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Friday, November 23, 2007

Glass Act

We recently received an email from an Imbibe reader looking for glasses like the ones used for the cocktails in the “Sherry on Top” feature in the current issue. This gave us the perfect excuse to talk about one of our favorite pastimes over here at Imbibe—finding interesting and unusual glassware, mixing and matching pieces, and sometimes thinking of unexpected uses for our discoveries. Those glasses are the perfect example because they’re actually sold as candle holders (but they look much cooler with a cocktail inside)! In our constant search for new, gorgeous glassware, we’ve learned that sometimes you find it where you least expect it (and once you've worked around drinks long enough, everything becomes potential glassware). We also love serving things like lemonade or soda in small Mason jars, and another reader recently told us that she collected a full, matching set of peanut butter jars for use as water glasses. That’s a lot of PB and J! You can also use vases as decanters or pitchers, and decorative chopsticks as swizzle sticks or stir rods. A clever perspective on glassware becomes especially handy as we dive into the holiday season, sometimes finding ourselves with more guests than Old Fashioned glasses. Is there something unexpected or underutilized in your cabinets? There's no better time to give it an inspired new purpose!

5 comments:

annie said...

I was wondering about those glasses too! One of my favorite carafes is actually an old family vase that holds flowers when it's not filled with wine or water or lemonade.

Anonymous said...

So now my question is, where did you get the candle holders?

Imbibe said...

You can find them in a number of houseware stores, but we got ours at Ikea. You can order them directly from their website—they're called the GALEJ Tealight Holders. Cheers!

Dana in DC said...

I'm interested in learning where you purchased the glasses (also candleholders?) used to hold the Persimmon Margaritas on page 37 of the same issue. Thanks, and keep up the great work with Imbibe!

imbibe said...

Hi Dana,
Those are actually vintage, and they are indeed glasses (although they could probably make nice little candy bowls). We love them too! They don't have a maker's name on them, but if we come across a newer version of them, we'll post to let you know. Cheers!