Ever had any drink? Did you notice the cup or glass it was served in? Did you ever notice every drink has some specific glass type associated with it? Every glass you would ever have used is made to enhance the experience you have with the liquid inside. It is made to control the temperature, the way you would drink it, hold it and the effect of temperature and atmosphere on it whighbahile you drink it.
So here we discuss the various wine and drink glasses and the purpose they are made for.
Earlier Beer was served in a Beer Stein, a mug made up of stoneware. But that was before the invention of glass. Now we have huge mugs in the same shape. Beer mugs are made huge as compared to any other liquor as beer is usually consumed in bigger quantities. The mugs used today are known as classic dimpled pint beer glass and have origin in Ireland.
Typical Size: 16 oz.
A brandy snifter is made to enhance the brandy. As Brandy evaporates, the glass has a wide bottom and relatively narrow top to make the liquor evaporate a little and to capture the aroma in the glass itself. The rounded bottom is made to be cupped in the hand and helps in warming up the liquid. The shape of this glass concentrates the alcoholic odors to the top of the glass as your hands warm the brandy.
Typical Size: 17.5 oz.
The champagne flûte is a stem glass with a tall, narrow bowl. The bowl of a flute may resemble a narrow wine glass as seen in the illustration; or a trumpet shape; or be very narrow and straight-sided.
The glass is made quite narrow with minimum surface area and is deep to retain the carbonation (dissolved CO2) for as long as possible. While the stem is made to hold the cup without affecting the temperature of the drink. Its smaller diameter also allows more flutes to be carried on a tray.
Typical Size: 6 oz.
A cocktail glass is a stemmed glass which has a cone-shaped bowl placed upon a stem above a flat base. It is mainly used to serve cocktails. Its form derives from the fact that all cocktails are traditionally served chilled and contain an aromatic element. Thus, the stem allows the drinker to hold the glass without affecting the temperature of the drink, and the wide bowl places the surface of the drink directly under the drinker’s nose, ensuring that the aromatic element has the desired effect.
This glass has a triangle-bowl design with a long stem, and is used for a wide range of straight-up (without ice) cocktails, including martinis, manhattans, metropolitans, and gimlets. Also known as a martini glass.
Typical Size: 4-12 oz.
Shaped similarly to a highball glass, only taller, the Collins glass was originally used for the line of Collins gin drinks, and is now also commonly used for soft drinks, alcoholic juice, and tropical/exotic juices such as Mai Tai’s.
A Collins glass is a glass tumbler which typically will contain 10 to 14 fluid ounces (300 to 410 ml).It is used to serve mixed drinks, especially Tom Collins cocktails. It is cylindrical in shape and narrower than a highball glass.
Typical Size: 14 oz.
Small and stemmed glasses used for serving small portions of your favorite liquors at times such as after a meal. Cordial glasses are generally used to serve expensive after-dinner liqueurs. Alternatively, they may be used to serve drinks at a party, reception or other gathering.
Typical Size: 2 oz.
A highball glass is a glass tumbler which will contain 8 to 12 fluid ounces (240 to 350 ml).It is used to serve highball cocktails and other mixed drinks. A straight-sided glass, often an elegant way to serve many types of mixed drinks, like those served on the rocks, shots, and mixer combined liquor drinks (ie. gin and tonic). A highball glass is taller than an Old Fashioned glass, and shorter and wider than a Collins glass.
Typical Size: 8-12 oz.
Hurricane glass is a type of cocktail glass which is used to serve hurricane cocktail. Unlike a standard cocktail glass which has a longer foot to allow people to hold the glass unaffected by chill cocktail temperature, a hurricane glass has a short foot. This is a tall, elegantly cut glass named after it’s hurricane-lamp-like shape, used for exotic/tropical drinks.
Typical Size: 15 oz.
This slightly larger and rounded approach to a cocktail glass has a broad-rim for holding salt, ideal for margarita’s. It is also used in daiquiris and other fruit drinks.
Typical Size: 12 oz.
The Old Fashioned glass, low-ball glass, or rocks glass is a short tumbler used for serving an alcoholic beverage, such as whiskey, with ice cubes (“on the rocks”). It is also normally used to serve certain cocktails, such as the Old Fashioned, from which it receives its name.
Typical Size: 8-10 oz.
This glass has a similar inwards curve to that of a hurricane glass, with a steeper outwards rim and larger, rounded bowl. Often used for drinks containing fruit or ice cream. Parfait is a dessert made of several layers of different flavors of ice cream or ices, variously garnished and served in a tall glass.
Typical Size: 12 oz.
A narrow glass essentially used for pousse cafes and other layered dessert drinks. It’s shape increases the ease of layering ingredients.
Typical Size: 6 oz.
Red wine glass
A clear, thin, stemmed glass with a round bowl tapering inward at the rim. Glasses for red wine are characterized by their rounder, wider bowl, which increases the rate of oxidation. As oxygen from the air chemically interacts with the wine, flavor and aroma are subtly altered. This process of oxidation is generally more compatible with red wines, whose complex flavors are smoothed out after being exposed to air
Typical Size: 8 oz.
The preferred glass for aperitifs, ports, and sherry. The copita, with it’s aroma enhancing narrow taper, is a type of sherry glass.
Typical Size: 2 oz.
A small glass suitable for vodka, whiskey and other liquors. Many “shot” mixed drinks also call for shot glasses. A shot glass is a small glass designed to hold or measure spirits or liquor, which is either drunk straight from the glass (“a shot”) or poured into a mixed drink
Typical Size: 1.5 oz.
So we hope now you know why every drink deserves its own unique container. Do tell us how you like having your drinks.