteroles

Choux filled with French Vanilla ice cream, topped with warm chocolate, toasted Polignac almonds

Paired with: Le Orange Drop

Oh what a delightful way to end this meal. Let’s just say I ate every bite of this dessert. It was paired with another lovely cocktail with notes of citrus called Le Orange Drop.

No it was time to reveal the name of the French vodka we had the pleasure of sipping on all night.

Drumroll 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

Pinnacle Vodka!!!

Photo Courtesy of DMHPR

Pinnacle Vodka starts with 100% whole-grain Winter Wheat from Northern France, creating a lighter, smoother vodka that you get from potatoes, corn, or rye. Next, they use pure spring water from the Charente region that naturally filters through limestone, removing impurities and creating a crisp, fresh taste. This award winning French Vodka is distilled five times for clean and fresh taste profile.

The Weekend

2 oz Pinnacle French Vodka

1/2 oz honey

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Rosemary sprig

Ginger Beer

Ice

Combine Pinnacle French Vodka, honey, lemon, rosemary sprig, and ice into shaker.

Shake.

Pour in glass over large iced cubes.

Garnish with a slice of lemon and a rosemary sprig.

Enjoy.

To find out more about Pinnacle Vodka visit www.pinnaclevodka.com.

Atlanta’s City Winery Celebrates Tomato & Vine During the Month of August

Atlanta’s City Winery is hosting a monthlong celebration of tomato and wine pairings in The Barrel Room Restaurant during Tomato & Vine. Beginning, Wednesday, August 1st through Friday, August 31st, Executive Chef Nicholas Anderson invites guests to explore rich, robust tomato dishes, one of wine’s oldest culinary companions, along with hand-selected pairings by Beverage Director J.R. Smith. Each will week will feature a special tomato-based appetizer, entrée and accompanying wines. For more information or to make a reservation visit, citywinery.com/atlanta and http://blog.citywinery.com/atlanta/city-winery-celebrates-tomato-vine-this-august.

City Winery’s Tomato & Wine Menu

Week 1 – August 1st-5th

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Gazpacho $8

Wine: Sweet & Simple White 2017, Lumpkin County, GA $9

Entrée: Tomato Basil Ricotta Flatbread topped with Cherry Tomato Salad $16

Wine: Sangiovese 2016, Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma, CA $11

Week 2 – August 6th-12th

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Cucumber Salad $8

Wine: Estate Blanc 2017, Lumpkin County, GA $9

Entrée: Open Faced Pork Belly BLT $14

Wine: Pinot Noir 2016, Willamette Valley, OR $11

Week 3 – August 13th-19th

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Carpaccio $10

Wine: Rosé of Syrah 2017, North Coast, CA $10

Entrée: Tomato Basil Ricotta Flatbread topped with Cherry Tomato Salad $16

Wine: Sangiovese 2016, Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma, CA $11

Week 4 – August 20th-26th

Appetizer: Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes with Homemade Boursin $6

Wine: Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Lake County, CA $9

Entrée: Open Faced Pork Belly BLT $14

Wine: Pinot Noir 2016, Willamette Valley, OR $11

Week 5 – August 27th-31st

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Chevre Napoleon $12

Wine: Rosé of Merlot 2017, Lumpkin County, GA $10

Entrée: Tomato Basil Ricotta Flatbread topped with Cherry Tomato Salad $16

Wine: Sangiovese 2016, Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma, CA $11

For more information, call (404) 946-3791 or visit citywinery.com/atlanta. City Winery Atlanta is located at Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave NE, Suite #201, Atlanta, GA 30308. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @citywineryatl and Facebook at www.facebook.com/citywineryatl.

Black Bourbon Society Presents Bourbon, Beats & Bubbles at Gypsy Kitchen

I recently came across the Black Bourbon Society on Facebook and immediately wanted to join the group. With a lack of representation of persons of color in the bourbon community, founder Samara Rivers, decided that needed to change and form the Black Bourbon Society. The goal, to “bring African Americans who want to deepen their appreciation for fine whiskeys and bourbons through events, tasting and more.” With a community of 3,000+ bourbon enthusiast, Rivers organizes several bourbon centered events across the US. Each event features a carefully selected high quality bourbon brand that is available for tasting.

This past weekend, Black Bourbon Society was in Atlanta and was held at the Gypsy Kitchen. The afternoon’s featured bourbon was Woodford Reserve. Guest had the opportunity to taste 3 selections from the Woodford Reserve brand. A delicious spread of appetizers and welcome cocktails started the brunch off in a most delicious way.

Curated cocktails included:

Woodford Old Fashioned

(Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters)

Spice Trader

(Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, Ginger Beer, Lime, Apricot, Honey, Cayenne)

Radio City

(Woodford Reserve Rye, Montenegro, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry, Black Walnut Bitters)

There were beautiful vibes all around as bourbon enthusiasts sipped on curated cocktails and enjoyed an amazing spread prepared by the Gypsy Kitchen. It was the perfect prelude to the main course. On the menu: Scramble Eggs, Bacon, Chicken Sausage, Pan Con Tomate, Cinnamon Roll, Skirt Steak, Shrimp Cocktail, Mixed Greens, and Brunch Potatoes.

The event ended with a few word from Black Bourbon Society founder, Samara Rivers, expressing her deep gratitude to her guests continued support. It was a beautiful moment sealed with a champagne toast with Korbel.

Chicago is the next stop for the Black Bourbon Society, featuring Makers Mark. Click HERE for tickets!

For more information about Black Bourbon Society and future events, visit www.blackbourbonsociety.com.

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

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