10 Glass Pitchers To Sweeten Summer
Pitchers are synonymous with summer fun. Pitchers of iced tea, lemonade, margaritas, beer, and even Kool-Aid (for the throw-back set) all recall light-hearted, summertime BBQs, picnics, and outdoor gatherings. Sara Colombo, Nest Casa's founder, especially loves bringing together friends and family to enjoy her poolside outdoor living space, which she uses to entertain in her Miami home. (For Florida dwellers, summer is practically a year-round event.) Here, Nest Casa throws out 10 solid glass pitcher options that serve both form and function.
Large Glass Pitchers
Glass pitchers are the best known of this useful item. This is, perhaps, because they generally look good on display empty—not to mention the fact that they also work well as a flower vase. This is especially true of Lobmeyr’s mouth-blown Persian glass pitcher. Its floral and bird motifs are hand-painted on this colorful vase, which serves as a canvas for the artist's renderings. Equally display-worthy is this pitcher from the Moda Domus collection at Moda Operandi. Developed in conjunction with founder Lauren Santo Domingo—who brings her impeccable fashion taste to home items—is the Calcedonio pitcher. Made entirely from glass, the vessel's marbleized effect resembles the semi-precious stone malachite. Sometimes, art and function blend seamlessly. The Ultima Thule pitcher from Iittala designed by Tapio Wirkkala draws inspiration from melting ice in Lapland, giving your beverages an extra icy cold feel.
Vintage Glass Pitchers
For retro lovers, there are vast choices to be found when it comes to vintage glass pitchers. Carlo Moretti, the storied Murano glassmaker, delivers this rare 1970s vintage glass pitcher in blue, brown, and white opaline swirls that look like a genie may just vaporize right out of its spout. Perhaps you lean more toward the English tradition? 1stDibs offers this vintage, 1950s Pimm's jug, designed to serve the famous Pimm's Cup refresher in proper form. Those who are crazy for pink must be pleased that the soft hue has made its way back into the kitchen (pink was a dominant kitchen color in the 1950s). This retro-design vase in rose from Mosser uses an original 1925 mold from Westmoreland Glass called English Hobnail to obtain the diamond puckering pattern.
Water Filtering Glass Pitchers
A good pitcher to house crisp, refreshing, and filtered water in the refrigerator is always a good idea. The Grosche Bali water infuser pitcher takes that idea one step further by allowing fruit or other flavors such as cucumber or mint to impart a hint of flavor. Available in a plentiful 1.5-liter size, this pitcher fits into most refrigerator doors. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe to make sure that each infusion is fresh. Then, there’s the Hydros pitcher—which is technically plastic, but a fabulous multi-tasker. The coconut-shell carbon filter reduces chlorine and sediments from the water in less than a minute. Plus, infusing citrus and other fruits as well as fresh herbs is a snap, thanks to its cleverly disguised container in the lid. Don't let the humble material fool you; this pitcher is as elegant as glass, holding its own on a well-presented table.
Bonus: Glass Pitcher Recipe
Now that you've nailed the perfect pitcher, it's time to fill it up. Nest Casa looked to the covetable Goop website for the perfect summer refresher. Goop is the go-to for modern, healthy living in style, so it's not surprising to find this yummy mocktail recipe there. Goop’s Garden Punch with Chili Salt is described on the Gwyneth Paltrow–founded site as: "morning green juice meets nonalcoholic margarita." Remember to make enough to fill a gallon-size glass pitcher!
Goop’s Garden Punch with Chili Salt
For the Green Juice:
2 stalks celery
1 Persian cucumber
1/2 Granny Smith apple
For the Chili Salt:
1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1/4 teaspoon fine pink Himalayan salt
Scant 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- To make the green juice, either run the ingredients through a juicer or blitz them in a powerful blender with a bit of water, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve.
- To make the chili salt, combine all ingredients in a shallow bowl and mix well.
- To make the cocktail, rub a lemon wedge on the outer rim of a highball glass and gently dip it in the chili salt. Fill the glass with ice and pour the remaining ingredients over the ice.