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Seriously Bold Recipes For The Super Bowl

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With the Big Game right around the corner, we wanted to pass along a few seriously delicious recipes made with Brisk Iced Tea that are perfect for game day snacking. Chicken wings, beef brisket, tacos and cocktails — All of the football favorites with a unique twist!

TENDER BRISK BRISKET SANDWICH

8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4- lb. beef brisket
1 Tbsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups Brisk® Sweet Tea
3/4 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
8 Kaiser rolls, toasted, if desired

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 325°.

Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and brown beef on all sides.

Cook onion in same Dutch oven, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir in Brisk® Sweet Tea, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil. Return beef to Dutch oven. Bake covered until beef is very easily pierced with a fork, about 3 hours. Remove beef and let stand before thinly slicing, about 10 minutes.

Skim fat from sauce, then stir in beef. Serve on rolls.
 

BRISKIN’ LEMON CHICKEN WANGZ

8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
3 lbs. chicken wings, cut in half and tips removed
5 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread, divided
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups Brisk® Tea with Lemon
3 Tbsp. cayenne pepper sauce

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 425°. Line bottom of broiler pan with aluminum foil; arrange rack on top. Season chicken, if desired, with salt and black pepper. Arrange chicken on prepared pan. Bake, turning once, until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon Spread in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook garlic 30 seconds. Stir in Brisk® Tea with Lemon and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly syrupy and leaves a trail when the bottom of the pan is scraped with a spatula, about 20 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium. Stir in cayenne pepper sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1/4 cup Spread.

Reserve 1/4 cup sauce, then toss cooked chicken with remaining sauce mixture.
Serve with reserved 1/4 cup sauce for dipping.
 

SHRIMP N’ BRISK TACOS

4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
2 cups Brisk® Lemonade
1/3 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. Asian red chili sauce
1 cup finely chopped mango (about 1 small)
1 green onion, finely chopped
8 corn tortillas, heated
1 box (12 oz.) popcorn shrimp, prepared according to package directions
2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce leaves
Fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish

Preparation:
To make dressing, bring Brisk® Lemonade to a boil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, until reduced to 1/4 cup and until slightly syrupy and leaves a trail when the bottom of the pan is scraped with a spatula, about 20 minutes. Pour into medium bowl; set aside to cool, about 10 minutes, then stir in Mayonnaise and chili sauce.

Meanwhile, to make mango salsa, combine mango with green onion in medium bowl. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper; set aside.

Arrange tortillas on serving platter. Toss hot shrimp with 1/2 of the dressing.
Evenly divide shrimp on tortillas, then top with lettuce and mango salsa. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Garnish with cilantro.
 

BRISK BROJITO

4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
1 lime, halved
12 mint leaves
4 cups Brisk® Sweet Tea, chilled

Preparation:
Squeeze lime into small pitcher, then add lime and mint. Thoroughly crush with wooden spoon.

Pour in Brisk® Sweet Tea and stir well. Serve, if desired, with additional mint and lime slices.
For an adult version add 1.5 oz. rum per serving

Enjoy!

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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From Cocktails To Mocktails: 3 Boozy Drinks With Non-Alcoholic Variations

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The summer season is fast approaching, and many people choose to enjoy it by drinking nice, cool cocktails under the warm, summer sun. Of course, there will be days when an alcoholic drink won’t work for any number of reasons. Maybe you want to enjoy the taste of a mimosa but not the late-afternoon hangover or drowsiness. Perhaps you really want that screwdriver at your favorite cocktail house, but you already volunteered to be the designated driver. Or maybe you could choose to avoid alcohol altogether as part of a sober lifestyle.

Even if consuming alcohol is a no-go, the idea of a delicious, mixed drink on a relaxing day or energetic night out still could sound appealing to you or someone else. Mocktails are a safe and healthy alternative to the original concoction.

The term “mocktails” originated during the 1970s and ever since has been a savior for people who want the delightful taste of a mixed drink but with one specific ingredient missing.

A few classic alcoholic recipes can be tinkered with to create non-alcoholic masterpieces. These variations of popular cocktails either replace alcohol with the ideal replacement ingredient or drop the booze altogether. Vodka becomes ginger ale. Champagne becomes grape juice.

In the end, the alcohol might be missing but the taste is nearly identical to, if not better than, the original.

The Mockmosa

The Recovery Village has a useful summary of how to craft the non-alcoholic version of this brunch-time favorite. They also offer treatment for anyone struggling with substance abuse like the Ohio drug rehab. Mimosas are usually created by combining orange juice with champagne or sparkling wine.

This Mockmosa recipe trades the champagne out for some sparkling white grape juice, which makes a perfect non-alcoholic replacement. Look for grape juice brands that are dry in flavor, with little or no sugar or corn syrup, to replicate the champagne taste. Combine them in a champagne flute and, if you want to add a unique touch, garnish the drink with a mint sprig.

Non-Alcoholic Screwdriver

Usually, screwdrivers are made by combining vodka and orange juice. Replacing the alcoholic ingredient with ginger ale doesn’t drop the tastiness level at all. Leaf.Tv shows how to prepare this variation of the simple two-ingredient mixture.

Start with ice cubes, fill half the glass with ginger ale, and then top it off with a pulpy orange juice brand of your choice. Finish the process with a swizzle stick to combine the two liquid ingredients until the colors have swirled together to mimic a screwdriver. Before the ice melts, sit back and drink up.

Virgin Cucumber Mojito

This smooth-tasting drink is a favorite when temperatures rise and the summer season hits its peak. The alcoholic version includes rum, but it’s not really necessary to create the drink’s refreshing taste. A Frugal Chick has a great alternative to this classic, and the only change is dropping the alcoholic ingredient. Combine one lime, some mint leaves, white sugar, two cucumber slices, ice cubes and soda together for another version of perfection.

Cocktails are a staple of American drinking culture, especially at restaurants or bars with a group of friends or on a date. In the summer, they become staples for days spent by the pool or on the beach. But don’t give up — or give in to temptation — if you originally hoped to spend your day or night without any alcohol. These mocktails not only flatter the originals with their imitation, but they sometimes raise the bar even higher.

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Space Beer Is The Final Frontier Of Beer

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Vostok Space Beer

If you’ve ever seen people drink those little travel bottles of booze on an airplane because they are nervous about flying, imagine what you’re going to need when you are flying toward outer space to stay in one of those fancy space hotels.

Space Beer, that’s what you need. It will help you to blast off while you’re blasting off. Hailed as the world’s first beer for space, Vostok Space beer is specially designed to be drunken in space. Is that proper English? You’ll get drunken in space alright.

Anyway, 4 Pines Brewing Company and Saber Astronautics have teamed up to not only create a space beer but also a space beer bottle so people can drink it in space. Why? Because, beer.

These guys know that space travel is our destiny and they want to be ready with the necessary beverages. As they point out on their Indiegogo page, there is now more recreational space flights that have been booked than there have been astronauts in space in the last 57 years.

Vostok Space Beer

Space tourism is happening, and soon. Do you want to take your trip without beer? Of course not. Whether it’s a suborbital flight or a trip to Mars, a beer would be great. You need a space beer bottle because physics are different in space. There’s no gravity for the liquid to pour. They equate it to making a fuel tank for beer.

This is a noble cause. When you are that first tourist on the moon, you’ll stop and say, *BURP* “That’s one small burp for man, one giant burp for mankind.”

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If You’re A Fan Of Jack Daniel’s, You’ve Got To Make The Pilgrimage To Lynchburg

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Jack Daniel's Distillery

Earlier this month, the folks at Jack Daniel’s flew us down to Lynchburg, Tennessee to visit the iconic Jack Daniel’s Distillery, where the world-famous Old No. 7 has been produced for over 150 years, to learn firsthand about how their Tennessee Whiskey is made.

As someone who’s been drinking Jack Daniel’s for the greater part of 20 years, I was excited to learn more about the brand’s history of making whiskey, and the man behind it.

Our journey began in Nashville, about an hour and a half north of Lynchburg. During our ride to the distillery, our guide gave us some history about Jasper Newton Daniel (Jack), and the interesting road that led him to start Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

Jack Daniel's Distillery

Born in 1849, Jack Daniel was the youngest of 10 children, with his mother dying shortly after his birth (likely due to complications from childbirth). A few years later, his father remarried and had another 3 children with his new wife. Jack leaves home at a very young age and he is taken in by Reverend Dan Call, where he works on the family farm. And on his farm, he had a still, which Jack quickly took interest in it.

It’s here where Jack learns the art of whiskey making from the preacher and his head distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green. In 1866, Call decides to focus on his calling as a minister, selling his whiskey business to Jack. Jack in turn hires Nearest as his Master Distiller. A few years later, they open the now-famous distillery in Lynchburg, and the rest is history.

Jack Daniel's Assistant Master Distiller Chris Fletcher

A short while later, we arrived at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, and gathered together for a VIP tour hosted by none other than Assistant Master Distiller Chris Fletcher! As you can imagine, he’s got extensive knowledge of the whiskey making process, which he shared with us in great detail as he took us through the entire facility.

Not only that, but Fletcher is actually the grandson of retired Master Distiller Frank Bobo, the distillery’s fifth master distiller from 1966-89. Needless to say, whiskey is in his blood.

Jack Daniel's Distillery

The first stop on our tour was Cave Spring Hollow, which houses Lynchburg’s greatest natural resource – clean, pure, spring water. The cave’s layers of limestone naturally impart a variety of minerals to the water which contribute to Jack Daniel’s character. More importantly, the limestone also removes iron (which is bad if you are making whiskey) from the water.

Did you know that every bottle of Jack Daniel’s sold around the world is made with water from this source? I actually got to take a drink from the spring, and it was perhaps the purest water that I’ve ever tasted.

Jack Daniel's Distillery

From here, we made our way to the Rickyard, where they stack 5-foot tall pallets of hard super maple, douse them in raw, unaged whiskey, before setting the wood ablaze. The inferno peaks at over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit before burning down into smoldering embers. The resulting charcoal is used in the charcoal mellowing process.

We got to take part in this process, and it was pretty wild, the heat getting so intense that you had to walk away after awhile or risk getting burned. How these guys manage to keep cool in the hot Tennessee summers is beyond me, but my hats off to them.

Jack Daniel's Distillery

Afterwards, we walked down to the Distillery Building, where we got to learn more about the whiskey making process including the whiskey stills, the fermenting tanks and the charcoal-mellowing vats. That last part is perhaps the most important, filtering the 140-proof, unaged whiskey drop by drop through 10 feet of handcrafted charcoal.

It’s this extra step that imparts the distinctive smoothness you have come to expect from Jack Daniel’s, and it’s what makes this a Tennessee Whiskey and not a bourbon.

Jack Daniel's Distillery

Next, this whiskey goes into American White Oak barrels that are hand-built at Jack Daniel’s Cooperage. Once assembled, the barrel’s interior is toasted and charred using a proprietary method to coax the wood’s natural sugars out and caramelize them. The whiskey enters the barrel colorless and raw, but during the maturation process, the whiskey draws all of its rich amber color and much of its distinctive flavor from the barrels.

As you can imagine, if Jack Daniel’s were to reuse their barrels, they’d get diminishing returns, as the first batch of whiskey already draws out most of the flavor from the barrel. That’s why they only use a barrel once, after which they sell them off to third-parties.

Jack Daniel's Distillery

Interestingly enough, a number of variables determine how long a barrel of whiskey stays in the barrelhouse, including the barrel itself and where it’s located in the barrelhouse. Barrels located on the upper floors (where temperature changes are more extreme) tend to mature faster than barrels on the lower floors, where it’s generally cooler.

So rather than rely on age, a team of whiskey tasters sample each and every barrel to decide when they’re ready for bottling. Master Distiller Jeff Arnett showed us this process by bringing us to one of the barrelhouses and taking us up to the 6th floor, where he tapped into a couple of barrels and let us sample them right from the source. In a word.. incredible!

Jack Daniel's Distillery

If that wasn’t enough, they also set up a tasting for us, where we got to sample every product in their portfolio, including Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, Gentleman Jack, Single Barrel Select, Rye, Honey, Fire, and more. I really enjoyed the Single Barrel Select, but Honey and Fire were also standouts for me, and I definitely need to pick up a few bottles of these for myself.

Overall, I had a great time visiting the Jack Daniel’s Distillery and seeing everything that they have to offer, and I’d highly recommend taking the tour if you’re coming through Tennessee, even if you’re not a whiskey drinker. There’s a ton of history here, and it’s sure to give you a newfound respect for Jack Daniel’s, and the man who started it all.

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