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.

Verizon And Go90 Has Your Sports Fix This Weekend

While you are our running errands for the holidays this weekend you might miss out on your favorite games. Well no need to worry. Verizon subscribers can watch NFL and NBA games thanks to go90.

With go90, Verizon subscribers can watch ANY of the best NFL games for free from their smartphones, at any time and from anywhere and without using data. Some of the big games featured on go90 this week include the Raiders at Chiefs, Bears at Lions, Seahawks at Packers, Cowboys at Giants and Ravens at Patriots.

NFL on go90 also includes the opportunity to re-watch games including highlights, best and worst plays and additional sports programming. go90 will be streaming all of the post-season, Pro Bowl and Super Bowl LI.  The app is available to download for free via the App Store or Google Play and does not require a traditional subscriptions or have hidden fees.

Fortunately for NBA fans, go90 is offering one more free preview weekend of NBA LEAGUE PASS. Fans can stream go90 on their smartphone or tablet, to catch any of the games from December 9 -10. Download go90 via the App Store or Google Play, and enjoy this free preview. Remember, fans can also purchase an NBA LEAGUE PASS full season package from go90.com/NBA.

Bourne Is Back

There are few sequels that live up to the original. Some of those movies are from the Jason Bourne movie franchise. The latest one that brings back Matt Damon is called Jason Bourne. This is the fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise and it is out now on Digital HD and comes on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on December 6, 2016. The film is from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Nearly a decade since fans last saw the former operative, the explosive return brings Jason Bourne into a whole new era, revealing key secrets about Bourne’s origins to a new generation. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD include commentary from the cast, filmmakers, stunt performers and fight coordinators, plus behind-the-scenes features that take viewers inside the making of the film’s intense stunt choreography and one of the wildest car chases in Bourne history.

Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The BourneUltimatum returns for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal operative drawn out of the shadows.  Damon is joined by Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Irreversible) and Academy Award winner® Tommy Lee Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger, No Country for Old Men), while Julia Stiles (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) reprises her role in the series.

Some of the bonus features on Jason Bourne are:

Bringing Back Bourne – Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass discuss how they brought a beloved character back to the big screen.

Bourne to Fight – A behind-the-scenes look at the fight sequences in Jason Bourne. ◦Bare-Knuckle Boxing – Matt Damon discusses his love for boxing and how he prepared for the bare-knuckle fight sequences.

Close Quarters – A behind-the-scenes look at the brutal fight between Jason Bourne and Christian Dassault.

Underground Rumble – Matt Damon, Vincent Cassel, and fight coordinator Roger Yuan discuss how they staged Bourne’s final showdown with The Asset.

The Athens Escape – Matt Damon, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and second unit director Simon Crane discuss the challenges of shooting a chase sequence through cramped city streets.

Las Vegas Showdown – For the final act of Jason Bourne, filmmakers wanted something bigger and bolder than ever before.  Here’s an inside look at how they pulled it off. ◦Convention Chaos – Join the cast and crew on location in Las Vegas as they film the final act of Jason Bourne.

Shutting Down the Strip – A behind-the-scenes look at one of the wildest car chases in Bourne history.

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

The Magical Things That Came In The November Loot Crate

One of the things that I am thankful for is the Loot Crate. As a collector each month I can’t wait to see what is in the crate. This month’s theme was magic. It had items from Dr. Strange, Fantastic Beasts, Big Trouble In Little China and MORE!

The crate came with an exclusive Doctor Strange Q-Fig made by Quantum Mechanix. The figure art is superb and you see Dr. Strange making a mystic shield while wearing the cloak of levitation. I really enjoyed the movie and felt that Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job playing Dr. Strange.

Another movie that is out in theaters is Fantastic Beasts and this month’s crate had a rare Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Obliviator T-shirt made by Bioworld. Then there was the Game of Thrones “Melisandre” journal made by Caden Concepts that had The Red Woman with lettering that reads “The Night is Dark…” on one side, and “and Full of Terrors.” on the other side.

I also got the Big Trouble in Little China / Escape from New York #1 from BOOM! Studios which is a great read.  I love the artwork in that book. The Loot Pin is an Elder Scrolls pin made by Loot Crate

Like what you see? Get a subscription. December’s theme is Revolution! You will get items from Assassin’s Creed, Mr. Robot, and Firefly.  Plus there are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!

Pizza Hut Challenges Noah Droddy To A Race

If you are in the cross country field you have heard of cross country running folk hero Noah Droddy. Pizza Hut asked Noah to participate in some friendly competition. The also got the help of former NCAA All-American Shane Battier to help with this challenge.

Pizza Hut officially kicked off its NCAA Sponsorship and Pizza Hut All-American program in Terre Haute to celebrate the NCAA 2016 Cross Country Championships. The newly named Pizza Hut All-American took the celebrations up a notch. While onsite, Droddy challenged the Pizza Hut All-American to a race – can Droddy run the miles-long cross country course before the Pizza Hut All-American can make and deliver a pizza? Here is the video below to see who wins.

Plus throughout the course of the 2016-17 NCAA season, the Pizza Hut All-American will visit as many NCAA Division I championships as possible, sharing his journey on social media along the way.