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Celebrate The New Year With An Old Fashioned

As we look in at the year 2016 we think about the good times and the bad times. It looks like Google was doing the same thing. Google has just released their “Year In Search” results. According to Google’s findings, the Old Fashioned placed sixth in the most searched cocktails of the entire year. So as you are preparing for your New Year’s Eve themed-party or your relaxed night in, a perfect way to celebrate 2016 is to enjoy one of the six delicious and unique Old Fashioned recipes that are below.

Bulleit Rye Old Fashioned

1.25 oz. Bulleit Rye

.25 oz. Demerara Syrup

3 Dashes Orange Bitters

1 Grind Black Walnut Liqueur

I.W. Harper Old Fashioned

1.3 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Spoon of Brown Sugar

Dash of Angostura Orange Bitters

2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters

House-made Cherries

Garnish with Orange Twist

Banana Bread Old Fashioned

1.5 oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

0.5 oz. Banane du Bresil

0.25 oz. Allspice Dram

1 Dash Black Walnut Bitters

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

The Hilhaven Lodge Old Fashioned

1.5 oz. of The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey

1 Sugar Cube

3 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters

1 Orange Peel

Tennessee Old Fashioned

1 oz. George Dickel No. 12 Whisky

1 tsp. Sugar

0.25 oz. Bitters

1 Splash Water

Garnish with Orange Slice, Lemon twist and Cherry

Alexa From Amazon Is Ready To Take Your Pizza Hut Order

Technology is now helping out your dinner plans. If you have Alexa Voice Service from Amazon then you can now order Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut, recognized as the pizza restaurant company which serves and delivers more pizzas than any other pizza company in the world, is expanding its ordering capabilities to include Alexa Voice Service on Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets. With a simple phrase, and not a single phone or laptop lifted, Pizza Hut’s new skill brings ease and convenience to the ordering experience for pizza-loving homes across the country.

The Pizza Hut skill differs from any pizza brand in the space by providing Alexa users with the convenience of ordering not only your favorites and past orders, but also directly from a menu of the most popular items from Pizza Hut.

Menu options include:

Pepperoni Pizza

Cheese Pizza

Veggie Lover’s® Pizza

Meat Lover’s® Pizza

Supreme Pizza

Breadsticks

Cinnamon Sticks

Pepsi

Diet Pepsi

Mist Twist

Mountain Dew

Voice command options include:

“Alexa, open Pizza Hut.”

“Alexa, ask Pizza Hut for a pizza.”

A Cool Twist On Smirnoff

This holiday season you might want to pick up some Smirnoff No. 21 and Smirnoff Peppermint Twist for your holiday party. Both of them are both delicious, budget-friendly ingredients for festive cocktails at any of your holiday gatherings this season. We even have some delicious recipes for you to enjoy responsibly.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

1.5 ounces Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka

8 ounces Hot Chocolate

3-4 Peppermint Marshmallows

Chocolate Peppermint Martini

3 ounces Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka

2 ounce crème de cacao

1 ounce chocolate liquor

2 ounce cream chocolate sauce & crushed peppermint for garnish

Gingerbread Martini

3 ounces Smirnoff Vodka

3 ounces Irish cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ounces cream

Whipped Cream & Crushed Gingerbread cookies for garnish

The Peppermint Knitted Nog

1.5oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist,

3oz Eggnog

Crushed Peppermint Candy & Whipped Cream for garnish

Cranberry Holiday Punch

32 ounces (1/2 container) Cranberry-Raspberry Juice

32 ounces (1/2 container) Pineapple Juice

2 Liter Cranberry Lemon-Lime Pop

750 mL bottle Smirnoff Vodka

Sliced Lemon, Limes & Frozen Cranberries for garnish

Phil Dalhausser Talks Volleyball & Why He Loves LA

Pro Beach Volleyball Player Phil Dalhausser introduces you to the South Bay of Los Angeles, home of the famed Manhattan Beach, The Strand, and sun-soaked volleyball courts. I got to chat with 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist about why he loves LA and a bit on his training for the Olympics.

Phil started playing beach volleyball in 2005 and enjoyed a break-out year in 2006 when he partnered with Todd Rodgers, an 11 years veteran of professional beach volleyball. Since teaming up, the duo has become one of the best beach volleyball teams of all time. In the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Phil and Todd won the gold medal match two sets to one against Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz Magalhaes of Brazil. Dalhausser made nine blocks in the championship match, with five coming in the deciding third set, putting the U.S. up to a 9-1 lead and eventually winning it 15-4. Dalhausser was named tournament MVP. Phil’s nickname on the tour was the “Thin Beast” and later became “Beijing Beast” after his performance in China.

To listen to the interview click HERE.

Discover all the rad things LA offers HERE.

Get Smarter This Holiday

This time of the year friends and family will ask you that dreaded question, “What do you want for Christmas?” That is a nice question to ask, but then you freeze up because you don’t know what to say. Well we got you covered this year. Here are some of the hottest items that you would love to see under the tree that has your name on the gift tag. Plus some of the items might not fit under the tree. The only question left is have you been naughty or nice?

2017 smart fortwo coupe – Starting at $14,650

Treat them to style that is “smart” this holiday season. Besides having a combined fuel efficiency rating of 35mpg, the new 2017 smartfortwo coupe is the most efficient of any two-seater or subcompact car as rated by the EPA.

2017 smartfortwo cabrio – Starting at $18,900

Now on sale in U.S. dealers, the all-new 2017 smart fortwo cabrio is the most affordable new convertible on the market. At the touch of a button the new smart cabrio is transformed from a closed two-seater into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof, or a full-fledged cabriolet with the soft top completely open.

Patagonia Men’s Recycled Down Jacket Shirt – $199

Insulated with 600-fill-power 100% recycled down that’s reclaimed from used down products, this warm, highly compressible shirt has the fit and feel of a lightweight jacket and is made almost entirely from recycled materials.

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link – $599.99

Part of being smart includes being aware. According to Dyson, indoor air pollution can be up to five times worse than outside. The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link heats and cools purified air to keep the home safe and clean. This purifier can also link to your smartphone to constantly monitor air quality.

Nest Learning Thermostat – $249

The 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat is best yet. This thermostat learns what temperature you like, and adjusts accordingly. Connect it to your phone and you can control it from anywhere. The Nest Learning Thermostat can also detect when you’re away, setting itself to an Eco Temperature to save energy.  Saving energy and cutting costs is the best gift you can give.

Sense Home Energy Monitor – $249

Do you have someone in your life with a sky-high energy bill, and they don’t know what’s causing it? That’s where Sense comes in.  The device wirelessly connects to your phone and from there, you can see exactly what appliances are using energy and how much each day – continuing to keep an energy-conscious eye open.

Reebok Classics Brings Back An OG

There were a lot of great kicks that are coming out this month to round out 2016! Reebok Classics is adding to that list with an OG sneaker. The Year of the Question started with the Prototype, and as it nears the end, comes back with a classic.

For one of the final installments of the 20th anniversary of the Reebok Question Mid in 2017, Reebok is re-releasing the Question Mid OG Blue Toe, which Allen Iverson wore on the court regularly in his rookie year, and was the shoe he wore during his iconic “crossover” moment.

The style of the shoe is emblematic of his game; the Hexalite midsole construction, bold shades, and ice sole complemented his game and team’s classic colors. The crisp white leather upper is the perfect canvas for vibrant red hits of the classic Vector branding on the tongue and side panels.

The Reebok Classic Question Mid OG Blue Toe releases this Friday, December 9 for $140 at Reebok.com and select retailers including Finish Line, Footaction and Champs Sports.

You can also go check out the full collection of 20 for 20 Year of the Question at reebok.com/2020.

A New Kind Of Seltzer

Looking for a new drink? How about something mixes a bubbly refreshing drink with some alcohol? Seltzers have long been a top choice when it comes to mixers, so it is no surprise that hard seltzers are quickly becoming one of the new favorite bubbly alcohol beverage options for adult consumers. SMIRNOFF Spiked Sparkling Seltzer premium malt beverage is the newest addition to the hard seltzer category — but with fewer calories than the leading hard seltzer brands currently on the market.

In addition to only being 90 calories per 12 oz. serving, the new premium malt beverage has only 1g carbs, zero sugar and no artificial sweeteners. When reaching for bubbly this holiday season, go for SMIRNOFF Spiked Sparkling Seltzer, as one 12 oz. can offers the same calories as only one 4 oz. glass of most champagnes.

Consumers 21 years of age and older will be able to pick up SMIRNOFF Spiked Sparkling Seltzer in three refreshing-tasting flavors – Orange Mango, Cranberry Lime and Watermelon  beginning in November. Served chilled in its slimline can, the three flavors are crafted to remove gluten and are infused with natural fruit flavors.

SMIRNOFF Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is 4.5% alcohol by volume and is best served chilled in the 12 oz. slimline cans or in a glass on the rocks with a fruit garnish. The new product will be available nationwide with a manufacturer’s recommended retail price of $8.99 for a 6-pack of 12 oz. cans.

SMIRNOFF asks consumers to enjoy this bubbly goodness responsibly.

Help Others In Need With Crown Royal

One of the great things about this part of the year is that people reflect on what they have and what is really important to them. That notion set the idea of #GivingTuesday in motion. Crown Royal is looking to help too. They started the “Live Generously and Life Will Treat You Royally” campaign. Their mission is to inspire and facilitate generosity in all of its many forms. In celebration of #GivingTuesday, Crown Royal is partnering with GoodWorld, a tech startup that fuels charitable giving on social media. Together they are encouraging people to support worthy causes by commenting #donate on participating charities’ Facebook posts, tweeting #donate at a cause’s username or by signing up at GoodWorld.me to trigger real-time donations.

As an incentive, Crown Royal will donate $1 to our longstanding partners at Packages From Home for every person who registers with GoodWorld between #GivingTuesday and the end of the year, up to $50,000. Crown Royal and Packages From Home have worked together to send nearly half a million Crown Royal Care Packages to active duty troops overseas over the past five years. If you are looking to help out go to GoodWorld.me or packagesfromhome.org

Let Your Fandom Be Heard

If you truly believe that you are the number one fan for your team you need to check out the one of kind Bluetooth speaker from Nima Sports. It will improve your office, TV room, or wherever you want to show off your team pride. Just in time for the holidays you can get a gift for the sports fan on your list or even for yourself.

Just imagine you sitting in your house watching your favorite college football team on TV and you wanted to hear your favorite radio host call the game. With the Nima Sports helmet speaker you can. You just sync up your new football helmet speaker to your phone. Then just mute the TV and listen to the game from your favorite college team’s helmet. Even when it is not game day you can listen to your favorite sports talk shows that discuss your team’s performance from the weekend or listen to music.

There are three sizes for each helmet. You can pick up any size and you will be happy with your purchase. I was able to test out the small version of the Auburn Tigers helmet and was very pleased with the performance of the speaker as well as the look of the helmet. There are certain Bluetooth speakers that spend too much time on the design of the speaker and neglect the performance of that speaker. You can tell once it starts trying to play off your synced device. The sound quality is poor and at some points even irritating. Then there are others that focus way too much on the speaker. The look of that speaker is flimsy and often tends break and looks horrible in your office or game room. So you end up with a speaker that either under delivers in sound or look. Why would you spend money on that?

For the Nima Sports helmet speaker you can instantly tell that they put their heart and soul into the development of the design and sound. Any sports fans will tell you that when they rep their team they want something that looks authentic and real. Nima provides that slick look. These helmet speaker look like a mini version of the helmets they wear on game day.

What about the sound from the Nima Sports helmet? It comes with one down firing subwoofer for massive bass beats, two midrange speakers for clear sound, and seven preset equalizer options. The NIMA Sports helmet is compatible with any Smartphone, Tablet, MP3, PC or Mac with Bluetooth connectivity. Stream wirelessly and seamlessly control every feature of the speaker from anywhere within 65 feet. So this helmet from Nima is perfect for when you are tailgating right before the game.

Nima developed with the goal of connecting the sports fan with the music that invigorates them. The speakers come as extremely realistic NCAA team helmets, with NFL helmets and NBA basketball are soon to be released. From pumping up your fellow fans at a tailgate to displaying your team pride at work, this helmet is the perfect way to fervently display your fandom. The products come in various sizes, please check out the website for further details.

When Fashion Meets Bourbon

What do you get when you have a two great companies work together? In this case you get great bourbon and a great jacket. Bulleit Bourbon and NOBLE Denim continue to find unique ways to combine two of the best materials in the world: denim and whiskey. Building on the partnership that began with barrel aged jeans in 2014, Bulleit and NOBLE are again joining forces to bring whiskey lovers NOBLE jean jackets aged in Bulleit barrels.

The jackets will be available in limited quantities on NobleDenim.com, at the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller in Louisville and at select retail outlets beginning in late-November. They are perfect for anyone you know who can rock a good looking jacket.

To celebrate the launch, Bulleit and NOBLE teamed up with indie-rock band Houndmouth, to record exclusive videos incorporating the NOBLE jean jackets and, of course, Bulleit cocktails. Make sure you are on the lookout for these videos that will be available soon. Check out the teaser trailer HERE.