I have long been a fan of the blog Pretty Pink Tulips. But it wasn’t until Kravet’s Blogfest 2011 just last month that it’s author Elizabeth and I got to be friends. I am so happy Elizabeth has agreed to be a part of our All-American blog series and today she is bringing us a little Summer Cocktail Hour, American style! I’ll drink to that, won’t you?
Hi everyone! I’m so thrilled to be guest blogging today for Tobi about something All-American! I am happiest when I’m entertaining or stirring up some entertaining ideas, so that is the focus of today’s post.
The British have their afternoon tea, the Spanish have siesta, but something we Americans have mastered is the evening cocktail hour. There is something so relaxing about fixing a cool drink (be it alcoholic or not) in a beautiful glass, adding a little garnish and handing it to a friend with a monogrammed cocktail napkin.
Steuben Glass has been crafting beautiful crystal in New York for over a century. Crystal illuminates everything it touches and adds a dash of elegance to any drink your pour.
If you’re entertaining outdoors, by the pool or at the beach, and want something pretty but not precious, La Plates, based out of Kansas City, has adorable monogrammed glasses, like the ones I used at a recent beach bash.
Personalized paper napkins can be great, but if you want to take any entertaining moment to the next level, have yours monogrammed by Leontine Linens, based out of New Orleans and hand embroidered by artisans in Kentucky. I love that they have created a slightly oversized napkin, 6″ x 8″, which can wrap around a cold glass.
Now, for the actual drink, I must confess a weakness for champagne, but since we are focusing on All-American, I want to tout my favorite vodka, Tito’s. Distilled in my home state,Texas, and hands down the BEST vodka I have ever tasted, it was recently certified the first Made in America spirit. I like it with a generous amount of club soda and fresh lime.
Every good cocktail has a little nibble to go with it. My favorite gourmet “slice and bake” is Mamie’s Famous Cheese Wafers, produced in Alabama. Order a bunch, stash in the freezer and you will never again fear inviting friends over for last minute cocktails.
Wherever you live, there’s nothing that beats stirring up fun with friends.
Cheers to Tobi and cheers to all your summer entertaining, American style!