I am someone who enjoys a nightly cocktail and, as a typical New Yorker who doesn’t cook much, is often put in charge of drinks at friends’ dinner parties. That said, until recently I did not own a proper jigger. I would use the lids of my cocktail shakers (usually sized to be exactly one fluid ounce) to do the job. Judge if you will, but they worked. Then, while holiday shopping in Homenature, a gorgeous home furnishings shop in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, I spotted Sky (£20), a little mirror-polished stainless-steel modernist wonder that I knew would add a flourish to my pour.
I later learnt it was designed by Aurélien Barbry for Georg Jensen, and introduced just last year. Barbry, it should be noted, started his career working for famed architect Jean Nouvel, and has also designed products for Normann Copenhagen and Issey Miyake. He has described his philosophy of design as wanting to “reinstate everyday forms, simply and accurately”. That’s exactly what he’s done with this jigger – the short side is a teensy bit over one ounce, the long size just over two ounces. It feels good in the hand, like a tiny piece of sculpture worthy of leaving out on the bar cart rather than stashing in a drawer. Best yet, the price will make it my go-to hostess gift this summer season – it will last a whole lot longer than a bottle of rosé, and is far more useful too.