We bring you this article in the hopes to shed some light on the many Types of glassware and their ideal uses. Much like any tradesman, who has mastered the art of his craft, he first mastered the tools of his trade. If you enjoy drinking fine hard liquor then you should show appreciation to the vast selection of quality old fashioned glassware.
So What Kind of Alcoholic Glasses Are There?
Everyone eventually gets to learn about the different types of liquor when they go to the bar, dine at a restaurant, or when mixing their own cocktails at home. After a time, anyone can pick their poison well enough. But do they know which glass to serve their preferred liquor in and why?
Hard liquor or not, every drink should be served in the right glass. Glassware not only lend a fancy quality to a drink, but by design, they also maximize the aroma and flavors of the drink.
Glassware can come with a stem (stemware), or without a stem (tumblers). Hard liquors like whisky, vodka, and gin, as well as the cocktails based on them, are mainly served in different kinds of tumblers.
This is more commonly known as the old-fashioned, lowball, or rocks glass. It has a 6- to 10-US fluid ounce capacity typically with a wide brim and thick base.
The proper alcoholic beverages to serve in short tumblers include serving spirits like whisky either neat (without ice) or on the rocks (with ice cubes). Cocktails poured over ice can also be served in this glass.
Double old-fashioned or DOF glasses are bigger-capacity glasses that can hold 12 to 16 ounces. The whiskey glass is a special kind of short tumbler with a noticeably thick base and thinner walls.
The highball glass is mainly intended for serving highball cocktails, which are a group of mixed drinks composed of a spirit like Scotch whisky as base and a higher proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer, such as sparkling water.
This tumbler is taller than an old-fashioned but shorter and wider than a Collins glass. It can hold 8 to 12 ounces of liquid.
The Collins glass is used to serve cocktails or mixed drinks that use a lot of ice cubes or crushed ice, notably Tom Collins cocktails, after which the tumbler was probably named. The exception to this is tequila-based cocktails.
This is the tallest of tumblers with a holding volume of up to 14 ounces and is similar in shape to a highball glass but narrower.
Barely a tumbler, this glass can hold up to 4 ounces of liquor, one single measure of alcohol called a “shot.” Shots are usually taken straight from the glass. Shot glasses are often decorated and sold as souvenirs and collectibles.
This tumbler originated from Russia, its name meaning “faceted glass.” It is hard and thick with a faceted form, which is intended to make the tumbler harder to break.
This drinkware is widely used in Russia and the former Soviet Union for vodka or tea, although it can also be used for other beverages. The classic Russian granchak has 14 facets, which makes it less likely to slip from hands or break when hitting the floor.
However, not all hard liquors are enjoyed in tumblers. Brandies are best taken in a snifter, while cognacs are best drunk from tulip-shaped cognac glasses. Still, there are thistle-shaped glasses for enjoying whiskies.
What kind of Glassware do you prefer?
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