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May 28, 2018

Precious Doesn’t Have to Mean Expensive

The first thing I do at Edisto, after unpacking and going to the fresh water station to fill several jugs, is mix myself a nice cocktail and pour it into a thick, green, seventies-style… glass? Cup? Wine goblet?

I don’t know how to describe this (let’s be honest) slightly ugly glassware. But it’s been at the Edisto house as long as I can remember, and my vacation wouldn’t be complete without it. It’s hardly precious, so there’s no reason to save it for special occasions. (Of course, one might argue that “arriving at the beach,” “cooking at the beach,” and “sitting on the porch in the late afternoon at the beach” are all very special occasions.)

What kind of drink? Doesn’t matter, as long as it’s cold. These cups have held dry martinis (with three blue cheese-stuffed olives, please), crisp rosé, gin gimlets, various spritzes, rye Manhattans, and White Russians. As an aside, if you’ve never had an ice-cold White Russian at the end of a hot day in South Carolina, you really should, especially if you can have it in a jolie-laide green stemmed cup. Try it with almond milk instead of heavy cream for a lighter drink. But I digress.

I get nervous about the green goblets. We’ve lost one here and there over the years. What will happen when they’re all gone? Or if there’s only one and I want to share my cocktail hour? I don’t like to worry at the beach. Imagine my excitement when I spotted a set of seven moss-colored goblets at Goodwill the other day. (Okay, there were eight, but one of them was chipped, so I left it behind.) Are they the exact same? No, that would have been a full-on miracle. But they’re the right shade, they have stems, and I can’t wait to take them to the island and add them to the collection.

And that’s not all! There was an eight-cup glass measuring bowl in perfect condition, just like the one I use at home, and a sweet little Corningware casserole, with the lid intact! Classic kitchen goods are the best. A well-stocked vacation kitchen is important and Goodwill never lets me down. My $17 dollars was well-spent that day.

My drinks game at the beach is strong, and Tervis tumblers and those green glasses are essential. You know what they say: One person’s trash is another person’s necessity. Or something like that.