Crown Royal Texas Mesquite Is Here

Crown Royal’s newest offering, limited-edition Crown Royal Texas Mesquite is here just in time to kick-off your summertime grilling and barbecues. Marrying two iconic Texas traditions, barbecue and whisky, the new Crown Royal Texas Mesquite combines the smoky flavor of locally sourced Texas mesquite wood with the signature smoothness of Crown Royal De Luxe.

Crown Royal Texas Mesquite embraces a flavor as big as the state of Texas, bursting with rustic and refined notes of smoked mesquite and barbecue. Crown Royal Texas Mesquite pairs well with your favorite barbecue dish, but to really bring out your inner Texas, try whipping up one of the cocktails below for a smoky and spicy twist.

There’s a hint of Texas flair rooted in every bottle as Crown Royal Texas Mesquite includes the signature box and bag but with red, white and blue hues and has a suggested retail price of $24.99 for a 750ml bottle. As a limited-edition offering, it is currently available in Texas and other select states including California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Maryland and Tennessee.

Texas Mesquite Mule

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Texas Mesquite

½ oz. lemon juice

½ oz. agave syrup

4 oz. Ginger Beer

Combine Crown Royal Texas Mesquite, lemon juice and agave syrup in a shaker. Strain over ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lemon wheel or slice of candied ginger.

Texas Mesquite Old Fashioned

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Texas Mesquite

½ teaspoon of wildflower honey

Dash of orange bitters

Directions: Add honey to a rocks glass and top with Crown Royal Texas Mesquite. Stir for 30 seconds to mix in the honey, then add ice. Add a dash of orange bitters and stir again. Garnish with an orange peel and mint sprig.

Mesquite Paloma

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Texas Mesquite

3 oz. Grapefruit soda

Grapefruit wedge garnish

Directions: Combine Crown Royal Texas Mesquite and grapefruit soda into a shaker and pour into a glass over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Fredericksburg Fix

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Texas Mesquite

1 teaspoon of peach preserves

½ squeeze of lemon

Combine the peach preserves, lemon and Crown Royal Texas Mesquite into a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain over crushed ice and garnish with a lemon slice.

Bring Home The Action Of Red Sparrow

Who can you trust? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents a suspense-driven spy drama RED SPARROW available on Digital and Movies Anywhere today. It comes out tomorrow, May 22nd on Blu-ray!

In this international spy thriller, Academy Award® Winner Jennifer Lawrence is Dominika, a former ballerina forced to enter Sparrow School, a secret government program that thrusts her into a treacherous espionage game between Russia and the CIA. She emerges trained as a lethal agent, but is trapped in a world she desperately wants to escape. Red Sparrow “twists and turns until the shocking conclusion” (Andrew Freund, Dish Nation, FOX-TV) – you will not see coming.

Director Francis Lawrence (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2) reunites with in this edge-of-your-seat spy thriller. RED SPARROW includes over 90 minutes of bonus material that takes you inside the making of the film, exploring real-life source material with the author, cast commentary, deleted scenes and much more.

The special features include:

  • A New Cold War: Origination and Adaptation
  • Agents Provocateurs: The Ensemble Cast
  • Tradecraft: Visual Authenticity
  • Heart of the Tempest: On Location
  • Welcome to Sparrow School: Ballet and Stunts
  • A Puzzle of Need: Post-Production
  • Director Commentary by Francis Lawrence
  • 10 Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary by Francis Lawrence)
  • Movies Anywhere Digital Code

For Budweiser Service Never Stops

As Memorial Day approaches, we here at MANjr wanted to share an emotional, new film from Budweiser that honors veterans and their families. In the film, two unfamiliar groups with similar military backgrounds meet for the first time, neither knowing the major impact that they both have on each other’s lives.

Titled “Service Never Stops,” it shows a brewery tour group comprised of Folds of Honor scholarship recipients surprising and thanking Budweiser brewers as part of a seemingly normal tour in Cartersville. The film is not only an opportunity to recognize some of the near 3,000 families Budweiser supports through Folds of Honor but it also spotlights Budweiser’s very own veteran employees who helped to brew Freedom Reserve.

The film dovetails with Budweiser’s recent release of Freedom Reserve Red Lager – a new beer specially brewed by Budweiser’s own veterans and building on the brand’s long-standing support of American veterans. A portion of proceeds from Budweiser sold this summer will benefit Folds of Honor — a nonprofit organization providing educational scholarships to military families. As of this year, Budweiser has raised $14 Million in support of Folds of Honor, providing to support over 3,000 military families across the country.

“Service Never Stops isn’t just the name of the new film we created, it is also the philosophy for those who work for Budweiser,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president of marketing for Budweiser. “Our veteran employees who serve their communities and help brew Freedom Reserve to support Folds of Honor are true heroes and we salute them for their service then, and now.”

Ford And Waze Are Working Together To Make Your Drive A Lot Easier

Today, Ford and Waze announced their partnership to bring the world’s largest community-based traffic, globally to vehicles to encourage people to help each other improve their quality of commute.

Here’s how it works:

  • Drivers simply connect their Waze-equipped iPhone to the USB port of their Ford vehicle
  • The viewing map gets projected onto the vehicle touch screen, which can be controlled via voice command
  • Voila! You’re now plugged in to take efficient traffic routes, find cheaper fuel prices and avoid traffic accidents!

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to access the smartphone features, apps and services they care about most in the car, without having to pick up their device,” said Don Butler, executive director, connected vehicle platform and product, Ford Motor Company. “With Waze, our customers get the benefits they’re accustomed to with the added luxury of experiencing them on a bigger screen.”

In addition to the ability to report on heavy traffic, accidents and fuel prices, Ford’s integration of Waze includes recent app updates such as talk to Waze, which lets you control the app via voice command. Features also include route support for high-occupancy vehicle lanes (carpool lanes), providing additional navigation options and more accurate arrival times.

To access Waze on AppLink in your Ford vehicle, you’ll need SYNC 3 software version 3.0 or greater installed in your vehicle. You’ll also need iOS 11.3 and the Waze app downloaded on your phone. Please visit ford.com for a complete set of instructions.

Game of Thrones Cersei Lannister Collectible Figure Available for Pre-Order From HBO

Three Zero and HBO Licensing & Retail bring you the highly-accurate, realistic likeness to Cersei Lannister in a beautifully crafted 16th scale collectible action figure.

This carefully designed collectible, from the acclaimed Emmy award-winning HBO series, will be available for pre-order on May 23, 2018. The Cersei Lannister 1/6th Scale Collectible Figuredepicts Cersei in the iconic black dress she wore during her coronation as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in the season six finale. Each figure is intricately detailed with a crown, GemFire ring, armor, and exchangeable hands.

About Game of Thrones Cersei Lannister 1/6th Scale Collectible Figure

  • 11 inches (~28 cm) tall articulated figure featuring tailored clothing
  • Tailored coronation gown and decor
  • Finely-detailed decoration and textures
  • Shoulder Armor
  • Crowns
  • Exchangeable hands
  • 2 pair relaxed

The “Iron Throne” pictured is not included with the product.

Yippee Ki-yay Celebrate 30 Years Of Die-Hard

One of the most thrilling films of all time has to be Die-Hard. From memorable lines to iconic moments you will always sit down to watch John McClane save his wife and others at Nakatomi Corporation building. Now you can watch it with the 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray!

It’s Christmas time in L.A., and there’s an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi’s high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah. Until Die Hard came along, Bruce Willis was merely that wisecracking guy on Moonlighting. After the film’s profits started rolling in, Willis found himself one of the highest-paid and most sought-after leading men in Hollywood.

Brace Yourself For This Kevin Hart And MTN Dew Team Up

Kevin Hart is everywhere. How does he have all that energy? Well wonder no more, as the new “Give your Head a MTN DEW KICKSTART” campaign ventures inside the head of Kevin Hart – literally. Fresh off the announcement that Hart will be starring in the remake of ‘Uptown Saturday Night’, the commercials mark the first time we see Kevin, the face of the brand, in a DEW spot.

In the three :15 spots, Kevin showcases how he pumps himself up with a refreshing boost of Mtn Dew Kickstart, and  – spoiler alert – it involves a heavy duty, green motorcycle and WWE Hall of Fame Legend, “Mean” Gene Okerlund. As if getting a peek into the inner workings of Kevin’s head isn’t already cool enough – Mtn Dew Kickstart is now available in 11 awesome flavors, providing a great-tasting, refreshing boost.

Skip The Birthday Cake For This Unique Cocktail

This May is a big one for Tipsy Scoop as it marks their Barlour’s first birthday in NYC. To help them celebrate the occasion, Smirnoff is teaming up with Tipsy Scoop to release their newest seasonal flavor, the Boozy Birthday Sundae.

The birthday-themed sundae is infused with Smirnoff Whipped Cream and amaretto, topped with layers of pink frosting, rainbow sprinkles, and funfetti cake plus a cherry. The collaboration is available now until the end of May at Tipsy Scoop’s Barlour location only (217 E 26th St, New York, NY 10010) so make sure you swing by to try it out before it’s too late!

Sip Like A Royal For The Upcoming Wedding

The Royal Wedding is happening this weekend on May 19th. Here in the states some of us will be watching it online, on TV or on social media. As you prepare to celebrate with your friends why not have some fun Crown Royal cocktails at your party.

Here are few that you can enjoy responsibly with your friends.

Tie The Knot

1.5 OZ. CROWN ROYAL DELUXE

.5 OZ. HONEY

.75 OZ. GRAPEFRUIT JUICE

Directions: Place Crown Royal Deluxe, honey and grapefruit juice in a shaker tin. Add ice and shake. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

Here Comes The Bride

1.5 OZ. CROWN ROYAL VANILLA

4 OZ. COLD BREW

.5 OZ. SIMPLE SYRUP

Directions: Add Crown Royal Vanilla, cold brew and simple syrup to an ice-filled highball glass and stir.

unVEIL

1.5 OZ. CROWN ROYAL XO

.25 OZ. MAPLE SYRUP

Directions: Add Crown Royal XO and maple syrup to a rocks glass. Add ice and stir.

If you are looking for something lighter why not have some English-inspired tea and coffee set-ups from Keurig that can be created last-minute and are perfect for guests to self-serve.

Royal Wedding Coffee & Tea Bar Ideas:

1.        Serve coffee and tea in a fun mug. We’re certain it will taste better this way.

2.        Pair donuts with coffee. Bonus points if you create a donut pyramid.

3.        Ditch the spoon for wedding-themed coffee & tea stirrers.

4.        Add some royal flair to pastries with British toothpick flags.

Make it easy to serve both coffee and tea. We’re partial to the newest coffee maker from Keurig, the  K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker: where bold style meets bold flavor. You can can visit Keurig.com for savings, including 15% off Pods.

Which Whisky Will You Enjoy On World Whisky Day

World Whisky Day is upon us, and we’re excited to celebrate this day. If you are looking for a a whisky to enjoy responsibly on World Whisky Day that is this Saturday May, 19th we have a few ideas below.

Some of the options below are George Dickel No. 12, Crown Royal XO, Bulleit Barrel Strength and Orphan Barrel’s Rhetoric 24-Year-Old. Whether you’re enjoying your whisky on the rocks, in a cocktail, or with loved ones, you will be sure to find the best fitting whiskey below to make this Saturday one to remember.

Cheers!

George Dickel No. 12 (Suggested retail price, $24.99)

Concentrated flavors of rich oak and subtle vanilla lead to a long finish with hints of maple, butter and smoke. A whisky with enormous depth, range and personality – considered by many to be the gold standard of Tennessee Whisky.

Crown Royal XO (Suggested retail price, $49.99)

Crown Royal XO is a unique blend of more than 50 of the finest Crown Royal whiskies finished in cognac casks. Resulting in both an extraordinarily complex and smooth expression, Crown Royal XO is an elegant whisky that is deliciously balanced with hints of vanilla, spice and rich dry fruit.

Bulleit Barrel Strength (Suggested retail price, $59.99)

Winner of a Double Gold medal and named Best Straight Bourbon at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Bulleit Barrel Strength gives bourbon lovers the opportunity to taste the classic Bulleit Bourbon straight out of the barrel, uncut and non-chill filtered. Originally released in 2016 as a Kentucky-only offering, the newest variant just expanded nationally this year.

Rhetoric 24 (Suggested retail price, $130)

The 24-year-old aged whiskey comes out of the barrel with an aroma of rich vanilla oak, brown sugar and chocolate beginning with orchard fruit giving way to a warming finish of nutmeg and caramel notes. It is the twelfth release from Orphan Barrel and has been aged four years longer than the first release made by the distillery. The whiskey will continue to be progressively aged and re-released annually at a year older allowing whiskey aficionados to collect the series and compare side-by-side.