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Reebok Classic Teams Up With Gucci Mane

There is some really sweet news coming from Reebok Classic this week. Reebok Classic is recently announced that recording artist Gucci Mane will be the face of the brand’s latest campaign. Gucci Mane will join the ranks of Reebok Classic’s like-minded collective of inspirational style and music trailblazers including Future, Machine Gun Kelly, Rae Sremmurd, Teyana Taylor and Jasmine Sanders.

The new campaign starring the Atlanta-based rapper will support the latest iteration of Reebok’s iconic Workout Plus sneaker, the Workout Plus EG. Originally launched as a fitness sneaker in 1986, the Workout Plus has had a resurgence in recent years as a fashion staple through various style drops and collaborations. The new Workout Plus campaign featuring Gucci Mane was shot against an industrial backdrop at Attic Studios in New York City by renowned lifestyle photographer Daniel Regan, videographer Thuan Tran and stylist Jason Rembert.

The Workout Plus EG are available in five men’s colorways, including black/white, army green/white, smoky indigo/white, burnt amber/white and skull grey/white. Known for its iconic H-Strap construction, the shoes come in a premium nubuck suede overlay with a perforated upper along with its signature gum bottom. The Workout Plus EG is  available at Reebok.com and Jimmy Jazz for $85.

JB Smoove Grooves To A Sweet Beat Thanks To Crown Royal

I am a big fan of the Crown Royal brand. When Crown Royal Apple came out it brought the whiskey game to a whole new level. Crown Royal, one of America’s best-selling and most-loved whiskies, has enlisted the talents, and all-around creative brilliance, of actor and comedian J.B. Smoove to continue momentum for its flavored whiskies – Crown Royal Regal Apple and Crown Royal Vanilla.  As a leader within the nearly 10 million case flavored whisky category that grew 8% last year, Crown Royal looks to celebrate the fun-loving side and irresistibly delicious side of whisky with a new spirited campaign!

The latest work between J.B. and Crown Royal premiered last week called “Crown Royal Regal Apple: The Musical,” which began airing in October, also known as National Apple Month.  In a true collaboration, Crown Royal paired J.B. and his crew to create a pulsating original track, “It’s Apple Time, Baby,” along with corresponding dance moves. In the main film, J.B. struts through a lavish nightclub, as patrons jump into his dance number and join his crew for Crown Royal Regal Apple shots – all while not missing a beat.

To commemorate J.B.’s starring role and new-found crooner skills, Crown Royal crowned him as its “King of Flavor” during an uproarious coronation in New York hosted by comedian Chris DiStefano. This is not the first foray for Crown Royal and the newly anointed King. Over the last year, J.B. brought out the true meaning of “Vanilla So Good,” to launch Crown Royal Vanilla.

After watching JB’s new video check out the Crown Royal recipes below.

Featured Recipes

Chilled Neat Apple Shot

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple

The Big Apple

1.5 Crown Royal Regal Apple

.75 oz. Ginger Ale

.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Garnish with Lemon Wedge

Instructions: Combine Crown Royal Regal Apple, ginger ale and fresh lemon juice into a shaker with ice. Pour into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.

The Green Flag

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

.25 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.25 oz. Simple Syrup

2 oz. Ginger Beer

Instructions: Build all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Stir and pour into a collins glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Vanilla Old Fashioned

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla

0.25 oz. Simply Syrup

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

3 dashes Orange Bitters

Orange Peel Twist

Instructions: In old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup and bitters. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir. Add enough ice to fill glass. Squeeze orange peel over glass to extract oils, add peel to glass and add whiskey. Stir just until drink is cold and serve.

Crown Vanilla and Hella Cola

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla

1 oz. Hella Cola Cocktail Syrup

3.5 oz. Club Soda

Whole Madagascar Vanilla Bean

Wedge of lime, optional

Instructions: Fill a highball glass with ice; add Crown Royal Vanilla, Hella Cola Cocktail Syrup and Club Soda. Using vanilla bean as a stirrer, gently stir drink for several seconds and leave vanilla bean in with straw. Drop in lime wedge without squeezing (optional).

Oak And Cane Gives You A New Spin On Rum

Are you looking for a new rum to keep in your bar? Why not try Oak & Cane? Crafted using locally sourced ingredients and double-distilled in South Florida, Oak & Cane is a super-premium, American-made gold rum, aged in white American Oak and well rested with fresh Florida orange peels — the only rum to use this unique ingredient — resulting in a smooth, versatile spirit.

Based in South Florida, Oak & Cane was founded by local partners Fred Greene, Cameron Grace and Joe Villatico, With a huge personal passion for spirits, the team set out to create locally distilled Oak & Cane — now proudly part of an exclusive selection of limited American-made rums.

They double-distill to create a smooth finish, then let it rest with fresh Florida orange peels to bring out subtle notes of vanilla and caramel. The result is an excellent sipping rum enjoyed on the rocks.

Oak & Cane is rooted in innovation, celebrating new-world distillation practices with a proprietary process. Instead of relying on the traditional aging process, which takes years, Oak & Cane double-distills its recipe to smooth out the finish, then rests its rum for 6-12 months with fresh Florida orange peels and medium-charred white American Oak. While it is crafted as a sipping rum, its versatility also opens a world of opportunity for uses in untraditional rum-based cocktails, like Oak & Cane’s signature Mimosa or Old Fashioned.

The guys have taken their love for spirits and willingness to think outside the barrel to create an entirely new process — without the burden of time — which ultimately led them to open up the category and create one of the best tasting rums on the market.

Already garnering impressive industry accolades, Oak & Cane was awarded a Bronze medal in the Rum category at 2016’s New York International Spirits Competition. The brand recently added another Bronze win in the Rum category at 2017’s Berlin International Spirits Competition.

On the nose, Oak & Cane offers delicate aromas of citrus, revealed over aromatic wood. On the palate, hints of vanilla and caramel delight the taste buds. Its light viscosity and mild texture lead to a subtle and smooth finish. At 40% ABV, Oak & Cane is also well balanced, making it a great drink on the rocks or enjoyed in a variety of craft cocktails.

Guinness’ Journey To America Is 200 Years In The Making

Believe it or not this fall marks the 200th anniversary of when the first eight barrels of Guinness made its journey across the Atlantic, from Ireland to America. To toast to this momentous anniversary, Guinness is releasing a commemorative, limited-edition 200th Anniversary Export Stout.

In 1817, Benjamin Guinness—Arthur’s son—brewed the first Guinness beer with a new roasted grain called Black Patent Malt. His stout recipe laid the foundation for how Guinness would brew for the next 200 years. Inspired by a recipe originally developed by Benjamin Guinness and documented brewer diaries dating back to 1817, Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout is rich and full-bodied with notes of caramel, toffee and sweet chocolate.

The 200th Anniversary Export Stout is available now in a 6-pack and comes in at 6% ABV for a SRP of $8.99. In addition, the beer will be included in the 200 Years of Stout in America 12-Pack along with Guinness Original, Antwerpen Stout and Foreign Extra Stout, for a limited-time.

Know Which Drinks You Should Stock In Your Bar

There are so many different spirits, liquors, and beers out there. How do you decide what to stock in your bar? Well it looks like Flaviar is your new best friend. Let’s take a look at a scenario.

Let’s say that a really important date is coming over. Time to upgrade from that poor taste drink you have in your fridge to a well curated bar. Yet you don’t know where to start. What if new co-workers choose your rooftop for a celebratory old fashion after a client win – but you only know of Makers? Or if Mom and Dad are coming in town – time to prove you’re “all grown up” and only know of Dad’s scotch to stock the bar?

Flaviar has got you covered. With one box you can elevate your liquor cabinet or at home bar with the most bespoke, best tasting, craft spirits and arm you with the backstory to impress the girl/guy, your co-workers and convince Mom and Dad you’ve got your sh*t together. Through trial and discovery, Flaviar the premiere discovery online spirits club has got your back sourcing from a database of currently 22,206 products and bringing the best right to your door with quarterly tasting boxes to try it out and the full shipment to stock the bar. This month the internationally acclaimed service is now opening up their club to U.S. members for the first time.

For more info go to their website at flaviar.com

Get Your Halloween Cocktails With The Captain

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Better question what are you drinking at that party? If you don’t know we at MANjr are helping you out. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast, the intensely delicious pumpkin spiced shot, is back on shelves nationwide.

Jack-O’Blast is a fall-inspired shot that blends Caribbean rum with favorite seasonal flavors – including fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and other autumnal spices. Best enjoyed as a chilled shot, Jack-O’Blast can also be served as a drop shot or in a number of seasonal drink recipes.

The pumpkin spiced rum (60 proof, 30% ABV) has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle and is currently available nationwide for a limited time this fall.

Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast Shot

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

Pumpkin Spiced Shotte

1 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

1 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut

2. oz. Cold Brew

Top with Whipped Cream & Cinnamon

Combine Jack-O’Blast, LocoNut and cold brew in a shaker with ice. Pour into 2.5 oz. shot glass, top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.

Apple Jack-O

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

4 oz. chilled apple cider

Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice, stir and serve.

FALL In Love With These Autmun Themed Cocktails

Everyone seems to love the fall. Most of you might also love the pumpkin spice flavor too! Well we have some tasty fall cocktails that will warm up any cool night. These cocktails – made with Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka and Smirnoff Caramel Vodka are the perfect addition to any and all fall festivities that you may have planned.

Pumpkin Smirnoff No. 21 Moscow Mule – Serves 1

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21

4 oz. Ginger Beer

Splash of Apple Cider

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Grilled Lime Wheel

Add Smirnoff No. 21 to a copper mug. Add ice. Pour ginger beer and top with a splash of apple cider. Top finished cocktail with a dash of pumpkin pie spice and a grilled lime wheel.

“PSL” Smirnoff Caramel Punch – Serves 8

12 oz Smirnoff Caramel

8 cups Cream Soda

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Espresso Syrup

Combine Caramel Smirnoff and cream soda in a larger pitcher or punch bowl. Add pumpkin spice syrup and espresso syrup to taste. Stir and add ice (if serving immediately). Garnish individual servings with a dash of cinnamon or cinnamon stick.

Get Hair Like Ron Burgundy With Latest Duke Hair Gel

Attention everyone I have an important announcement. No it is not that I am going to do a cannonball. It is news about the latest from Duke Cannon! A brand new addition to its hair care weaponry; News Anchor Pomade. Duke Cannon believes hardworking men deserve a mane that commands respect, whether he’s getting ready for the workday or appearing on the Channel 5 News. News Anchor Pomade is here to give your hair an authoritative appearance by making your hair thicker and fuller by simply using this premium pomade at your discretion.

Key benefits:

• Medium to strong hold

• Natural feel

• Matte finish

• Protein blend for strength

• Water based to rinse out easily in the shower

• Scent: Sandalwood with a hint of citrus

• A long-lasting 4.6 oz. jar

Duke Cannon’s News Anchor Pomade is now available at Duke Cannon’s Online Store for $15.00 USD. Please consider this premium product for any new product features, roundups or stories. Samples are available upon request.

JJ Watt Gets Challenged From A 7 Year Old

J.J. Watt not only makes a name for himself on the field, but as we all saw his efforts to raise money for the city of Houston we all are rooting for him. As we know he gets into the heart of his current season, he continues his busy fall with the announcement of his newest collaboration with Reebok, the Reebok x J.J. Watt Agility Pack.

The white and silver colorway of the Agility Pack is an homage to the annual “white out” game in Houston, where the players wear all-white uniforms and the fans match in kind with white t-shirts. Everyone from kids to adults alike are able to participate in this tradition of unity and support of the team.

The JJ II Agility Pack will be available on Friday, September 29 for $99 exclusively in Academy Sports + Outdoors stores, on Academy.com and on Reebok.com.

As part of the launch of the Agility Pack, J.J. sat down for a lighthearted and honest interview with 7-year-old Houston superfan Braxton who tested some of Watt’s agility in handling tough questions.

The JJ II was built from the ground up to provide the versatility to attack any training session with the same maximum intensity as Watt does himself. The JJ II also pushes the boundaries of technical innovation to withstand Watt’s intense workout regimen, with features of this cutting-edge training shoe including:

• Unmatched Traction - Graded lug pattern for a strong, responsive grip

• Ultimate Security - Webbed lacing system provides surefooted support

• Uncommon Cushion - Innovative technology provides security and comfort

• Relentless Ventilation - Lenoweave upper provides ultimate breathability

“What I love about the JJ II is that it’s so versatile in the weight room,” said Watt. “You can do any type of workout with it, but then you can also – right after the gym – go out and wear it on the streets. It’s the best performance shoe I’ve ever worn.”

A Reebok athlete since 2015, J.J. Watt has continued to grow and develop into one of the most dominant defensive forces in the game, relaying that energy into a partnership that inspires fans everywhere with dedication and work ethic on and off the field.

For additional information and to view the full Reebok x JJ Watt footwear and apparel collection please visit Reebok.com/JJWatt.

Grilling Is The Perfect Tailgating Tradition

As we go into Week 3 of the NFL people are going to football stadiums all across the country and grilling up some great food before the game. Char-Broil, one of America’s oldest grilling companies, wants to offer loyal fans a new rendition on their classic grill and smoker recipe favorites.

They know the NFL season is a great opportunity to get fans together and cook up some familiar comfort food that is connected to their favorite team. These recipes offer fans and grill masters alike the opportunity to test out each team’s famous dish or try a variation of their own.

Here are some recipes that are centered around certain NFL teams. For more info go Char-Broil’s website.

PIT PIRATE’S YARDBIRD “WANGS”

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Use the Big Easy® Oil-less Turkey Fryer for this recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Chicken wings

Get some oil to spritz on them

Lemon Juice

Salt

Pepper

Favorite “wang” seasoning or Rub

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all of the ‘wangs’ on the bottom and accessory shelves in the cooking basket, making sure there is adequate room between pieces so the infrared can hit them all. Place the loaded cooking basket into the Big Easy and turn on HIGH leaving the lid on for at least 5-10 minutes. I love the sound of them even after just going in. The sound of chicken skin crackling and the smell is a little piece of heaven. Serve these Yardbird “Wangs” with your favorite dipping sauce. Some folks like hot sauce and some like cool sauce. S’all up to you friend! But take my advice – “When you eat these, stand away from folks because they are so good you’ll want to Slap Someone!”

APPLE BUTTER BBQ RIBS

INGREDIENTS

2 Full slabs of baby back ribs

2 tbsp Brown sugar

1 tbsp Paprika

1 tsp Cayenne powder

1/2 tbsp Salt

1/2 tbsp Black pepper

1 tsp Ground ginger

1 tsp Dried thyme

Apple wood chunks

Apple Butter BBQ Sauce

1 cup Apple butter

1/2 cup Ketchup

1/2 cup Brown sugar

1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp Yellow mustard

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Salt & pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat your grill for indirect: Place an aluminum foil pan filled with water under the grill grate and toss a chimney of hot coals alongside. With a butter knife and some paper towels, remove the membrane under each slabs of ribs by inserting the knife between the membrane and one of the bones, pull the membrane with a paper towel to remove it completely. Mix the brown sugar, paprika, cayenne powder, salt, black pepper, ground ginger and dried thyme in a small bowl then apply the rub on both sides of the ribs with your hands so it penetrates the meat. Place the ribs on the grill grate in indirect and toss a few apple wood chunks onto hot coals; Close the lid and cook for 2 hours at 300°F. Add all the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce ingredients to a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. After 2 hours of cooking, wrap the ribs in aluminum foil with 1 cup of the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce on top of each; Cook for another 1 hour at 300°F; You know the ribs are done when the meat have shrunk of about 1 inch from the bones. Once fully cooked, remove from foil and sear over direct heat for 30 seconds per sides to caramelize the bbq sauce; Serve and enjoy!