The NBA Has All The Games You Need On Christmas Day

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Five specially gift-wrapped games featuring the league’s best matchups, and holly, jolly cheer to the very last buzzer beater. ‘Tis the season for the NBA on Christmas Day. The multi-platinum performing artist Normani sings our take on a holiday classic, as we see what happens when the magic of the season hits the court. Tune into ABC and ESPN on Christmas Day. Visit NBA.com for schedules.

12:00pm/et: BOS/TOR, ESPN

2:30pm/et: MIL/PHI, ABC

5:00pm/et: HOU/GSW, ABC

8:00pm/et: LAC/LAL, ABC/ESPN

10:30pm/et: NOP/DEN, ESPN

George Dickel Wins Another Prestigious Award

Whisky Advocate announced George Dickel Bottled in Bond as the 2019 “Whisky of the Year” last week.  George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whisky is not only a high quality whisky but a great buy (as it’s available for a MSRP of $35.99 for a 750ML bottle) for whisky lovers.

What makes this whisky so special? Well, to start off it’s the first new whisky innovation led by Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. General Manager and Distiller, Nicole Austin since she came onboard a year ago. It’s also a Bottled in Bond Whisky, and as you may know, the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 was enacted in order to help guarantee a spirit’s authenticity and level of quality. In today’s world where consumers are craving more and more transparency, Bottled in Bond spirits starting to make a resurgence.

At 100 proof (50% ABV), George Dickel’s Bottled in Bond offers a bold and balanced profile highlighted by tastes of light honey, tropical fruit, warm spices, and a touch of leather. This batch comes from barrels that were maturing since Fall 2005, and since its release in May it hasn’t stopped winning awards. In fact, George Dickel Bottled in Bond took home Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and racked up a score of 95 (on a scale of 100), earning the designation of “Best Buy” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This whisky can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks in addition to being well-suited for many of your favorite holiday cocktails.

This Holiday Make It A Guinness

With the holiday season in full swing, we at MANjr wanted to share a few seasonal cocktail recipes from Guinness. Put a spin on your holiday classics by adding the St. James Flip, Black Velvet and Dean Swift to your rotation.

Not in the mood for a cocktail? Enjoy two new Guinness releases that will be offered for a limited time nationwide: Guinness Over the Moon Milk Stout and Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels. Both of these latest, limited-edition variants have been created and brewed in Baltimore at the 2018-opened Guinness Open Gate Brewery.

St. James Flip

Ingredients:

1 oz. Black Strap Rum

0.5 oz. sweetened condensed milk

1/2 of a fresh egg

1.5 oz. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout or Guinness Draught

Grated nutmeg

Instructions:

Combine all wet ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake without ice. Add ice to the shaker and continue to shake until the mixture is smooth and frothy. Strain cocktail into a small goblet and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Black Velvet

Ingredients:

Half a flute of Champagne

Half a flute of Guinness Extra Stout

Instructions:

Pour Guinness Draught into a champagne flute. Add champagne carefully, so it does not mix with the Guinness and serve.

Dean Swift

1 oz. Johnnie Walker Whisky

2 oz. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

1 oz. Claret or Bordeaux style wine

0.25 oz. Demerara syrup

1 teaspoon Allspice Dram Liqueur

Grated nutmeg

Instructions:

This is a warm cocktail served in an Irish coffee goblet. Combine all the ingredients except the whisky in a saucepan and heat the liquid. Pour into a preheated glass and add Johnnie Walker Whisky to the top. Grate with fresh nutmeg and enjoy.

Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels

A stock ale is traditionally a blend of two different beer styles. Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels is the endgame of a Guinness Barleywine and a Guinness Imperial Stout – both brewed in Baltimore and aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels before being blended together.

The high gravity stout and malty barleywine lead to a hearty and full-bodied beer with notes of nutty chocolate, raisins, roasted barley and sweet dark fruit with an ABV of 10%. Aromas of vanilla, coffee, stone fruit and ripe berries come off of this intense and luxuriant stock ale. The best way to enjoy all of these complex flavors and aromas is to sip the beer slowly and savor it at a leisurely pace – with respect to its double digit ABV. Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels is shelves across the country for a limited time.

Guinness Over The Moon Milk Stout

Guinness Over The Moon Milk Stout is one of the newest beer from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, MD. It’s a full-bodied stout that has a creamy mouthfeel, full of flavor with hints of roasted malt, milk chocolate and rich coffee. Its roasted barley character pairs nicely with most grilled or roasted meats, while its subtle sweetness and notes of chocolate and coffee blend nicely with a wide range of desserts like pecan pie, chocolate chip cookies or even s’mores. The stout is available nationally for a limited time.

Crown Royal Can Help You Upgrade Your Style This Holiday

Treat yourself or that extra special someone to an exceptionally unique, luxurious and limited-edition gift this holiday season – the Crown Royal Blazer.

In partnership with renowned celebrity designer ALBA, Crown Royal presents the Crown Royal Blazer. The hand-stitched blazer is inspired by Crown Royal XR Extra Rare, the brand’s rarest whisky which is expected to run out very soon. The blazer features rich tones of gold and royal blue and embodies the sophisticated character of Crown Royal XR Extra Rare from the now-closed LaSalle Distillery. Much like the whisky it celebrates, the bespoke blazer is a carefully crafted collector’s item for the luxurious, modern individual.

The Crown Royal Blazer is available next Monday for purchase at in limited quantity for a limited time only – see HERE for link.

Win A Copy Of Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

Arriving December 10th is a limited 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition of the film, sure to make any Tarantino fan’s holiday wish list. Premium collectible packaging will contain a 7” vinyl record with two of the soundtrack’s grooviest tunes (complete with turntable adapter), a collectible vintage poster for the Rick Dalton film Operazione Dyn-o-mite! and an exclusive new MAD Magazine parody of the Rick Dalton TV series “Bounty Law,” Lousy Law. The collector’s edition is available for pre-order today from Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com and Target.com.

The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases come loaded with even more sights and sounds of the ‘60s, featuring over twenty additional minutes of footage that delves deeper into world of Rick Dalton’s Hollywood. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital include an additional behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production design, cinematography, costume design, cars and more.

Collectors will also be delighted by exclusive packaging and gifts-with-purchase offered at retail for the film’s Blu-ray release. These include “Rick Dalton” movie poster cards available at Walmart, a vintage-style film magazine with over 26 never-before-seen production photos available at Target and a collectible steelbook available at Best Buy. All exclusive offerings are available for pre-order today.

To win a cop all you have to do is tweet at me over at @ArtEddy3 your favorite actor in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Good luck.

Give The Gift Of Smirnoff

As an adult, the holidays can be, well—predictable. You work entirely too hard to sit through another boring White Elephant office party and pretend that you actually love those mugs you won—sorry lady from finance, but how many mugs can one person have?!

To spice up the gift giving season, Smirnoff Ice has created three cardboard boxes that look like luxury (admittedly boring) appliances, but when the unexpecting gift recipient opens their box of hangers or mini ironing board they are sure to be surprised when they  find the real prize inside—a bottle of Smirnoff Ice!

Have a White Elephant party coming up? Don’t panic. The boxes, sold under the name Cremsiffino (an anagram for Smirnoff Ice), are available for purchase starting today for $20 (plus shipping) from giftagram.com/smirnofficeboxes. If you live in a state where GiftAGram cannot ship alcohol, just purchase the box by itself for $10 and add in your own bottle of Smirnoff Ice once it arrives!

It’s time to end the decade the right way and surprise your friends or favorite coworker (over the age of 21, of course) with a gift they won’t see coming – wrap and it’s ready to be gifted! Just be sure to remind the recipient to chill their bottle of Smirnoff Ice Originally before enjoying for the holidays.

Crown Royal And Jimmy Butler Make Great Teammates

Last week, Crown Royal Regal Apple teamed up with four-time NBA All Star Jimmy Butler Miami native and multimedia artist D’ana of COVL to unveil THE ROYAL COURT in Miami during Art Week.

Through The Royal Court, which was designed by D’ana of COVL, Crown Royal Regal Apple refurbished a beloved neighborhood basketball court in Miami and turned it into a remarkable piece of art that the whole community will enjoy. In addition to refurbishing Southside Park basketball court, there were merch giveaways and activations that bridge together the intersections of art, culture, and basketball while inspiring a fresh new wave of creativity and inspiration for Miami’s residents.

Crown Royal Regal Apple and Jimmy Butler were natural partners, both with a deep respect for crisp culture, creativity, and creators. Neither ascribes to the typical stereotypes of what athletes or whiskey brands should be, and instead brought to life a shared vision of inclusion that gives back to the city of Miami.

While other brands come to Miami Art Week for one weekend, Crown Royal Regal Apple wanted to partner with Jimmy Butler to focus attention on creating experiences, products and opportunities that continue to give back to Miami’s New Royalty – artists, athletes, creators and leaders – and Miami at-large long after the weekend ends.

Chill With These Winter Themed Cocktails

Winter is coming and the only thing you need to be prepared for this cold season are delicious cocktails that you can enjoy while staying warm! Whether for a gathering with friends or a cozy holiday movie night in, Smirnoff has a few cocktails that are sure to be the marshmallow to your hot chocolate. If you’re looking for a sweet treat that is super cute for the holidays, then the Smirnoff Peppermint Bark Martini is perfect for you.

Or maybe you’re looking to get a head start of your New Year’s resolution and cut back on your sugar intake? The Strawberry Rose Sparkler or Cucumber Lime Tea Infused Mule are delicious better-for-your cocktails that are the perfect drink to cheers the night to.

Peppermint Bark Martini – Serves Four

Ingredients:

·         3 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist

·         3 oz. Smirnoff Vanilla

·         3 oz. good quality white chocolate

·         5 tbs. granulated sugar

·         6 oz. heavy cream

·         6 oz. whole milk

·         2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions: Roughly chop white chocolate and place in a large heat-proof bowl. Add sugar, heavy cream, and whole milk to a saucepan. Heat over medium low heat until the mixture is hot to touch—do not allow the mixture to boil.

Pour the hot milk mixture over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Stir in the vanilla extract, Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and Vanilla Vodkas.

To serve, add four ounces of the homemade liqueur to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into a peppermint-rimmed martini glass.

Strawberry Rose Sparkler- Serves One

Ingredients:

·         1 oz. Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions Strawberry & Rose

·         4 oz. sparkling rose wine

·         Frozen strawberries for garnish

Directions: Add a frozen strawberry to the bottom of a champagne flute. Top with Smirnoff Strawberry Rose Vodka. Pour in the sparkling rose.

Cucumber Lime Iced Tea Mule – Serves One

Ingredients:

·         1.5 oz. Smirnoff Zero Infusions Cucumber & Lime

·         4 oz. lightly sweetened iced tea (preferably freshly brewed)

·         1/4 oz. lime juice

·         1 oz. ginger beer

·         Garnish: mint, sliced cucumbers, lime wedges

Directions: Fill a mule mug with crushed ice. Add vodka, iced tea, lime juice, and ginger beer. Stir to combine. Garnish with mint, sliced cucumbers, and a lime wedge.

When Art Meets Whiskey

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey and South Florida artists Elidea and Jason Skeldon unveiled a limited-edition Art in a Bottle Collection for Miami Art Week. The collection is available for purchase starting today on SaatchiArt.com/shows/BulleitArtInABottle, just in time for the holiday gifting season.

The art collection is the latest installment of the Bulleit Frontier Works program – the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier and  includes 12 original works of Bulleit Art in a Bottle and two complementary hand-painted canvases by Elidea and Jason. Bulleit Art in a Bottle was unveiled last night at the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Experience at Red Dot Miami and Spectrum Miami art fairs alongside the Bulleit 3D Printed Bar and some of the world’s first Bulleit 3D printed cocktails.