Hudson Wilder Sora Short Tumblers — Set of 4
The Sora Short Tumblers from New York-based Hudson Wilder will look beautiful with any table setting and are appropriate for any occasion, from your Tuesday night dinners to your finest dinner parties. They look like updated versions of a lowball glass, with an even height and diameter of 3 inches and about a 10-ounce capacity. Unlike most drinking glasses that have thick, cumbersome bases, this elegant set of four features an evenly thin construction from the sides to the bottom, for an understated minimal design. The glass is almost imperceptibly tapered, for a modernist look that is utilitarian but not austere. And we absolutely love their delicate craftsmanship—each is individually hand-blown to ensure a consistently high quality and clean, rounded edges. Despite being incredibly light and thin, the Sora Short Tumblers are also exceptionally strong; borosilicate glass is much more durable than traditional glass, so the tumblers have the fineness of crystal without the fragility. They are less likely to crack, chip or scratch than other types of glass and are even dishwasher-safe. We also like that the tumblers are resistant to thermal shock, similar to Pyrex, so you can use the glasses for both hot and cold liquids without any risk of shattering.
Kinto CAST Iced Tea Glasses — Set of 4
It's hard to find glassware that is both sturdy and delicate. We like the simple, appealing design of Kinto's iced tea glasses, which are heat-resistant and sturdier than traditional glass. The subtle lip on the rims of the glasses emphasize their sleek tapered shape and also make for easier drinking. Established in 1972 in Shiga, Japan, Kinto incorporates Japanese principles of simplicity and subtle elegance into its tableware designs.
Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters
We like our cocktails and our cardamom. In this case, we get both at once, along with a surprising savory element in these handcrafted bitters from Portland, Oregon. The husky, minty flavor of cardamom pairs particularly well with spicy bourbon or earthy rum. We think these bitters might make the perfect Old Fashioned and add a new dimension to a Dark and Stormy. Beyond cocktails, these bitters are a terrific way to add easy flavor to whipped cream, caramel sauce, rice pudding or a pot of oatmeal.
The Bitter Housewife Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
These handcrafted cocktail bitters from Portland, Oregon, are a modern take on the classic spice profile of Angostura bitters. They add the bitterness you'd expect in an Old Fashioned, but we also liked the spicy warmth the bitters added to seltzer water over ice with a lemon wedge or even a few dashes over roasted root vegetables.
Crookedwood Hand-Sculpted Muddler
We found these cocktail muddlers from an artisan in Wisconsin, who individually sculpts each by hand to ensure a high-quality and unique product. The detailed contours of the handle make the muddler not only comfortable and easy to use but also beautiful for displaying on a bar cart. Crookedwood uses dense, lustrous hardwoods that are both attractive and durable.
Kinto Non-Slip Wooden Tray
From breakfast in bed to backyard barbeques, there’s much to be said for the utility of a good serving tray. We found this beautiful pressed-wood tray with a terrific secret: a non-slip coating. The top has a thin, invisible layer of polymer that prevents slippery glasses, mugs and plates from shifting during transport. Choose between sizes or pick up both for varying loads. Established in 1972 in Shiga, Japan, Kinto incorporates Japanese principles of simplicity and subtle elegance into its tableware designs.