Soapstone v. Cocktails, Part Two
Because it is in poor taste to talk about delicious cocktails without offering a recipe or two, here are a few I cadged off my colleague:
First, we have the Apple Crisp:
It consists of whiskey, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and Martinelli’s sparkling cider. Serve cold over your handy whiskey stones.
Second, the Double Mint:
This one should be made with mint-infused whiskey and double-brewed coffee and Bailey’s. It is excellent either served over crushed ice, or hot—or, you can try it over whiskey stones.
Soapstone v. Cocktails, Part One
Among those who drink whiskey in a serious way, there is a lot of discussion about whether it’s better to drink it chilled or not. Purists eschew ice because as it melts it dilutes the whiskey and spoils its flavor-intensity.
The question: if you can’t use ice, how do you keep your whiskey cold once it is in a glass? The answer: whiskey stones.
Whiskey stones are made from Soapstone. Cut to approximately the size of ice cubes, they can be stored in the freezer and used to chill whiskey, as well as any other alcoholic beverage.
If you’d like to purchase whiskey stones, there are many places to do so online, but our top selection is a Vermont company, which makes them by hand:
“The [decorating] landscape is so huge that you have to approach it as self-expression, which brings you to the question of ‘Who are you?’ That’s the question you should be concerned with, not trends. When you know who you are, then you are just wardrobing that persona.” Simon Doonan on Etsy
The thing about trends is that they come and go. When you’re decorating, you want to choose a look that works for your home, your taste, and your lifestyle, and you want it to stand the test of time—so choices based on trends may not always be practical in the long run.
And when it comes to selecting stone – whether it’ll go in the kitchen, the bathroom, or any other room in the house – it’s even more important to prioritize your own taste and needs, because stone lasts forever (or as close to forever as any material object in this ephemeral world of ours).
That said, some trends are more enduring than others, and the current trend towards a minimalistic color palette of whites, greys, and soft earth tones will remain relevant because it goes with everything—like natural stone, it’s classic!
Consider this: five years from now when every decorator in town is reupholstering furniture in baroque tapestries or lavender chevron and painting the walls chartreuse, you can jump on that jolly bandwagon confident in the knowledge that your quartzite Dolce Vita countertop, travertine-paneled shower cubicle, and black slate fireplace are going blend in just fine.