Love & Sex

Happy Hour: Stone Cold Sexy

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I still remember the first time I was ever invited over for a nightcap. The date itself was so-so; we’d gone to a cheap Italian place with bad service and worse spaghetti, and the guy was a friend of a friend who couldn’t stop talking about the Dave Matthews show he’d gone to last weekend. Needless to say, I was less than ready to jump into bed with him. But then came the bar in his apartment, which — to my tipsy surprise — was sexy, sleek, and stocked to the brim with fancy whiskey and fancier glassware.

Call me shallow (I was in my early twenties, after all), but I ended up staying the night. Sure, it might have been the bottle of Maker’s that we shared, but I’d like to think that what got me in the mood was his impeccable taste in barware.

There’s just something irresistible about a slug of liquor, swilled in cut crystal, so cold it sweats pearly beads of condensation. We’ve talked about whiskey stones here before, but suffice to say that I’ve got more than one set of these super-cold soapstones for my booze:

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[$20, Kegworks]

And even though I’ve got a set of crystal whiskey glasses, I might just have to invest in a pair of these concrete-bottomed glasses from Charles & Marie:

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[$40 set of 2, Charles & Marie]

The concrete and glass tumbler is made for any kind of booze, and its stone base keeps a cocktail icy cold, so that, y’know, other things can get hot.

As a tool of attraction, stone-inspired bar products strike a perfect balance between fancifying your booze and keeping things simple with a bold, modern aesthetic. And if you can’t spend loads of money on an actual bar, getting yourself a stylish set of these concrete tumblers — tucked away and ready for a visit from that special someone — will definitely do the trick.