A Night Out with Crown XO and the NOLA Pelicans

A week or so ago, I was invited to an exclusive night out with Crown Royal XO and the New Orleans Pelicans. The VIP experience was held at Smoothie King Center (formerly New Orleans Arena) where Crown Royal treated a select group of guests to a number of extraordinary experiences inside the Owner’s Bunker Suite in the Chairman’s Club. There was also a private whisky tasting and Q&A, cocktails with special guests from the Pelicans organization, and other Crown Royal swag which lead up to a viewing of the Pelicans vs Clippers game from an exclusive suite.

I was treated very exclusively, if I do say so myself. Parking passes, being escorted to Mr. Benson’s Suite, cocktails overflowing throughout the night, the option to watch the game from ANYwhere in the arena (I chose the suite, of course) — it was everything! Not to mention the best part, receiving my personally embroidered Crown Royal XO bag (It’ll go well with my ANS embroidered original Crown Royal bag that served as party favors for my CR happy hour last year).

There were three superb cocktails featured throughout the night: The Jump Shot, Alley-Oop, and Triple Double. I’m a sucker for good whisky and ginger (particularly beer), so I was very partial to the Alley-Oop all night. If you’d like to put your mixology skills to the test, try one of these delish recipes at home!

The Jump Shot
· 1.5oz Crown Deluxe

· .5oz Sour Mix

· .25oz Grenadine

· Soda Water to top

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in the glass with ice, gently stir and serve.

· 1.5oz Crown XO

· Top with Ginger Ale

Preparation: Garnish with lime

Triple Double
· 1.5oz Crown Royal Black

· .75oz Simple Syrup

· .75oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well and strain into the glass. Garnish and serve.

Shake it, stir it, sip it! Have a blast and drink responsibly, loves.

Special thanks to Kelly G, Christina K and the Taylor crew for inviting me to such a fab night out.

Check out some of the profesh photos from the night (below), including a few from my private (IG) collection.

Crown Royal XO is an ultra-premium, elegant whisky deliciously balanced with hints of vanilla, spice and rich dried fruit closing with an impeccably smooth finish. It is best enjoyed neat, on the rocks or as the key ingredient in a number of classic cocktail recipes.


Spillcap: The Beat Summit: Mannie Fresh vs KLC

Heavyweight Producers and New Orleans’ natives Mannie Fresh, mostly known for Cash Money Records’ top hits, and KLC, who’s mostly known for the greatest hits from No Limit Records, go head-to-head at a non-threatening beat battle in New Orleans.

A few artists from each Producer’s camp showed up at Hangar13 to show support. Rapper Juvenile was Team Mannie Fresh, while Mia X and Mystikal served support on Team KLC. They also took to the mic to perform old school, legendary hits. The funniest part of the night was when KLC dropped the beat to NOLA rap group UNLV’s “Drag ‘Em From The River,” a diss song to Mystikal. A true rider, Mystikal took the stage, danced to the song, grabbed the mic and said, “I ain’t gonna lie, I used to bump this song, too!” The crowd bucked harder.

The night was amazing. It brought back so many memories of growing up to this music. Before the multi-platinum hits, the fame, NOLA is where it all started. It was everything!!