Jeff Kyle To Be This Year’s Crown Royal Brickyard 400 Namesake

Crown Royal and NASCAR announced yesterday the winner of this year’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” at the Brickyard 400. Jeff Kyle was at the Texas Rangers game where he was announced as the winner. Jeff will have the naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As the program winner, Kyle’s name will be incorporated into the official race title, Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard.

Kyle, of Lorena, Texas, was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Africa while serving in the military for eight years. During his time with the 3rd Marine Division, Kyle received the Navy Achievement Medal for leading the first Marine detachment to transport a nuclear submarine through hostile waters.

After leaving the military, Sergeant Kyle has dedicated his life to helping his fellow servicemen and women through his tireless efforts to bring awareness to veterans’ needs. Kyle advocates for veterans across the nation and provides support through his involvement with a handful of organizations.

“Honestly, I don’t feel like I’m deserving of this recognition,” said Kyle, of being named the winner of the 2015 “Your Hero’s Name Here” program. “My true service to this country didn’t begin until I got out of the military and I’m proud to be in the position I am.”

Today at Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, over 29,000 fans witnessed the announcement of Kyle as the 2015 “Your Hero’s Name Here” winner as the official race logo incorporating his name was unveiled during the pre-game festivities. As Kyle made his way to the mound to throw the honorary first pitch, the logo was displayed across every screen within the stadium.

After the monumental moment, Kyle was greeted off the field by his closest family and friends who surprised him in celebration of the honor, alongside representatives from Crown Royal and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kyle’s wife and parents were in attendance, as well as Kyle’s personal hero and nominator for the program, 2014 “Your Hero’s Name Here” race namesake and Green Beret John Wayne Walding.

“Jeff has made his sacrifice time and time again, whether he’s serving his country overseas, locally or nationally,” said Walding. “After everything he has done living his life for others, having something that is just for him will be really special.”

This will mark the ninth time the Crown Royal brand has awarded NASCAR race naming rights to an adult fan. After receiving hundreds of entries during the nomination period, five heroes were chosen as finalists and adult fans had the opportunity to cast their votes for the person they felt was most deserving of the honor. In addition to Kyle, program finalists included: Benjamin Parker, retired Army Staff Sergeant from Cincinnati, Ohio; Hector Manley, community leader from Bonita Springs, Fla.; Brendan Marrocco, retired Army Sergeant from Staten Island, N.Y.; and Margy Bons, founder of the Military Assistance Mission from Phoenix, Ariz.

“Jeff Kyle’s dedication to helping veterans in Texas and across the country is a testament to his selfless nature,” said Matt Pechman, Brand Director for Crown Royal Canadian Whisky. “The race on July 26th will mark a special event for Kyle as he’ll experience his first NASCAR race in an incredibly unique way – as the namesake!”

Blade And Bow Showcase Their Brand With These Cocktails

When I started to get an appreciation for whiskey I wanted to make sure I tried all the brands out there. One brand that is starting to make a name for themselves is Blade and Bow. Recently a few whiskey enthusiasts found themselves in a tasting event with Blade and Bow.  They got an education earlier this week in New York City. They got to taste the award-winning bourbon with guided tastings. The event was further amplified by local New York live musician Alexis Babini. With the story of Blade and Bow we were able to unlock history for the new generations of whiskey consumers and remind the older generations of the pleasure of experiencing authentic Stitzel-Weller liquid.

If you haven’t tried Blade and Bow you must make it a point to change that. While you are enjoying Blade and Bow responsibly here are few cocktails that you can try out.

Cocktail created by Amanda Tissue of the Gramercy Park Hotel

1.3 oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon

1 oz. Lemon Juice

.75 oz. Simple Syrup

Muddled Strawberries

Top off with Ginger Beer

Serve in a highball glass.

Blade & Bow Manhattan

1.25 oz. Blade & Bow Base

.25 oz. Cherry Heering

.25 oz. Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Stir. Strain. Garnish with a cherry.

Blade & Bow Gold Rush

1.5 oz. Blade & Bow Base

.5 oz. Lemon Juice

.5 oz. Honey

Shake. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Blade & Bow Presbyterian

1.5 oz. Blade & Bow Base

.25 oz. Lemon Juice

Top with Ginger Ale

Build in a Collins glass over ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Parrot Bay Has Your Ultimate Summer Beach Checklist

How many times will you be heading to the beach this summer? In the past did you make it on the sand and realize that you forgot stuff either in your car or home? You don’t want to turn back and give up your prime spot so you just toughed it out. Now you won’t make that mistake again. Parrot Bay has your ultimate summer beach checklist you should look over before hitting the beach. This list also helps for when you are going to a BBQ or any other fun event this summer.

Homemade popsicles – Mix frozen fruit, ice and a splash of club soda in a blender and pour into fun shaped containers and freeze overnight.

Spray water bottle – For your personal water mister on-the-go to keep cool on hot days

SPF – Don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen for those extra-sunny days

Parrot Bay Margaritas with Coconut Water – This reduced calorie ready-to-drink margarita offers a delicious margarita taste in an 8 oz. sized can, perfect for when your packing up that cooler.

Water – It’s important to always remember to keep hydrated on hot days, especially when enjoying a cocktail.

So there you have it. Now you are ready for the summer.

I also took part in the Parrot Bay Margarita Showdown. I was sent a tasting kit that had two unmarked cans that were ready-to-serve margaritas. One was labeled A and the other was labeled B. I opened up each one and poured into a glass with a salt rim.

I tried the can A. It was just okay, but it had a musty undertone taste to it. Can B was different. The taste was lighter and crisp. I ripped off both of the covers on each can. Can A was Bud Light Lime-A-Rita and Can B was the Parrot Bay Margarita with Coconut Water. Both were in an 8 oz. slim line can. For me the Parrot Bay Margarita will be perfect for those hot summer days when you are looking to enjoy a nice cocktail responsibly.

Check Out The Reebok Classic x RIME Diamond Ventilator

Is your lady friend into sneakers? Well you might want to pick up these Reebok Classic x RIME Diamond Ventilator collaboration. You can help her elevate her style with the Reebok Classic x RIME Diamond Ventilator, the first US product launch in Reebok Classic’s SheCertified collection. This is only for the ladies who define “respect” and know no limitations. Those who stay on their grind, whose hustle is unparalleled and who can do it all while looking fashionable and chic.

As Susan Boyle, owner of the Brooklyn sneaker boutique RIME (157 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY) puts it, “I wanted a sneaker that would show off her brilliance, her glamour, her style. To glisten in the streets. I wanted a sneaker that celebrates HER and shines the way SHE does.”

Grab your exclusive pair first launching at RIME  and starting Thursday, June 25th. This collab will be available at other select retailers including Nordstrom, Extra Butter, Packer Shoes, Bait, and UBIQ starting Wednesday, July 1st for $120.