Kitchen Stuff: The Perfect Summer Drinks Pitcher
In a small kitchen, you don’t need a lot of equipment to cook great food. Still, you do need some pots, pans, utensils, and dishes–obviously. In the BGSK book, you’ll find a bare bones list of necessary tools, but I’ve long wanted to bring you a similar resource on the web.
With summer in full swing, I hope you’re planning parties. And whether your parties occur at brunch, by a barbecue, or long past sunset, I hope you’re mixing some drinks. (Start with this week’s Strawberry Gimlets.) Yet one item I didn’t have for a long time was a glass pitcher from which to dole out the booze. If we made Bloody Marys, we poured them from plastic tomato juice bottles. If we mixed up Manhattans, we had to disappear into the kitchen and miss moments of the party.
And so, when we got a beautiful 84-ounce crystal pitcher as a wedding gift, I adored it immediately. Serving problems solved! Here’s a large glass pitcher that’s a bit more affordable, if a bit smaller. If you host a lot, you might even like to have two!
When not in use for parties, your pitcher doubles as a vase for all those flowers you keep in your tiny but lovely kitchen!
Here are a few ways you’ll use your shiny pitcher–two out of the three are alcoholic, but a nice pitcher holds non-boozy liquids just as well. Serve sun tea, iced coffee, and, well, water: