Thinking About Clinking

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Top 7 Gifts for Guys Who Have Everything

We rounded up our favorite charmingly masculine gifts that we can all but guarantee the men in your life don’t have yet. Let them swig from classic vessels for craft brews or sip whisky without diluting the flavor. Give them a place to keep treasured notes or charge their multitude of devices in style.   Monogrammed Decanter & Rocks Glasses The finest we have: Hand blown, hand cut, lead crystal. And with his initials? Timeless. http://clinkbarware.com/collections/sets/products/bachelor-set   Monogrammed Beer Glasses No matter what brew he imbibes, we have a glass to suit him. For the stout-hearted: http://clinkbarware.com/collections/beer/products/man-up For the pilsner enthusiast: http://clinkbarware.com/collections/beer/products/crafty For the ale/IPA aficionado: http://clinkbarware.com/collections/beer/products/metro-brew For the well-rounded beer drinker: http://clinkbarware.com/collections/beer/products/epiphanot W&P Mason Stones Ice dilutes your whiskey....

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Give thanks and spread good cheer with a well-dressed table.

Pinterest is filled with table settings that are better dressed (and have more bling) than Tom Brady. But the good news is that you don’t need to be Nate Berkus to set an inspiring table. All it takes is a little prep, a few seasonal elements, and Clink’s crystal serving pieces and glassware.  Here are a few simple ideas to enchant your guests.   Go natural with decorations. Pears have a lovely shape, and are abundant right now. Use them to top off a plate setting by placing a folded napkin on each plate, and setting a pear on top of each napkin. Tiny pumpkins in orange, white, or green can serve as centerpieces when grouped around a candle or...

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Redefining Bar Essentials

Too many of our friends have succumbed to the disposable fashion mindset: buying “basic” glassware because it looks good, is less expensive, and is readily available at the mall. The problem? Looks can be deceiving. Dime-a-dozen glasses can shatter at the thought of a common toast (or a heavy-handed wash)—and ultimately cost you more in both dollars and social snafus. Where’s the savvy in that?                                                                                         Save yourself and your friends from the cycle of buying lesser barware. This holiday, invest in high quality, affordable pieces that stand the test of time.   Enter two new collections: the New Basics and the Classic Tailgate. Now, “basic” doesn’t mean cheap or poorly made. Quite the contrary: It means essential—the pieces you...

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Easy-Going Al Fresco Parties

You dress for the occasion. You should dress your table, too. Assembling a Pinterest-worthy table for a summer gathering can be a challenge. It all begins with the glassware. You could opt for those red plastic cups—but along with a lack of sophistication, they hide the beauty of refreshing beverages. Fine crystal has that sparkle, but it isn’t the most practical choice for outdoor parties. Glass, on the other hand, is beautiful, and isn’t averse to a few overzealous toasts.   Choose easy-going glassware.   Rather than masking a rose or dulling the taste of a 20-year-old scotch, bring out the flavors and delight your guests with our new, easy-going barware and wine glasses. You’ll also spare yourself post-party cleaning—these...

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Personal, meaningful gift vs. typical gift. Your call.

Buying the perfect wedding gift can be tough. Sure, you could pick something from the registry and call it a day. Chances are, ten years from now the happy couple isn’t going to remember who got them the blender or the toaster oven (or the pasta maker they’ve never even used). Get them something they’ll cherish forever—a gift that will help fill their hearts with fond memories, and their bellies with delicious adult beverages. Custom monogrammed crystal wear may just be the perfect gift. It’s classy. It’s beautiful. It shows you put some thought into your choice, unlike all the other people who took the easy way out. Just combine the bride and groom’s initials into one monogram, and they’ll...

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It's Not Just a Mother's Day Gift, It's War!

With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, millions of red-blooded Americans are hunkering down for battle…the battle for the Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever.  Millions of other Americans are blissfully unaware this battle is even taking place. That’s okay. But for those of use who are, well, “kind of competitive,” this battle is real. Maybe our siblings picked on us when we were little. Maybe it was one too many games of Punch Buggy. Whatever. Now that we’re adults, Mother’s Day is where we even the score. Game on! Choose Your Strategy Carefully Choosing the right Mother’s Day gift can be full of pitfalls.  Amateurs go out and spend a lot of money on a Mother’s Day gift. Sure,...

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Glass vs. Crystal: How We Rate Them and Why You Need Both

When you run a small business, your products are like your children. How can you love one more than another? I see each one of Clink's products for its unique attributes. On the one hand, fine crystal has an amazing sparkle and shine. But it's not the most practical choice for every occasion. It has expensive tastes. You might even call it high-maintenance. Then there's glass. Beautiful and reliable, and a lot more easy-going. Not afraid to work hard and get bumped around a little. See my dilemma? I think they're all great. To help you choose what's right for you, Clink has created a new glass and crystal rating system that explains the features of our different types of glass...

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Sailing Toward Bourbon Perfection

Last week, we read about another milestone in mankind's quest for bourbon nirvana. Jefferson's Ocean: Aged at Sea just released its second batch of "ocean-aged" bourbon. Yep, they actually sent more than 60 barrels of seven- and eight-year-old bourbon on a world cruise for five months of R&R, stopping in 40 ports around the world. So why has this bourbon seen more of the world than we have? The idea is that all that sloshing around in the barrels, along with fluctuations in temperature and humidity, cause the bourbon to mature faster and brings out even more of that rich flavor. The result is an exceptionally "bourbony" taste, "thick and dark, with sweet notes of brown sugar, vanilla and caramel,"...

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Enter our #ClinkToLove Giveaway on Facebook and Pinterest

  What do YOU love? A cashmere sweater that you’ve had since forever? Maybe it’s you and your honey snuggled up near a fire. Perhaps it’s your dream kitchen that you just saw on HGTV. Life gives us so many things to love and be grateful for, doesn’t it? Since we’re in a gooey, mushy mood, we decided to celebrate the upcoming month of love by giving away some of our finest crystal monogrammed barware (stuff we love and KNOW you’ll love too) during our #ClinkToLove Pinterest Giveaway. You enter by Liking us on Facebook at the #ClinkToLove Giveaway page (click here) then start pinning those things YOU love on Pinterest, along with the items of ours on our Pinterest...

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Chill Out With One of These Warming Cocktails You've Gotta Try Now.

  The weather can’t make up its mind this winter. We’re getting snow in Biloxi, Mississippi and the usual areas up north are getting massive dumps of the white stuff. One way to stay warm and chill is to mix up one of these delicious hot toddies, park yourself in front of the fireplace and relax. Winter is cold after all, and so let’s turn lemons into warm luscious drinks (See the lemony Winter Hill recipe)! Cocktail: Winter Hill Ingredients: 2 orange wedges, 2 lemon wedges, 2oz bourbon, .5oz Cointreau, 2 dashes chocolate bitters, hot water, clovesHow to make it: Muddle fruit, add ice and rest of ingredients. Shake, strain, and top with hot water. Cocktail: Milk & Honey Ingredients: 1.75oz Bénédictine, milk, orange slice, cinnamon...

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