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Glass Half Full


Blue Durango's Blue Cup Tour!

We're going on tour! (Well sort of.) 
Starting this Wednesday, May 24, and every Wednesday through July, visit one of the delicious restaurants on our Blue Cup Tour. Order an iced tea and you'll get to keep our limited-edition blue tumbler; post on social media and tag us to be entered to win prizes like restaurant gift certificates. We'll also be on site giving out some sweet swag. Come sip with us!


5 of Atlanta's Must-Try Barbecue Joints

The South and barbecue go together like sweet tea and lemon wedges (we would know). Atlanta has some truly incredible ‘cue joints, all with their own delicious, signature styles and unique ambiances. And there’s no better time to try ‘em all than in the fall with a side of football and/or foliage! Without further ado, five of our faves:
Smoke Ring: One of the new kids on the barbecue block, Smoke Ring is really making a name for itself with its Southern cuisine and “Georgia style” barbecue. We highly recommend hitting this Downtown spot on the weekend for hangover-curing brunch (hello, giant Smoke Ring tater tots) and bottomless mimosas FTW. - D.B.A. Barbecue: A true Virginia Highland staple with that good ol’ neighborhood vibe, D.B.A. never disappoints with its hickory-smoked meats, especially the wings and St. Louis ribs (and don’t ignore the burger). They also use our iced tea in a refreshing, killer cocktail called the Candler Park (citrus vodka, Blue Durango sweet tea, and fresh squeezed lemonade). - Smokebelly BBQ: We love the huge patio, we love the sports viewing, and we love the food at this Buckhead joint. Take our word for it and try the brisket Disco Q fries and pressed bahn mi with smoked pork.
- Community Q BBQ: If you’re looking for a simple, friendly, down-home spot with out-of-this-world brisket (among other things), you’re in luck. Community Q is worth the trip to Decatur for drool-worthy dishes made fresh daily with local ingredients. (Image: @photomark16 on Instagram)
- The Greater Good BBQ: You can't go wrong with any of Greater Good's three casual locations (Tucker, Buckhead, and East Lake), and its simple, Southern 'cue. We recommend a plate with the smoked meat of your choice (pork, chicken, ribs, brisket, hot links) with two homemade sides, and that tasty Texas toast. (Image: @silvercuellar3 on Instagram)
Anyone else's mouth watering?


Atlanta's Best (and Quickest) Lunch

Sure, breakfast and dinner are cool but over here at Blue Durango HQ, we are big fans of lunch. And Atlanta has so many incredible lunch options. We might be biased but we think iced tea is the perfect lunch beverage -- it’s refreshing, hydrating, pairs with any flavor, AND you get that midday caffeine boost. Check out some of our favorite lunch spots in the city, where you can also tip back a cold glass of Blue Durango sweet (or unsweet) tea.
Gusto We can’t get enough of this place, so we’re very excited there are now TWO locations in town (South Buckhead and Ponce). It’s quick, it’s delicious, and it’s quality food on the healthier side. Our pick? Grilled chicken or shrimp over mixed greens and brown rice with the chipotle mango avocado "gusto" (aka topping). What’s YOUR gusto?
Souper Jenny This iconic place needs no introduction. You can get one of the city’s best lunches in Decatur, Brookhaven, and at the new Buckhead location in the Atlanta History Center. Is it soup season yet?

MetroFresh There is no better option for a quick, healthy meal in Midtown, and they never skimp you on the portions! You can eat every meal of the day here -- omelette for breakfast, soup and salad for lunch, pan seared salmon for dinner…..and of course, the delicious Sunday brunch. - Taqueria del Sol Three words: All. The. Tacos. If you’re craving tacos, there is no better quick and cheap lunch in town at one of Taqueria’s three locations. True Atlantans know not to let the line deter you; it moves quickly. They also know to order the queso (and a marg if it’s that kind of afternoon). Hop’s Chicken
If you’re at (or close to) Ponce City Market, you have plenty of lunch options at your fingertips. Let us suggest a delicious chicken sandwich or biscuit because you’re never going to be disappointed you ate that. You’re welcome.


Why Iced Tea Cocktails are Summer's Best Drink

Summer has barely begun and it's already hit 900 degrees in Atlanta (give or take). We are definitely in for a scorcher and there is one thing we swear by when it comes to beating the heat: Cold drinks.
Iced tea cocktails are truly the best boozy beverage you can sip when it’s steamy -- they’re refreshing, low-cal (when you use unsweet tea), AND you get an extra energy boost from the caffeine, which is crucial when the high temps are sucking the life out of you.
Here are our favorite ways to get tipsy on tea….and where to find some of these libations around Atlanta!
Spiked Arnold Palmer
Who doesn’t love the crisp concoction of iced tea and lemonade (fondly referred to as an Arnold Palmer)? Just add vodka in the mix and you have yourself a winner, just like Arnie himself. We like D.B.A. Barbecue’s twist on this classic drink -- the “Candler Park” is citrus vodka, fresh squeezed lemonade, and sweet tea, served by the glass or carafe.
Tea + Liquor of Your Choice
Iced tea mixes very well with a variety of liquors (why do you think they made a sweet tea vodka?). You can mix it with vodka, rum, bourbon/whiskey, or tequila, depending on your tastes. At Bartaco, the Well Oiled Style is a carafe of our iced tea infused with ginger and mint (incredibly delicious) + a double shot of the liquor of your choice. The ginger mint flavor really brings this cocktail to another level, we can’t recommend it enough!
Iced Tea Mojito

We’ll keep this short and sweet. Just substitute iced tea (unsweetened works better) for the club soda in a mojito and VOILA!

Spiked Raspberry Tea

This is a fun recipe to play with and perfect at home, but you can also order it anywhere (as long as the bar has Chambord). Just ask for an iced tea and vodka with two splashes of Chambord (about half an ounce) for a tasty raspberry treat. Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint if available. Here’s a more involved recipe if you’re feeling Pinterest-y.
Iced Tea-rita
Yes, you guessed it -- an iced tea margarita! Experienced bartenders should be able to handle this one or you can try your hand at home -- you just need unsweetened iced tea, tequila, triple sec, lemon, lime, and simple syrup (here’s a recipe). Add your favorite fresh fruits (blueberries, peaches, strawberries, etc.) for extra fun and flavor.

Bottoms up! _

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The 7 Best Burgers in Atlanta

You know the old saying -- "Nothing washes down a burger like a cold glass of iced tea."
Ok so maybe that isn't an official adage, but we know it's the truth. Iced tea (sweet or unsweet) pairs perfectly with a mouthwatering, juicy burger, and we know this first-hand because the best burger spots in town have chosen our high-quality Blue Durango tea (over the standard stuff) to serve alongside their magnificent meat. Take a look at seven of Atlanta's best burgers:

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

There are a number of salivating selections, but you can't go wrong with the Apache Style -- pepper jack cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, and New Mexico green chiles.

Yeah! Burger

These sustainable, grass-fed beef, bison, turkey, and veggie burgers have won over the hearts of Atlantans from West Midtown to Virginia-Highland. With the build-it-yourself model, you can truly find your burger soulmate. Fun fact: They are one of the few Atlanta restaurants who carry our organic iced tea. 

The Shed at Glenwood 

Head in on Wednesdays for the city's best sliders....at $3 apiece! The menu is always changing, so you never know which mouthwatering mini burgers you'll be lucky enough to sink your teeth into. 

Farm Burger

These delicious burgers are made from grass-fed beef, dry aged and ground fresh. They also source from local farms AND carry our organic tea. Farm fresh is the way to go. 

H&F Burger 

This one needs no introduction. If you haven't had the Holeman & Finch burger, can you even call yourself an Atlantan? The people watching at Ponce City Market makes noshing on this icon even better. 

Lucky's Burger & Brew

Choose from a beef, turkey, or black bean burger, then have fun deciding on a style. The Undertaker is a fan favorite for obvious reasons: Applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, fried egg, and fried onion straws. And the best part about Lucky's -- you can bring your pup to all three locations (no need to bring home a doggie bag). 

Muss & Turner's 

Musstomers (see what we did there?) can't get enough of the Big Green Egg grilled Joyce Farms grass fed beef, roasted poblano pepper, melted cheddar cheese, red onion, cilantro aioli on a French bun. We don't blame them. 

Hungry yet? 


Iced Tea - Your Most Profitable Item?

With nearly a 97% profit margin, brewed iced tea is the profit leader for restaurants. High quality iced tea means better appearance and flavor that equates to repeat sales and returning customers. Blue Durango iced tea is a craft brewed tea that is truly an artisan product. Loaded with true tea flavor, anti-oxidants, and brews a deep reddish brown color it is THE brand that customers across the region are seeking out. Let's discuss how Blue Durango and Atlanta Coffee Supply Group can help you satisfy your discerning patrons.

More and more customers demand boutique products in restaurants. Why serve them super market brands or "House Recipe" iced tea? Give them a true high-end product for about the same cost.

Available in Classic, Green, and Hibiscus varieties. Per glass price is about a nickel!

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