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  • Warmer Days Are Here: Get Your Mule On!

    Posted on May 20, 2016

     

    It's springtime, and the temperatures are warming up. With Memorial Day weekend (the unofficial start of summer) just around the corner, it's time to think about cooler cocktails for the hottest months of the year. And one of my favorites is the classic Moscow Mule.

     

    So named because vodka is one of the key ingredients, no one knows for sure who invented the libation. We've named our American made Jack's Moscow Mule Cup after John "Jack" Morgan, the president of Cock 'n' Bull products and owner of Hollywood's Cock 'n' Bull restaurant in the early '40s. He along with two other friends experimented with vodka, ginger beer, and lime and came up with a tasty beverage that was worthy of its own name.

     

    It's one of the simplest concoctions to make. Just add 2 ounces of vodka and 3 to 4 ounces of ginger beer (ginger beer isn't beer at all, but a sweet soda; you can also use ginger ale if you're in a pickle and don't have any ginger beer ready) to a copper Moscow Mule cup or highball glass filled with ice. Stir briefly, then squeeze a couple of lime wedges into the drink. Stir again, drop the wedges in, and then sip and savor! It's one of the most refreshing ways to cool off your tastebuds on a warm day.

     

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  • A Day for Mom

    Posted on May 3, 2016

     

    Whether you call yours mom, mother, or mama, this coming Sunday -- May 8 -- is her special day! But why do we celebrate moms in America, and how did the holiday originate? It's a tale that stretches back to ancient times...

     

    Celebrations of mothers and motherhood date back to the ancient Romans and Greeks, who held festivals in honors of goddesses. An early Christian holiday for mothers was called "Mothering Sunday" and used to be held in part of Europe and the UK. It was traditionally held on the fourth Sunday of Lent and was meant as a time when churchgoers would return to their "mother church" for a special service. In time, children would honor their mothers on this day with flowers and gifts -- a tradition that faded in popularity once Mothers Day became a nationally recognized holiday in Great Britain.

     

    In the U.S., however, Mother's Day has its roots in the 19th century in the years before the Civil War. Ann Reeves Jarvis held "Mothers Day Work Clubs" in West Virginia to give parenting tips to young mothers. The clubs made their way across the country and in 1868 Jarvis started "Mothers' Friendship Day" in which mothers gathered with their solder sons.

     

    Mother's Day became an official holiday in the U.S. thanks to Jarvis' daughter Anna. After her mother passed away in 1905, Anna sought a holiday to honor her as well as all mothers that have made sacrifices. In May 1908 she organized the first Mother's Day celebration at a West Virginia church and by 1912 many other states had joined in on the tradition. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. At a time when women still didn't have the right to vote, Mother's Day was one small step towards recognizing women -- specifically mothers -- for all that they do.

     

    So don't forget your mom this Sunday, and be sure to tell her you're thankful for all that she does!

     

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  • What Can You Carry In A Flask Besides Alcohol?

    Posted on April 19, 2016

     

    In case you haven't noticed, we here at Jacob Bromwell are in the business of turning out some pretty sharp looking American made flasks. But what about the folks amongst us that are teetotalers? What use do they have with a flask...or what they can carry in one besides liquor?

     

    Well chaps and good women, fear not, because there's no law that says you must put only hooch in a flask. It can actually be a pretty useful tool for transporting other liquids as well.

     

    For starters, all of our flasks are hot-tinned on the inside. This means they meet the FDA's safety standards for carrying drinkable liquid, and the tinned interior ensures that the outer material (which is usually copper or stainless steel) won't be harmed by any beverages that are acidic or salty. So think out of the box when it comes to your flask...you can carry lemonade, iced tea, apple cider, juice, or the oldest beverage known to man -- water -- in it. And since bone broth is a pretty big thing these days, you can fill your flask up with this nourishing drink or any kind of soup broth. Just keep in mind that a flask is not a thermos, so whatever you wish to drink must be something you don't mind enjoying at room -- or outdoor -- temperature.

     

    But you don't have to put beverages in your flask. If you're going camping, you can put rubbing alcohol in a small flask to keep on hand in case of cuts and scrapes. Or during the winter, to ward off cold and flu germs, fill our small sized Ladies Prohibition Flask with vodka, and use the liquor as a hand sanitizer.

     

    Whatever you put in your flask, just make sure it's one with a screw top so that anything poured into it securely stays there! The possibilities are endless...and even when you're not sipping from your made in USA flask, it even makes a handy-dandy conversation piece on a bookshelf or desk!

     

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