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Crystal Stemware: A Toast to Love & Life

Toasting Flutes

Toasting Flutes

 

Some customs have clear logic behind them, while others are more obscure. Waving hello makes sense as a way of getting someone’s attention, but why, for instance, do we shake hands as a greeting? With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching and millions of romantic dinners to be had in its name, many may be wondering why do we toast drinks at special occasions.
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Best & Most Refreshing Cocktails for Summer 2019

Summer means it is time for some relaxing vibes, fun in the sand, and drinks to quench that thirst while under the heat of the summer sun. Aside from sipping coconuts with those cute umbrellas, the summer cocktail scene is the most colorful and refreshing.

This year, what drinks will be making waves as the weather continues to heat up? Here’s a low down on the top predictions for the cocktails that you’ll surely want to serve at your backyard barbecue this season: View Full Article…

Making Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby

On the first Saturday in May, Louisville is besieged with visitors that have come to witness the most prestigious thoroughbred horse race in America. From a birds-eye view, Churchill Downs Race Track becomes a moving flotilla of expressive hats showing a flash of silver cups.

Surrounding a dirt race track are stands full of race enthusiasts, socializing as they wait to see who is going to become the winner of the first leg of the Triple Crown trifecta.

This “Run for the Roses” race is full of traditions that date back to 1875. It has run every year since. Three-year-old papered thoroughbreds gather to race a mile and a quarter for the most exciting two minutes in American sports.

Crowds fill the infield singing “My Old Kentucky Home” by Stephen Foster during the post parade, then toast the winner with the traditional Mint Julep libation. The late afternoon sun sparkles on the specially designed silver Mint Julep cups as race traditions are upheld.

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Moscow Mules for the Kentucky Derby

Moscow Mules for the Kentucky Derby

Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has enthralled spectators from around the world, making it the oldest continuous sporting event in America. You needn’t have a stake in the outcome or even know much about thoroughbred horse racing to get swept up in the excitement. An appreciation for boozy Southern drinks and outrageous hats will suffice.

The big event is all over in a couple of minutes, so start your celebration early.

Refreshing Moscow Mule in Copper Mug, Engraved

Refreshing Moscow Mule in Copper Mug, Engraved

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Valentine’s Day Gifts

Personalized Gifts for Someone Special

Every day you get to spend with the important people in your life is a blessing. Valentines Day is right around the corner, chose a gift that will last for years to come! We offer a wide range of personalized gifts for men, women, and children! We are here to help find the perfect gift!

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Mint Julep Cups

Personalized Gift, Mint Julep Cup

 

Check out our selection of Mint Julep Cups! We offer a variety of styles. Prepare your loved one for Kentucky Derby Season with their very own personalized cup!

Mint Julep Cups are also very popular for celebrating special occasions such as graduation, retirement, promotions, and trophies!

 

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Refreshing Independence Day Cocktails

Eight Refreshing Cocktails For Your Classy July 4th BBQ

If you are looking to make your Fourth of July gathering red, white and boozy, you need the right barware and drink recipes. Summer cocktails should be light, fun and classy. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Blue Sparkler

This drink should be served on ice. Use thick ice cubes to add some white coloring to the drink. To mix the drink, combine a cup of UV Blue, a cup of mango Absolut vodka and two cans of your favorite lemon-lime soda. Add a drop of blue food coloring for a vibrant color. Drop a few cherries in the drink to garnish it, and you can add a splash of grenadine if you wish. For ultimate visual appeal, serve it in a crystal Double Old Fashioned glass from Crystal by Godinger.

Red, White and Blue Sangria

For this drink, mix a bottle of white wine with one-half cup each of simple syrup, berry vodka and lemon juice. Add a cup of triple sec. Cut fresh pineapple slices into star shapes with a sharp knife. You can use a small cookie cutter as a guide if you have one. Put the slices in the pitcher, and add some blueberries and strawberry slices. Chill before serving. This refreshing cocktail looks stunning in a crystal pitcher such as the Serenity pitcher made by Nambe.

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Why Moscow Mules Come In Copper Mugs

Why Are Moscow Mules Served In Copper Mugs?

The Moscow Mule is a simple yet popular mixed drink. It consists of lime juice, vodka and ginger beer. This beverage first appeared in 1941, according to The New York Times. It succeeded in greatly boosting the demand for both vodka and copper mugs. You can find several reasons to serve a Moscow Mule in this type of cup.

Extra Cold 

Beverages feel colder if you drink them from copper vessels. The metal’s temperature immediately drops when someone adds a cool liquid and ice cubes to a mug. Consequently, the drink seems particularly refreshing. Cocktail enthusiasts have recognized this advantage of copper for hundreds of years.

Insulating

This material doesn’t only create a chilly sensation. It also insulates the beverage from warm air. Your Moscow Mule will remain as cold as possible, and the ice cubes won’t dilute it by melting too soon. The insulating effect benefits drinkers who venture outdoors on hot summer days or sip cocktails in rooms that lack air conditioning.

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Mint Juleps & The Kentucky Derby

The Mint Julep:  Born In The South, Thriving At The Derby

Mint Julep

Since 1938, the mint julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, and it’s hard to imagine a cocktail more

quintessentially Southern. A combination of sugar, bourbon, crushed ice and mint, this refreshing drink conjures up images of a bygone genteel era. There are over 120,000 of these drinks served at the race each year, and even people at home get in the spirit of the event by mixing their own.

What you may not know, however, is that the history of the mint julep stretches far beyond the Derby, and the drink we all know and love has changed quite a lot over the years.

Early History of the Mint Julep

 

The mint julep has a history steeped in legend, with multiple origin stories told and believed throughout the region. Some fanciful tales suggest that the drink was developed when a Kentuckian, boating across the Mississippi, plucked fresh mint leaves growing wild on the banks and topped his bourbon with them.
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The History of The Moscow Mule

A Deeper Look At The Moscow Mule

 

If you enjoy drinks that stand out from the crowd in a powerful and eloquent way, you are probably wondering what you should try so that you can find your next favorite. Many drinks and recipes exist, and a lot of them have not been published, but when it comes to flavor, people from around the world agree that the Moscow Mule is in a class of its own.

Fans usually fall in love at the first sip, and you will likely feel the same way when you experience it for the first time. We are going to explore the history of this great drink, and you will likely be surprised by what you will discover.

Ingredients

Before we go into detail, you will want to learn about the ingredients that bartenders use to craft the Moscow Mule. Even though a lot of people have tried to replicate the drink, doing so is not always an easy task for those who are not experts.

Once your place the order, the bartender will mix vodka and ginger beer together, stirring gently to create the right consistency. He will then pour the mixture over ice, and to add extra flavor and a touch of style, the bartender will place a lemon on the side of the copper mug.

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Cocktails For Mardi Gras

Six Cocktails For Mardi Gras

If you will not make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you can still have an enjoyable time at home. Mardi Gras is one of the biggest parties of the year. In French, Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday.” It is a time when people indulge in rich foods and libations before the Lenten season, which is filled with forty days of fasting. Here are six dynamite cocktails that will help you kick off a great celebration.

Cucumber Hurricane

Classic Mardi Gras colors are purple, green, and yellow. This is why a Cucumber Hurricane is an ideal drink to celebrate this special occasion. A Hurricane is a rum-based blend that will kick your party into high gear. Adding some lime flavoring brings a refreshing twist. To create this cocktail, mix ice, vodka, triple sec, and lime juice. Garnish the cup with cucumber slices as well.

Mint Julep

Although a mint julep is commonly served at the Kentucky Derby, it is a great drink to celebrate Mardi Gras. It is a traditional summer cocktail that will bring a cooling sensation to your party. A conventional mint julep requires bourbon, sugar, water, crushed ice, and sprigs of mint. Even though this beverage can be served in a highball glass or plastic cup, a true drinking connoisseur will want to enjoy this cocktail in a silver tumbler.

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