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HBO And Brewery Ommegang Release A New Game Of Thrones Beer

She will stop at nothing to get her way, and this month the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms is conquering new territory with the release of the latest Game of Thrones beer from HBO and Brewery Ommegang. Inspired by Cersei Lannister, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms is the second in a series of four special, limited release beers from the Royal Reserve Collection, each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms.

An exceptional blend of Belgian sour ale and Belgian-style blonde ale, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms is fitting for the fair-haired ruler who is as acerbic as they come. Available throughout Ommegang’s distribution network on June 29, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms will be offered both on draft and in 750ml bottles. The suggested retail price for a bottle is $12.99.

To find the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms beer near you, visit the beer finder at the Brewery Ommegang site.

Please note: HBO and Brewery Ommegang did send me two bottles, but my thoughts are my own.

Smirnoff Has Drinks For The Summer

We are have arrived to the Fourth of July week! With all the cookouts, parties, fireworks and more there is no better way to get the party started than with some festive, Americana-inspired cocktails.

The limited time only Smirnoff Red, White & Berry is truly the #DrinkoftheSummer and the perfect blast of fun to any and all Independence Day celebrations.  With a delicious blast of cherry, citrus and blue raspberry flavor,Smirnoff Red, White & Berry is the perfect base for a tasty All-American cocktail.

Below, we wanted to share a few of our favorite Red, White & Berry cocktail recipes. Whether your BBQ-ing with friends over the weekend or watching this year’s fireworks on Wednesday, July 4, these cocktails will make a great addition to the occasion.

Red, White, and Berry Boozy Ice Pops

1 ½ cups chopped fresh strawberries

1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk

3 tablespoons sugar, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 oz Smirnoff Red, White, and Berry Vodka, divided

In a blender, add the fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 2 oz Smirnoff Vodka. Blend until smooth, then carefully spoon into 10 ice pop molds, filling each one about ⅓ of the way. Freeze for 20 minutes.

Clean out the blender, then add the coconut milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, vanilla extract, and 2 oz Smirnoff Vodka. Blend until smooth, then remove ice pops from freezer and fill with the coconut layer until molds are ⅔ full. Freeze for 20 minutes.

Clean out blender one more time, then add the blueberries, remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, and remaining 2 oz Smirnoff Vodka. Blend until smooth, then remove ice pops from freezer. Place ice pop sticks in the middle of each mold and push down gently until they are centered and still. Fill each ice pop the remaining ⅓ with the blueberry mixture, then freeze for 2-3 hours until completely solid. Enjoy responsibly.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Passive Time: 3-4 hours

Red, White, and Berry Coconut Lemonade

2 cups Smirnoff Red, White, and Berry Vodka

3 cups fresh lemonade

2 cups coconut water

Fresh lemons, blueberries, and strawberries, for garnish

In a large pitcher, combine the Smirnoff Vodka, lemonade, and coconut water and stir gently. Add fresh fruit as desired, then refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to combine. Serve over ice and enjoy responsibly.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Red, White & Berry Limeade

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.

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.

Celebrate The 4th of July With Stella

Fourth of July celebrations will be starting tonight and Stella Artois Lager and Stella Artois Cidre have the beverage options covered. Whether you are stocking the cooler for a weekend at the beach or hosting friends for a backyard BBQ – Stella Artois offers beverage options to suit any occasion.

On-the-go this summer holiday? Stella Artois 6-pack cans are ideal for any beach-goer, rooftop sunset watcher or pool floater – and not to mention perfect for places that don’t allow glassware.

Hosting a Fourth of July party? Stella Artois Cidre cocktails are deliciously refreshing for a hot summer day and an insta-worthy choice for guests with options like the Stella Artois Cidre Cherry Pom Pomme, the Stella Artois Cidre Margarita or the Stella Artois Cidre Hibiscus Frosé.

Whether it be a large BBQ party, seated backyard dinner, or an impromptu after-work gathering with friends Stella Artois is hoping to help people savor the moments big and small all summer long.

Stella Artois Cidre Cherry Pom Pomme

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz. grenadine
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • Stella Artois Cidre
  • Bradied cherry (to garnish)

Directions: Mix ½ oz. grenadine and ½ oz. lemon juice; shake over ice. Pour into a highball glass and top with Stella Artois Cidre. Garnish with a brandied cherry skewer.

Stella Artois Cidre Hibiscus Frosé

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. Raspberry Hibiscus Infusion*
  • 6 oz. Stella Artois Cidre

Directions: Add Raspberry Hibiscus Infusion, Stella Artois Cidre and ice to blender. Blend for 20 seconds, and pour into Stella Artois Cidre Glass.

Raspberry Hibiscus Tea Infusion

Bring 2 cups water to boil – remove from heat and add 4 hibiscus tea bags. Let seep for 5 minutes then remove tea bags. Add 1 cup raspberries and return to boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add ¾ cup sugar, stir and strain. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Stella Artois Cidre Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Reposado Tequila
  • .75 oz Lime Juice (Juice of 1 lime)
  • 1.5 oz Blood Orange Juice (Juice of 1 blood orange)
  • .5 oz Fuji Apple Juice
  • 4 oz Stella Artois Cidre
  • Dash of Orange Bitters
  • Dash of Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Blue Agave Nectar

Directions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, then pour into double rocks glass. Top with 4 oz. Stella Artois Cidre and garnish with a wedge of lime and a blood orange twist.

You Need To Check Out The Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège 200th Anniversary Limited-Edition Pack

If you are a Hennessy fan than you need to pick up the latest edition. Two centuries ago the future King of England George IV requested an exquisite eau-de-vie, which was delivered by Maison Hennessy to the royal court in 1818. With what would be called Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège, Hennessy created a new style of Cognac that would transform the art of Cognac making, inspiring the future “Very Superior Old Pale” designation. V.S.O.P Privilège is the perfect embodiment of the mastery of Hennessy’s Comité de Dégustation, a manifestation of Hennessy’s unwavering dedication to innovation.

The Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège 200th Anniversary Limited-Edition Pack has a collector’s box that pays homage to the original V.S.O.P design with a traditional Charentaise bottle featuring the vintage vine & grapes of its original label through a modern lens.

Housed in a metal canister with a leather handle, the commemorative 750ml bottle will retail for a suggested price of $80. For more information, visit Hennessy.com

Hennessy  V.S.O.P  Privilège  200th Anniversary  Cocktail

The  Timeless  Mastery

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

.5  oz.  Madeira

3  dashes  Peychaud’s bitters

1  dash  Angostura  bitters

Orange  twist  and  gold  leaf  garnish

Method:

Combine  all  ingredients  in  a  mixing  glass  with ice,  stir  to  chill  and  strain  into  a  rocks  glass;  garnish  with the  expressed  oils  of  an  orange  twist,  discard  the  twist  and  add  gold  leaf.

Irish Spring Sets A Guinness World Record

Last week music fans and festival campers made some news! They got dirty before lathering up to help Irish Spring break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Most People Showering Simultaneously (Single Venue) at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. Festival goers gathered in a custom built shower as water sprayed down from overhead while DJ Jim Pierson kept the party going.

Irish Spring ultimately broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title at 10 a.m. with 396 participants showering simultaneously for five consecutive minutes – exceeding the previous record holder by 65 people.

Known as the East Coast’s largest live music and camping festival, Firefly Music Festival attracted over 70,000 campers spanning over four days, according to the festival’s website (2018, June). As the Official Grooming Product of Firefly Music Festival, Irish Spring also supplied body wash to over 400 showers across the campground throughout the weekend.

New Era Has Hats For The New Generation Of NBA Players

With the NBA Draft fast approaching, the lives of 60 young players are about to change forever, as their dreams are realized the moment they put on their new team’s cap. Today, New Era Cap, the Authentic Cap of the NBA, announces the release of NBA Authentics: Draft Series,the caps that will be given to draftees on June 21 when they are welcomed to their new city.

This year’s collaboration between New Era and the NBA highlights team colorways with unique design elements – using localized patches and pins to pay homage to the NBA’s 30 team cities. The cap embellishments denote something unique for each franchise, including city or state flags, the year the team was established, an alternate team logo and monogram marks.

The NBA Authentics: Draft Series collection is available now in stores and online at NewEraCap.com. The 9FIFTY’s are available in team colorways, denim and Storm Gray for $36.  Additional cap silhouettes will be available ranging in price from $28 – $38.

Michelob Give A Shout Out To The UltraDads

In celebration of the impact of non-traditional ‘dads,’ Michelob ULTRA has created an emotional film, titled Dear #ULTRADAD, that enabled three real people to pay a touching tribute to their father figures.

The video features real people from around the country including fitness influencer and NFL player Dale Moss and Brent Decker, his high school basketball coach from South Dakota, a NYC-based dancer Mary Callahan and Lloyd Culbreath, her dance instructor and mentor and Brooke Carrel, a woman who lost her father at the age of 12, and her stepfather David Terpstra

Michelob ULTRA is also encouraging consumers 21+ to share tributes to their own father figures on social media using the #ULTRAdad hashtag. When consumers share a tribute to their father figure, they have the power to do good and give back to those who play this very role. For each post shared, Michelob ULTRA will donate $1 to Up2Us Sports.

Give Your Dad A Crown For Father’s Day

Crown Royal just released the third expression in its Noble Collection, Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders’ Mash, a rare stock of the Canadian whisky made with a corn-forward mash bill. Carefully aged in new, charred American oak barrels for no less than 13 years, this is the first age statement offered from the Canadian whisky brand, the world’s bestselling Canadian Whisky. The complexity of the liquid intensifies with the aging process, bringing out richer and deeper notes of caramel and fruit.

Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders’ Mash was named Best Canadian Whisky and received a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

APPEARANCE: Amber

NOSE: Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders’ Mash begins with a nose of orchid fruits, butterscotch with a hint of toasted oak.

TASTE: Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders’ Mash encompasses the taste of rich caramel, vanilla and toffee notes.

LOOK AND FEEL: Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders’ Mash is packaged in a sleek bottle with a crystal-cut style base and a re-sealable cork top. A thick, purple bag with gold accents encases a bottle and the carton is a rich purple with an iridescent glow.

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.