All Mancation Articles Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:47:54 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (Man Tripping) Happy National Tequila Day, Let's Celebrate! Happy National Tequila Day!

Not sure about your plans, but we're celebrating with some delicious margaritas and tequila cocktail recipes that we've rounded up from around the world. Which is your favorite?

The here are a few of our favorite margarita recipes ...


Margarita Blanco

• 3 oz. of Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Tequila Blanco
• Simple Syrup (1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water)
• 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
• 2 oz. of Triple Sec
• 1 Jalapeño, cut in half lengthwise

Put 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of water in a saucepan to boil, stir occasionally to dissolve sugar. After the simple syrup cools combine it with 3 ounces of Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Tequila Blanco, 1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice, 2 ounces of Triple Sec and 1 Jalapeño, cut in half lengthwise. Let the mix chill for 30 minutes- 3 hours. Be sure to taste it until it's spiced to your preference.
Once ready to serve, remove the jalapeno and serve with ice in a glass and garnish with sliced cucumber.



Don Julio Este Lado

1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco
1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
Slice of English Cucumber
Mint Sprig
Mint and Cucumber Wheel Garnish

*To create Simple Syrup:
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water

Bring water to a boil and dissolve sugar into boiling water.
Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat.
Allow to cool completely. Can be prepared one day ahead.

Muddle English Cucumber and mint sprig in simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice and ice. Shake well.
Strain contents over ice into a rocks glass.
Garnish with mint sprig and cucumber wheel.

Ideal Serving:
Rocks Glass

1 drink, no drink contains more than 0.6 fl oz alcohol


Cucumber Mint Margarita

Makes 2 servings

1/2 cup chopped cucumber, peeled and seeded
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup key lime juice
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/3 cup tequila reposado
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco brand Original Red Sauce
6 ice cubes

Salt to rim glasses
2 cucumber slices

Blend ingredients in a blender for one minute. Divide between two 6-ounce salt-rimmed glasses. Garnish each glass with a cucumber slice.

Seven Peaks Margarita recipe from @TequilaDonJulio and @ManTripping

Seven Peaks Margarita

1 1/4 oz Tequila Don Julio Añejo
1/4 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 Ginger Slice
1 Apple Wedge
1 Persimmon Wedge
Apple and Persimmon Fan for Garnish

Muddle ginger, apple and persimmon with the lime and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
Add Tequila Don Julio Añejo and Grand Marnier to the shaker with ice and shake well.
Double strain into double rocks glass filled with ice.
Garnish with an apple and persimmon fan.


Key Lime Raspberry Margarita

1 cup Laughing Glass Cocktails Margarita
1½ cup orange liquor
½ cup frozen raspberries
1 cup key lime juice
1/3 cup superfine sugar

Blend until raspberry seeds have disappeared, pour into a chilled, salt rimmed glass.

cruz citrus margarita @mantripping

tres agaves organic margarita @mantripping

spicy raspberry margarita with el jimador @mantripping

scotch bonnet pepper margarita @mantripping

classic Partida margarita recipe @TequilaPartida and @mantripping

Ruby Red Grapefruit margarita recipe @TequilaPartida and  @mantripping

Pineapple "Pina" Margarita recipe by @TequilaPartida and @mantripping

More recipes will be added over the next few day!

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:29:10 +0000
2015 Hyundai Sonata Road Trip Review Last month the folks at Hyundai invited me out to Montgomery, Alabama to tour their amazing factory as well as put the brand new 2015 Hyundai Sonata through its paces. While honestly the family sedan market is traditionally boring with cars that end up being more similar than they are different as they compete for the heart of the American consumer, Hyundai typically has some special tactics to help make ownership fun. 

This has continued as they took the existing Sonata and made a more refined look continuing their "Fluidic Sculpture" theme with a 2.0 design. With 2015 Sonata trim levels ranging from the SE featuring a 2.4L 6-speed transmission for $21,150 to the Sport 2.0T with a 2.0L Turbo that fully loaded tops out at $33,525 there is something for everyone as it spans the gamut from "practical family sedan" to "junior executive".


Safety is a primary focus for Hyundai with all models coming standard with seven airbags including a new driver's knee airbag to help prevent the driver from sliding down during an accident. Other safety features such as forward collision warning, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, and a lane departure warning system.

Probably the coolest feature we tested was the smart cruise control that would slow the car down to even a complete stop in traffic should the car in front of you be going slower than your set speed. While we were nervous to test this out in real traffic we were able to get comfortable with it very quickly even in traffic though it will take some trust in the technology at first.

Unfortunately, the downside of this advanced feature is that there is a big ugly black piece of plastic in the otherwise stylish grill. That being said though, it is a small sacrifice for potentially reducing the otherwise high stress situation of having to keep your foot on the accelerator during stop and go traffic.


Hyundai engineers are similarly focused on bringing some of the luxury technology and comfort features found on the Genesis and other mid-size luxury sedans and bringing it to a mass-market platform. This is especially apparent in the Sport 2.0T model that while it isn't going to fool anyone into thinking you are driving a luxury or sports sedan certainly has features like paddle shifters, a kickass 400 watt sound system.


In the back, the feeling of luxury continues with 60/40 split seats that feature an armrest with dual cup holders.


From a handling perspective, both the 2.0T and the standard version felt very stable including a very smooth ride with minimal wind buffeting or noise even at above typical highway speeds.


Despite this stability, the 2.0T felt a bit sluggish with an engine and transmission that didn't match how the car felt and is positioned. However, I can honestly say that it was fun to drive through the backwoods of Alabama while jamming out to hip hop on the 400 watt sound system.

However, for those of you in a situation where you want the Genesis and she wants something more practical, this is a great compromise so you can get something that is completely practical during the week but fun to drive on weekends.


On the other hand, the surprise of the trip was the preview we got of the 2015 Sonata Eco, which is positioned to be more eco-friendly with higher gas milage etc. What impressed me about this trim-level is that it retained most of the features from the mid-range model it's engine felt MUCH peppier and fun to drive around the city.

When I drive, I like to have good pep accelerating around corners or off the line at a stop sign and that's where the Eco really delivered (though presumably at the sacrifice of overall top speed).


During our tour we also got a sneak peak of Apple Airplay, which will available as part of the navigation system later in the 2015 model year. This will allow the Sonata to leverage the ease of using Siri voice commands to access Maps, listen to music, and play messages as well as other features.

Hyundai's Blue Link continues to be one of the most advanced in the industry and among other features allows for remote start / unlock, remote Horn and Lights and the ability to slow or stop the vehicle in the event that it is stolen. Most interestingly though is the integration with the Hyundai mobile app which will allow people to monitor the performance of the Sonata and ensure that scheduled maintenance is taken care of for those of you would tend to forget those things.


Overall, the Sonata is a great choice for those looking for a technologically advanced family sedan that is stylish enough to be fun to drive when you head out on a guys weekend and very comfortable on a road trip.

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:24:00 +0000
Happy National Daiquiri Day from Cruzan! As you know, I LOVE daiquiris and so when the folks at Cruzan sent over a recipe and some rum I just had to try it out I just had to give it a whirl!

Cruzan® Sunset Daiquiri


  • 3 parts Cruzan® Aged Dark Rum
  • 2 parts Passion Fruit Syrup
  • 1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 part Grenadine

Add all ingredients to a blender with ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a Cherry.

Passion Fruit Syrup

  • 12 parts White Sugar
  • 10 parts Water
  • 8 Ripe Passion Fruits

Cut Passion Fruit in half and scoop out the juice, pulp & seeds into your sauce pot. Add the sugar and lightly muddle to combine. Add the water and stir cold, until sugar is mostly dissolved. Bring to a soft boil while stirring continuously then reduce to low heat for three minutes. Fine strain & chill.

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:31:30 +0000
A Visit to the 18/8 Men's Salon in San Diego A trip to a salon might seem like a strange idea for a guys weekend activity but that's just what we did recently at the newly opened 18/8 Fine Men's Salon in North County San Diego and it was a blast! If the idea of doing something to make yourself look and feel good seems like something more for the girls than the guys, you should think again.

Years ago, the concept of the "metrosexual" was talked about, but today it's just something that a lot of guys enjoy without worrying about labels. As such, entrepreneurs are starting to create specific locations that cater to guys with an environment that is for the average guy. While there are GREAT places like Grooming Lounge in DC and SIR Spa in Chicago, I haven't found a mass-market product with locations across the country that was designed to pamper guys with not just a great haircut, shave, or facial but a chance to relax before hand while sipping a beer and watching the game. 


The guys from 18/8 Salon contacted us and invited me and some of my friends up to check out their newest location in North County San Diego.

Each of us had a chance to pick services from their menu that includes Haircuts, Face Treatments, Scalp Treatments, Hand Treatments, Shaves (with a professionally trained barber offering straight razor shaves!), Waxing, and Coloring. It isn't exactly a full "day spa" though our Face and Scalp Treatments did include massages and robes to wear while being taken care of. 


One of our first questions was "What does 18/8 Stand For?" Our host shared with us that it is actually the formula for stainless steel - 18% chromium and 8% nickel. 

That stainless steel design element was carried through the salon, making for a very manly but not cliched environment.


The difference between a visit to 18/8 and your typical hair salon became obvious when we were offered a beer or soda to drink while in the waiting room (and then take back with us during the treatment). 

While free beer is always great and I do enjoy Shocktop, I was disappointed that a San Diego men's salon wouldn't have a great San Diego craft brew on tap instead of something so mass market.  Regardless though, it was tasty and Steve, Patrick and I enjoyed it while watching some of the World Cup.


The next step was to head back to the changing room where we each donned robes like at a spa and then went to what is probably the most bad-ass barber chair I have ever seen. I am a big guy and so some of the chairs I have sat in at different salons sort of wobble when I sit down, but this was rock solid and made me feel more that I was in command of the Starship Enterprise than about to be pampered :)


Each of us started with a haircut and then I had a scalp treatment while the other guys enjoyed facials. The package for each of us was about $85 (plus tip).

My ScalpMetics Package featured an "Executive" Haircut, hot towel treatment, neck and shoulder massage and a ScalpMetics Treatment that included a scalp massage.


Patrick and Steve both chose the face treatment package that also started with the "Executive" haircut, hot towel, Scalp, neck, and shoulder massage but then the SkinMetics Facial treatment. You can read Patrick's account here on his outdoor adventure blog, Outdoor Prime.


The three of us spanned the gamut of "Spa Regular" (Patrick) "Familiar with Spas but not a Regular" (Me) and then "Not a Spa Guy" (Steve). Though we spanned the gamut, each of us had a blast being treated special and we all felt great after our treatments. However, for someone looking for a more "serious" spa experience I'd look for a "men's spa" vs a "men's salon". 

Also, one of the quirks was that they pride themselves on is that they do haircuts using an electric razor but don't use a guard (presumably because that is too "barber-like". However, my feeling is that sometimes this is something that should be considered. Specifically, I always use a #2 guard all around and that makes things very easy. To do a short cut like this by hand is fairly difficult and made unnecessarily so by not using the guard. As a result my cut was not as good as I have come to expect from my normal salon. However, Patrick who has longer hair had a great experience.


At the end of the day, this was a fun experience that is approachable for the guy who might be looking for an opportunity to start exploring the world of spas and treatments beyond what the local barber can offer but is good enough that the veteran also felt satisfied. This isn't a day spa though, so if you are looking for a massage or a facial as the core treatments vs part of a package that is built off a haircut then you should maybe look somewhere else.

However, for those of us looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon with the guys as the prelude to going out to a concert or maybe after a round of golf this is a great idea that should be considered as part of your plans since it is fun, affordable and approachable across a variety of different comfort and experience levels. It would also be a great way to bond with the guys as part of a bachelor party as well!

While each location is independently owned and operated as a franchise, the company has locations across the country including California, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, and Texas so it is likely there is a location near you.

For more information about the location we visited, click here.

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:26:05 +0000
New REO Speedwagon Song, Whipping Boy I am a huge fan of classic rock and have enjoyed a number of REO Speedwagon, Styx, Journey etc. concerts. These are always fun to attend but usually there isn't really anything new. 

Earlier this week though, at the Del Mar / San Diego County Fair, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin announces he has something special for us ... a new song that they have been working on. Having understood that often times these are not really unique to us but more unique to the concert series I didn't pay much attention until he kept adding more detail and then ultimately (as you will see in the video below) he actually had the sheet music brought on stage. 

That though elicited a combination of laughter and applause as he then noted that he didn't have his glasses so he wouldn't be able to read the notes anyhow!

From the brief intro Kevin provided (unfortunately I didn't capture the whole thing), the new song "Whipping Boy" is based on their own experiences on the road and seems pretty cool.  Will be interesting to see when and where this ends up and if maybe there is another REO Speedwagon album in the works.

Overall, this was an awesome concert and for a group of guys in their 60's it is absolutely impressive that they are able to kick so much ass still.


So what do you think? 

Ready to see where they are playing next, visit the official REO Speedwagon website for tour dates.

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:18:32 +0000
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]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:57:00 +0000
15 Extreme Mountain Hiking Videos Are you planning a hike this summer? It is a great time to head off into the mountains in search of adventure!

Before you do though, check out these amazing "extreme" hikes we collected from around the world.


Changkong Huanghshan Mountain



Located in Eastern China, this is one of the most extreme mountain hikes you can undertake today. It is also one of the most beautiful places in the world and is marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is also known as one of the best places in the world to watch the sunrise as the light bounces off the granite peaks. 

El Camino del Rey



Also known in Spanish as El Caminito del Rey or "The King's little pathway", this is a walkway that long ago stopped being maintained but it offers a challenge to thrill seekers looking to follow it along the narrow gorge in El Chorro, in Malaga Spain. It was originally built in 1905 and is approximately 100 meters above the river. Today, because of the popularity of this as a tourist attraction, it is slowly being repaired but with the objective of leaving much of the original features so as to retain it's history.

Crouching Lion Hike (Hawaii)



If you are looking for some fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean this hike is a great idea. It only takes 30-40 minutes but you can do versions that are longer.

Pisac Puru


"Southern Utah"




Vorarlberg Austria


Trolltunga, Norway




Acadia National Mark, Maine


Grand Canyon


Arava Desert Canyoning, Israel


John Muir Trail




Mt. Everest!


There is probably no greater hike than climbing up Mt Everest, so let's end our tour of amazing hikes here with this guy's experience climbing up the tallest mountain in the world ... Certainly he deserves to celebrate with some Jagermeister when he gets back to the pub with his friends!

Which of these extreme hikes is your favorite for your next mancation?

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000
Great Men To Salute with a Jäger Toast Jägermeister is a spirit that is uniquely perfect for a celebration - almost everyone can agree that it makes the celebration that much better when you raise your glass with a group of friends and toast men that have done something awesome.

It's that spirit that led me to look back through history to find amazing accomplishments by distinguished gentlemen and raise my glass of Jäger to them in recognition. Don't worry though - while these are truly exceptional men, your accomplishments from a fantastic evening out with guys or a mancation rafting adventure can similarly be celebrated or even better be recorded with the JägerBonds mobile app for posterity (or even just to remember that adventure from the night before!).

I'm ready to pour some ice, cold shots and share stories, how about you?

Sir Edmund Hillary


Even though many people have done so since, Hillary was the first to climb Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth. His spirit of adventure led him to also climb 10 other Himalayan mountains as well as other journeys around the world that by themselves would make them worthy of being included on this list.
For that reason, we raise our glass to you Sir Hilary and thank you for your relentless determination!

Neil Armstrong


Mr. Armstrong's name is one that is almost universally recognized for his accomplishment of being the first man on the moon. His out-of-this-world accomplishment certainly merits our appreciation of his greatness!

Nikola Tesla


As a pioneer in early radio and electricity and the namesake today of one of the hottest new car brands, Nikola Tesla is a man deserving more attention than he has normally receives. His genius mixed with a mad scientist reputation for outlandish ideas such as wireless communication as well as a way of transmitting power wirelessly makes him someone who impacted today's scientific world in ways that he couldn't possibly imagine.

Thor Heyerdahl


While some great men do so on land and others through science, Thor did so on the ocean and proved that ancient cultures had the ability to take on long sea voyages. He didn't do so through computer models and dissertations - he build a raft using native techniques and materials and set off on a 5,000 mile journey from South America to the Tuamoto Islands in the South Pacific.

Lewis and Clark


Ok, so these are two men but they deserve to be recognized together for their work "opening up the west". In an era when not much aside from "there's lots of Indians and strange scary monsters" was known about the American West, these guys set off to document it for the folks back East.

John Muir


Naturalist, author and advocate of preserving the wild territories of the American West. Anyone who enjoys hiking or camping in Yosemite or Sequoia National Park owes Mr. Muir thanks. It wasn't just his passion for writing about the Western forests but also his efforts to actively petition the US Congress to start the National Park Service.

Andrew Carnegie


A Scottish immigrant who built himself up to be one of the wealthiest men in the world. That accumulation of wealth alone is worth taking notice of Carnegie, but his salute to education by sponsoring the construction of public libraries is why I am saluting him here.

Charles Lindbergh


There once was a time, not too long ago when crossing the Atlantic Ocean was an adventure fraught with danger, it was Mr. Lindbergh though that pioneered this in his aircraft The Spirit of St Louis, opening up the era of non-stop traffic across the pond in only 33.5 hours. Today that trip takes a fraction of that.

Who would you toast with Jägermeister?

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:18:36 +0000
18 Great Jägermeister Cocktail Recipes If you are old enough to legally enjoy Jägermeister then you probably are already familiar with the two most common way to enjoy the spirit - as an ice cold shot. I thought it was time to explore some other great ways to enjoy the herbal liqueur, so the folks at Jägermeister helped me put together this list of Jägermeister cocktails, perfect fuel for an epic night paired with the JagerBonds app which can help ensure you capture the night's greatest memories.  

Classic Jägermeister Shot

This is the classic - simply pour ice cold Jägermeister in a shot glass. Yeah - it's that easy.! 



Now that we have the easy one down, let's go on to the advanced cocktail recipes!


Jagermeister Rudi - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Jägermeister Rudi

1 part Jägermeister
1 part bitter, hoppy beer

A crowning moment! Simply top off your Jägermeister shot with a beer cap. While the two will mix naturally, the beer head will form a mousse on top, creating a crown to admire and appreciate.


Jagermeister After Dark - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Jägermeister After Dark

1/2 part Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1 part Jägermeister

Join Jäger on the dark side with a taste of chocolate liqueur such as Mozart® Black.

Pour the liqueur and then use a bar spoon to stream the Jägermeister on top. Drop in a cropped straw and drink from the bottom for a delicious taste of chocolate followed by the herby balance of Jagermeister to round it off.

Jager Ginger - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Jäger Ginger

1 1/2 Parts Jägermeister
1/4 lime
1-2 slices of cucumber
Ice Cold Ginger Beer to taste
Ice Cubes

Similar to a Moscow mule but with the added flavor of Jägermeister, this is a refreshing summertime drink.

Jagermeister Fresh Orange - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Jägermeister Fresh Orange

1 1/2 Parts Jagermeister
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Crushed Ice
Orange Zest

The herbal flavors of Jägermeister and the sweet and tangy juice from the orange mix for a visually beautiful drink with orange juice on the bottom and the dark Jägermeister floating on top. 

Finish with a twist of orange zest and a stir stick.


Jagermeister Bomb / Jager Energy Drink - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Jäger Energy Drink

1 1/2 Parts Jagermeister
1 can Energy Drink
Ice Cubs
Lemon or Lime Zest

A delicious combination that brings out the flavors of the spirit. Pour the energy drink in a long glass and then top off with 1.5 oz of Jägermeister and finish with a twist of Lemon or Lime zest for an added kick.


Jager and Tonic - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Jäger Tonic

2 parts Jägermeister
Tonic water

Because who the hell needs gin? Combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice, stir well and garnish with an orange slice.


The Redhead - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

The Redhead

1/3 part Jägermeister
1/3 part peach schnapps
1/3 part cranberry juice

Blondes get noticed, but redheads are never forgotten. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well and strain into a shot glass. Can also be served as a cocktail.


Black Sunset - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Black Sunset

1 ½ parts Jägermeister
1 part Black Beard® Spiced rum
2 parts pineapple juice

Nothing says dark quite like Jägermeister. Add spiced rum and dark becomes something else. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well, and strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.


California Surfer - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

California Surfer

1 ½ parts Jägermeister
1 ½ parts coconut rum
5 parts pineapple juice

Our classic mixture of Jägermeister, coconut rum and pineapple juice keeps the surf up. Ride this wave all night long. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well and strain into a tall glass with ice. Garnish with an orange slice.


Jager Mary - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Jäger Mary

1 ½ parts Jägermeister
Bloody Mary mix

Even we didn't know it would taste this good. Combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice, stir well and garnish with lemon, lime and a celery stalk.


Wicket Apple - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Wicket Apple

1 ½ parts Jägermeister
1 part apple schnapps
1 part pineapple juice

Made with love from Grandma's special batch of apples. Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice, and shake and serve in a martini glass or in a rocks glass on ice.


Dogmen's Revenge - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Dogmen's Revenge

1 part Jägermeister
½ part peach schnapps
½ part raspberry puree
1 part fresh lemon juice

Keep revenge at-bay with this calming cocktail, made from Jägermeister and some essential fruits sure to help you chill out. Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake well and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with a splash of soda.


Jager Float - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Jager Float

1 ½ parts Jägermeister
3 parts root beer
Vanilla ice cream

Jägermeister and a scoop of ice cream goes down as good as dessert. Pour the Jägermeister in a large glass, add two scoops vanilla ice cream, then add root beer.


Jager Rita Margarita - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping


2 parts Jägermeister
½ part Cointreau®
1 part sour mix

Get out your German sombrero. Combine Jägermeister and Cointreau® in an ice filled cocktail glass. Fill with sour mix. Blend with ice to make it frozen.


Six Point Stag - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Six Point Stag

1 ½ parts Jägermeister
¼ part Smith and Cross® Navy Strength rum
½ part John D. Taylor® Velvet Falernum
½ part lime juice
1 part pineapple juice
3 drops Bittermans® Tiki bitters

Six ingredients can be intimidating, but don't back down from this stag. Combine all ingredients except Jägermeister in a tall glass in this order: rum, Falernum, fresh lime juice and pineapple juice. Then add the crushed ice and then gently mix with a spoon. Then add more ice and top with Jägermeister, bitters, a pineapple slice and a nice sprig of fresh mint.


Jager Barrel - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping

Jäger Barrel

2 parts Jägermeister
Root beer

A masterfully aged blend of Jägermeister and root beer. Combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice and stir.


Tikimeister - 18 Jagermeister Cocktail Recipes from @ManTripping


1 ½ parts Jägermeister
½ part ginger liquor
½ part Appleton Estate Reserve® Rum
½ parts lime juice, orange juice, pineapple juice
½ part raspberry simple syrup

Breathe in, breathe out. No, you're not in heaven, but this is pretty close to it. Combine all ingredients plus one ice cube in a shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Top with more crushed ice and stir quickly. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and a lime wheel.


Now that you have the fuel for a great evening, make sure to check out the JägerBonds app so you can record the evening by having it grab photos from Facebook and Instagram and create a video so you can remember just how awesome of a night it was.

This is a sponsored article but all opinions are mine.


]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:05:00 +0000
Party like Rock & Roll Royalty at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego Ready to spend a guys weekend in "America's Finest City" and party like rock and roll royalty? 

If that sounds like a great idea then I suggest that you check into the Hard Rock Hotel, set in the heart of San Diego's Gaslamp District. To those of you who have never been to San Diego, the Gaslamp is the downtown area adjacent to the convention center and Petco Park filled with bars and restaurants of all types. 


Upon check-in we were told that as suite guests and VIPs we should visit the special "Green Room" lounge to get our keys etc. in style.


As one would expect when rock stars are checking in, it wasn't just a front desk clerk who was there to help us but we were also offered drinks and friendly chatter. 

Not one to turn down a few sips of Patron, this set the mood for what was quickly becoming one of the most awesome nights I have had in a long, long time.


With room keys in hand we headed to the room where we were greeted with a spectacular Hard Rock Suite overlooking the ballpark.

One thing of note that was a bit odd is that the bathroom was sort of split with the toilet on one side and shower on the other with the wash basin in the open part of the room. This however did allow for there to be more space in the suite, so that was a good thing :)

Speaking of the shower, it was huge (designed for more than one person at a time clearly!).


Our particular room was overlooking Petco Park but first we needed to head downstairs and dine like a rock star ...


Hard Rock Hotel San Diego plays host to the world famous Nobu restaurant.

We were provided a generous food voucher by the PR team so we decided to take things to the next level and good into full rockstar mode by not just being content with a few different plates of sushi but instead selecting the Omakase Chef's Choice where we left our dinner to the whim of the chef. 

While at more than $400, this was by far the most expensive 2-person dinner I have ever had it was an experience that frankly is worth doing to fulfill your ultimate rockstar dreams or celebrity fantasy.

Don't worry though - if you are more on the "backup band" budget then Nobu while not "cheap" has great options for drinks and sushi without going crazy.


The side benefit of selecting this Omakase menu was that we got to sample tastes of the very best available in the restaurant including Toro as well as Wagyu.

Each of the many courses was presented with spectacular service and featured some of the most beautiful plating that I have ever experienced.


Our dinner took nearly two hours but when finished, it was time to head over to Petco park for the game.

The PR folks at Hard Rock must have talked with the Padres and hooked us up here too, because it was a spectacular win and fun was had by all except the guy below who clearly wasn't expecting people to be cheering loudly!


Of course, like in most cities with a downtown ballpark, attending the game is just the start of the evening!


As mentioned above, San Diego's Gaslamp district is chock full of bars ranging from country line dancing to chic rooftop bars as well as almost any type of restaurant imaginable.

Since the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is so close to both the park and the Gaslamp, it serves as potentially a great pit stop to freshen up if your preference is night clubbing, or as an easy place to stagger back to if your preference is more bar hopping vs clubbing.

Of course, with Float - a trendy rooftop bar and 207 nightclub on premises you almost don't need to leave the property. However despite that, we highly recommend exploring the area - afterall this is your rock and roll guys weekend! 


Whether you return at 11 p.m. or 2 a.m. coming back to the room with a bucket of beers and cracker jacks waiting for your is a fantastic treat. Hard Rock Hotel's room service menu continue's the theme of living the rock star lifestyle.

If you need something more than beers in the room the hotel also hosts MaryJane's a coffee shop / diner with a chic rock and roll theme and it is open till 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Perfect to stop by and grab some Disco Fries, a Breakfast Burger and a "Pot" Brownie before heading back to the room.



Upon returning to the room, I was delighted to find the guitar waiting for me there to indulge in my rock star fantasy of jamming out - sadly though I was ready to hit the pillow that night.

However, the next morning it was time to pretend one last time that I was ready to ROCK! with the Fender guitar that was brought to the room the night before.

While headphones are provided I discovered you could actually connect it to the TV so you could "perform" for anyone in attendance (as well as people 10 doors down ...) 


This was truly an awesome experience - there are a lot of hotels in the world and San Diego itself has no shortage of them. However it is rare to find a hotel that transports you to a different plane of existence - even just for a few short hours.

While there would be absolutely nothing wrong with a businessman checking himself into the hotel while attending some conference across the street at the convention center, this place is designed for someone who either IS a rocker, or just wants to play one for the weekend.

That makes it a fantastic guys weekend hotel though frankly - it's proximity to the beaches on Coronado Island and the rest of San Diego also make it a great home base if you decide to extend your guys weekend and turn it into a San Diego mancation too!  

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Mon, 12 May 2014 09:54:53 +0000
How Much do You Know about Jagermeister? Are you a fan of Jägermeister Let's see how much you know about this unique spirit with these 10 questions!

Who Started Jägermeister?

There are two answers to this - Wilhelm Mast founded Jägermeister in 1878 as a wine wholesaler and vinegar factory, but Wilhelm's son - Curt Mast developed the recipe for the Jägermeister we enjoy today as an herbal liqueur in 1934 and introduced it to the world in 1935.

What does the name Jägermeister mean?

The name itself is a literal translation for the German word "Master Hunter" and is also the title for the political official in Germany that oversee hunting matters.

Where did Jägermeister get its iconic logo from?

The famous logo depicting a cross between the antlers of a stag is a reference to the patron saints of hunters, Saint Hubertus, who had a vision in which they saw a glowing cross between the antlers of a stag while out hunting and turned to a life of good.

What Proof is Jägermeister?

Standard proof of Jägermeister is 70 proof or 35% alcohol, slightly less than a typical vodka or scotch. This makes Jäger shots a bit easier to enjoy as a shot compared to other spirits.

Where is the Jägermeister Distillery Located?

Jägermeister's distillery is located in Wolfenbuttel Germany, about 200 km west of Berlin. A Guided Jägermeister distillery tour of the city plus factory are available. Tour lasts 4.5 hours and includes 1.5 hours in town, lunch, and then 1.5 hour Jägermeister factory tour. Tickets are 19.50 Euro for groups of 10-30 people.

Individual tours are available on the first of each month starting at 10:30 at the tourist information center in the Wolfenbuttel town market. 

True or False - Jägermeister contains elk blood?

False - there is no evidence that it contains deer or elk blood, but it is still a great way to celebrate accomplishments and a lot less messy than drinking the blood of a deer to celebrate a victory over nature. Jagermeister's mysterious and unique taste does come from the proprietary blend of 56 carefully selected herbs, blossoms, roots, and fruits. That's pretty special in its self!

Besides, drinking blood is pretty gross, so we don't recommend that.

What are the ingredients of Jägermeister?

Hah - they aren't going to reveal that, but a good source tells us that ever since Jägermeister was invented almost 80 years ago, it has been based on a secret recipe. 56 different herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits from across the world are used in the production, among them star anise, cinnamon and ginger roots as well as a set of secret herbs.

How long is Jägermeister aged?

Jägermeister is aged for one year in oak casks before it is blended a second time with alcohol, sugar, caramel, and water to create the spirit we know and love.

What year was Jägermeister first introduced?

Jägermeister was launched in 1935 and the bottle and recipe has stayed essentially the same since then.

What does the Poem on the Jägermeister label mean?

The poem on the Jäger label translates to:
It is the Hunter's honor that he
Protects and preserves his game,
Hunts sportsmanlike, honors the
Creator in his creatures.

Where's the best place to record your JägerBond video?

Anywhere that you can enjoy Jägermeister with good friends is a great start for creating a JägerBonds video, though we recommend checking out this roundup of amazing mancation destinations for inspiration!

Just in case you aren't familiar with JägerBonds, the mobile app is a great way to record your epic night by pulling photos in from Instagram and Facebook and creating a movie to share with friends. Check out our article here or the official site here to get started.

So there you go - if you got all of these correct, then you sir deserve to celebrate with a shot!

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are mine.

Sponsor cannot be confirm details related to tours of the Jagermeister Distillery tours. For information about Jagermeister Distillery Tours, please see the link for details.

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:14:54 +0000
Amazing "80's" Safety Video sets the Mood for the New Delta Airlines I had the fortune to fly Delta last week and frankly I wasn't sure what to expect. For better or worse, I have collected a ton of frequent flyer miles on both United and American over the past few years and so I assumed that all airlines were the same. Plus, frankly I had a negative impression of Delta from past experiences with them years ago.

As such, when I was booked on them last week I wasn't sure what to expect.

However, what I found impressed me! The plane featured a fully modern cabin complete with the frills I love on JetBlue including free snacks and satellite TV with a flight tracker, and excellent wifi quality (that of course can be very subjective).



They also had an excellent mobile app that made checkin extremely easy. Plus from my interaction with the crew, their attitude seemed similar to what I enjoy on JetBlue and South West. I would even categorize the crew as having provided very good service that put what I have considered "standard" on other airlines to shame.

What really impressed me though was that rather than some boring video that no one watches, they somehow made safety fun!

If you haven't already checked it out, here is their new "80's" safety video that they released earlier this year and hopefully sets the tone for the new Delta ... an airline that combines the best aspects of South West and Jet Blue.


What amazed me about this video is that for the first time in the 30+ years I have been flying, I saw people actually paying attention to the video so kudos to Delta for that monumental achievement.

However, this also posed a question - what did the actual 80's safety videos look like?

PanAm Safety Video for A300



Northwest Airlines Safety Video for 757



TWA Safety Video for L-1011



Air Canada Safety Video for 747-200



Clips from Airplane the Movie :)



Airplane safety videos have come a long way in the past 30 years and so have the airlines themselves.

Though they seem to have lost their path and turned into a pedestrian public bus in the sky it seems like what Delta has done and others are trying to do by adding humor back into flying that things are going to get a lot better.

For Delta specifically, hopefully this is just the beginning a of a great relationship between you and I!

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Mon, 12 May 2014 10:55:52 +0000
15 Best Places to Surf in the World Thinking about planning a surf mancation this year to tap into some of the gnarliest waves that mother nature can throw at you? Check out our list of the best places in the world to surf.

Banzai Pipeline, Oahu Hawaii


Teehupoo, Tahiti


Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa


Kuta Beach, Bali Indonesia


Superbanks, Gold Coast Australia


Mavericks, Half-Moon Bay California


Nazaré, Portugal


Rincon, Puerto Rico


Hossegor, France


Cloud 9, Sieargao Island Philippines


Surfrider Beach, Malibu California


Killer Point, Morocco


Ericeira, Portugal


Okinawa, Japan




]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:41:57 +0000
10 Amazing Mancation Ideas Summer is almost here and that means it is time to start planning your next mancation adventure.

From Germany to Hawaii and all places in between, we searched our archives for the most amazing ideas and picked these ten mancation ideas as the ultimate. The important thing for all of these ideas is that it is something awesome that will spark legendary stories to impress the guys that didn't go, for years to come. 

So, let's get started ...



Jager Shot Skis and Dirndls at Oktoberfest

We have to start here in Germany where Jagermeister came from and I can't think of any better mancation idea than a trip to Munich Oktoberfest! From Jager shot skis with your best friends to chatting with frauleins in dirndls and noshing on huge Bavarian pretzels, sausages, and pork shank. 

More than 7 million liters of beer are consumed during this 16-day celebration, but we think a Jager shot is the perfect toast to having taken the trip and experienced something that most of your friends will wish they had joined you on!


wilderness hunting lodge trophy ram

Exotic Animal Hunting in Tennessee

Your inner hunters deserve to hunt the ultimate prey and while you can travel the world searching for exotic animals, there are places right here in the United States like the Wilderness Hunting Lodge in Tennessee that offer a range of exotic animal hunts from Elk, Bison, and Razorback Wild Boar to Black Hawaiian and Mouflon Rams, Sika Deer and Aoudad.

Not a hunter, no worries - you can join your buddies for a shot in the lodge after returning from the 3,000+ acre ranch. Even better is that the professional crew will take care of the game and they even offer taxidermy services so you can take your trophy home.

Drive a Lamborghini Aventador in Vegas

Poker and Fast Cars in Las Vegas

There's more to Vegas than slots and black jack, so grab the guys and head to Vegas for a weekend of fun filled with nights of high-stakes poker action followed by days spent cruising the dunes in  a SunBuggy desert racer. If super cars are more your style - that's cool and Vegas can accomodate! How about a few laps in a Lamborghini Aventador followed by even more stories and bonding back at the bar?

 Ibiza night club

Sun Kissed Beaches and Night Clubs in Ibiza

All night parties followed by people watching on the beach at Ibiza, the Spanish version of Cancun is something that only real men should attempt and if the thrill of partying in the US and the Caribbean has lost its thrill than this international party scene in the warm waters of the Mediterranean certainly deserves your consideration.

Squaw Valley High Camp

Squaw Valley High Camp

One of the coolest spots in the world is the Squaw Valley High Camp - set 8,200 feet above sea level, this resort at the top of Squaw Valley features an 18-hole disc golf course, tennis court, swimming pool and hot tub, and of course ample sun deck to chill out and relax. 

 indie rock Austin - Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Indie Rock Shows in Austin

Stickers across the city say "Keep Austin Weird" and we agree. This is a city that loves its independent music and has some of the greatest bars (as well as BBQ) in the world. If you aren't into rock - don't worry there is plenty of party music, hip hop, and pretty much any other form you could imagine in this town who's music scene rivals even Nashville. If you still need a "reason" to visit, how about South By Southwest or Austin City Limits?

 King Salmon Fishing Alaska

Salmon Fishing in Alaska

Whether you do it from the back of a king salmon boat, fly fishing in a stream, alone with friends, or lead by a guide from a 4-star resort fishing in Alaska is absolutely one of those mancation ideas that can be considered an achievement among men.

 Visiting the Indy 500 Pits

In the Pits at the Indy 500

The "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" deserves a great drink to celebrate a successful day of high-speed auto racing where generations of men have gone and watched heros be born. The Indianapolis 500 is a race like no other on earth, with a spirit that transcends auto racing to become an event where men will gather to share stories and watch some of the most advanced technology in the world fight for supremacy and the right to drink the ice cold milk after driving 500 miles at 200+ miles per hour. 

Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby

Be Real Cowboys at Calgary Stampede

Part county fair, part wild west adventure, the Calgary Stampede is an adventure that draws "Real Men" from around the world as they compete in rodeo events as well as the famous Rangeland Derby where they race what is essentially wild west-style horse drawn chuck wagons. Of course, there is tons of food including the famous Double Bacon Corn Dog, Banana Bacon Ear, Deep Fried Doritos, and Chocolate Dipped Jalapenos for desert.

Rainforest to Reef Adventure in Ohau

Rainforest to Reef Adventure in O'ahu

Forget lounging on the beach and sipping mai tais, how about exploring a full day adventure of hiking, biking, sailing, and snorkeling in Hawaii?

Don't worry, the beach will still be there when you get back!

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:28:00 +0000
Norwegian Cruise Line Introduces new Destination Themed Cocktails Norwegian Cruise Line has been giving Carnival a run for its money recently with two great new ships and now a series of drinks based on their favorite destinations around the world. Created by Gabriel Orta of the Miami-based Bar Lab Cocktails this new series features unique drinks on different ships and highlights fresh local ingredients.

This includes guests on the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Dawn where they can enjoy a traditional Dark and Stormy featuring Bermuda's favorite son, Gosling's Rum and ginger beer or the Breakaway Mai Tai below.

While we can't think of much better than cruising on some of the world's best ships we think it might be easier to follow these recipes rather than setting off on months of travel :)



From ManTripping

Breakaway Mai Tai (Bermuda)

2oz Gosling's Black Seal Rum
1oz Almond syrup
1oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
Dash of cinnamon
Garnish: Mint, Cinnamon stick, half orange wheel
Glass: Rocks

Add ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake vigorously.
Strain into a glass filled with plenty ice. Garnish with mint,
cinnamon stick and half orange wheel.


Spicy Piña Punch (Caribbean)

2oz Bacardi superior
1oz Chipotle pineapple syrup
½oz Benedictine liqueur
1oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
Garnish: Pineapple/ Use mandolin to slice the pineapple very thin
Jalapeno wheel
Glass: Rocks

Add ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with plenty ice.
Garnish with pineapple and jalapeno wheel.

French Old Fashioned (Europe)

1.5 oz Hennessy
½ oz Grand Marnier
¼ oz simple syrup
1 dash orange bitters
2 dashes whiskey barrel age bitter
Garnish: large orange and lemon twist
Glass: Rocks

Add ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for at least 30 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange and lemon twist.

From ManTripping

Kona Lava (Hawaii)

1.5oz Whaler's Original Dark rum
1oz ginger syrup
¾oz lemon juice
3oz Kona Longboard beer
Garnish: lemon and lime wheels. Use mandolin to slice the
lemon and lime.
Glass: Highball

Add ingredients in a mixing glass except the beer.
Add ice and stir for at least 30 seconds.
Strain into a glass full with plenty ice.
In another mixing glass with ice, add the beer and stir.
Then strain into a glass. Garnish with lemon and lime wheels

Smoky Hot Toddy (Alaska)

1.5oz Grants scotch
1/2oz Crème de Cacao
½oz simple syrup
2 dashes angostura
2 Orange peels
3 Cloves

Add ingredients in a glass. Stir before adding the water.
Add hot water – do not fill glass- and stir again.

]]> (James Hills) Mancation Blog Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:04:52 +0000