The Cocktail Aficionado’s Guide to Glasses

January 9, 2012
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A great cocktail deserves a great glass, don’t you think? A martini may still be a martini if you drink it straight from the shaker, but it lacks the grace and class provided by a proper martini glass. In our opinion, this is true of all cocktails. The difference between a good drink and a great drink is sometimes as simple as the cocktail glass in which it is served. The fluted style of a squall invites the drinker to enjoy something with a little umbrella in it. The large mouth of a margarita glass speaks of laughter. The delicacy of fine champagne is accentuated by the slender flute it is most often served in. The copper mugs make the Moscow mule. The list goes on and on…

 Simpler cocktails, such as rum and coke or gin and tonic, look much more appealing in a proper rocks glass than they would in a tin cup. The rocks style cocktail glass also provides room for the garnishes which often accompany these simple types of cocktails. A taller rocks glass is perfect for a Bloody Mary, allowing room for a full pickle spear or celery stalk to rest submerged in your drink.  Rocks glasses are often heavy bottomed, making their liquids more difficult to spill. Once called Tom Collins glasses, this style has spread in popularity due to its versatile uses and its simplicity. 

For more upscale drinks, a stemmed, V-shaped glass is a great choice. Also known as a martini glass, these vessels are made of a thinner glass. This thin glass can be quickly cooled when filled with ice water, as the bartender mixes and shakes the drink. Once the cold liquid is poured, the glass helps keep the temperature of the drink cold without ice watering it down and spoiling the flavor of the liquors. A cosmopolitan glass has this same shape, but no stem. This allows the drinker to imbibe without many worries of spilling. Aside from being functional, these cocktail glasses provide an aesthetic of class and poise for the drinker.

Some cocktail glasses are made for specific drinks. Brandy is served in a snifter, which is meant to be held in the palm of one’s hand. The drinker’s body heat warms the liquid, while the more enclosed lip prevents aromas from escaping. Wine glasses are made with similar thought behind them. A red wine glass has a wider, bowl-like shape. This allows for better oxidation of the wine. It may be held by the bowl if the drinker wishes to warm the wine a bit in a chilly environment. A white wine glass is elongated to preserve the temperature of the liquid within, and is held by the stem for the same reason. Both types of wine glasses are clear for a better view of the colors of the wine therein. Shop Wine Glasses!

A well-rounded supply of cocktail glasses should not forget the beer lovers of the world. A traditional beer mug is equipped with a handle to prevent one’s body heat from changing the temperature. Pouring beer from a bottle or can to a glass allows the head to bloom, improving the flavor. Pilsner glasses act much as a champagne flute. The bubbles of a light beer are visible to one’s eye, while the gasses are mostly trapped within the fluted style. Other, heavier beers may call for a goblet or a schooner, which just so happens to be one of our best sellers here at MissionRS.com. 

 Regardless of the type of drink you serve, be it liquor, beer, or wine, the moral of the story is that the right glass affects the experience, without a doubt. A proper supply of cocktail glasses will help keep your bar stocked for all different occasions and varying drinks.

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One Response to The Cocktail Aficionado’s Guide to Glasses

  1. DiandaStaland
    January 25, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Hello! Just want to say thank you for this interesting article! =) Peace, Joy.

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