Host's Guide Summer 2010: Barware

Although the success of a good cocktail can be measured by the carefully blended contents of a shaker, presenting the perfect drink requires a bit more attention to detail. Just as a colorful citrus garnish can elevate flavor, a handpicked crystal goblet or etched highball glass can take a drink from merely fine to fantastic. ¶ "Humans tend to judge aesthetically," says Francesco Lafranconi, national director of mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of America. "The glassware can either compromise or enhance the overall sensory experience." ¶ After all, if a mixologist spends the time necessary to blend an extraordinary concoction, why offer it in a vessel that’s anything less than exquisite?

WINE
From left (see photo): A Lobmeyr Patrician goblet ($846, set of 6) from TableArt; a Baccarat Neptune glass ($250) from Gearys on vintage coasters ($300, set of 10) from TableArt; a Steuben Airtwist decanter ($900); a Baccarat Darkside by Philippe Starck Un Parfait glass ($2,400, set of 6) and Baccarat Neptune decanter ($1,535) from Gearys; a Lalique Coutard wine glass ($420); a Lladro Bacchus bottle stopper ($95) from TableArt, and a Lalique Phalsbourg wine glass ($350). Georg Jensen Masterpiece tray ($485) from Gump’s; Rina Menardi ceramic charger ($215) and bowl ($510) from Unici Casa. Allan Adler wine opener ($480) from Zelen.

MARTINI
(see photo) A Bollen triple-stem martini glass ($185) on gold leaves coasters ($8 each) from TableArt; a Steuben Tortoise martini glass ($160); a William Yeoward crystal Jerry cocktail shaker ($895) from Gearys; a Theresienthal Newport martini glass ($165), a Mary Jurek Luna bowl ($35), and a Georg Jensen Bartender Series cocktail shaker ($210), all from TableArt; a Sandra Jordan–designed Windsor jigger ($75) from Gearys with horn martini picks ($75, set of 6) from TableArt and Laura Walls Taylor–designed white porcelain rose-stem swizzle sticks ($15 each) from Zelen. Mary Jurek Laguna Free Form tray ($235) from TableArt.

CHAMPAGNE
From left (see photo):A Merdinger Arabesque 18-karat-gold and titanium Champagne flute ($292); a Colle Bibulo flute ($630, set of 6) from TableArt; a Baccarat Abysse Champagne saucer ($210) from Gearys; a Seguso Viro Gold Twist flute ($324, set of 2) from TableArt; a Bollen B89 flute ($65) from TableArt; and a Paola C Tulip goblet ($48) from TableArt. A Christofle Vertigo tray ($1,000) sits atop a Rina Menardi mango-colored maxi plate ($390) from Unici Casa. Fabric is Shelter Cloth in Goldust by Marcie Bronkar for Cloth & Paper.

TUMBLERS
From left (see photo): A Mary Jurek Olivia bowl ($75) from TableArt, three stacked Hermès Saint Louis Metropolis tumblers ($210–$215), an Egizia Paola Navone cocktail stirrer ($22) from TableArt; a Colle Torcello whiskey glass ($45) from TableArt holds a purple Christofle Kawali glass ($45); a Steuben Tortoise shot glass ($140) tops Christofle’s Vertigo water pitcher ($690) from Gearys; a Baccarat Beluga whiskey decanter ($495) from Gearys. The Ercuis Kaliste tray ($523) is from Gump’s; at front, an Allan Adler double jigger ($225) from Zelen. Cocktail spreaders ($40, set of 12) from Gearys.

SOURCES
TableArt, 323.653.8278, www.tableartonline.com; Gearys, 310.273.4741, www.gearys.com; Lalique Boutique, 212.355.6550, www.cristallalique.fr; Gump’s, 800.284.8677, www.gumps.com; Unici Casa, 310.836.2500, www.unicicasa.com; Zelen, 323.658.6756, www.zelenhome.com

Photo by Antoine Bagot
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