The end to a year that will forever be etched into the soul of the entire world requires remembrance. Even small New Year’s Eve (NYE) rituals at home can still be fully decked out with stunning tableware that pays homage to the end of a tumultuous year.View Full Article…
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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
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!
The Mint Julep: Born In The South, Thriving At The Derby
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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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.
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.
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.
Copperware is a commonly found in the home – cups, bowls, decorations, etc. It has increased in popularity over the years. Any one of these copper items makes a great personalized gift when engraved. Make this special occasion one to remember with an engraved copper mug!
There are few drinks that have inspired their own vessel and become such an icon as the mint julep cup. Beginning in the late 1930’s, the mint julep drink was served at the Kentucky Derby, and has become synonymous with the event ever since. Our opinion is, it tastes much better in a true mint julep cup!
These cups are seen as a symbol of achievement, esteem and prestige, the historical Mint Julep cup has been used for hundreds of years to commemorate all of life’s celebratory moments.
A Moscow Mule is a cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer and lime and poured over ice in a copper mug. The drink was created in the 1940’s when three gentlemen, John A Morgan, John G Martin and Rudolph Kunett met in the Chatham Bar and poured the concoction together over ice in a copper mug. Today, we call those copper vessels Moscow Mule mugs. Try your favorite ginger beer recipe in these classic mugs.
We currently offer a variety of Moscow Mule mugs. Each mug is crafted from solid copper and features a cast brass handle. Most of the mugs also feature a nickel lined interior.
Custom engraving is available, and looks amazing, on these mugs.
These copper cups are in the shape of the classic party “red cup” shape. Stackable, reusable and durable, they are a great alternative for the seasoned drinker.
Play a lot of beer pong? Have your own beer pong table? Upgrade your game by use these cups instead of solo cups!
This Towle Living Copper Plated Double Jigger is ideal for mixing cool, refreshing cocktails. The exterior is copper-plated, while the interior is constructed of food-safe 18/10 stainless steel. Makes for a great gift or the perfect accessory for your home bar. Hand-wash with gentle detergent and soft cloth; dry right away. Do not soak. Double jigger has both a 20 ml and 40 ml capacity.
History of the Mint Julep
The Mint Julep Cocktail has been promoted by Churchill Downs in association with the Kentucky Derby since 1938. In a contract arrangement between the Brown-Forman Corporation and Churchill Downs, the Mint Julep Cocktail was designated “official drink of the Kentucky Derby”. Each year almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, virtually all of them in specially made Kentucky Derby collectible cups.
A Traditional Drink
The term “Julep” is generally defined as a sweet drink, particularly one used as a vehicle for medicine. A Mint Julep is traditionally made with four ingredients: mint leaf, bourbon, sugar and water. Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in southern states. This mint and sugar combo is very similar to a mojito.
The Mint Julep Cup
The Mint Julep Cup is very popular throughout the South, and has long been a symbol of achievement, esteem, and prestige. For over 200 years
Americans have used their Julep cups at events like christenings, weddings, fairs and of course, the races. Traditionally, Mint Juleps cups are made in sterling silver, silverplate, or pewter. These cups are held only by the bottom and top edges of the cup, as this allows frost to form on the outside of the cup.
Many of the southern states have their own unique and distinctive cup styles, including Classic, Beaded, and Threaded. Best known is the Classic style from Kentucky; the Classic American beaker was remade into a Julep Cup with a straight body lines and graceful moldings at the base and rim. This Kentucky Mint Julep Cup originates from early American Silversmiths and craftsmen Asa Blanchard of Lexington and William and Archibald Cooper of Louisville. Nowadays, these styles are manufactured by the world’s most prestigious silversmiths like Godinger, Empire, and Reed & Barton.
Here are a few links to recipes for different Mint Juleps. As we approach the Kentucky Derby this year, perhaps you might want to join in the tradition and enjoy a frosty Mint Julep!