Budweiser Salutes The Military This Memorial Day

When you go out this Memorial Day weekend getting items for you BBQ make sure you pick up some Budweiser. Just in time for Memorial Day, Budweiser is revealing its goal of raising $1 Million for Folds of Honor –a non-profit organization that helps raise funds and provide educational scholarships to families of fallen and disabled soldiers – via America packaging sold this week.

Budweiser is extending its lineup of patriotic packaging this summer to feature America bottles and cans along with the introduction of new military-inspired Camouflage aluminums, both dedicated to the men and women of our Armed Forces.

Since 2011, Budweiser has donated a total of $11 million to Folds of Honor and this summer Budweiser is hoping to increase that figure by another $1 million. For every Budweiser America bottle and can sold this week in the lead-up to Memorial Day (May 22-29), a portion of the proceeds, up to $1 million, will benefit the non-profit organization.

The Guardians Will Protect Your Loot

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 yet? If not you should make it a point to see it this weekend. There is action, humor, and some fantastic cameos. Loot Crate kept the fun going as the theme for the month of May was Guardians. Loot Crate packed in a lot of goodies from Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, The Goonies and more. Let’s take a look at what was in this month’s crate.

For the month of May we got a Rocket & Groot Q-Fig, Goonies Never Say Die T-Shirt, Star Wars Coloring Book with Coloring Pencils, Set of 3 Destiny Patches and an Avatar pin. All the items were legit and were totally worth the price of the crate and then some.

Like what you see? Get a subscription. Plus there are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Next month’s crate theme is the theme of Alter Ego! June’s Loot Crate features Spider-Man, Hulk, Transformers and DC! Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!

The Shaq Attaq Is Back

Reebok is adding some modern touches on a classic. The original Reebok Shaq Attaq sneaker was born in 1992 and was Shaquille O’Neal’s signature shoe when the backboard-shattering player dominated the court with his singular prowess and skill. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Shaq Attaq this year, Reebok is introducing a twist on the original, called the Shaq Attaq Modern.

The Shaq Attaq Modern was designed to be closer to the current trend of contemporary basketball sneakers. The leather is replaced with a woven mesh upper, which helps to reduce the overall weight of the shoe while keeping the structure of the original in place. The collar features a foam compound with net mesh overlay to provide padding around the ankles, along with custom Pump technology for an adjustable fit. Minimal stitching gives way to hot melt throughout while also providing dimension through the use of technical lightweight synthetics on the upper.

Featured in an allover yellow spark color with sublimated black stripe down the middle, the Shaq Attaq Modern colorway was inspired by one of Shaq’s many nicknames. Shaq visited Reebok Headquarters in Canton, MA recently to test out the shoes on court via a pick-up basketball game.

Get Some Red, White And Blue In Your Cocktails For Memorial Day

The Memorial Day holiday is coming up soon! Do you have any plans? If so make sure that you get the Smirnoff Red, White & Berry that is back by popular demand to help celebrate freedom and bring everyone together under one party. Whether you’re looking for a patriotic group punch or some red, white and blue-themed cocktails.

Watching your calories now that summer has arrived? Look no further! Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is the beverage of choice for you. This bad boy comes in at just 90 calories – the lowest spiked seltzer on the market so it’s the perfect ready-to-drink beverage to enjoy now that swimsuit season has arrived.

Spiked Triple Berry Basil Lemonade (serves 8) courtesy of Megan Marlowe, Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

Ingredients:

1.5 cups SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry

8 cups lemonade

1 cup basil syrup

4 berry lemonade ice cup

Directions: In a pitcher combine lemonade, vodka and basil syrup. Stir to combine. To serve, place 4 ice cubes into a high ball glass and top with lemonade cocktail.

Red, White & Blue Boozy Slush (serves 4) courtesy of Taylor Bradford, Pink Heels Pink Truck)

Ingredients:

Blue Slush Layer:

2 cups ice

2 oz. Blue Curacao

1 cup homemade lemonade

White Slush Layer:

2 cups ice

2 oz. SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry vodka

1 cup homemade lemonade

Red Slush Layer:

1 ¼ cups strawberries, quartered

2 oz. SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry vodka

¼ cup of homemade lemonade

Directions: Blend each layer separately until smooth. Store in freezer until ready to build your cocktail. Pour each layer into a highball glass and serve immediately.

Strawberry Moscow Mule Float courtesy of Megan Marlowe, Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Smirnoff vodka

1 lime

4 ounces ginger beer

Ice

Scoop of strawberry sorbet

Directions: Into the bottom of a copper mug, add vodka, lime juice and ice.  Top with ginger beer and a scoop of sorbet.

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer

Grab and Enjoy

Only 90 calories (one of the lowest on the market), 1g carbs, zero sugar, no artificial sweeteners and offers a 4.5% alcohol by volume (ABV).

SMIRNOFF Believes That Love Wins

SMIRNOFF vodka recently announced that they are starting up a new campaign that is centered around love. They are proud to officially announce the launch of its new limited edition “Love Wins” bottle packaging, which celebrates love in all its forms.

Each “Love Wins” SMIRNOFF No. 21 bottle features different images of real love and real people – between these images and the differing rainbow aesthetics, no two bottles are identical. For every limited-edition SMIRNOFF No. 21 “Love Wins” bottle made the brand will donate $1, with a minimum of $260,000, to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

Since celebrating love is more fun when everyone is included, SMIRNOFF is asking couples over the age of 25 to submit their photos to a microsite for the opportunity to be featured on the next bottle pack design in 2018. For every eligible photo submitted between May 23 and September 30, SMIRNOFF will donate an additional $1 per photo to the HRC (up to $10,000).

Inside the iridescent rainbow aesthetic of the SMIRNOFF “Love Wins” limited edition bottles, is the iconic SMIRNOFF No. 21 vodka, triple distilled and ten-times filtered, and the most awarded vodka in the world.

Lincoln Teams Up With Montauk’s Surf Lodge

Lincoln looks to make sure you have a very luxurious Memorial Day weekend. They are partnering with the esteemed Surf Lodge this summer to deliver warm, human, personally crafted experiences. Kicking off Memorial Day, the summer long collaboration engages luxury travelers escaping to the Hamptons with Lincoln through music, entertainment and of course, an unforgettable driving experience.

As part of the collaboration, Lincoln is excited will feature the new Continental as the Surf Lodge house car, providing guests a best in class driving experience during their Hamptons explorations. You can experience the custom “Lincoln Bedroom” inspired by Lincoln’s Black Label indulgent designer themes. You will have access to the Lincoln x Surf Lodge summer concert series that will engulf guests in the sounds of summer and Lincoln Black Label members will enjoy VIP access to full Lincoln x Surf Lodge collaboration.

IndyCar Drivers And Crown Royal Honor Military Members At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Crown Royal goes to great lengths to honor and support the military. This week was just another display of that gratitude. This weekend, thousands of fans will flock to the Racing Capital of the World to watch their favorite drivers qualify for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 during Crown Royal Armed Forces Weekend. And starting this year, those fans will have the opportunity to permanently cement the names of their military heroes at the track in recognition of their generous sacrifice.

Inspired by the iconic Yard of Bricks marking the track’s finish line, Crown Royal and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) have erected a brick Wall of Gratitude to display the names of military members past and present. Located in the infield at New Myers Drive and 6th Street (next to the Crown Royal tent), fans 21+ can submit names to be engraved on gold plates permanently affixed to the brick wall as a small token of appreciation for their selfless service. And throughout the weekend, Crown Royal will be randomly surprising select nominators with VIP race experiences and tickets.

Race-goers can also stop by the Crown Royal tent to assemble care packages for troops overseas, interact with custom photo booths that facilitate local charity donations and sample various whiskies. The full schedule for submissions to the Wall of Gratitude is below:

·         Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

·         Indianapolis 500 Race Weekend

·         Friday, May 26: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

·         Saturday, May 27: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

·         Sunday, May 28: 7 a.m.-12 p.m.

“Serving one’s country is, without a doubt, among the most generous things a person can do,” said Jim Ruane, Director of Crown Royal. “We look forward to seeing the Wall of Gratitude filled to the top with names of servicemen and women as we toast to their honor during Crown Royal Armed Forces Weekend and the Indy 500 – rooted in remembrance and celebration of our nation’s heroes.”

Building upon the legacy of Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” program, 2017 marks the sixth straight year the whisky maker has partnered with IMS to recognize the most generous among us – the true kings and queens of their communities – in one-of-a-kind ways.

“This is a fitting and unique way to honor our military heroes during the Month of May at the Racing Capital of the World,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “Crown Royal’s Wall of Gratitude and the chance it provides to celebrate our military members and veterans will be a highlight for many fans visiting the track.”

Crown Royal’s “Live Generously and Life Will Treat You Royally” campaign aims to inspire generosity in all of its many forms, building upon the brand’s longstanding history of celebrating military heroes – from giving veterans the royal treatment at pro sporting events, to helping a blinded soldier see his hometown in a novel way, to year-round collection of care packages for deployed troops.

Crown Royal asks that all race fans honor generously, but drink in moderation.

Win Get Out On Blu-ray

One of the most talked about films in recent years has been Get Out. Next week the movie comes out on Blu-ray and you can win it here at MANjr. When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

Some of the special features include:

Digital Copy of Get Out

Includes UltraViolet

Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Unveiling the Horror of Get Out

Q&A Discussion with Writer/Diretor Jordan Peele and the Cast

Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Alternate Ending with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

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How Does Your Chili Stack Up

Do you like chili? How does your recipe stack up with other recipes? When it comes to firehouse kitchens, chili recipes are always a favorite. That’s why this summer, Hormel Chili is partnering up with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to highlight the under appreciated cooking talents of firefighters across the country, while also giving them a chance to win $10,000 for their station!

Through “America’s Best Firehouse Chili Contest,” active firefighters can visit www.hormel.com/firehousechili starting today, to submit their chili recipe for a chance at the grand prize. Recipes submitted to the site will be judged by retired NYC firefighter and host of the cooking show, “Firehouse Kitchen,” Ray Cooney. Ray will be looking for originality, potential of flavor (flavor profile) and inspiration behind each recipe submission, to narrow the field down to the top 10. Once the top 10 recipes are selected, America will then have the chance to vote for the top 3, who will be flown to NYC to compete in a live chili cook-off for a chance to win $10,000 for their station!

In addition to contestant prizing, Hormel Chili will also be honoring the NFFF with a $20,000 donation to support their efforts.