Historically, in cocktail bars, the size and shape of the glass determined what drink was supposed to be drunk out of it, explains Alex Orwin, group bars manager for The Rushmore Group.
You may have a cabinet full of liquors and spirits, but what's the point if you're serving it all in a plastic cup?
Knowing which glassware to use will not only makes you look like you know your stuff this Christmas, but it will also enhance the flavour of the beverage. Here's our guide to picking the right cocktail glassware.
1 | Martini glass
Designed for small mixed drinks. The stem ensures your hand doesn’t warm the drink, so it should never be served with ice. The shallowness shows it’s to be drunk quickly, so no straw either.
2 | Rocks/Old-Fashioned glass
Used for strong drinks served in small portions that would be stirred with ice to open them up. The ice “softens” the alcohol burn as you drink it. Traditional cocktails can also be served in these glasses.
3 | Collins glass
Long and slim, it’s designed to hold ice and take lots of liquid. The length is significant here as it allows for more soda water or mixer, so makes for a much lighter, less strong beverage.
4 | Highball glass
Shorter than a collins glass, but taller than a tumbler, this is the most used in a bar. These glasses are long, but not so big that there’ll be an over-dilution of the base spirit. The mixer is supposed to be there to showcase the liquor, not swamp it.
5 | Hurricane glass
Bigger than any other cocktail glass. The stem is too small to hold, so the drink must be served with ice, or it’ll warm in your hand. A tongue-in-cheek glass, drinks in it shouldn’t take themselves too seriously.