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Carolina Blue Kicks Hotter Than The Summer

The title of this post is a slight variation on a Jay-Z song just like these Air Jordan VII’s are a slight variation from the original shoe from back in the day. The 1992 release of the Air Jordan VII coincided with number 23’s turning point from emerging star to legendary player. He laced them up in pursuit of his second title and again during that summer’s global conquest, going from a hardwood name to a household name somewhere along the way. In this latest edition, the iconic release goes back to the beginning, paying tribute to MJ’s alma mater with a University Blue upper in a colorway not seen since 2010. These kicks are on sale this Saturday at 10 AM EST on the SNKRS app and where Air Jordans are sold.

Enjoy The Kentucky Derby With These Cocktails

Early next month on Saturday, May 6 marks the 143rd anniversary of the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports! Are you getting some friends to come over to watch it? If you are I wanted to share some bourbon and cocktail suggestions for your Derby spring parties.

The much coveted and rare Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will finally be re-released to coincide with Derby in 10 select markets around the country. This award-winning bourbon is perfect for slow sipping or creating a luxurious Mint Julep.

The Mint Julep with Bulleit 10 Year Old is a premium version of the classic Derby drink, while the Blade and Bow “New” Fashioned was created with the spirit of spring in mind and is a great alternative to the julep.

Blade and Bow 22-Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Beginning in April, an extremely limited supply of Blade and Bow 22-Year Old will be re-released for the first time since its launch on Derby Day, 2015. Keep an eye out at leading bourbon retailers and help commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the opening of legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Kentucky on the first weekend in May.

Mint Julep

1.25 oz. Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old

1.5 tsp. sugar

Fresh mint leaves

Water

Directions: Muddle mint leaves, sugar and splash of water in a rocks glass or julep cup. Add Bulleit 10, water, and fill glass with crushed ice and stir. Garnish with fresh mint.

Blade and Bow “New” Fashioned

In an old fashioned glass (or rocks glass, whichever is readily available)

1.25 oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1.5 oz. simple syrup

Muddle 1 orange slice

Add ice

0.75 oz. St-Germain

Stir

Have You Tried A Hennessy Mint Julep?

As we get closer the Kentucky Derby people start wanting to make Mint Juleps. Have you ever tried one with Hennessy? A uniquely American cocktail made of mint, sugar, bourbon and ice, the Mint Julep has been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby since 1938. But before the Civil War made foreign products like Cognac hard to come by in the South, Mint Juleps were in fact made with the French spirit.

So why not get back to this classic cocktail’s roots with a French twist on an American tradition, made with Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège? The world’s first and favorite V.S.O.P Cognac blends over 60 eaux-de-vie to achieve perfect harmony – a natural balance of strength and smoothness with a long-lasting finish.

Georgia Mint Julep

• 2 oz. Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac

• .25 oz. Apricot Brandy

• .25 oz. Heavy simple syrup (2:1)

• 8 tender mint sprigs (slim stems)

• Garnish: Mint Sprig, sprinkled powdered sugar

• Glass: Julep Cup

Method: Place 8 mint sprigs in the bottom of the julep cup, add the liquids, now fill half full with crushed ice, stir to combine and chill, top with more crushed ice to just above the rim of the glass.  Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and a small dusting of powdered sugar on top.

Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Releasing For Derby Day

Derby Day is a day that many people look forward to. This year will be extra special. This month, an extremely limited supply of Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 22-Year-Old will be re-released for the first time since its launch on Derby Day 2015.

Due to the rarity and renowned craftsmanship of the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery, demand for Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old exceeded even our wildest expectations. The re-release of Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old honors the 82nd anniversary of the opening of Stitzel-Weller Distillery and continues to epitomize the artful passion of Stitzel-Weller. I’ve attached a fact sheet with all the details.

Since its release, Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old has been recognized by many respected spirits awards including: Named “Best Straight Bourbon” and awarded Double Gold at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Awarded a score of 99 and Chairman’s Trophy  at the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Best Bourbon 10 years and over from multiple barrels from Jim Murray’s 2017 Whisky Bible

Blade and Bow has a lot to celebrate this year, and is doing so leading into Derby weekend with A Stitzel-Weller Affair on May 5. The event includes a seated dinner by Chef Ford Fry of The Optimist and a private performance by Grammy-award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers.

DEW Parties With G-Easy and Virgil Abloh

G-Eazy and Virgil Abloh performed last weekend at the DEW Label Motel in Palm Springs. Label Motel launched the DEW Label Series with a motel takeover that completely transformed the everyday into a bold and refined experience during one of the hottest music festivals of the year.

Enjoy The Season With Smirnoff

The weather is better now that we are done with winter and on to the spring season. A lot of us are looking to enjoy this season by hanging outside. Now you can get rid of those winter blues by inviting friends over for a BBQ.

Smirnoff is here to help you celebrate these warm weather vibes with a few seasonal cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a spring punch for your next brunch or fun spritzer to mix up yourself these cocktails will give you the spring-time flavor you’ve been waiting for without breaking the bank. For those looking to get ready for beach season there is the Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer – one can comes in at just 90 calories. It’s the perfect ready-to-drink beverage to enjoy without feeling guilty afterwards.

Sunrise Over Moscow Mule (courtesy of Jay and Leah from The Gastronom)

Cocktail:

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

2 oz Fresh squeezed orange juice

.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

4 oz ginger beer

Fill copper mug with crushed ice. Add vodka, orange juice and lime juice into the mug. Stir and top with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger.

Ice pops:

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

2 oz Fresh squeezed orange juice

.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

4 oz ginger beer

Add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk to mix completely. Pour mixture into ice pop molds and place into freezer. After about 90 minutes, insert sticks into the molds. Allow ice pops to freeze overnight.

Raspberry Brunch Punch (Serves 1)

1.5 Ounces Smirnoff Rasberry

3 Ounces Pineapple Juice

Raspberries and Pineapple Slice for Garnish

Lime Cooler Spritzer (Serves 1)

1.5 ounces Smirnoff Lime Vodka

1 ounce Cranberry- Apple Juice

2 ounces Club Soda

Apple wedge for garnish

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer

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).

Reebok Teams Up With Artists For Humanity

Not only is Reebok making fantastic kicks this year, but they are doing something even better. Reebok has partnered with Boston-based Artists for Humanity (AFH), a pioneering program that enables social change for under-resourced youth. The aim of the partnership is to break down barriers for young adults by providing paid creative work, in this case affording four teens the opportunity to design limited edition sneakers via a unique mentorship program.

Reebok and AFH are proud to unveil three designs that are the result of this enterprising partnership.

Jonathan Vergara created a geographically-themed Reebok Classic Leather, reflecting both the brand’s birthplace as well as the current residence – Bolton, Northwest England and Canton, Massachusetts respectively. The hand-painted Atlantic Ocean-inspired vamp separates each continent, as represented by the contour lines on the heel and toe. The ‘1405’ code on each shoe represents the height of Bolton’s highest peak, Winter Hill. New England’s Mount Washington is called out by the ‘6289’ emboss on the heel.

Jonathan ‘Pineapple’ Tejeda and Kathleen ‘Kat’ Canola chose the 80s Club C tennis sneaker as their canvas. Sourcing their palette from William the Conqueror’s coat of arms, the designs feature red, blue and yellow elements complete with a Tudor Rose motif. The year ‘1066’ is stamped on the heel to represent the Battle of Hastings, which marked the beginning of the Norman Conquest of England.

Thornton ‘Sparticus’ Nguyen takes off on a flight of fancy by way of the Workout Plus – a rocket ship representing life’s journey through the turbulent mists of teenage years. The ‘Struggle Clouds’ of red, orange and pink portray a fiery launch, which settles into the deep navy sole like the mysterious expanse that awaits the accelerating spacecraft.

Reebok has forged a strong relationship with AFH, empowering creative young adults and producing inspired, limited-edition sneakers in the process.

The Artists For Humanity x Reebok collection will be released on 4/7 at Reebok Classics retailers worldwide, with a celebratory launch event at Reebok Union Square in New York City.

Making A Bulleit Boilermaker For National Beer Day

Guess what! This Friday is National Beer Day. Sure you can have a beer to celebrate, but how much fun is that? Why not make a Boilermaker? So if you are going to follow my lead might I suggest that you pick up one of your favorite brews and while you are out pick up a bottle of Bulleit 10-Year Old Bourbon. Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old is Tom Bulleit’s selected reserve. Aged in charred American white oak, select Bulleit Bourbon barrels were set aside to age for 10 years. The result is a special expression of Bulleit that provides a rich, deep, incredibly smooth sipping experience.

This is my third attempt with Bulleit Bourbon to find a beer that will make the perfect Boilermaker. This time I needed to find something that would pair well with the Bulleit 10-Year Old Bourbon. Before I tell you which beer I chose let me educate you on how the Boilermaker came to be.

Most of you know that a Boilermaker is created when you combine a cold beer with a shot of whiskey. There are few theories on when the Boilermaker was created. Some say that Boilermaker came to be in the 1800s when blue collar workers headed to the bar after a long shift and it is believed that the drink was named after the workers who built and maintained steam locomotives during that same time period.

Another idea is that the first Boilermaker was created when Richard Trevitchick and his friends celebrated after his steam powered vehicle made its first successful climb up his village’s steepest hill on Christmas Eve in 1801.

No matter how the Boilermaker came to be the popularity of the Boilermaker is making a comeback. So with that notion Bulleit is asking for my help and yours as long as you are 21 years old or older to find the beer that when paired with any variety of Bulleit Bourbon will create the best Boilermaker.

Since we are a few days away from National Beer Day I wanted to go with something that had a springtime feel to it. I chose New Belguim’s Fat Tire as the beer to mix with a variety of Bulleit.

Just like the past few months I enjoyed this version of the Boilermaker with the Bulleit 10-Year Old. The combination of New Belguim’s Fat Tire and Bulleit 10-Year old was perfect for this time of year. It was refreshing and is good to drink while you watch your favorite baseball team come back to the diamond for another year.  I would say that this one had a score of 9.0 out of ten. So far between the three this is my favorite one.

What beer would you choose to go with a Bulleit variety? Below is the recipe you can use. Let me know which beer you used with Bulleit. I’m always looking for some good suggestions.

Boilermaker

1 oz. Bulleit (Bourbon, Rye or 10-Year-Old)

12 oz. Beer

Old Milwaukee Beer Is Taking It Old School

Just in time for the warmer weather Old Milwaukee is releasing a new look to their cans to enjoy the spring and summer months. Old Milwaukee, a beer brewed right since 1849 (over 160 years), unveiled a new packaging design that pays homage to America’s pin-up heritage. The first pin-up in the series, ‘Stars and Stripes,’ is modeled after iconic female wartime heroes harkening back to WWII. The next pin-up design in the series, which gives a nod to the hunting and outdoor traditions, will launch in September 2017 with a new design to follow every four months.

The new design hits shelves at select retailers nationwide this month. While the outside has changed, the tried and true liquid inside remains the same. Old Mil fans can expect the same awarding winning recipe that uses traditional brewing processes and a complex variety of hops and 6-row blend malt, creating a full-bodied, carefully balanced beer.

Mtn Dew Introduces Some New Flavors This Spring

Mtn Dew is getting even more flavorful as they are launching a few new flavors in the drink lineup. Following the success of Mtn Dew Black Label last year, Dew is creating the Mtn Dew Label Series – a line of premium sodas crafted with unique flavors and herbal and citrus bitters. The new line includes the citrus-flavored Mtn Dew White Label and the apple-kiwi flavored Mtn Dew Green Label. Also, new this spring is Mtn Dew SPIKED LEMONADE made with crushed lemons, real sugar, and a shot of prickly pear cactus juice.

Along with the new products, Mtn Dew Label Series will launch in a big way with Label Motel, transforming the everyday into a bold and refined experience as DEW takes over and completely converts the Musicland Hotel in Palm Springs, Calif., on April 15 – 16 during one of the hottest music festivals of the year.