As the weather warms up, patios are thankfully in our near future. For the last year and a bit, we have been hibernating indoors and expanding our skill set beyond our imagination. While some of us may have discovered creative uses for our household items, a few of us have taken the opportunity to invest/upgrade in certain items to ease the lockdown blues. Perhaps is the case of the un-sung hero, glassware – in particular ones used to hold an alcoholic beverage of sorts. As the online sales have skyrocketed, so too has the demand for a one-stop shop. Finding a store that sells both alcohol and the glassware to use to drink it sounds like a win-win. Alas, depending where you are based, shipping alcohol across borders might not work to your favor. Yet, you can be sure these industry favorites have taken the guess work out of glassware so you can enjoy a beverage or two on your own or at least be soiree ready. After all, as we slowly emerge from lock-down we all deserve a little celebration.
Ivy Mix, the world-renowned mixologist, is also the co-owner of the Latin American bar Leyenda, author of Spirits of Latin America and the co-founder of the female mixologist competition Speed Rack. Imparting this cocktail wisdom and style, Ivy offers a mixing glass with two tumblers and her book for purchase online. Made in Vermont, the mixing glass and tumblers are made by her talented Dad, glassblower Robin Mix. Robin’s work has been featured in many outlets including The New York Times and Architectural Digest and he has a permanent collection in The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Design and The Museum of American Glass, amongst others. Check out the multiple colourways of Robin’s murrini glass work at Ivy’s latest venture, Fiasco, a wine and cocktail shop in Brooklyn, New York.
Last year, the Boatyard Distillery, worked hard towards the #keeptheboatafloat campaign and supplied the NHS and local retailers hand sanitizer to stay safe. This year, as the UK returns to life after their lockdown, the distillery marks the occasion by offering an expanded product line online. You can purchase Boatyard branded highball glasses to contain your signature Old Tom gin cocktail, as you nibble on some gin-infused dark chocolate (in collaboration with the Proper Chocolate Company). The distillery also shares their new ‘No Blurred Lines’ campaign, promoting their transparent farm-to-bottle supply chain through accessories and apparel as well.
In 2016, I was a guest of a fun dinner hosted by Bollinger, the official champagne of Mr. James Bond himself. There, I learned about the prestigious independent Champagne house; family managed since 1829. With such a strong legacy, there is no surprise that Bollinger partnered with the famous Reims, French glassmaker, Lehmann. The Bollinger flutes are available in 20cl or 40cl glasses with their name etched on the stem. Maison Lehmann glassware is available in lead free crystal, either handmade or machine-made and made ultralight weight. Later in the year (and very timely), Lehmann will launch their new mouth-blown and machine-blown Ultralight glasses perfect for all festivities.
The Isle of Harris Gin first caught my eye with its beautiful tactile bottle that has ridges like ripples of water. The distillery located in East Loch Tarbert, UK along the Atlantic Ocean, offers three types of glassware which match the exquisite gin bottle style. Choose between the Harris, Highball or Martini serve set complete with a bottle of the award-winning gin for an effortless purchase. Add the Sugar Kelp Aromatic Water distilled from hand-dived Sugar Kelp, or the Harris Meadowsweet Tincture with lemon and a sweetened plum ‘shrub’ to enhance the flavor profile of your drink. Look out for The Isle of Harris Gin set to launch in the US this April.
The extensive warehouse of all your glassware (acrylic too) needs, including a diverse range of specialized requests. Purchase author and drinks historian, David Wondrich’s Odoherty Toddy Lifter, which is a glass alternative to a ladle to portion drinks. Find bartender/author and ‘King of Cocktails’, Dale DeGroff’s Café Brûlot copper bowl with a cup and saucers set to re-create the fiery New Orleans drink at home. Not looking to serve something so elaborate (or slightly dangerous)? For something more practical, check out the Robert Simonson, New York Times cocktail and drinks writer’s collection. The Old-Fashioned set includes a replica of a 19thcentury wooden muddler, two single old-fashion glasses and one barspoon – all tools can be repurposed to make other drinks.
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