Often underestimated, glasses are one of the most important equipments of your bar. There is a reason why specific drinks are served in specific glasses. The reasons can be cultural, historic, and even scientific.
A glass affects the drink in it in many ways; the right glassware can promote a drink just even by its appearance, it keeps the drink at the proper temperature for a longer time and plays a huge role in delivering the aromas to us.
So the question is: do we need different styles of glasses at home ?. The answer is NO and YES.
NO, you do not need to keep many different styles of glasses like your favorite restaurant does, and YES, if you love to have and serve good drinks it might make sense to keep few basic styles of glasses in your home bar cabinet. Let us take you through 6 glasses we feel are important for your home bar.
6 Necessary Glasses for Home Bar
Often also called as a rock’s and low-ball, is a short glass generally used to serve whisk(e)y and different cocktails like old fashioned, from where the glass received the name. Drinks in these are generally served on ice hence the name rocks.
Sizes: 240 to 300 ml.
Popular drinks that are served in an old fashioned glass are; Whisk(e)y, Old Fashioned, Negroni, Black Russian, Rusty nail, Caipirinha, Sazerac, etc
Highball or Collins
There is a slight difference of shape between highball and collins, collins is taller and slimmer, but can be used interchangeably. These are the basic tall and high utility glasses in your bar.
These are used to serve highball or tall drinks; these drinks are generally made by assembling the ingredients in the glass itself. These glasses keep the bubbles of sodas and carbonated drinks for longer due to its smaller mouth.
Size: 240 to 360 ml.
Popular drinks served in a highball or collins are; spirits topped with carbonated sodas, Bloody Mary, Mojito, Gin & Tonic, Tequila Sunrise, Long Island Iced Tea, Harvey Wallbanger, etc.
Popularly known as martini glass; it looks like an inverted cone with a stem. It is a multi-purpose glass in which you can serve any spirit cocktail that is served in any stemmed glassware. You will find it in many colors and designs as well, just to spice up the appearance of your bar.
Size: 90 to 180 ml.
Popular cocktails served in a cocktail glass are; Martini’s, Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Gimlet, Brandy Alexander, etc.
It is the most popular glassware to serve sparkling wines and sparkling wine-based cocktails. The tall thin body and tapered mouth are designed to hold the bubbles of sparkling wine for as long as possible.
Size: 210 to 330 ml.
Popular cocktails served in a flute are; Mimosa, Bellini, French 75, Kir Royale, etc.
Legend says, the coupe was molded on the left breast of Queen Marie Antoinette, and she wanted this glass to be made for the court, to toast her health by drinking from glassware shaped like her bosom. The truth is that it was designed way before, it was primary glassware used to serve champagne. The problem is that due to the open mouth the bubbles are lost quickly and one has to finish it quickly. There are popular sparkling wines and spirit-based mixed drinks served in this as well
Size: 180 to 240 ml.
Popular cocktails served in a coupe glass are; Sidecar, Daiquiri, Pisco Sour, Boulevardier, etc.
The mug is made of copper and is a superior thermal conductor; they respond to the temperature of the beverage inside, keeping it chilled or warm for a longer time. Also works very well with drinks served with crushed ice. It is also said to enhance flavours of ginger, vodka, beer and increase bubbles in carbonated drinks. Obviously very durable.
Size: 420 to 480 ml
Popular cocktails served in copper mugs are; Moscow Mule, Hot Toddy, Whisky Ginger Mule, Mezcal, Mint Julep, etc.
Go ahead, stack your home bars with these glasses, and give your drinks the best presentation possible. Click here, to know about more glass designs.
Hot Toddy recipe’s for your home bar; here.