I remember the first time I saw these Simon Pearce pitchers. My heart skipped a beat. Is that ridiculous? Probably. But my mind immediately went to the homemade lemonade my children would love, the cold martinis my friends would sip, and the gorgeous sangria that would be the centerpiece of my next porch party. Some people see glass pitchers; I see parties. These pitchers would change my life.
The larger one, which holds 64 ounces, was my first choice. It's perfect for big batches of basil limeade or orange juice. The thick glass magnifies the contents, so ice looks sparklier, fruit seems fruitier and and bubbles are more effervescent. These pitchers make everything in them larger than life.
Maybe a year later, I went back for the smaller, 24-ounce pitcher, because 64 ounces of gimlet is more gimlet than anyone can or should consume. The smaller pitcher is perfect for making a cocktail for several people. (If I knew how to play bridge, there would definitely be a little pitcher of Manhattans on the table.)
I usually take at least one of them on vacation, so I can mix a big batch of sangria or fresh lemonade to share. The little one — not that I would know — is perfect for family trips when your taste is a little different from the rest of the crowd.
And maybe you need a little quiet time and stress relief. Perhaps you like to enjoy afternoon nap time with a good book and a little pitcher of cucumber vodka and club soda infused with citrus slices and fresh basil and thyme. Not that I would know. (Shhhh...please don't tell them I wasn't really napping.)
→ Find them: Woodbury Pitchers, $125 to $145 at Simon Pearce
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(Images: Anne Postic)