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Sep 2018

Types of Alcohol Glassware

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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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