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The Pink Lady: A Classic Cocktail for Valentine’s Day!

We’ve been having a ton of fun over here at Audrey Would! mixing up classic cocktails and pairing them with vintage drinkware. If you’ve been following along on Instagram then you know what Clemens and I have been up to!

This year our cocktail pick for Valentine’s Day is a tried and true classic, the Pink Lady. And don’t let the name fool you! This pre-prohibition delight is feisty, but first let’s start with the vintage cocktail coupe we decided to use.

Etched Vintage Crystal Coupe - Audrey Would

A vintage saucer coupe with etched botanical design. {{Aside: Can someone please tell me the name of this pattern?}}. We love the elegant shape to the stem and the slight flare of the rim, perfect we thought for the first impression attached to this ‘Lady’.

So the Pink Lady.

Our recipe requires this:

  • 1 1/2 oz dry gin (Ampersand Gin for us)
  • 1/2 oz apple brandy (read on to see what we use)
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice (freshly squeezed, of course)
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup (yes, we make our own)
  • 1/4 oz grenadine (did you know you can make this, too?)
  • 1 egg white (will be enough for 2 cocktails, but isn’t too much for just 1)
  • Ice for shaking
  • Garnish: 1-3 Maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick (we use Luxardo cherries – you really must!)

A shot of the basics to get you started:

Cobbler Cocktail Shaker - Audrey Would

*Important* Steps to shake it up just right:

  1. Pour all ingredients except the ice into shaker, and shake-shake-shake for at least 10 or so seconds.
    •  This is called dry shaking, and it’s done without ice first to emulsify the egg white. 
  2. Now add the ice and shake again for at least another 10 seconds.
    • Don’t be shy, you really need to shake it up!
  3. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    • This means pour through cobbler strainer into handheld strainer positioned over cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the skewered cherry/cherries.
    • Pick a fun cocktail pick, that’s just what you do!

Pink Lady Cocktail, Audrey Would!*Note, you can serve this cocktail in a rocks glass over a single ball of ice if you want to mix it up a little! And this brings me to the Pink Lady herself.

Did you know this pink, frothy-topped cocktail is not really the girly drink its name suggests? No, I didn’t either! Rather than rewrite the script, I’m linking to an article written by Paul Clarke. It’s worth the click, it really is that good! And bonus, Paul includes a recipe, too. Now you get to choose, or better yet, mix and shake to create your own!

Have a little fun with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Put your trust in the Pink Lady!

Pink Lady Cocktail, Audrey Would

What Pink Lady secrets do you have to share… recipe secrets that is. ;-)

Happy Valentine’s Day, and thanks for stopping by!

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If You See It Here, Don’t Hesitate to Inquire!

Some of you might remember this vintage brandy warmer I featured a few years back…

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It was a gift to my husband – I wrote about it along with some of its history in this post.

Since then a lot has happened including the inception of Audrey Would! If you follow along with Audrey Would listings, you will have seen the brandy warmer below listed early on.

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This piece sold, but we still had the option below tucked on the shelf. It wasn’t listed because we were looking for a snifter to complete the set.

 

 

Italian Brandy Warmer Stand

Well this piece has just sold, but not because it was paired with a snifter and uploaded to Audrey Would! No, it sold because a gentleman followed up on my original brandy warmer post and asked if I had another stand available for sale!

And then there was this set of pinecone embossed coasters. They never got as far as a listing, because after they were spied on Facebook  I received a message inquiry, and then they were off to a new home!

Aluminum Pinecone Coasters (x4), Millbrook Industries, Canada

My point?

If you see something in one of my blog posts, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or my other social media channels that you don’t see listed on Audrey Would!, please don’t hesitate to inquire. I may not have the item, I may not even carry the item at all… but I also might have just what you are looking for! And if you are searching for a very specific piece…

Some of you might remember this chafing dish – I wrote about it here.

Marinex Silver Plate Chafing Dish, Brazil

 

Why yes, this piece was sourced by special request!

We have a collection of great vintage pieces not yet listed, and a wish-list of items we’re searching for. If we have the item you are asking about, and it’s not yet uploaded to Audrey Would!’s site, I will forward photos for you to see! Please don’t hesitate to follow the examples above. Contact me to inquire!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Culver & Acadian Distillers: A Mystery in Canadian History

At Audrey Would we are always on the lookout for unique vintage pieces, and when we find pieces that are Canadian vintage we are eager to learn more.

When these limited edition Acadian Distillers whiskey glasses were sourced I was advised they were Culver glasses.

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Culver Glassware, founded in Brooklyn, NY in the late 1930s, produced more traditional patterns earlier on until the late 1950s when they collaborated with Georges Briard to produce his gold screened patterns. These Acadian whiskey glasses certainly fit a more traditional profile for what we now commonly connect to Culver style.

When Culver moved on from their work with Briard they began to produce more contemporary designs under the Culver label, and become known for their top secret process of heat firing highly decorative, thick, textured and opulent 22k gold patterns. Culver’s designs gave ‘dripping with gold’ a whole new context in the world of glassware!

Here you see an example of a signed Culver piece in their very popular 1960s Valencia pattern.

Culver 'Valencia' Rocks Glass

So how does Culver’s history and Acadian Distillers mesh? Well we know Culver’s earlier pieces are hard to identify as they were left unsigned, and we know Culver started producing gold embellished glassware in the late 1950’s. Acadian Distillers was founded in 1957, so it is quite possible that Culver created these limited edition glasses for the Distillery.

Acadian Distillers Whiskey Glasses (x6) (4)The decorative style to these glasses, especially in the raised 22k gold design feel very Culver. And… in the late 1960s Culver became ‘the’ designer of choice for the up-and-coming as a result of their Valencia pattern’s popularity.

For Acadian Distillers, up-and-coming was a perfect fit! Founded in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia during the heart of its boom time, they were one of the largest employers in the community, producing Acadian Signature and Old Canada 8 YO Blended whisky. To quote the Chronicle Herald,

Bridgetown, a town that once hummed like a well-oiled, money-making machine of factories, shipbuilders and merchants… 

I think this quote captures the vibrant prestige of not only Acadian Distillery at the time, but why Culver would be ‘the’ choice to produce custom designed glassware for Acadian.

However, I was unable to find any information to verify these glasses as Culver specifically… even in spite of the good fit!

Do you know anything about Acadian Distillers? How about this collectible set? Find more information to purchase them here!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Shat-R-Pruf Spaghetti String Cocktail Glasses

Did you know the once popular psychedelic spaghetti lamps of the retro 1960s-70s strung their style into cocktail glasses, too?

That’s right. Coined ‘spaghetti string’ glasses, these vintage roly poly glasses are from the Shat-R-Pruf line made by Colour Craft Corporation out of Indianapolis.

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Shat-R-Pruf pieces were made of glass and coated with plastisol, a liquid form of vinyl cured by heat to set the shape. If you look closely at the rim of these rolies you can see the glass is clear. The actual colour is in the Tu-tone Plastisol, the first layer being the solid coating and colour, the second layer being the spaghetti string design.

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Plastisol feels rubbery to the touch and makes the glasses easier to hold. The vinyl coating also makes the glasses shatter proof and acts as an insulator. This means drinks stay colder for longer, but with less slippery condensation on the glass! I would say these are quality features in a cocktail glass, but others might deem them ‘safety’ features, too! ;-)

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And… apparently these glasses will not stain or fade, and are dishwasher safe. I won’t argue with the manufacturer, but I have my own reservations about vintage treasures and dishwashers playing in the same game. I’ll leave that decision up to you! Whatever you decide, definitely do not prolong soaking – this will encourage the plastisol coating to peel… I’ve done this!

If you want to go retro but aren’t too hip on psychedelic swag, why not add this Shat-R-Pruf caddy set to your own barware collection? Interested… Purchase here.

At Audrey Would! we think they are a fun-tastic find!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Behind the Patina Hides the Sparkle!

Behind our collection of Audrey treasures rests a little or a lot of shine. How much depends on the piece, and whether or not it has patina to keep. Sometimes that decision is hard for me, but I had a friend once say the patina will always come back, it’s sparkle that catches the eye!

You might recognize this set of brass and black bakelite bar tools from my last post.

Brass Bar Tools 800

It had me torn. I thought the aging warmth of the brass was really great, but I didn’t like the random dark spots on some of the tools either.

This is a better shot showing the darker spots, the bottle opener in particular.

Coat of Arms Brass & Bakelite Bar Tool Set (Before)

I featured this set as is at my pop-up event, and some might say I gambled and lost when I was asked how to clean it… it never sold! Don’t misunderstand, each piece has been carefully cleaned, but I opted not to polish off the aging glow. However, I learned quickly the patina on these pieces had to go!

This shot shows you what a difference a quick polish can make.

Coat of Arms Brass & Bakelite Bar Tool Set (After)

 

Notice the bottle opener now? I was sad to lose the deepening gold tones of the brass, but the sparkle after the polishing was worth it.

If you had your eye on this set which option would sway you to buy – with the patina or without?

At Audrey Would! we try to strike a balance between leaving patina intact and giving things a polish, but based on this little story we think it’s the sparkle that makes Audrey shine! This set is now listed if it caught your eye! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

It’s A Wrap… Have You Finished Your Shopping Yet?

And it’s a wrap!

Audrey Would’s first ever Holiday Shopping event has come and gone, and I’m pleased to say was a well-rounded success! It was really nice to meet new faces, catch up with old friends and see some favourite vintage treasures find their way into the hearts of new homes.

If you missed the event, here are some Holiday Shopping highlights for you…

Audrey Would! Vintage Home - 2014 Holiday Shopping Event

Displays

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Bamboo Stem Coupes

Sportsman Beer & Wine Glasses

Entrance

Christines GBread & SBread

Table Setting

Table

Silver Plate Punch Bowl

Brass Bar Tools 800

Vintage Sparkle

Stemware 1

Art Deco Teacup Setting

Hand Painted China

Audrey Balancing a Martini Prep

Shopping Bags

It’s not too late! You can still shop www.AudreyWould.com. Please feel free to contact me if you don’t see what you’re looking for. We might just have it, but haven’t got it listed yet. If you are local, I am happy to coordinate in-person delivery!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Holiday Shopping Event Count Down!

The count down is on!

Last Week Ad - Fri & Sat Only

Audrey Would!’s first ever Holiday Shopping event is just a mere few days away! You can look forward to:

  • ‘Pick Your Ticket Savings’
  • Door prize draw for a gift basket filled with vintage goodies and local-fare treats
  • Cocktails by Clemens on Friday night featuring two of his favourite classic cocktails
  • Lots of festive, glam, and classic not-yet-listed pieces to browse!

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A portion of all event proceeds will be going to Toys, Toiletries & Toques so we can do our part to help others have a wonderful Holiday Season, too.

 


 

Don’t forget about Providence Farm’s Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, and Kuz at Woodcote just down the street! This is the weekend to SHOP Maple Bay!

Find Audrey Would! (located near Maple Bay Elementary School) 

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Vintage Coppercraft Guild: Back in its Prime!

The warmth of copper has made a comeback to the style table, and this season is right up there with ‘seen and to be seen’. There are many great pieces to choose from, especially when it comes to vintage barware and home decor pieces made by the well known yet short lived company Coppercraft Guild.

Do you recognize their label?

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Coppercraft Guild was a top producer of copperware in their day, but if I told you they were the copper equivalent of Tupperware, would I have your attention?

Established in the 1970s, Coppercraft Guild was a direct marketing company out of Taunton, Massachusetts in the US. They specialized in high quality decorative houseware products that were made of solid copper and specially treated so they would not tarnish.

Like this sleek bud vase that doubles as a candle holder…

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Or this hanging kettle bowl planter that’s perfect for a small potted plant.

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But what set Coppercraft Guild apart was their use of a part-time sales force to sell product at home parties. Namely housewives employed as hostesses using a similar model to that of the infamous Tupperware home party system!

Though they were only in business a short time, Coppercraft Guild expanded their home party business into Canada. I was lucky enough to come across this vintage ad looking for prospective hostesses, and thought you might enjoy it, too!

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The ad says:

We need each other. We are looking for people like yourself to represent an established company selling a prestigious product through party plan sales. We feel Coppercraft Guild of Canada offers the most complete product line of solid copper and home accessories sold in Canada. Plus a hostess plan and recommendation program that is second to none in direct sales today. And we care. We care about each of our people the way any close family does about each of its members.

Fun, and as Coppercraft used to pitch, no other material is rich enough for company, yet informal enough for family! 

I had a hard time getting to the bottom of why Coppercraft Guild closed their doors, and actually never could verify for sure, but the chatter goes that the people who owned Coppercraft had a falling out. As a result the assets were divided and the company was shut down. Hmmmm…

Regardless, what we do know is Coppercraft Guild pieces were popular in their prime, and because the company was short lived, they are now treasures getting harder to find.

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Do you have any Coppercraft Guild pieces in your collection? If so, I would love to hear what pieces you have and how you acquired them. If not, all of these pieces can be found at Audrey Would!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Coppercraft Guild Ad courtesy of Connect Everything Zoomer – click image for direct link. All other photographs by Sheila Zeller – please link and credit if you choose to use!

Sleek Vintage Chic in a Home Bar!

I was approached by online company Chairish, to take part in creating a style board for an ideal home bar using one of their barstool options as my jump-off. If you haven’t heard of Chairish, here is a quick introduction for you, taken directly from their website…

Chairish.com makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. Our shop exclusively features curator-approved treasures in a full-service and trustworthy environment.

Buy. Sell. Adore.

I chose this set of barstools from the options Chairish provided.

Chairish Bar Stools

I love industrial chic, and with these handcrafted barstools I was drawn to the rich reddish-wood colour and metal frame combination. Another thing I like for a home barstool is a comfy back. Don’t get me wrong, there are fantastic sleek barstool options baring no back, but for a home bar comfort is key.

Since we’re nearing the threshold of the Holiday Season, I went with grunge industrial chic meets ooh-la-la sleek!

Love, love, LOVE these Chairish spiral pendants made from salvaged industrial-grade steel!

Chairish Industrial Spiral Pendant
I’m in favour of a great chandelier, but I’m partial to pendants for home bar designs. The problem is there are so many predictable pendants out there that have already been seen and done. It’s often hard to find something really distinct and unique.
Normally I’m not one for area rugs in cocktail bar spaces, but for a home bar I like them a lot, and I thought this handmade vintage Turkish rug from Chairish was a perfect ‘grunge meets glam’ choice for my ideal home bar space!
Chairish Turkish Rug
This rug was one of many left and forgotten in the back rooms of bazars, and believe it or not, it was at one time in traditional Turkish colours. Through a process of overdyeing in today’s modern shades, this rug and many others have been revived and brought back into today’s style.
With the reddish wood colour of the barstools, and the cool shades of gray, I opted to pull in some sleek vintage barware from Audrey Would! to complete this ideal home bar space. I liked the juxtaposition of rusty and worn to the sleek sparkle and bounce of light!
Audrey Would Barware Collage
And here is my style board where grunge meets chic!
Sleek Vintage Chic!

What’s your idea for an ideal home bar? Is it grunge, sleek and chic?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs for Chairish pieces taken from Chairish.com – click on image for direct link. All other photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

A Little Vintage ‘&’ A Taste of Gin

I’m a gin martini girl, wet and dirty with 3 olives please! And if you stock it, Victoria Gin was my first choice.

But… when we were at the Duncan Farmer’s Market on Saturday we discovered a brand new, fresh out of the still local organic gin, which of course we had to try. This family founded craft distillery gin is so new to the market that the ink on the labels was barely dry, their Facebook page is brand new , and product shots are taking a back seat for the moment!

Meet Ampersand Distilling Co. ‘&’ their new organic gin!

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To learn more about this new company pop over and visit their website. Find out what this local gin is all about.

We were lucky enough to have a quick chat and pick up a bottle for our own cocktail collection – apparently just in time as the gin sold out at the market in a hurry. The Mister also just bought a bottle of duty free Hendrick’s Gin on our way home from San Francisco, and naturally we stock our bar cart with Victoria Gin!

So if you saw my FB post, the gin tasting I promised to tell you more about was between these three.

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Clemens (the Mister) set it up, so he had the advantage of knowing which gin he was tasting, making the guess-work all mine. Since gin is normally made in a copper still he ‘borrowed’ this handcrafted copper tray from Audrey Would! This really set the stage! He poured a shot of each gin into these small vintage roly poly glasses from our own barware collection, and got the tasting underway.

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We tasted, we compared notes, and we tasted a little more. In the end we really fell in love with the new Ampersand gin. We decided that each gin has its own personality, but our little secret is our local Vancouver Island gins beat out the duty free!

We really enjoyed sipping Ampersand on its own. It has a great aroma, interesting flavours that come out in layers, and we really liked its ‘no burn’ smooth finish. However, I did say I am a martini girl…

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‘&’ so it goes!

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One for the Mister and one for me!

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Are you game to set up your own gin tasting ‘&’ give Ampersand gin a try? We really think you should – after all, it is made with organic and local ingredients!

And don’t forget to visit Audrey Would! for your tasting barware needs. You will find a selection of roly poly glasses, a collection of trays, and yes, even a 6-set of the Czechoslovakian crystal martinis – they’re not listed, but they are in stock! If you want to go with copper for the tasting event, then you might prefer this vintage Coppercraft Guild roly poly ‘&’ serving tray bar set!

 

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Thanks for stopping by! Cheers :-)

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