For those of you who might be lucky enough to get some Crown Royal or Captain Morgan under the tree this Christmas I have three outstanding cocktails that you should try. All of them have holiday themes to them and could be a year round drink of choice. Just make sure you enjoy them responsibly.
1 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® ORIGINAL SPICED RUM
0.5 oz. peppermint schnapps
5 oz. cola
Instructions: Coat rim of a Collins or rocks glass with crushed candy cane pieces. Fill the glass with ice. Add all of the ingredients and stir.
1 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® ORIGINAL SPICED RUM
0.25 oz. premium orange liqueur
5 oz. cola
Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in an ice-filled rocks glass and stir. Garnish with an orange twist.
CAPTAIN’S HOLIDAY COCKTAIL
1.25 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® ORIGINAL SPICED RUM
0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Pieces Blackberry
3 Dashes of bitters
2 oz. Cola
Instructions: In a shaker, combine all the ingredients but the cola. Shake and strain into a Collins glass with cola. Garnish with an orange peel, expressed and inserted.
4 oz. Cranberry Juice
Instructions: Serve in a rocks glass over ice and garnish with apple wedge.
The good folks as PIEHOLE Whiskey challenged me to make up a new cocktail. I would have to use one of their three flavored whiskeys and two of the following ingredients, cranberry sauce, cream cheese, marshmallows, pumpkin, whipped cream, walnuts, raisins, and apple cider. This was my first time getting to taste these whiskeys and they were all fantastic.
For those who don’t know the PIEHOLE’s three varieties of whiskey are cherry pie, apple pie, and pecan pie. For the challenge I went with the cherry pie flavor whiskey. When I looked over the list of the different ingredients I immediately knew that I was going to go for a fruity concoction. So with that in mind I was looking to use cranberry sauce and apple cider.
Along with the cherry pie whiskey, cranberry sauce, and apple cider I also used ginger ale, cranberry juice, and a lime. I call this drink “Wicked Fruit Punch.” Below is the ingredient list as well as the directions you can follow to my cocktail. Plus I added some other recipes that you should try as well. Just make sure you try mine first!
Cheers and enjoy responsibly.
1.5 oz. of PIEHOLE Cherry Whiskey
1.0 oz. of cranberry juice
1.0 oz. of apple cider
1.0 oz. of ginger ale
¼ cup of cranberry sauce
1 lime wedge
Take the ¼ cup of cranberry sauce and blend it really well. Once it is near liquid form place the sauce in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Next pour the PIEHOLE Cherry Whiskey, ginger ale, apple cider, and cranberry juice in another cup. Add some ice and shake up those ingredients. Pour that mixture into the old-fashioned glass with the cranberry sauce on the bottom. Add a lime wedge on the lip of the glass and circle it around the entire glass. Enjoy!
Check out other fine recipes from PIEHOLE Whiskey
1.25 oz. Piehole Apple Pie
.25 oz. Stirrings Ginger Flavored Liqueur
1 dash of angostura bitters
Splash of sour mix
Glassware: Shot glass
Directions: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a shot glass.
1.5 oz. Piehole Apple Pie
1.25 oz. sour mix
Splash of orange juice
Glass: Collins Glass
Directions: Add ingredients to an ice-filled mixing tin. Squeeze a lemon wedge into the tin. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Are you hosting any parties this holiday season? If so maybe you should try and add something special to your party with these Courvoisier holiday cocktails. Below are three tremendous cocktail recipes that your guest will love to try out. Enjoy!
1 part Courvoisier VSOP cognac
1 Demerara sugar cube
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Top up with Champagne
Soak a sugar cube in bitters and drop into a Champagne flute. Cover with Courvoisier VS Cognac and slowly top with Champagne.
HOLIDAY SLEIGH RIDE
1¼ parts Courvoisier VSOP
¾ part cranberry juice
1½ parts fresh lemon sour
1 part fresh orange juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cinnamon/sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange spiral twist.
1 half-moon slice of orange
1 wedge of lemon
3 whole cloves
1 part agave nectar
In an Irish coffee mug muddle the cloves, orange, and lemon. Add nectar and Courvoisier VSOP and top with steaming hot water. Stir and serve with a cinnamon stick.
J.J. Abrams spoke with Entertainment Weekly about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” During that conversation he opened up a collection of “vintage” Topps trading cards for Episode VII. The cards had the images of the characters we saw in the trailer complete with their specific character names. Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, the Sith looking figure is Kylo Ren, and Daisy Ridley is Rey.
The cards only display the first names of the characters played by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, which some are thinking will be the lead characters. Rumors are flying around the internet that they both could be descendents of some original trilogy characters. J.J. Abrams did say to Entertainment Weekly that the numbering of the cards/characters does matter.
The brand committed to continuously pushing boundaries through partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry, Reebok takes the fusion of music and footwear to a whole new level with Kendrick Lamar. Together, Reebok and one of the most prolific artists in music today, will inspire and empower youth to become their best selves through programs designed to provide a positive alternative to the streets. Their shared goal provides the creative foundation for a short film released to announce the partnership.
“Reebok has a history of helping kids in the community realize their potential is limitless. I saw what the brand was doing, and I wanted to be a part of it and make it even stronger. It’s as simple as that. Kids that listen to my music are looking for inspiration. It’s important that I continue that message in anything I represent,” said Lamar.
Reebok and Kendrick Lamar bring their joined vision of celebrating the limitless potential of youth through a short film created to pay homage to kids in Lamar’s hometown of Compton, CA. The video, “Reebok Presents Kendrick Lamar,” was directed by acclaimed director Anthony Mandler and was shot at locations that hold true meaning in Lamar’s life. A nod to his roots, the short film features today’s standouts at his alma mater, Centennial High School. The youth featured in this film are showcased to inspire the new generation to find their voice, and not to be afraid to become their best selves. The short is narrated by Kendrick through a powerful verse called “Kendrick Lamar – I AM” — his own personal ode to Compton.
“Reebok has a long history of working with trail-blazing music artists, but we knew a partnership with a lyricist like Kendrick had to mean something bigger for our brand. With Kendrick, Reebok truly finds a new voice, and together we look forward to launching ground-breaking projects over the coming months,” said Todd Krinsky, Global Vice President of Reebok Classics and Entertainment.
Kendrick fans will get their first glimpse of the Ventilator OG, debuting January 15th within the short film. As part of the new partnership, Kendrick will be featured in Reebok’s global campaign celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Reebok’s iconic Ventilator shoe, which will debut in March 2015.Kendrick will also create his own limited edition capsule collection for Fall/Winter 2015, which will include signature Ventilator styles inspired by the artist’s life, style, and personality and will be available as of June 2015.
A Reebok fan since he was a kid, Kendrick grew up wearing what he called “TeeBos and Rees” (white tee, Jabo jeans and Reebok Classics). Today, his Reebok shoes of choice are the Ventilator, and the Classic Nylon. “My style is simple, but with an edge – and it’s as classic as that,” said Lamar.
Multi-platinum recording artists and two-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year winners, Florida Georgia Line will join WWE Superstars and Divas to honor the United States Armed Forces with the 12th annual WWE holiday special Tribute to the Troops, which will air on USA Network as a part of ”WWE WEEK” on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 8/7 p.m. CT, and will re-air as a one-hour special on NBC on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 8/7 p.m. CT.
In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances for our servicemen and women to celebrate their dedication and commitment to our country. The holiday program is considered one of television’s most patriotic and heartwarming shows. NBCUniversal joins WWE in saluting our troops with special messages from some of the networks’ biggest names such as Seth Meyers, The Kardashians, Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic, Katherine Heigl, Lester Holt, Padma Lakshmi, Mark Feuerstein, Tom Brokaw, Rachel Maddow and Carson Daly, as well as the coaches of “The Voice,” Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
“For 12 consecutive years, WWE has been entertaining American military personnel both overseas and domestically as a way to thank them for their commitment to our country,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “Our servicemen and women work tirelessly for our freedom and we are proud to continue our Tribute to the Troops tradition.”
WWE Tribute to the Troops will chronicle WWE’s visit to United States Army post Fort Benning, where WWE Superstars and Divas will spend two days giving back to those who serve and their families with hospital visits, career workshops and Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies. Fort Benning supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve soldiers, retirees, and civilian employees and has been the home of the Infantry division since 1918.
The television special will also highlight WWE’s annual goodwill visit to our troops who are fighting for our freedom overseas. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Superstars Big Show and R-Truth and WWE Divas Summer Rae and Alicia Fox will travel abroad to spread some holiday cheer to the men and women serving our country far from home during the holiday season.
WWE’s dedication to the military is a long-standing tradition that continues year-round, through programs that boost morale for soldiers, offer free tickets for active servicemen and women, and provide workforce assistance for veterans through a partnership with Hire Heroes USA.
Being Ready to Fly doesn’t just mean looking good. If you’re Ready to Fly it means you’re ready to put in all the hard work to become great.
There are certain people you meet along the way that leave a positive impact in your life. For me I had the great fortune of meeting Steve Costello earlier this year. I was looking to interview him about his powerful and personal story he told in his book, “My Father Never Took Me to a Baseball Game.”
Since my interview with him, Steve has helped me out in so many ways. The more I got to know him I found out that he is the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. For those who don’t know Steve is the Executive Vice President at Steiner Sports. He has a job that any die hard sports fan would love to have. He works with premiere athletes and pro sports teams. Steiner Sports is one of the leading producers of authentic hand-signed collectibles.
Steve has aided me in setting up interviews, securing some sweet prizes for my fantasy football league for my company, and giving me a tour of Steiner Sports. He even gave me some business advice and guidance that will look to help my business. Steve takes the time to help each person that comes into his life. As he has said, “It’s nice to be important but more important to be nice.” He is authentic. He is a good friend.
You might say that Steve is “Handmade the Hard Way.” That phrase is the cornerstone of the fine folks at the George Dickel Distillery. As we approach the holiday season George Dickel brings you their very finest whisky with their Barrel Select. This is for the truly discerning whisky drinker. Only 10 barrels are hand-selected by Master Distiller John Lunn for this small-batch handcrafted whisky. Aged between 10 and 12 years. Charcoal mellowing and their unique ageing process form a smooth, premium whisky that stands in a class all by itself. A perfectly balanced, rich and silky taste with hints of vanilla, spice and charcoal.
So when George Dickel asked me to find a friend that deserves a bottle of the George Barrel Select I immediately thought of Steve. This is my way to say thanks to Steve for everything he has helped me with this year. If you have someone like Steve in your life I would suggest giving them a whisky that is second to none.
Barrel Select has a caramel taste with accents of corn right behind the caramel flavor. You also have hits of fennel and mint. Its finish has caramel, vanilla and cinnamon which fade to corn and oak. It is 86 proof (43% ABV) and the mash is broken down as 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley. For more info go to George Dickel’s website.
Forget the gifts that you can get in the seasonal aisle at a store. You should “select” something that will leave an impression on someone who has impressed you this year! You can’t go wrong with George Dickel Barrel Select.
Cecil Martin, a former fullback from the University of Wisconsin and played some time in the NFL. He now works for Sky Sports as an analyst. Martin is a two-time member of the Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, one of college football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors, for his commitment to volunteerism and serving others.
He is working with Allstate and the Indy Parks and Recreation for the Allstate Big Ten Good Works Day. It is the third annual community service initiative featuring volunteers from Allstate and Martin supporting the Indianapolis community ahead of the Big Ten Football Championship Game.
Martin, alongside a team of Allstate volunteers will help refurbish Indianapolis’ historic Douglass Park, a popular site for community gatherings and athletic events. In addition to the refurbishments, a local youth football team who uses the facilities will be surprised with new uniforms and the chance to participate in an exciting football activity led by the former football legend.
As a former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member, Martin will also speak to the players about the importance of building character through teamwork and community service.
When I spoke with Cecil this morning I knew he was a great guy. He has enthusiasm as well as a big heart. His passion for helping others is just as big as his love for football. Here is my interview with Cecil. For more on the good work Cecil and others do with Allstate click here.
Art Eddy: Let’s talk about the good work you are doing with Allstate. It looks like you, Allstate and some volunteers are looking to refurbish a park. How did you connect with Allstate to work on this project?
Cecil Martin: You know Art it started back in college when I earned the Allstate Good Works Team award for community service. Basically every year they choose a handful of players from all over the country to be considered. I won this award two years in a row. They continue to do these programs even with the Big Ten Championship.
Now they have the Allstate Big Ten Good Works Day in conjunction with the Big Ten Championship. Every year we think about how we can give back to the community here in Indianapolis. This year we are refurbishing a park where some of these kids play. It is Douglass Park. We are going to do a bunch of football drills with one of the teams here. Then in the end we are going to unveil the refurbished park and hand all the kids in the inner city youth league new jerseys and new uniforms. Let me tell you Art it is going to be a great day.
AE: That is fantastic. Well done! What advice can you give to people on ways that they can help out their community?
CM: I think that the biggest thing that I would say is that there are always organizations out there that need help. Anytime an organization or a group of people need help is when you should look to help out your community. Companies like Allstate or places like the Indy Parks and Recreation were they provide a place for kids to be safe are areas where helping out goes a long way.
Anytime you are able to be positive and productive I would say do it. Look into the most basic things that kids need and see if those areas need improvement. Once you see what needs work go and help those places out.
AE: What are some of the things that you have learned from football and used it to help those in the community?
CM: Wow. Wow, Art that is great question. Giving back became something that was very important to me. I earned a National Community Service Award from the President of the United States because I started up a new public service group when I was in high school.
AE: Wow! That is great. Congrats.
CM: Thanks. For me there were people that looked to help me so I wanted to return the favor in many ways. When I look at football and what it has done for I would first say that it is like any other organization. You are talking about the ability of working with a team. You have people in any organization understanding what their role is. You also let the passion of that group’s goal motivate and fuel them up to get the job done.
In this case I have a role. Allstate has a role. The Indy Parks and Recreation has a role. Today we are all one big team. That is what is happening at the Big Ten Championship. You have two teams looking to each work as a team and accomplish the goal of winning the game.
AE: Speaking of that game what do you think of Wisconsin’s chances of beating Ohio State this Saturday?
CM: There is a great chance. Even though others might not think so, I feel Wisconsin has a great chance. I know that Urban Meyer has been there three years and he is making a difference coaching there. The team has won about 22 games straight. They never lost to the Big Ten. They are a powerhouse type of a team.
Now when you look at Wisconsin Badgers and see what Melvin Gordon is able to do. He is over 2,000 yards this year. He makes the offense a threat. Then I look at their defense. They are in the top ten in defense. So if you look at the defense of Wisconsin and the offense of Ohio State you are looking at a great matchup. They matchup very well if Wisconsin is playing their best ball. Plus with Ohio State playing their third string quarterback we need to make sure that he doesn’t have his coming out party. (Both laugh.)
AE: No doubt. You have played in the some big games in your college career. I think you are going to say The Rose Bowl, but do you have a game that stands out more than the others?
CM: Well we snapped Penn State’s winning streak which was impressive, but I will have to say the Rose Bowl. I was the captain of that team. People didn’t think we had a chance to win that game. We did and we proved the doubters wrong. We won 38 to 31.
AE: Do you like the new College Football Championship system that the NCAA has created for this year?
CM: I do. I think that with changing times you need to keep up with them. There is still that feeling of a bowl system, which I like. I like what the NCAA, the coaches, and the committee is looking to accomplish.
AE: You played in the NFL for a few teams. What did you take away from your time in the league?
CM: I would say that impact and the influence that you can have with young people or the community. I got to play football for living. I hope that I was able to motivate or inspire a young person. I think even then I got learn more about what it means to be humble while I was playing in the NFL. Plus to use that influence in any positive way you can.
AE: Finally who do you got playing in the Super Bowl this year?
CM: Who is going to the Super Bowl? That is a tough one. You dropped a bomb on me with that one. (Both laugh.) It is interesting because in the beginning I was thinking Seattle. Now it looks like the Green Bay Packers are the front runners in the NFC. In the AFC even though they lost to the Packers I would still say it has to be the Patriots. It looks like there might be a round two this year if those two teams meet up in the Super Bowl.
The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John’s fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.