Finding the right cocktail glasses for your needs
If you love to entertain, chances are you'll already know that your choice of cocktail glasses is as important as the drinks you choose to serve. Not only do they serve a functional purpose, they are exquisitely crafted to elevate the look of the beverage and the mood of the entire social event. Cocktail glasses come in a huge range of styles to accomodate any type of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage you prefer. When adding to your barware collection, consider:
Type. What type of drinks do you serve the most?
Cost. Drinking glasses can be expensive. If you are just starting out in mixology, start with the basics and expand over time.
Space. How much shelving do you have in your home bar?
Ease of use. From stemless wine glasses to delicate coup glasses, make sure that your glassware is easy to hold, clean and safely store when not in use.
Consider your preference for types of drinks
The type of cocktail glasses you purchase will primarily depend on what type of drink you intend to serve. The right cocktail glass does far more than simply hold your beverage. It can also enhance aroma and help to maintain the correct temperature required to make each drink more enjoyable.
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From shot glasses to a margarita glass - various designs and appearances for cocktail glasses
Choosing the right cocktail glasses for your drink is an important part of mixology and one that will greatly enhance the drinking experience. Here are some of the most common types of cocktail glasses you'll find:
Highball glasses - Hi ball glasses are reserved for serving tall cocktails and other mixed drinks that are poured over ice.
Coupe glasses - A cocktail coupe glass has a long stem and a broad, shallow bowl and is mostly used for serving 'up' drinks.
Hurricane glasses - This is a specialty glass shaped like a lamp that originated in New Orleans in the 1940s.
Nick & Nora glasses - These glasses are bell-shaped and somewhere in between a coupe glass and a small wine glass.
Martini glasses - This is another specialty glass that has a large, wide rim and a conical bowl with a long stem for serving martinis.
Margarita glasses - Margarita glasses have a wide mouth with a smaller, secondary bowl in the centre for holding extra volume.
Wine glasses - White wine glasses have a smaller mouth area to slow down oxidation while a red wine glass is wider for swirling.
Whiskey glasses - A whisky glass is another name for a lowball or rocks glass. There are also double old fashioned glasses which are larger and hold up to 350-470ml.
Liqueur glasses - These are small glasses made for drinking sweet liqueurs or cordials.
Champagne glasses - A champagne glass is a flute glass which is tall and thin with a small mouth area.
Rocks glasses - Also called lowballs, whiskey glasses and old fashioned glasses, this is any short tumbler with a solid base for serving spirits.
Shot glasses - Shot glasses are small and made to hold a single measure of alcohol from 25ml to 50ml. Drinks are often consumed in one mouthful.
Features to consider when buying cocktail glasses
There's plenty of factors that go into choosing the perfect cocktail glass for your next event. Pay attention to these features to ensure you are picking glassware that suits your purpose:
Tempered glassware - Tempered glass is resistant to changes in temperature and breaks into blunt pieces if broken, rather than splinters, which makes it a safer choice.
Stems - The length of a glass stem is important as it prevents the drink from warming up too fast due to body heat when being held.
Lip thickness - A smaller rim can help to balance sweetness and acidity, while a narrow rim can enhance the aroma of a drink.
Ounce capacity - The capacity of a cocktail glass will determine the amount of liquor it can comfortably hold without spilling over the rim.
Seasonality - Some cocktails are better served during the summer, such as gin and tonic, while a rich cognac cocktail is excellent in the colder months.
Maintenance, cleaning and care of your new glassware
Cocktail glasses such as highballs and martini glasses are especially delicate and prone to breaking due to their long stems. These glasses are safer to wash by hand to prevent any accidental snaps or chips. Stemless glasses, such as rocks glasses, are generally dishwasher-safe. You can prevent unsightly fingerprints on stemmed cocktail glasses by always holding them by the stem.
Storage and organisation of your cocktail glasses
Cocktail glasses are undoubtedly stunning and will make a beautiful contribution to any home bar. Long-stemmed cocktail glasses should be stored with the bowl facing up to reduce breakage. Lowballs can be stored upside down and stacked on top of each other to save space. A bar cart is a great option for displaying and transporting your glassware.
Other accessories to consider when purchasing cocktail glasses
These barware accessories and other must-haves will take your next cocktail party to another level:
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Why are cocktail glasses different shapes?
In the world of mixology, you will find that certain glassware is best suited to certain drinks. The type of cocktail glass you use has a direct impact on the aroma, temperature, colour and flavour of an alcoholic beverage. The length of the stem can prevent a drink from warming up too quickly while the width of the bowl determines how quickly it is consumed, how aromatic it is and how much garnish can be used to decorate it. The shape of cocktail glasses are also used for visual effect and greatly enhance the enjoyment of drinking cocktails.
What is the difference between a wine glass and a cocktail glass?
The most obvious difference is that a wine glass is made specifically to serve wine while a cocktail glass is used to serve a wide variety of cocktails and mixed drinks, from margaritas to a gin and tonic. White wine glasses are tall and narrow to minimise oxidation and a red wine glass has a wider bowl for swirling and enhancing aroma.
Cocktail glasses come in many different shapes for different drinks, including highball glasses for tall cocktails, lowball glasses for spirits, martini glasses, margarita glasses, coupe glasses and much more.