The Bartender’s guide to Glasses

The Bartender’s guide to Glasses

Some people would say that if you serve a cocktail in the wrong glass its hardly worth bothering so this guide will ensure you get it right .

CLASSIC GLASSWARE

A traditional cocktail glass is sometimes referred to as a martini glass, champagne glass or stem cocktail glass. As with other stemware, the stem allows the drinker to hold the glass without affecting the temperature of the drink. The shape of the glass also helps keep the ingredients from separating while the stem keeps the drink cool. Cocktail glasses are usually used to serve cocktails without ice. They vary in size and volume, but normally hold between 85 ml/3 fl oz and 170 ml/6 ft oz. One variation of this glass is the double martini glass, which is taller and wider at the opening.

Cocktail or Martini Glass


The most obvious recognizable cocktail glass . The conical martini glass emerged with the art Deco movement. This Y shape variety proved perfect for chilled cocktails, keeping people hands from inadvertently warming their drinks.


Champagne Flute

 The taill, thin fute glass has a hozy history. it dates back centuries, with its tapered design reducing the liquid's surface area and keeping champagne bubbly longer. However, it only became fashionable from the 1950s, possibly orher Austrian glassmaker Cous Josef Riedel began researching the way different glass shapes affect taste. Since then, futes have largely supplanted the coupe for champagne and champagne cocktails - helped by the fact that more flutes fit on a serving tray

HighBall Glass 

Highball glasses are tall tumblers suitable for simple drinks with a high proportion of mixer to spirit. They're not only an essential component of any home bar, but the title 'highball drinks' also encompasses a host of classic tipples, such as bourbon and water, scotch and soda, Bloody Marys and Vodka Tonics. Highball glasses are versatile enough to substitute for the similarly shaped, but slightly larger, Collins glass. They're related to larger Zombie and smaller Delmonico glasses too

Lowball Glass

The terms lowball', 'rocks' and old-fashioned'dre bandied around quite freely when referring to short, squat tumblers. As the second name suggests, they're perfect for holding ice and any spirit on the rocks' should be served in one of these. Lowball glasses are also popular for short mixed drinks, such as Old-fashioneds. Variants include the Sazerac glass, named after the cognac and-bitters New Orleans cocktail. The double rocks glass, nicknamed 'the bucket', is used for tropical punch-style drinks. 

Shot Glass 

his is the home bar essential that most frequently moonlights as a novelty collector's item, The regular, unadorned shot glass holds just enough liquid to be downed in a mouthful and boasts a thick base to withstand being slammed on the bar after the neat spirits or mixed-spirits 'shooter within has been consumed. Standard shot glasses are not just handy for toasts, they can stand in for jiggers too. And, decorated with a variety of designs, they've become popular souvenirs. 

Brandy Snifter

The brandy shifter stands apart from other stemware Whereas most stemmed glasses keep warm human hands off chilled drinks, the shortstemmed, bowl-shaped snifter invites you to cradle it in your palm. warming its amber spirit Its wide bottom creates a large surface area from which the brandy can evaporate, but the aroma is trapped as the glass narrows to a constricted mouth allowing you to inhale it pleasurably before sipping. For best enjoyment a snitter should only be one third filled 

Sour Glass

As one of the oldest family of mixed drinks, dating back to Jerry Thomas's seminal recipe book How to Mix Drinks (1862), sours, unsurprisingly, have been served up in all manner of glasses, from lowball to martini. However, sticklers for style will be pleased to learn that standard
drinkware exists. The glass specified for whiskey sours. pisco sours and other citrus, sugar and spirits drinks is a smaller modified champagne flute - narrow of the stem and widening out at the lip. 

Wine Glass

White wine glasses tend to be smaller than red wine glasses, so use your judgement as to which will accommodate the particular cocktail you're making best. If a recipe mentions a goblet, however, go for a red wine glass or even a rounder balloon wine glass 


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