Which Glass For Which Drink?
Are you confused about which wine glass to use? Which glass should you use for the cocktail you want to make? There are lots of types of glassware out there, and it can be confusing to know which you’re supposed to use for what. Here are some of the most common types and what they should be used for.
Why Use Different Glassware?
Different glassware is meant to make each drink better. For example, the size of the mouth of the glass can release the aromas from a great cocktail. The design of the glass can affect how well a liquor stays cool. Enhanced aromas and correct temperatures are just two of the key factors to improve your drinking experience.
Glassware for red wine ought to have a larger, rounder bowl, so the wine can be easily swirled and to help aerate the wine. A long stem keeps your hand away from the wine, to prevent your body temperature from warming it up too much.
White wine glasses have a smaller mouth area, which means that the wine has a smaller surface area to aerate, so the wine doesn’t oxidize too quickly. The smaller mouth is designed to keep the lighter, more delicate notes of the white wine.
Sparking wine needs even less of a surface area, which will help to preserve the bubbles and stop the wine from going flat too fast. The flute glass, which has a thin, tall bowl and a small mouth is ideal. These glasses should also be used for Champagne-based cocktails.
The traditional, classic cocktail glass is an inverted cone bowl. These glasses come in a variety of sizes, usually between 3 and 6 ounces. These glasses are used for serving cocktails without ice, such as a Martini. The shape has evolved from the fact that most traditional cocktails have interesting aromas. The large mouth of the glass means that the nose of the drinker can get very close to the surface of the drink, allowing you to fully enjoy the scent as well as the taste of the cocktail.
A highball glass is a tumbler that is used to serve tall cocktails and other mixed drinks that contain a large amount of a non-alcoholic mixer, and are poured over ice. Good examples of this include a Bloody Mary or a Gin and Tonic. The highball can also be used interchangeably with the Collins glass, although the highball is shorter and wider than the Collins.
A lowball glass, such as crystal whisky glasses, is sometimes called a rocks glass or an Old Fashioned glass. These names are all for a short tumbler with a solid base that holds between 6 and 8 ounces of liquid. The solid base of these glasses helps with drinks that call for muddled ingredients. These glasses are also used for serving neat pours of liquor, like whiskey.