Sip in Style
Take tequila tasting to a new level with this gorgeous hand-blown infusion and tasting set. Experimenting with infusions is an exciting way to enhance and explore the smoky, earthy, fruity nuances of the agave-based Mexican spirit. To make your own infusions, simply fill the decanter with a mix of fruits, vegetables or herbs to steep in your favorite tequila or mezcal—the options are endless. (For ideas, the kit includes a recipe booklet. We’re especially partial to the combination of ginger and lime.) Crafted by glassblower Javier Gutierrez Esponsa and his team of artisans, each set features an elegant decanter and four cups inspired by traditional Mexican jícaras (which originally were made from dried gourds). The distinctive wide-mouth shape of the cups allows alcohol to evaporate, coaxing out the spirit’s flavors and aromas. Available for $98 at 177milkstreet.com/ja23-mezcal.
Squeeze with Ease
A finishing squeeze of fresh citrus can transform a dish. Unfortunately, conventional juicers are surprisingly inept at the task, requiring hand-cramping levels of force to extract an underwhelming amount of juice and often spraying it all over the counter in the process. But Dreamfarm’s Fluicer (a portmanteau of “flat” and “juicer”) offers a clever solution. This ingenious hinged flat-folding tool efficiently squeezes citrus from side to side, rather than top to bottom. The result is an easy squeeze that requires far less force than other juicers we’ve tried, flattening citrus to extract every drop. Plus, a built-in strainer catches seeds and doubles as a funnel, directing juice straight into a measuring cup or cocktail shaker so there’s no mess. Available for $19.95 at 177milkstreet.com/ja23-juicer.
Never struggle with a cork again, thanks to the Oeno Motion Wood & Chrome Wine Key. Designed by the French wine lovers at L’Atelier du Vin, this sleek yet sturdy lever-operated corkscrew opens bottles and expels corks with a single sweeping motion of the ergonomic lever—far gentler on the wrist than conventional models. The device’s jaw fits bottle necks in a range of sizes, while the built-in foil cutter neatly slices through any wrapper. And with its graceful lines of chrome and walnut, it straddles both classic and modern design styles, making it a natural fit for the aesthetics of any home bar. Available for $150 at 177milkstreet.com/ja23-wine.
Sweets Treats from France
Every year, golden apricots, ruby-red raspberries and other fruits spring from the rich volcanic soil of southeastern France. To preserve that bounty, the region has a 1,000-year-old history of making pâte de fruits, chewy sweets also known as confitures sèches, or “dry jams.” Using a 19th-century recipe from his great-grandfather, François Doucet learned to transform the region’s harvests into soft, jewel-colored bonbons bursting with bright fruit flavors—a world apart from the sticky, saccharine disappointment of the average gumdrop. In addition to its superb apricot and raspberry candies, François Doucet Confiseur offers a unique honey-lavender variety, which is subtly floral without being perfumy. Enjoy them as the French do, as an accompaniment to a cheese plate, or as a sweet indulgence during a late-afternoon coffee break. All three flavors are available for $10.95 each at 177milkstreet.com/ja23-candy.
This New Knife Does It All
Meet the new go-to power tool of your knife block: the Milk Street Funayuki. In Japan, the funayuki knife started as a fisherman’s essential tool (the name translates as “boat-going knife”). Today, it’s regarded as the original do-it-all knife for prepping fish, meats and vegetables. Our version melds tradition with modern design. Despite the knife’s compact size, its shape—with a distinctive curve that extends over the blade length—ensures cleaner slices even when tackling large jobs. The 6½-inch-long arced blade combines the power of a cleaver with the precision of a paring knife. In other words, it’s tall enough to safely slice through large ingredients (so it’s ideal for cutting meat), yet the tapered tip makes short work of smaller prep tasks, such as mincing shallots or herbs. Available for $99.95 at 177milkstreet.com/ja23-knife.
Expert Espresso at Home
For barista-grade coffee, most people assume you need a fancy (and bulky) espresso machine. But try the London Sip Stovetop Espresso Maker just once and you’ll disagree. Typical moka pot-style aluminum stovetop percolators leave much to be desired. They work poorly with induction burners, they’re notoriously difficult to clean, they quickly discolor and corrode, and their handles can scorch. By contrast, London Sip’s stainless steel espresso maker is a dream, suited for any cooktop, easy to clean and featuring a long heatproof handle. And it’s easy to use: Simply add hot water to the chamber, fill the filter basket with coffee grounds, then set over medium-low heat. In a few minutes, you’ll be sipping full-bodied, concentrated coffee. This pot can brew up to six shots of espresso. Available for $69.95 at 177milkstreet.com/ja23-espresso.
At Last! The Pie Pan Perfected
A good recipe isn’t enough to bake flawless pies. You also need a well-crafted pan, which determines not only how it bakes, but also how it slices. But choosing the right pie pan can be surprisingly difficult. Decorative pans may look nice on the table, but they usually underperform in the oven. Meanwhile, steel pans often are flimsy, and glass pans are relatively poor conductors of heat, often yielding soggy-bottomed pies (they even can explode in the oven due to thermal shock). As pie purists, we decided to cut out the guesswork and design our own.
Our Milk Street Pie Pan is built for high-performance baking. Inside, a steel core conducts heat efficiently and evenly for beautifully browned crusts. In fact, the heat conduction is so effective, it eliminates the need to blind-bake pie crusts. The flat, rolled edge of the pan allows you to seal crusts perfectly, preventing fillings from leaking, and won’t get in the way of hand-finished decorative edges, such as fluting and braiding. And the pan’s blue-and-white enamel finish is as rugged as it is attractive, suitable for baking up to 450°F. Enamelware also happens to be nonstick, so pies slice neatly and release easily from the pan, while cleanup is especially fuss-free. Available for $34.95 at 177milkstreet.com/ja23-pie.