French crystal maison Saint-Louis is celebrating New York City’s cocktail culture with a limited edition Speakeasy set ($2,350), designed in collaboration with Experimental Group (founders of the Experimental Cocktail Club). Only 188 sets, featuring a smoky crystal shaker, four bevel-cut coupe glasses and a Puiforcat silver-plated spoon will be available – perfectly timed for the forthcoming party season.
The Home Speakeasy set is part of a larger Manhattan crystal collection that will also be relaunched. The original 1930s Prohibition-era pattern, based on a design from the company’s archives that is evocative of Manhattan’s dramatic skyline, is set to include a full range of pieces (priced from $150 to $870) for the accomplished and hobby mixologist including a range of glasses – from coupes, rock glasses and highballs to old-fashioned and classic shot glasses – as well as assorted accessories. Weighty ice buckets, decanters and sculptural bowls round out the collection, which makes for a chic and well-stocked bar.
In addition to the 13-piece collection, Experimental Group has also created a guide to cocktails that correspond to each glass type. “Enjoyment is related to the shape of the glass,” say founders Olivier Bon, Pierre-Charles Cros and Romée de Goriainoff. “We believe in tailoring the shape to the specific characteristics of each cocktail. For example, a Pisco Collins must be served on ice, and therefore in a highball-style glass.”