Text and photo by Meda Kessler
There’s no doubt many at-home bars have seen an increase in activity. But we’ve been most impressed by a friend who’s just an occasional drinker yet still insists on keeping a beautiful setup, complete with cool cocktail books, gorgeous bottles of liquor, sparkling water and mixers, and cut crystal. Stashing away the more mundane brands, everyday stemware and plain-Jane bar tools, he rotates in some of his favorite vintage finds: shapely coupes, colorful highball glasses, a cocktail shaker, ice buckets of various provenance. Freshly cut herbs add an aromatic touch. We were inspired enough to set up our own wintry mix, heavy on the silver and glass, of course. Designer Michael Aram’s workshop in India is the inspiration for his Mirage Collection. The forged steel features a rippled effect; once polished, the metal also has a slight shimmer. Aram envisions it as one would a watery oasis in the desert, a true mirage. We like the heft and the fact that the finish resists our fingerprints. Cocktail shaker, $150; ice bucket, $360; tongs, $50; all available at Lawrence’s. Michael Wainwright’s platinum-banded highball glasses even look good empty; $80 for a pair, P.S. The Letter. The round decanter offers a nice visual contrast, $360; the Arte Italica Taverna decanter is wrapped in Italian pewter, $214; both from P.S. The Letter. Signature ribbed-glass bottles from Blackland Distillery make a handsome — and tasty — addition to any bar. Purchase the Fort Worth-made spirits directly from the distillery or check the store locator on the website.