I’m writing this as I’m visiting my Aunt Pamela in Alexandria, Virginia, for a weekend of shopping, dinner with my great friend, Tracey, and viewing of the off-broadway hit, Xanadu (a remake of the 80’s cult classic starring Olivia Newton John). Whenever I come here, I make a point of hitting “The Hour Shop” in Old Town Alexandria, which is devoted solely to the art of the cocktail hour. The store is two-levels of vintage and new cocktail glasses, shakers, stirrers, pitchers, platters, bar sets and serving bowls that Betty Draper would surely have approved of.
I collect vintage cocktails sets now. My Aunt Pamela bought me my first, a pink and gold girlie masterpiece from The Hour Shop, which has become one of the focal points of my living room.
Some pics of The Hour Shop..
I found the next set to add to my collection. A lavender set complete with pitcher and 6 glasses.
And, in honor of fantastic cocktail parties from decades past, here is a refreshingly light drink recipe (courtesy of “Mad Men inspired Cocktails” on The Today Show)
Serve in a tall glass (similar to the Lavender tall glasses I covet above)
- 2 ounces Hendricks Gin
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 4 thin cucumber slices muddled
- 1 ounce club soda
In mixing glass, muddle cucumber with simple syrup. Add gin and juice then fill glass with ice and shake in shaker tin. Strain and pour over ice into glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a cucumber slice
For today’s host and hostess, the modern cocktail party is picking up where the 1940s, 50s and 60s left off. Home entertaining is all about being unique and having style. Consider picking up a vintage set to add flare and a definite conversation piece. It surely will bring out the sexy hostess in you. Chelsea