Types of Alcohol Glassware

Are you planning to invite your friends over a weekend party? Whether you’re serving scotch straight up or serving wine to someone, it is important to serve drinks in the right kind of glasses is as vital as stocking your bar well and deciding the right menu while hosting a get-together.

So, just in case if you have hit a slight bump on the road in that direction, we’re here to crack the code for you about alcohol glassware.

Different types of alcohol require different serving glasses. For example, it is unsuitable to serve beer in a wine glass, or rum in tequila shot glass, or even whisky in a champagne flute for that matter…do you get the drift?

As long as you intend to get mighty tipsy, it doesn’t really matter what kind of shape or size of glass you drink from. However, there is a scientific reasoning behind the different shapes and sizes of alcohol glassware, as they affect the aroma, flavour and the temperature of drinks.


Beer Glass

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 There is not one but a wide variety of beer glassware. Beer glasses come in many shapes and sizes which affects the aroma and flavour. For example, a wide rimmed glass encourages gurgling to register the bitterness at the back of the tongue, whereas, the narrow-mouthed rims make the tongue feel the sweetness and acidity of the beer.

Pilsners, pint glasses, snifters, stout glasses, tasters.

The shape and size of beer glasses also reflect the national traditions, for example, stout glasses, stein glasses, Weizen glasses, beer boots, etc.


Martini Glass

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 Martini glass is a wide-mouthed and V-shaped stemmed glass, meant for serving martinis. The drinks are mixed with ice, shaken and then strained into these glasses, so the wide rim helps to inhale the aroma of cocktail ingredients. The cone-shaped glass helps in maintaining the temperature of the straight-up drink. One of the popular cocktails served in this type of glass is Manhattan.


Champagne Flute Glass

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 The champagne flute is a long stemmed and tapered slender glass used to serve champagne. The long stem of this glass enables the person to hold the glass without affecting the temperature of the bubbly, and the slender design retains the bubbles in flute glasses for longer. This glass is also used for sparkling wine and the flute can hold a drink of up to 6 to 10 oz fl in capacity.


Champagne Coupe Glass

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 Originally champagne was served in the champagne coupe, which is also known as a champagne saucer. It is a stemmed glass with a broad and shallow bowl to hold the drink. Over the years, champagne flutes have become a popular choice for champagne lovers. It has a serving capacity of 4 to 8 oz fl of drink.


Highball Glass


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 The highball glass is a tall tumbler glass with a serving capacity of 10 to 12 oz fl. It is used to serve the tall cocktails with fizzy bubbles.


Lowball Glass

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A lowball glass is a short and wide rimmed glass which is used to serve flat drinks without additional liquids. With the serving capacity of 4-6 oz fl, a classic drink served in lowball glass scotch on the rocks.


Old-Fashioned/Rocks Glass

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Like lowball glass, an old-fashioned or rock glass is a short tumbler glass used to serve flat drinks like the classic ‘whisky on the rocks’ or old-fashioned bourbon blends. These glasses have a thick base and are wide rimmed with a serving capacity of 6–10 oz fl. The glasses with tapered base is commonly considered as ‘old-fashioned glass’.


Collins Glass

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 Collins glass is a glass tumbler with a serving capacity of 10-14 oz fl and is used for serving mixed cocktails. It is slightly taller and narrower than a highball glass.


Wine Glass

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 Like beer glasses, there are many variations in shapes when it comes to wine glasses as well. A wine glass is essentially a stemmed glass with a different shape to enhance the aroma and flavour of the wine. For example, red wines are bolder wines and hence, the glasses for red wines are stemmed with wider and rounder-shaped bowl which increases the oxidation rate of wine. The slower oxidation eventually alters the complex flavour and aromas of the wine.

White wine is typically served in glasses which have a comparatively smaller rim and smaller bowl which helps in maintaining a cooler temperature, preserves and enhances the aromas and acidity.


Shot Glass

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A shot glass is a small glass which is used to measure the quantity of liquor to be mixed in a cocktail. It is also used to drink straight up and quickly from the glass in one go. A shot or small dose of liquor is gulped down or consumed in the form of ‘bottoms-up’, as it is commonly called. Vodka and tequila shots are very popular among the party-goers.


A parting note: The list mentioned here is short as there are numerous other types of drinking glasses under the sun! As we mentioned earlier, if you want to get tipsy, the size or shape of a glass becomes irrelevant. However, there are correct tools and glassware for a bar which provide a better drinking experience. So make the most of this knowledge and have an enjoyable drinking experience.

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Sparkling Wine Vs Champagne – Is There A Difference?

The debate on ‘Champagne vs Sparkling Wine’ remains popular with many people getting confused about the bubbles and the famously dramatic popping sound of their bottles.

This brings us to the confusing question- is champagne a kind of wine and if so, how is it different from sparkling wine? The answer is ‘yes’ to both, and to say that ‘all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne’ wouldn’t be wrong at all.

To explain it further in simple terms, both are wines, but sparkling wine can only be called ‘champagne’ if it is fermented and bottled exclusively in the Champagne region of France. Sparkling wine can be produced anywhere in the world, but champagne bears an exclusive geographical tag.

Furthermore, both champagne and sparkling wines, are made from a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. But the distinctiveness of champagne also depends upon the unique flavour of the grapes used in the production process. Also, the distinguished flavour of the grapes can be attributed to the mild climes and the mineral-rich soils in which they are grown, only a handful of grape variety is used in making the cuvée. The Appellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC) stringently controls the process of making champagne.

Champagne can be categorized as vintage and non-vintage based on the fact, whether the grape variety used is of one year’s harvest or a mixed variety from different years. The flavours of sparkling wines and champagne range from dry to very sweet and classified as brut, extra dry or extra sec, sec, demi-sec and doux. The taste of ageing champagne is nutty and toasty, whereas sparkling wine tastes fresh and fruity but not necessarily sweet.


A brief overview of where do the famous bubbles come from-

There are three main wine-making processes, namely the tank method which is also known as the Charmat method, carbonated method and the traditional method which is also known as “Methode Champenoise”. Champagne is made by using the ‘Methode Champenoise’. It is through the initiation of the secondary fermentation process of any base wine which gives it the crispness and tartness.

When the wine is fermented in closed and sealed containers, it prevents the gas or CO2 from escaping, thus resulting in releasing in the form of tiny bubbles.

Additionally, the high acidity content of the grapes either white or red is also a determining factor of the crispness. The process of carbonation makes the trademark dancing bubbles and the smaller bubbles are a hallmark of the fine sparkling wine or champagne.


So, the next when you pop open the versatile bubbly and splurge on the divine golden drink to celebrate the special occasions, remember it’s more than about the bubbles, and do not let the labels fool you!

Exotic Local Alcoholic Drinks In India

As it turns out, tasting the finest alcohol in the world is not enough, you haven’t tasted the best until you have tried the local alcoholic drinks of India. Based on how adventurous you are and whether you are an alcohol enthusiast or not, you must try the exotic drinks found across the length and breadth of our country. We bring you a short list of the exotic intoxicating wonders found here.

Lugdi- Manali

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Lugdi is a local crude beer made from the fermented rice or barley, popular among the locals and tourists in Manali, Himachal Pradesh.


Chhang- Sikkim, Ladakh

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Another local alcoholic beverage of the Himalayan region is ‘Chhang’ which is a sweet-sour frothy beer made from distilled barley, millets or rice grains. Chhang is a favoured drink in Ladakh and Sikkim, it is said to have warming properties and considered good to fight against the biting cold of the mighty Himalayas. It is also a popular drink in Nepal.

Chulli and Angoori- Kinnaur

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 Chulli is a light drink and quite popular among the locals of Kinnaur region of the mystical Himalayas. This sublime fruity drink is brewed from apples and dried wild apricots, and clear in appearance like vodka.

Angoori is a potent wine made from fermented red and green grapes from Ribba region of Kinnaur. It offers a great cure for the cold-related ailments. The red grapes angoori (5.10% v/v) has a higher alcohol content than the green grapes angoori (3.44% v/v).

Apong- Assam

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Apong is a rich fermented rice beer and the ‘heritage’ drink of Assam. It is made in nearly every household of Mising and Adi people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Zawlaidi- Mizoram

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This grape wine is bubbly and sweet in taste. Often termed as the magic ‘love potion’ of Mizoram, Zawlaidi is perhaps one of the best wines brewed in India.

Coconut Toddy- Kerala

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 This mild wine is made from the fermented sap, which is collected from the coconut palms. The longer the fermentation process, the stronger and the headier the toddy tastes. It is said that this drink tastes best when it is stored in mud vessels.

Feni- Goa

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Feni is a popular local drink of Goa, and being a classified country liquor it cannot be sold outside the state. Based on the base ingredient there are two types of Feni, cashew feni and toddy palm feni. Cashew feni is a triple-distilled liquor and is made from only the tree-ripened cashew apples. Coconut feni is made from distilled fermented toddy from the coconut palms and it is consumed in the southern parts of Goa.

Zutho- Nagaland


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 Made from fermented rice grains, Zutho is a traditional mild beer found in Kohima, Nagaland. It is a popular alcoholic beverage among Angami Nagas or the tribes on Nagaland. It is our Indian version of Japanese Sake with approximately 5.5% v/v of ethanol.

Zutho is also believed to have medicinal and therapeutic properties.

Royal Mawalin- Rajasthan

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This fine wine from the land of the royals is made with 39 ingredients, which include dates and dry fruits. This aromatic drink tastes bitter with a rich texture and is consumed throughout the year. It is believed to have medicinal properties and owing to its inherent warm properties, it is consumed in small quantities to treat the common cold and mild aches. In winters it is usually consumed with warm water whereas, in summers, it is served with ice.

Drinking the local way offers a different kind of high altogether as it makes for a memorable experience. So, remember to add the above-mentioned names to your bucket list. Try these distinctly flavoured local drinks as you pack your bags for your next soulful voyage.

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