A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit on the Rocks

Mug Style Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

I’ve seen a lot of these “drinking jars” lately. People have been seeking them for outdoor wedding centerpieces and quirky al fresco parties. They are sometimes labeled as “redneck” or “country” glassware and advertised as something to add “hillbilly fun” to your table or party. There is even a “country stemware” version in which a jar is glued to what basically looks like a glass taper candle holder to make a “redneck wine glass.” Despite their labeling, people everywhere are using them as quaint, quirky and simple, down-to-earth additions to their parties. The key to using them in a sophisticated way is to put something pretty in them!

Out in the wholesome country it might be all sweet iced tea and lemonade but add a bit of creativity and you can have some of the most très jolie (and fun) drinks on the block!

Of course iced tea and lemonade is always a touch prettier with lemon slices thrown into the pitcher or glass, but think about adding other fruits, frozen fruit, or colorful ice cubes! This works in water too — and the bonus is that fresh fruit always gives plain old water a little something special. Slide berries or pieces of fruit onto cocktail skewers and freeze them to serve double duty as flavor and chillers — or throw some fruit into your ice-cube tray to make these!

You absolutely have to check out these wildflower/floral ice cubes suggested by A Cup of Jo. You’ll find the How-To here.

Let’s not discount (a pun?) the frugal way out — add just a drop of liquid food coloring or use any “powdered soft drink” to add color to your ice cubes, water, or other beverage. Or, as Martha Stewart suggests, freeze some of the drink you plan to enjoy ahead of time, so that your cubes don’t water down your beverage.

But this post was supposed to have a bit more kick….

mitt-rumney-mojitoIn my opinion, Mojitos and Mint Juleps are gorgeous drinks and part of that is because they look so simple and refreshing!

Traditionally, Mojitos use pure cane sugar. You can easily find raw sugar cane swizzle sticks to garnish your drink (and I’m told they’re delicious) and if you want to give your drink a little twist and a little color, try making Black Cherry Mojitos!

Here’s an authentic Kentucky recipe for a Mint Julep from a well-known Louisville (home of the Kentucky Derby) restaurant. (If you are serving your Mint Juleps from traditional silver or pewter Mint Julep cups, it is customary to hold them at the very top or very bottom of the glass!)

Here is another of the most beautiful drinks I’ve ever seen. It has been circulated on Pinterest as “Paradise” but the Paradise is actually a “martini” that looks nothing like this.

Paradise?

This is actually layers of light rum, Malibu rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice and grenadine.

And here’s one that is perfect for outdoor parties or weddings — High Street Market shared a recipe they found in Country Living in 2009 for a simple, homemade sangria. Basically, you use a bottle of white wine for every three cans of Fresca and add fresh fruit! Gorgeous!

Or how about a beautiful and fruity Frenchy? (Does it make you want to reach out and kiss someone?)

Of course something you can never go wrong with when you’re trying to make drinks pretty is bubbles! Champagne in itself is captivating but turn it into a Mimosa for the color factor. Bellinis are pretty cocktails that are traditionally made with peach puree and sparkling wine (but I’m partial to strawberry)!  Here’s a recipe for an Orange Blossom Gin Fizz, which I’ve never tried but it looks delicious! There’s also the “Cherry Moon” or “Dirty Shirley” — cherry vodka with lemon-lime soda and a bit of grenadine. And here’s an article of 10 Perfect Champagne Cocktails from Saveur. Add a slice of fruit, a sprig of mint, or a skewer of frozen fruit (as mentioned above) to any of these to make them look magnificent!

If you’re interest is piqued, there are more absolutely beautiful drinks pinned on Pinterest.

So where can you get the perfect jar to serve these lovely drinks in? Considering how popular they’ve become — even if only as conversation pieces — it won’t be hard. You could even just go buy regular canning jars from the supermarket or cooking supply store. However, if you’d rather have the “real deal” complete with a “handle,” here are some links:

6 Piece Country Folk Drinking Jar Set from Kitchen Kapers – $19.99

Personalized Glass Drinking Jars (Set of 4) from Nordstrom – $36.00

Jar Glasses on Etsy –  price varies depending on seller

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