Crown Royal has done it once again. One of the most popular whisky brands out there wins another prestigious award. Jim Murray recently announced Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as the 2016 World Whisky of the Year, marking the first time a Canadian Whisky has received the honor. The recognition comes at a time when both the Canadian and Rye whisky categories continue to gain popularity amongst whisky aficionados and consumers alike.
“Crown Royal Northern Harvest pops up out of nowhere and changes the game,” said Murray of the whisky, which he awarded a record-tying 97.5 out of 100 points. “It certainly puts the rye into Canadian Rye. To say this is a masterpiece is barely doing it justice.”
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye was first released in the U.S. in early 2015. The variant showcases the distinctly Canadian rye whiskey featured in the traditional Crown Royal Deluxe Blend that consumers have grown to love throughout the last 75-plus years. The latest variant to be introduced by Crown Royal, Northern Harvest Rye (90 proof, 45% ABV) is the brand’s first ever blended, 90% rye whisky and embodies a smooth and spicy flavor profile that can be mixed into traditional rye cocktails or enjoyed neat or on the rocks.
“Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye showcases the rye whisky that has been such an integral component of the Crown Royal Deluxe blend since 1939. This is a testament to the unbelievable blending and distilling that’s been taking place in Gimli for over 75 years,” said Yvonne Briese, Vice President of Crown Royal. “We are thrilled that Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye has been named World Whisky of the Year!”
In addition to being named 2016 World Whisky of the Year, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye received a double gold medal at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is part of Crown Royal’s vast portfolio of variants for whisky lovers to enjoy, including Crown Royal Regal Apple, the #1 innovation launch across U.S. Spirits over the past 12 month period, according to Nielsen.
So when you are going to bring something to your holiday parties make sure you bring Crown Royal to the table. As always please enjoy Crown Royal responsibly.
Turkey, football, pumpkin pie. Those are staples that everyone looks forward to on Thanksgiving. Why not add a few more reasons that your family and friends will want to have each year going forward? With these spirits and cocktails being shared and enjoyed responsibly you will be the hit of the party. All you need is Bulleit Bourbon, Captain Morgan Cannon Blast, and George Dickel to bring to the party.
For more great cocktail recipes go to the Bar.com
0.6 oz. Bulleit Rye
0.25 oz. sweet vermouth
0.2 oz. elderflower liqueur
1 dash aromatic bitters
1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
0.25 oz. cognac
Stir and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
1.3 oz. George Dickel No. 12 Whisky
0.75 oz. lemon juice
0.5 oz. simple syrup
0.5 oz. crème de mure
Shake with 3 ice cubes & strain into an absinthe-rinsed glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel & 4 blackberries muddled in ½ oz. crème de mure.
0.5 oz Cranberry Juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a shot glass.
Just in time for the holidays there is a new vodka that will be a sure bet to bring to all the festive gatherings. SMIRNOFF Vodka recently just added a new peppermint-flavored vodka specialty to its portfolio for the holiday season. It is called SMIRNOFF Peppermint Twist.
Made with natural peppermint flavors, Peppermint Twist delivers the mouth-watering taste of sweet candy canes, balanced by the soothing cool of peppermint. Also unique is that the bottle has a special scratch-and-sniff feature that gives any room a nice peppermint aroma.
SMIRNOFF Peppermint Twist is now available on shelves nationwide at a suggested retail price of $15.99. Below are some cocktail recipes you might want to try this season.
Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Shot
1.5 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
Shake over ice and strain into a chilled shot glass with crushed peppermint rim.
Smirnoff Peppermint Martini
1.25 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
0.5 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a mini candy cane.
Smirnoff Peppermint Hot Chocolate
1.5 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
6 oz hot chocolate
Pour shot of Smirnoff Peppermint Twist into hot chocolate. Garnish with whipped cream and a peppermint stick
Attention all you Guinness fans out there. There is some very exciting news about a new brewery. Continuing in a long-standing tradition of brewing innovation and excellence, the Guinness brewers at St. James’s Gate are proud to announce the launch of The Open Gate Brewery.
There has been an experimental brewery at St. James’s Gate for over a hundred years. Here the Brewers are given license to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones and experiment freely to bring exciting beers to life. For the first time in its history, Guinness has opened its doors to the general public and introduced the world to its brewers and their home of experimentation and innovation. The Open Gate Brewery, the hub of this intimate brewing experience, will welcome visitors from early December.
As well as pouring the famous Guinness stout and the latest innovations from the Brewers Project, such as Guinness Nitro IPA, Hop House 13 Lager, Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter, the brewers will be sharing early, small batch versions of their experimental beers to taste. These brews will only be available at The Open Gate Brewery. A selection of other new Guinness beers from around the globe, which until now, have never been available under one roof, will also be exclusively available to visitors in The Open Gate Brewery.
Speaking about the opening, Guinness Brewer Peter Simpson said, “We feel extremely lucky to have free rein to regularly explore and create new beers in small batches. There is huge interest in beer nowadays and my fellow brewers and I are excited to share our experimental beers, which until now, have never been tasted outside the brewery. We are also really looking forward to collaborating with beer enthusiasts from around the world at The Open Gate Brewery in the future.”
The Open Gate Brewery is the driver behind beer experimentation, craftsmanship, innovation and creativity. It is set to become a global destination for beer enthusiasts who are eager to discover, collaborate and experience a deeper connection to beer innovation, in a truly authentic environment.
The Open Gate Brewery will be open to the public every Thursday and Friday night from 5.30pm – 10.30pm. Guests will have a chance to meet the Guinness brewers in their place of work, discuss the brewing process and sample the great brewing innovations from Guinness.
It’s cold outside. Even in Los Angeles. Thanksgiving is next week and we’re in full-blown holiday mode, folks. There’s no getting around it. You can’t leave the house without a jacket anymore. Beach plans are on hold for the foreseeable future. Winter is most definitely coming.
But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon sunshine entirely. Is that what Jimmy Buffett would do? Of course not. If you invited Jimmy Buffett to a holiday party, the guy’s not going to show up with a six pack of dark winter brew. Buffet would arrive with a tropical style lager of some sort. And you know what? You should to the same thing.
This holiday season, don’t greet the bitter cold with an overly hoppy winter ale. Choose something lighter, sunnier. Something that reminds people of warmer times; happier times when jackets could be left at home and board shorts could be worn any/everywhere. This season, go against the grain and arrive at your holiday shindig with the beer that took home the 2015 gold medal for tropical style lager from the North American Brewers Association, LandShark Lager.
LandShark is like a mellower Modelo. It’s more savory than a Corona. It’s light without being water-like. It goes down easy and breezy and it makes you want to avoid closed-toed shoes. It’s one of those beers that are best consumed in groups – groups of bottles for groups of good people. LandShark replaced Corona as the official beer of Margaritaville back in 2006, so you know Jimmy Buffett approves. It’s brewed in Jacksonville, Florida and the 4.6% ABV brew is part of the Anheuser-Busch family.
LandShark goes great with lime or just on it’s own. You can pair this brew with tacos or jerk chicken or fish or plantains or anything that takes you to a happy beach-like environment. While it goes without saying that most beers are best served extra cold, it’s especially true for this island lager. The colder, the better, no matter what the forecast says.
While other folks might reach for dark and heavy beers or bitter pales that pucker up your palette, choose sunshine instead this holiday season. This stuff is readily available at any BevMo, but if you want to find the closest LandShark near you, use the official site’s store locator.
The original Kamikaze silhouette proves that an OG model will never go out of style. The shoe worn by Seattle basketball legend Shawn Kemp is black and white with hints of green, which pay homage to his heritage on the court.
Although the shoe was first launched in 1996 as a nod to the Reign Man, this ground breaking style has remained one of the most iconic basketball shoes of all time. Both the basketball player and street fashion connoisseur will love the aggressive design which is paired with Hexalite technology for incredible support as well as style.
Pick up your pair of Kamikaze II OG’s on Black Friday, November 27th, for $114.99 at Finish Line, Sneaker Villa, Jimmy Jazz and Reebok.com.
I have been lucky enough to be part of the Crown Royal Your Hero’s Name Here program. Crown Royal, NASCAR and The Brickyard 400 team up to support those who make this country great. Crown Royal just released the nominations for the 2016 Brickyard 400 race. The past winners are very deserving and humbled by the honor. I am so glad to see their story told.
Concluding a weeklong celebration of heroes, individuals across the country were recognized as inaugural nominees for the program. Each individual was given access to a special experience – receiving tickets to award shows, professional football games and the upcoming Phoenix NASCAR race.
Here are some of nominees:
US Army Veteran and Olympic Bobsledder Dallas Robinson, nominated by country music singer Justin Moore. Moore invited Robinson and his wife Chelsea to Nashville for one of country music’s biggest weeks, during which they went to the big show and attended VIP parties alongside artists.
In Dallas, TX two local heroes, Army Veterans Trista Hopkins-Neal and Phil Robertson, received tickets to last Sunday’s Dallas game, delivered by US Air Force Veteran and former Cowboy Chad Hennings
In Phoenix, Packages From Home nominated a group of active duty Air Force officers from Luke Air Force Base and presented them with tickets to this weekend’s NASCAR race
Last night in honor of Veteran’s Day, veterans and their families were treated to unforgettable performances by some of country music’s biggest stars including Justin Moore, Little Big Town and The Band Perry at CBS Radio’s first ever Stars and Strings concert. Before the concert kicked off, guests had the chance to submit nominations.
To nominate a hero, adults 21+ can visit CrownRoyalHeroes.com and submit their heroes for consideration from now until February 28, 2016. After, five finalists will be chosen and adult consumers will be able to vote for the hero they think is most deserving of the honor where one individual will see their name in lights at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
At the end of this month we get to hang out with family and friends as we sit down to a Thanksgiving meal. If you are hosting or going to someone’s house we here at MANjr are looking to help out with some festive cocktails.
There is the Captain Cider that is a simple cocktail with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, cranberry juice and cider. The Spiced Ginger Ale is also a bar favorite to enjoy with friends and family on Thanksgiving Eve. Finally, Captain Morgan’s Crannon Blast and Blasted Apple are the perfect shot options for the group toast.
The Captain Cider
1 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
1.5 oz. Hard Cider
Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice, garnish with apple wedges and cranberry.
The Spiced Ginger Ale
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
0.5 oz. Sour Mix
1.5 oz. Ginger Ale
Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice, stir and serve.
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Cannon Blast
0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.
1.25 oz. Captain Morgan Cannon Blast
0.25 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple
Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.
For those who never got that remote control they always wanted for Christmas this is for you. Check out the Lexus RC F Ready-To-Run Remote Control Car. It sells for $350.00 and is created exclusively for Barneys, the limited-edition Lexus RC F remote control sports car is this year’s ultimate holiday toy for kids big and small.
This miniature, high-performance vehicle is built on an all-wheel drive Apex chassis and driven by the powerful Reedy 3300k V 540 brushless motor. High-grip racing tires wrapped around 20-spoke rims put that power to the ground, and detailed brake components complete the aggressive look.
The Barneys-only edition of this performance coupe replica features fully operational LED headlights and taillights in a silver and black finish, colors that aren’t available anywhere else. The vehicle is fully assembled and ready-to-run with batteries included.
The Lexus RC F remote control car is approximately 16.0″ length x 7.5″ width x 5.5″ height, and recommended for those ages 14 and up. This specialty holiday gift item is only available in the Barneys New York holiday catalog, in the retailer’s New York and Beverly Hills stores and on Barneys.com.
There are some new bourbons out there that are looking to spice things up a bit. Fruit infused liquor is becoming very popular in bars and at gatherings. Now Jim Beam is looking to show their support for this with Jim Beam Apple. It is the fourth flavored whiskey from the world’s number one bourbon, containing the pride and heritage from the Beam family’s 220-year history.
With a refreshing take on family tradition, Jim Beam distillers have brought together the taste of crisp, green apples and Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The result is a perfect balance of apple and delicious bourbon, rich with American heritage, with a light, juicy twist. The Signature Cocktail, “Jim Beam Apple and Soda”, mixes Jim Beam Apple and club soda over ice, with a wedge of lemon, for a delicious, refreshing cocktail all year round.
If you are looking to try Jim Beam Apple out here is recipe you might want to try out.
Jim Beam Apple & Soda
1 part Jim Beam Apple
2 parts Club Soda
Preparation: Build over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.