How to step up your at-home entertainment game

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Ice Hockey? Check! Basketball? Check! Football? Double check! By now, you’ve heard about the big game coming up. You can feel the buzz in the city, despite pandemic restrictions keeping fans away from bars, stadiums, and arenas. One thing the pandemic hasn't taken away from sports fans is their desire to watch their teams play while keeping socially distanced.

You know what they say... when life throws you lemons, make lemonade. And some of us may want to kick things up a notch by making a Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade.

Hey, we’re looking on the bright side! Watching the games at home this season has had its perks for a few (pajamas!), but for many, getting creative by hosting virtual happy hours or game watch parties with close friends has been what’s getting them safely through these challenging times. Now, more than ever, it's important to make every moment count.

Speaking of making it count, the Bucs will make postseason history as the first team to play at home during the big game. This record alone is enough to get local sports aficionados out of their pajamas, into some team gear, and excited to plan for an at-home entertainment party unlike any other.

We’ve picked four quick, simple, and refreshing Jack Daniel’s recipes that even the most novice cocktail enthusiast can master in no time. Keep things effortless with a Jack & Jones, shake things up with a Jack & Coke Peach Mule, or find the perfect drink somewhere in between—no matter your selection, each cocktail is perfectly crafted for the occasion.

Whether you grab your Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey from your favorite liquor store or purchase it online, make your game day experiences count and get #JackNtheGame as you set the tone for ultimate at-home watch parties starring delicious, effortless cocktails.

So, are you ready to be the MVP at home? Raise a glass safely and responsibly to your favorite teams with Jack!

JACK & JONES (+1)

1 1⁄2 oz Jack Daniel's Old No. 7®
4 oz Coca-Cola®
2-3 dashes Jack Daniel’s
Cocktail Bitters
Cherry garnish

Build and stir.

click to enlarge Jack & Coke Peach Mule
Jack & Coke Peach Mule


JACK & COKE PEACH MULE

1 1⁄2 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
1⁄2 oz Peach Puree
1 1⁄2 oz Coca Cola1 1⁄2 oz Ginger Beer

Lightly shake all but ginger beer. Add ginger beer. Strain over ice. Garnish with lemon wheel or peach and/or mint sprig.

JACK & GINGER (+1)

1 1⁄2 oz Jack Daniel's Old No. 7®
1⁄4 oz Aperol
Ginger Ale

Add Old No. 7 and Aperol. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with grapefruit peel or orange slice.

JACK PRESS

1 1⁄2 oz Jack Daniel's Old No. 7®
2 oz Soda Water
2 oz Lemon Lime Soda

Build in glass over ice. Garnish with lemon wedge or cucumber.

If home is what you make it, then make your time spent there something special by pairing your favorite Jack Daniel’s cocktails with these quick recipes!


HOT PIMENTO CHEESE DIP
Makes about 2 cups; serve with corn chips and crackers

8 ounces (2 cups) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small chunks
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimentos, drained
Spoonful of sugar
Dashes of hot pepper and Worcestershire sauce

Heat the oven to 350°F. Combine the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, may- onnaise, pimentos, sugar, and hot and Worcestershire sauce in a small glass baking dish. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and hot. Stir once halfway through cooking. Note: This can also be prepared in the microwave. Cover a microwave-safe baking dish and micro- wave at 50 percent power for 2 minutes. Stir until well blended.



JACK HOT WINGS
Makes 6 to 8 servings

CHICKEN
2 pounds chicken drumettes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

WHISKEY SAUCE
1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
1 stick butter
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup hot pepper sauce, or to taste

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Dip cooked wings in the sauce. Serve with blue cheese dressing and fresh celery and carrot sticks.

For more Game Day beverage essentials and ways to make your Big Game at home count, visit jackdaniels.com

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