Boat Drinks


(Find the image and the tumbler here.)

Mrs. E., the children and I just returned from a family reunion of sorts. Some of the family made it. A couple of favourite cousins. New cousins (most a bit older than my two kids), my grandmother and two uncles — well one uncle and one great-uncle — rounded out our small party. As we were in Oxford Maryland, where my uncle lives and sails, we had steamed blue crabs and shrimp. There were shrimp left when we did…

My uncle’s house is perfect for a man who loves to sail. It is a former captain’s house, a half block from the water, and wall-to-wall wood, brass, glass and trophies. It was funny to see him sit there, at the back of the porch, just off to the left (or right if you were facing him.) It is the same position from which he pilots his boat, Regatta. In a way, I suppose that is what all hosts do — take the helm at the party, get it underway and make sure that it is smooth sailing to (the) port.

Tervis Tumblers make the job easier in high summer.

His would have his boat name, home port and maybe a nautical flag personalizing his tumblers. Yours might have your crest, initials, breed of dog or anything else you may want to make a cocktail flag out of.

Yes, they are a little goofy. But they keep water rings from collecting on the furniture and make ice last a lot longer at the lawn party. Form follows function here. Maybe they do them in madras plaid?

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9 Responses to Boat Drinks

  1. fairfax says:

    OMG! I just discovered these this weekend in time for a deck party in 95+ heat. Glasses were perfectly dry and no rings. BRILLIANT!!!

  2. What drink went best with those shrimp and crabs? What a nice way to spend the weekend on the eastern shore!

  3. Hello Homer, my Uncle (who used to own restaurants in the area) served a Picpoul white wine and Heineken. From a wooden, zinc-lined locker naturally.

    Fairfax, shocking isn’t it? I wander around drinking Coke Zero or gintonics in my “Jack Russell” model. The ice must last twice as long and the drinks are just about as cold as they are coming from a silver julep cup. I’m working on having our “device” (to call it a monogram wouldn’t do justice to the creator at Crane’s) put into a set.

  4. pvedesign says:

    deja vu, remembering those growing up, on “Rough River!”
    I think my parents still have some on the shelf above the “wet bar” with tennis racquets and nautical flags.

  5. While I much prefer glass to plastic, I own a set of these and use them daily. My design? The endearing Jayhawk, of course.

  6. all the best says:

    Sounds like a perfect reunion!

  7. Mrs. PvE, they are indestructible… I can imagine they weathered the years just fine.

    Mrs. B., I’m with you. I can’t stand drinking from plastic (and not just because a certain PR firm I worked for had the Glass Manufacturers account…..) But I make the exception for the Tervis tumbler.

    AtB, we survived! However, should you have passed a man dressed in white duck shorts, brown and white spectator loafers and a navy polo shirt changing a tire on I-95 Saturday… well … thankfully a good samaritan did and spared me more time under the 100ºF sun…

  8. style court says:

    Thanks for the tumbler tip. The crabs sound delicious!

  9. TIG says:

    Definitely the makings of a brilliant weekend. As for the tumblers, had not come across them before, but no water rings and personalization sounds good to me.

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