Anyone that likes entertaining has to have an impressive, and well-stocked home bar. It's the hub of the party—the best place to schmooze and sip. You probably have a nice array of wine glasses, tumblers, and maybe even a few specialty pieces. Any good cocktail bar has to have a shaker, a hawthorne strainer and a muddler. But here's one thing your bar is missing: The Smoking Box™.
Crafthouse by Fortessa® is a comprehensive line of state-of-the-art barware for the modern, aspiring mixologist. The designer of this beautiful and functional collection is World Champion and James Beard Award-winning bartender, Charles Joly. Joly is a craftsman in every sense of the word—not only does he craft exquisite cocktails, but also crafts his own barware. He's cutting-edge, so he developed a special signature piece that will be the crown jewel for any entertainer.
You know those smoky cocktails that make the perfect accompaniment to a night of sultry jazz? That's what we're talking about. This piece turns familiar cocktails into something truly unforgettable. It uses actual wood smoke to flavor cocktails through its double-sided "pass through" doors, making the experience both dramatic and interactive. The glass and stainless steel frame make an elegant accompaniment to the rich black walnut interior and drainage channel. It comes complete with Smoking Gun and 2 small jars of smoking chips, and can be rinsed or hand washed with mild soap to clean.
As a special treat for our readers, we're excited to share with you a smoking recipe courtesy of Charles Joly himself, called "Rye in Your Britches." To start, load the chamber with the hickory chips that come included (or, add whatever you'd like!). Fill a Double Old Fashioned glass with ice, add a half-ounce of cherry liqueur, 2 ounces of bourbon, 2 ounces of milk stout, and a few dashes of aromatic bitters. Stir to combine, and add some shavings of nutmeg on top—that's the first scent you're going to smell when you bring it to your mouth. Put the glass in the middle of the smoking box and close it, then switch on the smoking gun. Start with a little smoke, and then you can always add more. It's perfect to deepen the flavor of any cocktail.
The Smoking Box™ is only one of the items in this comprehensive collection, which also includes different glasses for cocktails, bar essentials, garnishing tools, and gift sets. The Smoking Box™ is both fun and functional, and will surely stun any party guest—it's drinks and entertainment all in one! Plus, the fun with the smoking box does not stop behind the bar. Go ahead and experiment with smoking nuts, cheeses, dips, and cooking creations. It's a gift that's so much more than just smoke and mirrors.
Update: The Crafthouse by Fortessa® collection is now available at Williams-Sonoma! Follow this link to get the world class collection now at Williams-Sonoma.