Friday, February 24, 2012

Red Carpet Ready

 Our monogrammed Swarovski crystal clutches add letter perfect style to any special occasion -- even the Oscars! We know any actress who carried one of these fabulous bags would be a winner. What a wonderful gift for a big occasion like a wedding, launch party or a special birthday.  $875

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Margarita Madness

Cheers - it's National Margarita Day!  We love creative holidays and get especially enthusiastic over ones that require blenders and big decisions like frozen or on-the- rocks!    We were curious about the history of the margarita and the signature glass and found a story we had to share that involves a personalized gift!

According to, a 1940s Dallas socialite named Margaret 'Margarita' Sames mixed up a batch of a new cocktail during a Christmas holiday in Acapulco. "After all, a person can only drink so many beers or so many Bloody Marys, or screwdrivers or whatever," Margaret Sames told the San Antonio News Express in 1994. "I wanted to make up a new drink."
Over the years, Margarita and her husband, Bill, served the drink to their guests, referring to it as “The Drink” or “Margarita's Drink.” After Bill gave Margarita champagne glasses etched with her name, the drink became officially known as the Margarita.  Margarita Sames' recipe was spread by friends and guests, including hotelier Nick Hilton, Hotel Bel-Air owner Joseph Drown, movie stars Lana Turner and John Wayne.

Our Monogrammed Margarita set makes a wonderful gift!

We are sharing the Monogram Merchant's very own Cynthia Brumback's Citrus Margarita recipe with you here that she created for 'A Sunsational Encore' --  a Junior League of Greater Orlando cookbook.

Cynthia's Citrus Margarita:
4.5 ounces tequila
2 ounces Triple Sec
2 ounces Grand Marnier
4 ounces orange juice concentrate
2 ounces limeade concentrate
Juice of 1 lime

Lime juice and salt for rimming margarita glasses

1) Fill a blender with ice cubes
2) Add the tequila, liquers, orange juice concentrate, limeade concenrate and lime juice
3) Process until blended to preferred consistency
4) Pour into chilled glasses (rimmed with salt if desired)
5) Garnish with a slice of lime

YIELD: 4 servings


Friday, February 17, 2012

Style your door for spring!

New at the Monogram Merchant -- Monogram Door knockers.  Available in brass or nickel plated silver finish in 16 of the most popular letters.  What a great gift for weddings or housewarmings! An easy way to add personal style to your front door or a child's bedroom door. $39.95