Beer, Food and Sports

Crown Royal’s Crown Your Hero!



Once again Crown Royal is doing their amazing “Crown Your Hero “, if you are unfamiliar with this great program it allows adults to vote for their own hero. The winner get’s to have their name put on this year’s Brickyard 400 race trophy. If you remember, Crown Royal kindly invited us to cover the weekend last year and it was spectacular. The 2015 winner, Jeff Kyle, could not have been more deserving of the honor.

This year is the 10 year anniversary of the Crown Royal’s “Crown Your Hero” program at NASCAR’s premiere event, the Brickyard 400. The program focuses on all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities, from firefighters and police officers to first responders and local volunteers.

I highly encourage everyone 21 and over to go HERE and vote for one of the 5 very deserving finalists to be the 2016 winner. You can read up on each one of them at the above link. If you’d like, you can also view a video of all the finalists HERE.



Adam Dulski


Team Themed Cocktails & Food Pairings for the Big Game

With the upcoming big game, we’d like to help you celebrate with a couple Big Bowls of batch cocktails.

Cheering for the Cats: Make your party special by pairing the Keep Pounding Punch with the Dab On ‘Em Wings.

Big Cats Food Pairings

Rooting on the Orange & Blue: Impress guests with the Orange Crush Punch and Bucking BBQ Bites.

Orange and Blue Food Pairings

House divided? Celebrate with The Golden Gate cocktail. Bulleit Bourbon is deeply tied to the Bay Area through founder Tom Bulleit’s love for the city. In fact, Bulleit Rye was created in direct response to requests from the San Francisco bartending community.

Regardless of the team, we hope you whip up these cocktails to celebrate 50 years of professional football.

The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate

1.25 oz. Bulleit Rye
0.5 oz. blackberry syrup
2 dashes bitters

Add ingredients to an ice-filled rocks glass. Stir and serve.

Keep Pounding Punch

*recipe created by Kevin Deidrich

750 ml. Bottle of George Dickel Rye
10 oz. Lemon Juice
5 oz. Ginger Syrup
15 oz. Sparkling Water
7 tbsp. Simple Syrup
Muddled Raspberries
Muddled Mint leaves

Mix ingredients in punch bowl, add muddled fruits, chill and serve with ice.

Dab on 'Em Wings


.3 cup Crown Royal Canadian Whisky®
.3 cup Honey
.25 cup Soy sauce
2 Tablespoons Thai chili sauce
1 packet (0.75-ounce) stir-fry seasoning
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
4 pounds chicken wing drumettes
3 scallions (green onions), finely chopped (optional)
.25 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

In a large bowl, combine whisky, honey, soy sauce, chili sauce, stir-fry seasoning, and garlic. Add drumettes, tossing to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

Set up grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking. Let drumettes stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place on hot, oiled grill. Cook for 12 to 18 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to a platter. Sprinkle with chopped scallions and peanuts (optional).

Orange Crush Punch


9 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® Coconut Rum
9 oz. Orange juice
6 oz. Cranberry juice
3 oz. Ruby red grapefruit juice

Combine all ingredients including Captain Morgan Coconut Rum in a pitcher and stir.

Bucking Bacon Bites

*recipe created by George Johnson from The Comfort of Cooking

Chicken Recipe:
Nonstick cooking spray
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 oz. (half pound) bacon, cut into thirds
1/2 cup Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Wrap each chicken piece with a small strip of bacon. Secure with a toothpick and place on the baking sheet. Brush with BBQ sauce. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven, brush bites with more BBQ sauce, and return to oven. Bake for 15 more minutes. Serve warm.

Sauce Recipe:

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup chile sauce
1/2 cup Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
Ground black pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, or until thickened as desired. Stir occasionally. Use immediately as you wish, or store in refrigerator until ready to use.




-SDL Staff

Boozy Food & Tailgate Cocktails for Fall

With football season among us, we wanted to make sure your tailgate is prepped to impress no matter which team you cheer for. Below is a couple of recipes you can easily whip at home or at the tent.

Be the ‘king’ of the tailgate with savory Crown Wings or get your hands dirty with Adam Perry Lang’s George Dickel No. 12 Barbecue Sauce. Just be sure to accompany with one of the perfect for football cocktails – The Team Captain, Chili Manhattan or Crown Royal Sour.

See below for the recipes and why they’re great for your tailgate!

What it is: Crown Wings

What’s in it:

.3 cup Crown Royal Canadian Whisky®
.3 cup Honey, SueBee®
.25 cup Soy sauce, Kikkoman®
2 Tablespoons Thai chili sauce
1 packet (0.75-ounce) stir-fry seasoning, Sun Bird®
2 teaspoons crushed garlic, Gourmet Garden®
4 pounds chicken wing drumettes
3 scallions (green onions), finely chopped (optional)
.25 cup chopped peanuts, Planters® (optional)

How it works: In a large bowl, combine whisky, honey, soy sauce, chili sauce, stir-fry seasoning, and garlic. Add drumettes, tossing to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

Set up grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking. Let drumettes stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place on hot, oiled grill. Cook for 12 to 18 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to a platter. Sprinkle with chopped scallions and peanuts (optional).

Why it’s great for football season: With an incredible sauce made from Crown Royal Canadian whisky, these wings are a feast fit for kings and queens. Take a drumstick in each hand and declare your team champions – you’ve earned it.



What is it: Adam Perry Lang’s George Dickel No. 12 Barbecue Sauce

What’s in it:

1 cup of Honey
1 cup of White Vinegar
1 cup of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky No. 12
3 cups of Your Favorite Barbecue Sauce

How it works: In a low pan, add honey, white vinegar and George Dickel Tennessee Whisky No. 12 over medium heat.
Cook mixture until you hear a frying sound and alcohol is cooked off.
Add barbecue sauce and stir to combine.
Place back on fire and let simmer for at least 10 minutes.

Why it’s great for football season: Add flavor to that pigskin and your tailgate guests are sure to shout “it’s good!”


What is it: The Team Captain

What’s in it:

1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® Original Spiced Rum
1.5 oz. Orange Juice
0.5 oz. Sour Mix
3 oz. Lemon Lime Soda
Lime Garnish

How it works: Combine ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice, garnish and stir.

Why it’s great for football season: Every team needs a captain, just like every tailgate needs a cocktail. The spiced rum and fruit flavors create a blend so sweet, you’ll know it’s “the real MVP.”


What is it: Chili Manhattan
Recipe courtesy of Butch Friedman and Kleila Dula at Passion8

What’s in it:

1 oz. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
. 5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Black Walnut Bitters
.5 oz. Chili Cinnamon Syrup

Why it’s great for football season: We know that a little chilly weather doesn’t stop you from cheering on the home team. The cold never bothered you anyway, so keep warm with the Chili Manhattan.


What is it: Crown Royal Sour

What’s in it:

1.5 oz Crown Royal Deluxe
.5 oz Lemon juice
.75 oz. Simple syrup
Garnish with lemon wedge

Why it’s great for football season: In sports, every second counts and sometimes things go sour – blame it on the refs, missing your game day ritual, the wind. We won’t judge. One thing that never disappoints, is the Crown Royal Sour.




– Nicole Chabot
TWITTER: @taylorstrategy


Maybe columnist Molly Ivins was right – Texas lawmakers ARE crazy. At least this is what my neighbor, Lyle, is also saying when he read about Houston representative, Al Edwards, proposing a law to ban dirty dancing by cheerleaders.


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Lyle points out this quote by Edwards: “They’re shaking their behinds and breaking it down.” Under Edwards’ bill, if a school district knowingly permits such a performance state funds will be reduced in an amount to be determined by the education commissioner. We’re thinking $ 500 for a grind, $ 1000 bucks per bump, $ 2000 for having Big Busty on top of the pyramid. Short skirts, possibly okay, as long as everyone is river dancing.

“This is unAmerican,” says Lyle, “they’re going to have to pry my sexy cheerleader out of my cold dead hands. What a cheerleader does in the privacy of her own stadium is nobody’s business but her own. If she wants to shake a little booty and you don’t want to watch it, you can keep your eyes on her boobs.”

We don’t know if we’ve ever seen Lyle so worked up. We are sure this is probably not a good way to spend taxpayer’s money. We’re also a little confused by the words “sexy.” We can’t figure what part of slender, attractive females in short skirts, tight tops doing high leg kicks and panty exposing flips does not qualify as “sexy”? Is Mr. Edwards proposing the Texas schools take a note out of the Amish Cheerleading guide and wear full length skirts and bonnets? “Churn, churn, churn that butter!” “Go thy team!” Where was Mr. Edwards when we needed him – when Elvis Presley was coming up?

“This is just plain nuts,” says Lyle. “I just bought a brand new camcorder. Now what am I going to do? Next thing the legislature is going to say is that you can’t carry a concealed cheerleader in your car. They’ll be a seven day waiting period before you can take home a cheerleader. This is ridiculous. Texans needs to stick to things they know something about, like executing jaywalkers and running over armadillos.”

We’re not sure how the exact wording of the law will pan out, but those in the cheerleading industry don’t seem to be as fearful as Lyle. J.M. Farias, of the Austin Cheer Factory, says his industry will welcome the law and that cheering competitions already penalize for suggestive or vulgar movements.


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“But that’s just the beginning,” says Lyle. “Once the camel gets his nose under the skirt, there’s no telling where he’ll go next.” I hate to tell Lyle he’s messing with the metaphors, again.

“When the founders of our country wrote our laws do you think they worried about what you could or couldn’t shake? They had other worries, like termites in their wooden teeth. Like sword fighting with their mighty pens. They made no laws about cheerleaders.”

I think of telling Lyle that, maybe, the founders had no cheerleaders. “What about the Painettes?” smirks Lyle. I’m sorry I was thinking or asked. Now I have to hear about Thomas Paine and his famous Painettes. “Do you remember These are The Times to Try New Shoes? Go George, Go George, Cross that Delaware.”

Please Lyle, take your camcorder and your placard. Head down to Austin and keep that bill from passing. Your country needs you.


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– Stan Silliman


TWITTER: @stansilliman

FACEBOOK: stan.silliman

Cocktails to Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month

September is (already!) upon us and, while this month marks the unofficial beginning of fall, it’s also one of the most exciting times for bourbon lovers in America – National Bourbon Heritage Month.

This month-long holiday was declared in 2007 when the United States Senate passed a bill to honor the American-made spirit as well as the family heritage, tradition and legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States.

To celebrate this brown spirit and its heritage, we’ve rounded up a few of the best American whiskeys plus some easy-to-mix cocktail recipes. Offering something for everyone, we thought the below drinks would be great to share and perfect for raising your glass and toasting to bourbon during the month of September!

If you’re looking to celebrate the holiday with more than just a cocktail, they can also visit the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller. The most recent addition to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Stitzel-Weller is a historic site that is home to many of the industry’s iconic brands – and you can learn more about (and taste!) the Bulleit portfolio while you’re there.

The Anytimer

1.3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz. Orange juice
1 oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. amaretto

Shake ingredients and strain into an ice filled tumbler. Garnish with an orange and cherry.

The Anytimer

Gramercy Buck

Cocktail created by Amanda Tissue of the Gramercy Park Hotel 


1.3 oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1 oz. Lemon Juice
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
Muddled Strawberries

Top off with Ginger Beer

Serve in a highball glass.


Old Fashioned

1.3 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bar Spoon of Brown Sugar
Dash of Orange Bitters
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
House-made Cherries
Garnish with Orange Twist


Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old

1.5 oz. Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old
Enjoy neat or on the rocks




– Brianna Linden
TWITTER: @taylorstrategy

Week 1 Fantasy Football Quick Hits


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Eddie Royal was already a sneaky PPR play…now Alshon might not even play!

No Ladarius Green or Antonio Gates? Stevie Johnson, I think I love you.

The Matt Jones hype will not stop, in need of RB help and missed Dion Lewis? This is your man.

Sam Bradford wasn’t even drafted in a standard league but has top 5 QB upside this week. #lateroundQB

Speaking of Antonio Gates, if your TE situation is sketchy, think about stashing him early.

Need a defense streamer? The Dolphins take on Kirk Cousins, enough said.

Can’t wait to use your shiny Colts player? Temper your expectations in week 1 against the scary good Bills D.

Everyone is getting ready to blow their waiver claim on Dion Lewis, love the kid, used him in DFS, but Blount is coming back and do you really want to use your claim on a Pat’s secondary RB?

Speaking of DFS, Click HERE to sign up for Fanduel and I’ll love you forever.




– Adam Dulski

Twitter: @adamdulski



Last Race Before the Chase (Richmond)


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Technical difficulties prevented my piece from getting out in time last week, you missed out on some really mediocre material.

A short track and Joey Logano is on the pole, SHOCKER! A must start and the heavy favorite for the win.

Kevin Harvick has to be a heavy favorite, but his price to points earnings just hasn’t been there recently.

Carl Edwards offers great value with serious upside.

Speaking of upside, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt have a lot of it after poor qualifying efforts.

Caution: Denny Hamlin is the Sam Bradford of NASCAR, he’s made of glass. I don’t want my driver in a car with an ACL tear.

Speed on the Cheap: Justin Allgaier and Brian Scott both had great cars in qualifying and practice. Justin has a higher ceiling, but Brian provides better value for the cash strapped.


Ideal Setup:

Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex
Joey Logano
Brian Scott


– Adam Dulski

Twitter: @adamdulski


It’s #LaborDayWeekend2015!


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Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.
….Aaaannnnnnndddddd college football, BBQ’s, and the beginning of the school year (I mean, it doesn’t, but it kinda does…)

REGARDLESS, it’s the perfect opportunity to entertain your friends and family, and our resident Lead Mixologist #BexInTheBar and her team has provided us with the perfect sharable punch to celebrate!

Labor Day Party Punch

1 Liter Spiced Rum
1 Liter Southern Comfort
1 Liter Amaretto
1/2 Gallon Orange Juice
1/2 Gallon Pineapple Juice
3 Cups Fresh Lime Sour
3 Cups Grenadine
1 Liter Black Rum

Add all ingredients EXCEPT the Black Rum to a 2.5 gallon container and stir.
Chill for at least 2 hours; Stir before use.

Fill tall highball glass with ice.
Add punch to the glass stopping 1 inch below the rim.
Top with a .75 oz floater of the Black Rum.
Garnish with fresh cut citrus.


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Have an amazing holiday weekend and, as always, celebrate responsibly and NEVER drink and drive! #TeamPHCP #USA #LaborDay



– Morgan Alexander Kosinski

Instagram: @PHCP

Retro Darlington


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Sunday night old school paint schemes and car setups will be back, but it appears all the new school guys are still fast. Low downforce and quick wearing tires should make this one of the best races of the year to watch on NBC.

Brad K – Pole sitter and great on long runs

Denny Hamlin – Won nationwide race and and speeds stayed good on the quick wearing tires. He does however have a knack for being fantasy kryptonite.

Kevin Harvick – The consensus car to beat in the garage.

Kyle Busch – *insert term of the week for how good he is*

Martin Truex – Lot of chatter about how awesome he was on very long runs.

Speed on the cheap – Michael Annett seems to be the cheap driver you want.

Caution – Lot of garage chatter about Jeff Gordon, just not buying it with Hendrick’s continued struggles.


Ideal lineup :

Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Michael Annett
Kevin harvick
Martin Truex


– Adam Dulski

Twitter: @adamdulski

That Brady Thing


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At first blush, it seemed Tom Brady’s four game suspension would be upheld.

However, it appears as though Brady will not go so easily into the wife.

Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL in federal court to lift the 4-game suspension, and are waiting the decision of Judge Richard Berman come September 4th.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to uphold the suspension, especially after it was discovered that Tom Brady had his phone destroyed.

The same phone that he refused to turn over, that contained over 10,000 texts.

What’s funny is, Brady didn’t even destroy the phone himself. His assistant destroyed it while Tom sipped his chamomile tea and drew pictures of frowns.

“The league has no hard evidence,” Kraft says. “I’ve come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was right or just.”

Tom got serious about his stance and took to Facebook:

“We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone.”

Really, dude? You DESTROYED your phone.


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Well, actually, someone with a little more balls did, but had your phone destroyed and didn’t tell anyone about it for months.

So ugh, yeah. If I’m Tom Brady, I’d be thinking about how easy I may be really getting off here (and it’s not because I watch my wife get with the pool guy).

“To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong,” Brady said.

Notice how he says A phone – already distancing himself from it?

Yes, A phone was destroyed.

Brady’s agent, Don Yee, had to explain why Tom would do such an irreverent thing; like hurt an object that could very well be giving him testicular cancer.

Digesting how things unfolded, you come across a couple of interesting things..

First for Brady, it was withholding evidence. Then – destroying it. And the Patriots actually have the audacity to claim they’re innocent after that? I’m sorry, but Tom Brady is no Joe Pesci, and not everyone is so convinced.

The NFL already offered to reduce Brady’s suspension if he would just admit his wrongdoing, and he declined. Which I like, because maybe Brady shouldn’t get off so easy.

Brady should say no to two games less and say YES to Pete Rose introducing him as ‘the model citizen’ before throwing a deflated ball at his nutts. That’d be a good game of ball, dude.

“Tom Brady is a person with great integrity,” Robert Kraft says.
“Personally, this is very sad and disappointing.”

Like the Patriots not having a diamond asterisk on their championship ring(s)?

There’s a chance that Brady is innocent, and that the documents his party sent to the league that apparently contain those texts are all there, and inspected clean.

There’s also a chance that I’ll be able to levitate when I yoga.

The NFLPA is hellbent on changing the outcome here, and there are some legitimate questions that remain for some, like why NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t interview Patriots official locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jestremski about their involvement in the deflation(s)?

Well, the NFLPA explained that since both men denied any involvement in the deflation of footballs, there was, “no need to call them as witnesses.”

The NFL then concluded that “their testimony would have confirmed Brady’s involvement”.

Let’s say Goodell had called Jestremski and McNally, and they don’t snitch on Brady. Then, Goodell doesn’t really have a case. Goodell NOT calling them gave him more reason to uphold Brady’s four game suspension without having to rely on ‘ball science’.

There is truly some shadiness going on for both sides, however. Tom Brady being disciplined under the “Gameday operations manual” policy, which has never been made available to players, isn’t exactly fair – but interesting. That’s for sure.

Long story short: the NFL is getting Brady for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the game (AND – they called his kid fat).

The NFLPA thinks that the NFL can’t impose a suspension for these cheating violations.

Meanwhile, the NFL thinks that the NFLPA should STFU.

Goodell is apparently doing some things right, at least if you ask Hall-Of-Famer (former Raiders scout & executive) Ron Wolf: “Way to go on that Brady thing,” Wolf said to Goodell during his Hall Of Fame jacket presentation.

Goodell could barely contain his laughter.

Not all think Brady is guilty. Even some `political’ people have come out to defend him.

“I think it’s ridiculous the way they’ve treated him,” Donald Trump said. “He’s a friend of mine..”


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Well, that just makes everything Tom Brady may or may have not been involved in rather OK, doesn’t it?

September 4th is a big day. Judge Richard Berman will have made his decision whether or not to overturn Roger Goodell’s four game suspension for Brady. However, Article 46 of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement gives Goodell the power to hear appeals, and unless the circumstances are so extreme, a federal court cannot intervene with Goodell’s decision.

In other words: Apple Sauce bitch.

Brady’s attorney Jeffrey Kessler submitted in court a list of 18 arbitration’s dating back to 1970 that have been overturned in the same court system hearing Brady’s lawsuit (Southern District of New York and Second Circuit). It’s cute, but it doesn’t mean it’ll give Judge Berman a big enough woody to bounce the ball in Brady’s favor.

Although reports have surfaced that the Judge is leaning towards exonerating Brady, not wanting to kneel to the Commissioner and all. Plus, to be one of the few Judges to overturn an arbitration in this court system while giving the NFL the finger in the process must seem rather satisfying.

Some questions remain unanswered.

If Brady is exonerated, what if more damning evidence comes out against him in the future? Does Judge Berman want to be the guy that got it wrong after initially being perceived as the guy that got it right?

What will actually happen to Tom Brady?

Will he be suspended four games? Will he just serve one game? Or none?

Who can he appease to clean the asterisk dust from his thumbs?

Who knows…just don’t do something stupid, NFL fans; like asking Tom Brady to hold your phone.

Excuse me – A phone.

I’d hate to get too touchy when talking about Tom Brady; a man being paid a King’s ransom to place his hands under another man’s sack to grab balls deflated to his liking.

Supposedly, at least.



– A.J. DeMello

TWITTER: @humorousfiend