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Whiskeys Dads Will Love To Enjoy On Father’s Day

As we are now in the month of June we are looking to celebrate all the things that our dads have done for us. If you are need of some great gift ideas for dear ol’ dad we have a few whiskey ideas that your father would love to sip on this Father’s Day.

George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish

If dad’s a fan of spicy flavors, George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish will do the trick. This one-of-a-kind spirit embodies the essence of its Louisiana and Tennessee roots with authentic spice and flavors. George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish took home a Gold Medal in this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash

Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash is the first offering in the Crown Royal Blenders’ Series, a new line of special whiskies that celebrate the art of blending. The new offering showcases a classic whisk(e)y style with a distinctive smooth finish. A perfect fit for the dad that appreciates craftmanship.

Bulleit Barrel Strength

Awarded a Double Gold Medal and named the Best Straight Bourbon in the 2018 San Francisco Spirits Awards, Bulleit Barrel Strength is a whiskey un-cut and un-filtered. Bulleit Bourbon is distilled and aged in Bulleit family tradition, after founder Tom Bulleit was inspired by an old family bourbon recipe passed down through generations. Once sold by hand, today Bulleit Bourbon is one of the fastest-growing whiskeys in America.

Rhetoric 24-Year-Old

For those looking for a unique and rare gift for their dad, Orphan Barrel Whiskey recently released a new, extremely limited variant within its Rhetoric family. With a unique lineage steeped in whiskey aging experimentation, this year’s Rhetoric 24-Year-Old gives way to the fifth iteration of the whiskey, which has been aged a year longer than its pred

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.

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.”

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!

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.

IndyCar Driver Alexander Rossi and Crown Royal Honor The Military

Crown Royal and Verizon IndyCar Series driver Alexander Rossi visited Stout Army Airfield in Indianapolis to surprise servicemen and women. Military members enjoyed a meet and greet with the Indy 500 winner along with Stephen Wilson, the Director of Whiskey Engagement for Crown Royal. During his visit Rossi announced he will be submitting the names of all military attendees who attended which is more than 200 names to Crown Royal’s Wall of Gratitude. Those names will be on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Crown Royal also presented the Indiana National Guard tickets to Armed Forces and Indy 500 weekends along with some other fun opportunities around the track.

“Serving our nation is the most generous thing a person can do for this country,” said 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi. “I have the utmost confidence race fans will do their best for the Crown Royal Wall of Gratitude by Indy 500 weekend, honoring so many deserving troops and veterans.”

Crown Royal’s history of inspiring exceptional generosity in all its forms goes back more than a decade. The brand has a long-standing history of supporting those who serve our country. In addition to collecting names for the Wall of Gratitude, Crown Royal will be assembling care packages, during activations at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for deployed troops through their ongoing partnership with Packages From Home.

Who Wants To Try A Hot Dickel

Just as the months start to warm up, George Dickel is following suit. For more than a century, both George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and McIlhenny Company’s TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce, have celebrated their Louisiana and Tennessee roots and legacy of craftsmanship. Now, with George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish available in stores this May, these two iconic brands are coming together in one bottle. Finished in barrels used to age tabasco peppers for three years, George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish has a deliciously spicy flavor. George Dickel takes its Tennessee whisky and rests it in these barrels for 30 days, allowing the spice and flavor imparted on the wood from the tabasco peppers to add its unique finish.

TABASCO Brand Pepper Sauce is then distilled to create an essence, which is carefully blended together with the whisky to create George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish. The result is a deliciously spicy shot, which recently won a Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

“George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and TABASCO are two of the most iconic brands the South has to offer for a reason – the craftsmanship that goes into creating these products is the real deal,” said Jeff Parrott, Director of American Whisk(e)y Development at Diageo. “Both brands have such a rich history, and we’re proud to collaborate with our friends at McIlhenny Company to marry their unique flavor with our quality Tennessee whisky.”

The release of George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish signals the return of longer days, livelier nights and good times. For consumers looking for the perfect mix of fun and flavor, it can be enjoyed as a shot with celery salt on the rim, or with pickle juice or an ice chaser. Whether enjoyed at your local barbeque spot or backyard party, a shot of Hot Dickel provides a peppery kick, but goes down with a smooth finish. Hitting shelves nationwide in May, George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish carries a suggested retail price of $24.99 for a 750 mL bottle and is also available in 50 mL and 1L sizes. The alcohol by volume is 35% (70 proof). Like the rest of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky brand’s offerings, this shot is meant to be enjoyed responsibly.

Up Your Burger Flavor With Cholula

For all of you who love a great burger you need to check this out. Cholua has partnered with Umami Burger to create the ‘Sweet Habanero’ Chick-Me-Out Burger, Umami’s first-ever grilled chicken sandwich featuring Cholula’s new flavor, Sweet Habanero. And, it’s for the health-conscious served with a vegan bun or in a lettuce wrap!

The secret menu item will be available only at the Umami Burger at the Grove in LA now and two other select locations in Chicago and NY until June 6th.

The sandwich features an array of colorful & flavorful ingredients, including Cholula Sweet Habanero Hot Sauce, Adobo Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast, Smashed Avocado, Pickled Red Onions, Lime & Green Mango Slaw & Charred Pineapple.

Who is hungry? Make sure you check out the ‘Sweet Habanero’ Chick-Me-Out Burger before it is gone.

Budweiser Explores The Universe

Today on National Space Day and the official ‘May the Fourth Be with You’ day, Budweiser is celebrating its bold commitment to being the first beer on Mars through a new, two minute tribute film. The film focuses on our commitment to bringing humanity to the Red Planet – which includes beer.

The video is narrated by retired Astronaut Clay Anderson, who was an astronaut for 15 years spending a total of 167 days in space, and was also a key player in Budweiser’s initial announcement at SXSW 2017.

39 million miles away, the next generation of space exploration awaits its first pioneers. And while life on the Red Planet is still in the near – yet distant – future, Budweiser just unveiled its own ambitious commitment, to create microgravity beer for when we make it to Mars. Known for raising a cold one to the American Dream and those who work hard for it, Budweiser wants to be part of this monumental journey in reaching the next frontier.

Smirnoff Helps You Celebrate Summer In Style

May is officially here, it’s time to set our sights on summer! And what better way to kick-off Summer than by celebrating with a delicious Americana-inspired cocktail in-hand?

This year, back and better than ever, is Smirnoff’s seasonal limited time offering, Smirnoff Red, White & Berry. This vodka specialty is the ideal drink for summer from its perfectly patriotic packaging to its delicious combination of citrus, cherry & blue raspberry. Here are some tasty recipes you can make this summer.

Triple Berry Mojitini (Serves 4)

·         3/4 cup Smirnoff Red, White & Berry

·         1 cup limeade

·         Club soda

·         Handful of mint leaves

·         6 oz raspberries

·         6 ounces blackberries

·         4 ounces cherries, pitted and cut in half

·         Sugar and lime wedge for rimming

·         4 teaspoons sugar, (I used stevia)

In the bottom of 4 – 11.5 oz glasses, place 1 teaspoon of sugar and a few torn mint leaves. Muddle. To each glass add 2 raspberries, 2 blackberries and 2 cherries. Muddle with the sugar and mint until liquefied. Pour 1.5 oz Smirnoff Red, White & Berry into each glass. Top with 1/4 cup limeade, crushed ice and a splash of club soda. Garnish with a cocktail pick of a raspberry, blackberry and lime wedge.

Summer Berry Mule

  • 1.5 ounces Smirnoff Red, White & Berry
  • 4 ounces Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries- blueberries, raspberries or blackberries
  • Squeeze of lemon (optional)

In a shaker, muddle half the berries with the vodka, add ice and shake. Pour into an ice filled mason jar. Top with Ginger Beer and a squeeze of lemon. Garnish with fresh berries on a skewer

Red, White & Berry Limeade (Serves 8-10)

  • 1 cup Smirnoff Red, White, & Berry or Smirnoff No. 21
  • 1 cup black raspberry liqueur
  • 3 cups limeade

In a large pitcher, combine the Smirnoff, black raspberry liqueur, and limeade. Chill until cold, then serve over ice with blueberries, raspberries, and apple stars for a patriotic twist.

Boozy Blackberry, Pineapple & Cilantro Ice Pops (Serves 20)

For the Blackberries:

  • 3½ cups blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 ounces Smirnoff Red, White, & Berry Vodka

For the Ice Pop Purée:

  • 4 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ½ ounces Smirnoff Red, White & Berry
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Pinch kosher salt

Prepare the blackberries:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the blackberries, sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally and gently mashing half of the berries using a wooden spoon, until the berries are soft and the liquid has reduced to a syrup, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in the vodka and immediately remove from the heat. Allow to cool completely.

Prepare the ice pop purée:

In a high-powered blender, purée all the ingredients on high until smooth, around 3 minutes. For an extra smooth purée, strain through a sieve to remove any small bits of pineapple and cilantro that didn’t blend completely.

Assemble the ice pops:

Spoon 2 tablespoons of ice pop purée into the bottom of each ice pop mold. Layer with 2 tablespoons of the blackberries. Repeat with 1 more layer of each. Insert a popsicle stick and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

To serve:

One at a time, dip a frozen ice pop mold into a bowl of warm water for 10 to 15 seconds. Gently pull the ice pop to release from the mold and serve.

Spiked Triple Berry Basil Lemonade (Serves 8)

·         1.5 cups Smirnoff Red, White & Berry

·         8 cups lemonade

·         1 cup basil syrup

·         4 berry lemonade ice cup

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)

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

·         1 cup homemade lemonade

Red Slush Layer:

·         1 ¼ cups strawberries, quartered

·         2 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry vodka

·         ¼ cup of homemade lemonade

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.