Saturday, April 3, 2010

Good-bye to Hugh!

It's the last day at Hugh!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Favorite Things Countdown: Day 1

Hugh is closing tomorrow! That six months sure went fast. To mark this final week, I thought I'd highlight some of Hugh's "Greatest Hits," items that have been the most popular for the duration of the shop.

Crystal Decanters
 
Something about these decanters really captured the imagination of Hugh shoppers. It may have been their cool sculptural quality.  Or it may have been the idea of a classy way to keep booze out on your coffee table. Whatever the reason, they were a hit.  $65 each.

Stop in the store to pick one up, or buy it online here.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Betty Ford

Hugh hosted a shopping event for Danialle Karmanos' Work It Out non-profit last night.  It's a great organization that teaches disadvantaged kids how to make healthy lifestyle choices through yoga.  Yes yoga!  And the kids totally dig it!

A special occasion demands a special cocktail, so I conjured up something with a healthful feel for the evening.  It's a cucumber-based drink inspired by the Afterglow cocktail at Centaur (but a little lighter), and by the Spa Martini at Eve (but less complicated ... no cucumber muddling!).  I've dubbed it The Betty Ford.


It was perfect for a warm spring evening and I suggest you enjoy this all summer long.  The recipe requires precise measurements, I highly recommend using the Aluminum Jigger Cube!

The Betty Ford
2 ounces Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka (the best flavored vodka I've ever tried)
0.75 ounces simple syrup
0.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice
a few grains of salt (this is important)

Shake until refreshingly cold and top off with 1 ounce of club soda.  Serve in a flute or a modest cocktail glass and garnish with a cucumber slice.  You will love it, I swear.


Make a pitcher using an 8-3-2 ratio and a pinch of salt.  Then fill glasses 3/4 full and top off with club soda. You can enjoy it over ice in a highball glass this way!

Favorite Things Countdown: Day 2

Hugh is closing this week - Saturday, April 3 is our last day! That six months sure went fast. To mark this final week, I thought I'd highlight some of Hugh's "Greatest Hits," items that have been the most popular for the duration of the shop.

Jigger Cube
 
This bar measure works great and looks pretty swell just hanging out on the bar.  Made of solid aluminum, it feels massive.  We (and you) liked that about it.  It was a really really popular gift.  $24.

Stop in the store to pick one up, or buy it online here.
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