Stimulate your little grey cells with a Creme de Menthe this #CremeDeMentheDay. The vivid green mint infused liqueur was well loved by Agatha Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot. The great detective even came here to the Lake District in one of the author’s novels and it seemed only right to mark the occasion ourselves. Cumbria Crystal went to Broad Leys where the Poirot episode Dumb Witness was filmed in 1996 to enjoy his favourite tipple in style. We couldn’t think of a better way for us to celebrate than by enjoying a Creme De Menthe by Poirot’s favourite window in one of our elegant Grasmere Sherry Glasses which are perfect for fortified wines and liqueurs.
Broad Leys‘ distinctive round window, now affectionately known as Poirot’s Window was designed by Arts and Crafts Designer Charles Voysey when he created the stunning house in 1888. The house which was originally built for Victorian industrialists Arthur and Helen Currer Briggs is now home to Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club. The club has an illustrious history, with Donald Campbell driving for the club in the past. Donald Campbell is of course famous both for his fantastic successes breaking water speed records and sadly his untimely and tragic death when he attempted to break his own record in Bluebird K7 on Coniston in 1967.
It was hard not be moved by the years of history whilst we sipped our Creme de Ment
he on the terrace. Broad Leys is such an atmospheric house with a rich and interesting past, and on a glorious sunny September day our wonderful location was a true joy. If you’d like to raise a Cumbria Crystal glass to Poirot or indeed Donald Campbell then there’s no better place to do it. We’re sure Agatha herself would have seen it a fitting tribute.
If you’re wondering how better to enjoy a Creme de Menthe than just sipping it from an exquisite crystal glass you could try a fabulous Grasshopper cocktail. The classic recipe is here for you, personally we’d serve it in a chilled Boogie Woogie cocktail glass.
30ml Green Creme De Menthe
30ml White Creme De Cacao
30ml Single Cream
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled Cumbria Crystal Cocktail Glass.
You can view our full Boogie Woogie Barware Collection here or our classic Grasmere Collection here.
We keep hearing rumours that rum is destined to become the ‘new gin’ so with that in mind we decided to look into the history of rum, one the worlds most popular drinks on #NationalRumDay. Here are six rum-derful facts you may not have known before!
1. Rum is made from sugarcane by-products – either molasses or sugarcane juice is fermented and distilled to produce a clear spirit. This is then aged in oak barrels according to the manufacturers specifications and recipe.
2. The primary ingredient sugarcane, is a grass of the genus Saccharum. Rums produced from fresh pressed sugarcane juice make up only 3% of all rums, whilst those produced using molasses account for the remaining 97%!
3. After Saccharum’s usefulness (and deliciousness!) was discovered, sugarcane went from being an unknown wild species of grass to the world’s largest cultivated crop.
4. Rum’s history is a chequered and often sad one and to talk of its wonders without acknowledging this would be remiss. As the popularity of rum increased in the 1600’s, more and more plantations were needed. These sugar plantations were supported by a slave-based economy, with people kept as slaves living in wretched conditions with no control over their own lives. Thankfully today’s rum manufacturers are acknowledged for their socially conscious approach.
5. It’s hard to think of rum without envisaging creaking ancient Tall Ships cutting their way across the Atlantic. Rum’s popularity even reached Royal Navy sailors who were supplied rum rations to their crew by the tot (about 70ml of 95.5% Rum!) each midday.
6. Sailing superstition meant glasses were never ‘clinked’ onboard the ship as the sound of ringing glass spelled death for a sailor, and worse the Devil himself would take two sailors if the ringing sound were stopped. Additionally the tot glasses were only washed on the outside as it was believed the lingering rum residue would serve to make the drink stronger. Whilst we no longer believe clinking glasses heralds death, should you be unfortunate enough to chip the rim of your Cumbria Crystal glasses we are often able to repair it – potentially saving you from an unpleasant fate!
Modern rum consumption is broken into two main camps with white or silver rums tending to be used for making cocktails and dark, golden or spiced rums being enjoyed neat, on the rocks or with a mixer. We like ours aged, served over ice; poured from a cut crystal decanter into a beautiful hand-made Cumbria Crystal tumbler or alternatively whizzed up into an all singing all dancing Pina Colada. You can find the definitive recipe for this in our last blog here.
We are delighted to share images of Steve Cummings receiving the winner’s trophy for the Tour of Britain this week. The overall winner’s award was sponsored by Cumbria Crystal and was blown by Dave Sharp and Steve Brettle and engraved by apprentice Charlotte Hudson.
The most famous cyclists from across the world will gather in Glasgow to kick-off the Tour of Britain this Sunday. Mark Cavendish, André Griepel, Rohan Dennis and many more cyclists across twenty teams, will embark upon the eight stage race. The tour will end with a thrilling climax in the heart of central London.
This years’ race has more than just a hint of Cumbrian tradition attached to it. Not only will the county host the second stage of the race, from Carlisle to Kendal but Cumbria Crystal has been chosen to supply the winner’s trophy. The hand-crafted glass bowl will be awarded to the winner after the final stage on Sunday the 11th of September.
James Bond, the ultimate British Secret Agent, is known for his good taste. Agent 007 saves the world in British tailor made suits and shirts, drives and destroys British luxury cars and superyachts where ever he goes, and calms down at the end of a long day in the field with a shot of Scotch whisky in a British crystal tumbler.
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