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Dec232013

Whisky-Related Movie of the Month: Breakfast at Tiffany's

I would kill to go to a cocktail party like the one Holly Golightly throws in Breakfast at Tiffany's–everyone dressed up, dancing, talking, socializing, and drinking brown booze straight from a highball glass. I've longed to host a similarly-themed soirée where I offer no meal, no ice, no beer or wine, and no cocktails: just various bowls of snacks and handles of Bourbon, Scotch, and gin. Girls: get your Kate Spade dress on and your hair up. Guys: sport a tailored suit and slick that hair back. We're gonna drink some serious booze and we're going to look damned good doing it. Just because we're in our evening attire doesn't mean we can't get a little nuts. Music, a packed room, and a little hooch to loosen us all up.

I love the aesthetic of straight liquor in a small highball glass, hence why I've begun discarding my Riedel Sommelier single malt glasses and the various Glencairn varieties I've picked up at tastings here and there. I never use them and they're taking up valuable space in my bar. Those glasses might provide me with the ultimate aroma and the best possible flavor experience, but they're also ugly, stuffy, and no fun whatsoever. There's no sense of style in most "serious" whisky glassware. To me, they're the drinking equivalent of socks with sandals–comfortable perhaps, but that's about it. We in the liquor industry would all be doing ourselves a favor by watching Breakfast at Tiffany's again and reminding ourselves why we drink in the first place. Because it's fun?

By the way, if you are looking for beautiful glassware, Kate Spade offers fantastic barware as well as fashionable women's clothing. I've bought Champagne glasses, a bottle chiller, and various bottle openers from them over the past few months. And, if anyone is willing to host a party like this and invite me, I will gladly provide all the liquor.

-David Driscoll