If you drink bourbon out of a $2 rocks glass made overseas, does it still taste as good as drinking out of an American-made Julep cup? Obviously, it does. But how about a well-made American glass to go with that bourbon? We unearthed some of the finest domestic drinking accessories to take imbibing to stylish new heights. There’s a pleasant comfort in drinking American whiskey from an American vessel—no matter if you fancy Mint Juleps or prefer swigs of straight whiskey from a flask. Read on to find a few of our favorite American-made drinking accessories. America: land of the bourbon; home of the bourbon accessory.
Made in: Indiana & Vermont Need a uniquely American flask in which to tote around nine ounces of your favorite bourbon? Jacob Bromwell’s Great American Flask is the tool. The company was founded in 1819 and claims to be the oldest housewares and kitchenwares manufacturer in North America. The flask is handmade in the USA from pure, solid copper, and the cork is even made from American Birch wood.
Made in: Ocala, Florida Whether you’re making a Mint Julep or any other drink that requires a little muddling, this super-affordable tool is ready and able. It’s hand-carved from Southern cherry wood and is a generous 12-inches long, so muddling in a shaker is as easy as muddling in your Old Fashioned glass.
Made in: Austin, Texas There’s no Julep cup like a handmade copper Julep cup. This gorgeous set of four comes from Austin, Texas, where Sertodo is based. (The company also has workshops in Michoacán, Mexico, an area known for its copper craft.) Each cup holds 12 ounces of your favorite libation—it’s not limited to just Mint Juleps—and is made from 100 percent pure, recycled copper.
Made in: Brooklyn, New York Channel your (real or would-be) roots with this Southern-inspired cocktail shaker. First launched as a Kickstarter project in August 2012 by two friends raised in the south, The Mason Shaker is now sold in stores around the country. Its cap and strainer are made with heavy-duty stainless steel and the base is an ever-trusty Ball Jar.
Made in: Middlebury, Vermont If copper isn’t your game, these Vermont-made pewter Julep cups will treat your bourbon just as nicely. They’re made from 100 percent lead-free pewter and spun by hand to hold up to 10 ounces. Plus, there’s more than 200 years of history in each of these cups: The Danforth family first started working with pewter in 1755 and today, Danforth Pewter is owned by the founder’s great-great-great-great-great grandson and his wife.
Made in: Brooklyn, NY Tools for making and drinking cocktails aren’t the only way to celebrate American-made whiskey and hand-crafted drinking accessories. These embroidered linen squares are available in a variety of designs and give your cocktails class right down to the napkin—even your glass of bourbon on the rocks will look extra fancy.
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