Last weekend, I visited my sister in Philly and we ate at a French restaurant next to the park at Rittenhouse Square, appropriately named "Parc." We had a lovely brunch of oysters, burgers, omelettes and, of course, a few cocktails. I ordered a St. Germain cocktail, a light and refreshing favorite of mine, but when the waitress served it with an adorable St. Germain carafe, I discovered the tool that's been missing from my bar cabinet. Being such a fan of St. Germain, I couldn't believe I didn't already know about this carafe. It was then that it also dawned on me, that not only did I need one of these right away, but that they would make the best housewarming gift!
Usually when I'm invited over to someone's new home I bring a bottle of champagne or a plant, but how sweet would it be to bring this carafe with all the ingredients to make the classic St. Germain cocktail? The carafe makes it possible to make the classic St. Germain cocktail perfectly every single time with the markings of ingredients on the side. According to St. Germain's website, the precision and order of the three ingredients that make up this simple cocktail is not arbitrary, but absolutely essential. The carafe comes in two sizes, a mini size and a large size. The mini carafe makes about one and a half cocktails per batch and the large 1 liter size makes about 5 cocktails per batch, perfect for large gatherings and parties. Plus, in New York, everyone is tight on space, so this gift is great since after the cocktail has been drank, you only need to find space in your cabinet for the carafe.
To create the housewarming present, buy the carafe, a bottle of champagne, a bottle of St. Germain, some sparkling water and a cocktail spoon. You can put them all in a basket, cute tote bag or box, and ta-da their new home has everything it needs for a celebratory cocktail! It's so simple, yet thoughtful at the same time and goes beyond the bottle of wine and flowers you pick up at the liquor store and bodega down the street. I can't wait to warm a friend's house with this gift. In fact, I think I may order a few mini carafes to have on hand for the occasion.
What do you think? What do you usually bring over to a friend's new home?
(all photos from St. Germain's website)