Tucked away at the end of Camden passage, North London, is an unassuming shopfront.
Step inside to discover Modern Times Vintage, a treasure trove of hand-cut crystal glassware and Edwardian era decanters, all individually sourced and selected for their provenance and beauty by owner Thomas Kleibrink.
Creating a fabulous drink is a ritual to savour. Selecting the perfect glass is an intrinsic part of this ritual, elevating your drink to the next level. Thomas from Modern Times Vintage in London is Ovant’s source for the perfect glass for every drink.
“I love every individual piece I find, so much that I often put pieces on the shelves only to take them home the next day.”
- Thomas Kleibrink, Owner, Modern Times Vintage
For more than a decade, Thomas has been sourcing impeccable vintage glassware from around Europe, bringing timeless sophistication and glamour to modern cocktails.
Vintage glassware looks different and feels different.
Every scratch and imperfection is a reminder of the craftmanship of its creation, so different from the mass produced confections of today. A reminder of the journey that brought the piece into the modern world.
“Thomas’ attention to the journey of all of his pieces, and his love of the traditional methods of craftsmanship resonate deeply with me. When I created Ovant it was with the intention of producing drinks that were a counterpoint to the mass-produced concoctions of the moment. I want to create distillations that were like Thomas’ glassware, a reflection of craft, built on timeless technique and designed to last.”
- Christopher Bothwell, Co-Founder and Saporist, Ovant
Thomas and Christopher captured this shared spirit in Ovant’s Smoke on the Water, served in Christopher’s favourite heavy set crystal coupe.
SMOKE ON THE WATER
60ml Ovant Royal
60ml Lapsang Souchong Tea
15ml Lemon Juice
15ml Ginger Syrup
Flamed orange zest
GLASSWARE & TOOLS
Brew 200ml of Lapsang Souchong tea and allow the brew to cool.
Pour Ovant Royal, 60ml Lapsang Souchong tea, lemon juice, and ginger syrup into a mixing glass.
Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir for 5 seconds.
Strain contents of mixing glass into a coupe glass.
Flame the orange zest and garnish.