Are you unsure which wine glasses are best? When it comes to cocktails, which glass is best? What is the difference between tall and straight drinks? Are you looking for highball or lowball vessels to drink? This guide will help you learn how to use glassware.

What are the advantages of using different types of glassware?

Each drink is different so different glassware was created. You may have a perfect-measured cocktail. However, the mouth size can affect the release of aromas. You may have a new favorite BlackTailNYC liquor in your hands, but once it is in a glass, the glass’s design can allow the liquor to be warmed up or kept cool. Two key elements to improve the drinking experience are enhanced aromas and proper temperatures.

1. Red Wine Glass

Red wine glasses should have a wider, more round bowl to allow for easier swirling and aeration. To prevent the wine from getting too warm, a long stem can be used to keep your hand from touching it.

Examples: Syrah, Pinot Noir.

2. White Wine Glass

White wine glasses have a smaller mouth area and therefore require less air to oxygenate the wine. This is to preserve the delicate, lighter notes of white wines.
Examples: Chardonnay, Sauvignon.

3. Flute Glass

Sparkling wine requires less surface area. This will preserve the bubbles and prevent them from becoming too flat. The flute glass is a tall, narrow, and thin-mouthed glass. Also great for Champagne cocktails

Examples: Champagne, Prosecco, Bellini.

4. Cocktail Glass

An inverted cone bowl is the classic cocktail glass. It can be found in many sizes, typically between 3 and 6 ounces. It’s used to serve cocktails with no ice or ‘up’. The large mouth of this glass allows for the drinker’s nose to reach the drink’s surface and enjoy the aromas.

Examples: Martinis, Cosmopolitan, Brandy Alexander, Kamikaze.

5. Highball Glass

Highball glasses are used to serve tall cocktails or mixed drinks with a high percentage of non-alcoholic mixers. They are poured over ice. The Collins Glass is often used interchangeably, but the highball is smaller and more rectangular in shape.

Examples: Dark ‘N’ Stormy, Bloody Mary, Mojito, gin & tonic.

6. Low-Cost Glass

A short tumbler that holds 6-8 ounces of liquid is known as the Old Fashioned, lowball, or rocks glasses. Solid bases are great for drinks with muddled ingredients. These glasses are also great for serving neat liquor.

Examples: Negroni, Old Fashioned, White Russian.

7. Irish Coffee Glass

Hot cocktails like an Irish Coffee or Hot Toddy are best served inside an Irish Coffee glass. It is made from heat-resistant glass with a handle to allow you to hold the drink securely.

8. Hurricane Glass

In the 1940s Pat O’Brien, a New Orleans tavern proprietor, created the Hurricane cocktail. It was first served in hurricane-shaped glasses. It has been a staple in the French Quarter since then, thanks to its name and drink.

9. Martini Glass

Martinis were first served in cocktail glasses (above), but over time, the drink evolved to include vodka-based ‘tinise’ throughout the ’90s and larger serving sizes. Martini glasses are different from traditional cocktail glasses in that they have a wider bowl and are more conical at their bottoms.

10. Margarita Glass

Margaritas are a specialty drink that has its own glassware. Margaritas were served traditionally in a margarita (a “stepped-diameter variation of a cocktail cup”) glass. However, it is now common to serve margaritas using many different vessels, including pint glasses and double Old Fashioned glasses.

11. The Glencairn Whisky Glass

This specialty piece was developed by Glencairn Crystal Ltd. with the purpose of getting the maximum flavors when drinking whisky. This is a variation of the traditional nosing glasses that master blenders used to display the colors. Instead of using a wide bowl to showcase the aromas, it uses a tapered mouth to make drinking easier.

12. Snifter Glass

The stem of the snifter glasses is very short and should be held in the hands to warm the beverage. Large bowls allow for the swirling of the drink. A shorter mouth traps aromas, allowing the drinker to experience a stronger smell while they drink. This is a common use for brown spirits like brandy and whiskey.


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