Gin or vodka, olive or twist, shaken or stirred. However you take it, there’s no disputing the iconic status of both the martini and the glass in which it has been served for the last century.
The distinctive shape of the martini glass is not without purpose. Grasping the long, elegant stem keeps the heat of your hands from playing havoc with the temperature of the chilled liquid. The wide, generous mouth of the glass helps enhance the aromatic properties of the beverage, especially important if an herbaceous gin is in the mix. During the prohibition years, it didn’t hurt that the shape of the martini glass made it particularly easy to empty in a hurry.
With a high index of refraction, crystal is prized for its greater clarity and sparkle when compared to regular drinking glass. The crystal has been affixed to a handcast pewter stem by an ultraviolet light process that cures and matures an adhesive to allow it to stick permanently. The modern pewter used to cast the stem of this glass is slow to oxidize, and the surface patina will remain lustrous and shiny with regular polishing and proper care. Without polish, it will develop a soft grey surface color, which adds character to the material. This glass, like the rest of the pieces in this bar service collection, comes stamped with a hallmark, the signature of the skilled artisan who crafted it by hand.
Serve up a classic gin martini. Pour 2 ounces gin and 1 ounce vermouth into a cocktail shaker or pitcher filled partially with ice. Stir vigorously with a long-handled spoon for at least 30 seconds. Strain liquid into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon rind or a green olive.
To keep your crystal martini glasses alive and well for generations, be sure and store them where they won't touch other items, and make sure never to place them upside down, as this can put stress on the rim, which is very delicate.
These glasses are not safe for the dishwasher. When washing by hand, use only warm water and mild detergent, and rinse with warm water. Quick changes in temperature can cause cracking and clouding. If you let the glasses air dry you might end up with streaks or smears. Instead, when cleaning the glass use only a lint-free cloth for drying. When cleaning the pewter bottom, also use a mild detergent, and be sure and dry thoroughly. If left wet, the drops will leave a mark. These spots can easily be removed by using metal polish, or by gently rubbing the area in small circular motions with steel wool.
David Reiss is an American designer who brought this glass, and a number of other Italian crystal and pewter products, to the U.S. He fell in love with the old soul of pewter on a trip to Lombardia, and felt the pewter and crystal products he observed abroad were exceptional in quality and aesthetic, different from what was then available in the United States.
His 17 year old company was the first to bring this very same Italian pewter to the American market. Every one of his products is handmade in Lombardia, FDA approved, food safe and contains no lead.
Classic 10 ounce, 8” high crystal glass made for serving your favorite iteration of the martini. The weighty pewter base is stamped with a trademark of the artisans who hand crafted it. Produced in the Lombardia region of northern Italy.
8" (20.3cm) tall x 4.75" (12cm) diameter
Crystal and lead-free pewter
Not dishwasher safe
Handmade in Italy
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