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Boardwalk Empire Yacht Party

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Michael Killmer, Templeton Rye Brand Manager and Brand Ambassador for Chicago, teamed up with HBO and LivingSocial for the Exclusive Boardwalk Empire Season Two Yacht Party in Chicago on Sunday, September 25. The cruise was a ticketed event by LivingSocial with 160 people in attendance.

Fashioned in their finest 1920s-inspired attire, the patrons hopped aboard the Prohibition era cruise to celebrate the return of the Boardwalk Empire series. The luxury yacht from Kanan Cruises was decked out in roaring twenties style with Templeton Rye décor and barrels. As they set sail from Navy Pier, patrons had the chance to participate in a variety of mob-friendly activities. The three-hour yacht party included blackjack instruction in the gambling parlor, cigar-rolling lessons, appetizers, whiskey tastings, a Templeton Rye Manhattan cocktail demonstration and an exclusive sneak peek of the Season 2 premiere.

Patrons were invited to partake in a whiskey tasting where they sipped on samples of Templeton Rye, along with three bourbons, including Woodford Reserve, Bulliet and Buffalo Trace. After the whiskey tasting and education and a viewing of the Boardwalk Empire trailer, they visited Michael Killmer at the Templeton Rye Manhattan demo station (all product provided by Kanan Cruises), where he taught them the history and proper procedure for making the Templeton Manhattan and gave them the opportunity to make their own.

Here are a few photos from the event.

Dress the part for your Boardwalk Empire viewing party

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

We’ve got you covered from your cloche adorned head to your wing tip toes in this edition of our “Boardwalk Empire” viewing party series, featuring fashion tips to help you celebrate the return of “Boardwalk Empire” in 1920s style.

Be sure to download our exclusive Templeton Rye-inspired viewing party kit and check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration and ideas for Prohibition era fashion, food and cocktail recipes. You can also pick up some iconic flapper and dapper gangster fashion tips from Des Moines fashion blogger Lacy Brunnette on LacyBrunnette.com.

Fashion ideas courtesy of Juliet DeRose and Jen Abrams, Stylist, JenAbrams.com

The Female Look
The 1920s were all about rebellion. So use this opportunity to let loose and break the rules of
fashion. Start off with a sexy ultra-feminine dress. Think lace, chiffon, sequins and fringe. Don’t shy
away from bold jewel tones and warm reds and purples! Then, make it your own by incorporating
flirty accessories like bangles, statement cocktail rings, fingerless gloves and maybe even a cloche
hat. Keep your make-up understated except for a dramatic bold lip. Add vampy red nails and you’re
ready to dance all night… among other things.

Complete Looks
Click the images below to visit polyvore.com and find out how to get these 1920s-inspired complete looks.

Option #1: Try this sleeveless silk-chiffon dress with rhinestone and beaded scoop neck, asymmetrical tiers with beaded fringe at shirttail hem, allover bead accents and tiny pintucks by Haute Hippie. “Flapper Dress” found at 25park.com.

Option #2: Try this chiffon dress, hand-beaded detail, fully lined blush dress by Haute Hippie. “Trish Rose Flapper Dress” found at 25park.com.


From left to right, top row: Art deco 14k silver diamond accent cocktail ring, jcpenney.com; Max and Chloe Necklace, maxandchloe.com; Earrings charmandchain.com, ASOS Origami Pleated Deco Clip On Earrings asos.com; Belfry Tara Floral Bow Cloche, hatsinthebelfry.com; bottom row: Venezia Gondola Clutch, jillmilan.com; Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio NARS, narscosmetics.com; ASOS Black Beaded Deco Clutch, asos.com.

The Male Look
There’s nothing sexier than a man in a suit. Channel your inner Nucky Thompson and make a powerful
statement with a fitted suit. Leave those tired gray and black ones in the closet and experiment with different hues and patterns. Don’t over think the styling; a crisp white shirt is always appropriate and always a fashion “do.” Coordinate your tie and pocket square to complement the suit. Perhaps a deep red or gold paired with a navy suit? Finally, every proper man needs an exceptional timepiece so incorporate a classic wristwatch or vintage-inspired pocket watch.

Men’s Suit

Ludlow two-button suit jacket with double-vented back in cashmere, J. Crew


Ermenegildo Zegna textured paisley tie in burgundy, Neiman Marcus

Pocket Watch

Relic two-toned pocket watch, JC Penney

“Boardwalk Empire” returns on Sunday, September 25 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Food ideas for your Boardwalk Empire viewing party

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

If you’re a fan of the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” you know that booze and chow had major cameos throughout the first season. Now that you’ve got your Prohibition era libations in order, it’s time to focus on the culinary entertainment for your “Boardwalk Empire” viewing party.

When it came to entertaining in the 1920s, food dishes were simple yet classy, such as a perfectly chopped Caesar salad or dainty and delightful finger sandwiches. Below are a few ideas and recipes for some easy-to-prep, 1920s-inspired dishes to serve up on premiere night.

Americans had a sweet tooth and a well-developed sense of ordered creativity in the 1920s, which translated into fruit cocktails, pineapple upside-down cake and Jell-O molds. Try this no-hassle recipe for Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake via BettyCrocker.com.

Image via flickr kimberlykv

Finger sandwiches were very popular in the 1920s due to the invention of sliced bread. Try one (or all) of these five delicious finger sandwich recipes via myrecipes.com.

Image via flickr kattekrab

The Caesar salad was first created in 1924 by Italian-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini in Tijuana, Mexico. The salad became a family favorite and fashionable among celebrities, increasing the popularity of salads in general. With the basic ingredients of lettuce, parmesan and croutons, dressed with garlic, lemon, egg, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce, this dish is easy to prepare and a refreshing combo with your finger sandwiches. Impress your guests with this classic Caesar salad recipe by Lynn Lewis via allrecipes.com.

Image via flickr VirtualErn

Check out our exclusive Templeton Rye-inspired “Boardwalk Empire” viewing party kit here for more ideas and inspiration for Prohibition Era food, fashion and cocktails. Boardwalk Empire returns on Sunday, September 25 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Cocktail recipes for your Boardwalk Empire viewing party

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

To celebrate the season premiere of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” on Sunday, September 25, we created this exclusive Templeton Rye-inspired “Boardwalk Empire” viewing party guide, complete with all the essentials you need to plan and host your own 1920s-inspired get-together. Whether you’re dressing the part in your finest flapper or gangster attire, cooking up your favorite era-appropriate food, or serving up 1920s-inspired cocktails to keep your guests abuzz during the season premiere, we’ve got you covered.

No party is complete without a signature cocktail, and we all know that Nucky’s favorite spirit was rye whiskey, so we asked a few of our favorite mixologists to help us create three 1920s-inspired Templeton Rye cocktails for you to enjoy while watching the season premiere.

Hello, Holy Rollers!
Creator: Joshua Pearson, Head Bartender at Sepia
2 oz. Templeton Rye
¾ oz. Barolo Chinato
¾ oz. Dry White Port
½ oz. Lemon Juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake ingredients in cocktail shaker.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

The Templeton Typewriter
Creator: Kris Von Dopek, Libations Program Manager at Duchamp Libations
2 oz. Templeton Rye
1 oz. Tawny Port
½ oz. Real Maple Syrup
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Build in a mixing glass and stir.
Strain over ice in an old fashioned glass.

The Nucky
Creator: Eric Hay, Wirtz Beverage Illinois
1 and ½ oz. Templeton Rye
1 oz. Cherry Herring Liqueur
½ oz. Luxardo Bitter Liqueur or Campari
¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
¼oz. Fresh Orange Juice
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
Garnish: 2 Luxardo cherries skewered

Build all ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice and shake hard for 8-10 seconds.
Double strain into a double old fashioned glass with fresh ice.

Stay tuned for more “Boardwalk Empire” viewing party how-to tips, ideas and inspiration. Next up, era-appropriate food dishes to prep for your party.

Boardwalk Empire Premiere Party at Star Theater in Science Center of Iowa

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Fans who have been awaiting the return of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire can celebrate the series return by attending a viewing party on September 25 (premiere night) hosted by Templeton Rye. Templeton Rye, from tiny Templeton, Iowa was a favorite of Capone, a major character in the series. “We have several videos and documentation linking Capone to Templeton Rye. It was said to be his drink of choice, ” says Scott Bush, co-founder Templeton Rye.

Not only was Templeton Capone’s drink of choice – it was also a leading favorite among other citizens during prohibition. According to a Chicago Tribune article dated January 16, 1933, the renowned Templeton was “second only in popularity to raw alcohol and near beer.”

The Boardwalk Empire viewing party will take place at the 50′ Star Theater at the Science Center of Iowa and all proceeds will benefit SCI. “We are very excited about the event. Templeton Rye is a great Iowa product and SCI looks forward to this partnership to help support all the exhibits and programs that Iowans experience every day at SCI,” said Susan Kloewer, Director of Development at the Science Center of Iowa.

The evening begins at 6 pm with cocktails and hors d’ouevres. At 7:30 pm, the theater will show some Templeton Rye videos as ‘Previews’. Then minutes before the season opener of Boardwalk Empire, Scott Bush along with Keith Kerkhoff, Master Distiller will welcome the crowd. “Everyone is so excited about the series this season. We have reason to believe Templeton Rye will be making a guest appearance in at least the first couple of episodes,” said Kerkhoff.

At the event, Templeton will be served in a cocktail called the Nucky, after Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, mayor of Atlantic City who is played in the show by actor Steve Buscemi. “We’re really elated that we could partner with The Star Theater at the Science Center of Iowa and help raise funds for this center that is so much a part of the community,” says Bush. Only 60 tickets are available for the event and will be sold for $25 each. To purchase tickets call Kelly Henry at the Science Center of Iowa at (515) 274-6868 x223.

Mods vs. Rockers 2010

Monday, June 28th, 2010

On Saturday, June 19 we joined our friends from Ton Up Club Chicago and Delilah’s, the best whiskey bar in the world, in celebrating Mods vs. Rockers vintage motorcycle show on Lincoln Ave. The street was lined with Triumphs, Moto Guzzis, BMWs, Vespas and some custom-made choppers. Whatever your style, there was an epic display of bikes on hand.

Our friend Scott Takes of Underground Art Studios in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, thought this would be the perfect place to unveil the new Templeton Rye themed chopper. Scott was commissioned to paint a 124 Cu. Inch custom chopper built by Tim Carlson of Carlson Customs and Repair in Atkins, Iowa. Scott chose an all Templeton Rye custom paint job. The detail work on this bike is incredible. From the perfect bottle shot on the tank, to the TR on the seat, to the likeness of Templeton Rye’s most famous customer on the back fender. You can even kill the lights on the hidden license plate to make it disappear in case the Feds are chasing you while your running your stash. Check out the photos below, and be sure to get your tickets to the third annual Rock & Rye Celebration on July 31, so you can check out this awesome bike first hand.





TR stories: Omaha speakeasy

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Centenarian Art Rix shares a story about taking a trip to Omaha during the prohibition era and how he and his wife ended up at a speakeasy that served Templeton Rye.

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TR stories: The Purple Gang and Al Capone’s private stash of The Good Stuff

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Doug Thompson shares stories about his grandfather, Charles “Red” Thompson, and his connections to the Purple Gang, Al Capone and Templeton Rye during the Prohibition Era.

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TR stories: Liberating the bottles

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Bob Hoffman of Carroll County, Iowa, talks about growing up in Templeton and how he and his friends would capitalize on the success of the bootleggers by redeeming their empty bottles for five cents each. Once they redeemed the bottles, the hotel clerk on Main Street would put them in a storage shed on his lot for safekeeping. Find out in the video below how Bob and his friends “liberated” the bottles to keep them moving.

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Merlyn Zubrod’s handmade custom bottle displays

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Templeton Rye’s own Merlyn Zubrod shows us his handmade custom Templeton Rye bottle displays and talks about the inspiration behind them.

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