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The Bartender’s Guide To Glasses

24 March 2009 by: Adam Major 6 Comments


Some people would say that if you serve a cocktail in the wrong glass it’s hardly worth bothering. Here are the main advantages of using the proper glass. Firstly the shape of the proper glass will help to keep the ingredients from separating. Secondly some glasses offer stems which allows the drinker to hold the drink without affecting its temperature. Lastly using the proper glass with your perfect drink makes it esthetically appealing. In this guide 360 Blog will show you all the types of glasses you need for your perfect drink. We call it our Bartender’s Guide to Glasses.

The Cocktail or Martini Glass


This is obviously the most renowned cocktail glass. The martini glass, emerged in the Art Deco movement. It made its debut at the 1925 Paris Exposition of Decorative Arts as a clever twist on the goblet. Like most stem glasses, this Y shaped glass variety proved the perfect match for chilled cocktails, keeping the drinkers hand from inadvertently warming up the drink. The Cocktail glass gained lots of popularity in Europe with the martinis. Before proceeding to world domination following World War II.

The Coupette Glass


The modern Margarita is based on the earlier champagne coupe. This saucer shaped stem glass was originally used for serving bubbly. Legend has it that this glass was modeled on a women’s breast. It was originally designed in 1663.  To facilitate the rimming with salt (necessary for Margaritas), the bowl of the Coupette was widened. This glass is also used for Daiquiris.

The Champagne Flute


This tall and thin glass has a cloudy history. It dates back centuries, with its tapered design reducing the liquid’s surface area and keeping champagne bubbling for longer. This glass only became fashionable in the 1950’s after the Austrian glassmaker Claus Josef Riedel, who began researching the different glass shapes and their affects on taste. This glass is the perfect match for champagne or champagne cocktails.

The Highball Glass


The Highball glass are suitable for the simple drinks with a high proportion of mixer to spirit. Not only are they an essential component of any home bar, but the title ‘Highball Drinks’ are know as bourbon and water, scotch and soda, Bloody Marys, and Vodka tonics.

The Lowball Gass


The term ‘lowball’, ‘on the rocks’ and ‘old-fashioned’ are common when referring to short, squat tumblers. As the name suggests, these glasses are perfect for holding ice and any spirit ‘on the rocks’. The lowball glasses are also popular for short mixed drinks such as Old-fashioned.

The Shot Glass


This is the home-bar essential, without shot glasses your home-bar is not a bar! The regular shot glass holds just enough liquid to be swallowed in a mouthful. Most Shot Glasses contain a thick base able to withstand being hammered on the bar after the spirits or mixed spirits within has been consumed.

The Brandy Snifter 


The brandy Snifter stands apart from other stemware. Whereas most stemmed glass keep warm human hands off the chilled drinks, the short stemmed, bowl-shaped snifter invites you to cradle it in your palm, warming its amber spirits. A snifter should be no more than a third filled.

The Sour Glass


Unsurprisingly sours have been served up in all manners of glasses, from lowball to martini. For the experienced drinker who thrives on style, a standard glass does exists. This glass a great match for whiskey sour, pisco sours, and other citrus, sugar, and spirits drinks.

The Hurricane Glass


This glass was originally fixed on having the hurricane drink in it. Its pear shape is a homage to the hurricane lamp. Today this glass is associated with frozen and blended cocktails. A frozen Piña Colada is virtually unthinkable without it, and it’s often used for other cocktails of the Sex-on-the-Beach kind.

The Pousse-Café Glass


These small, narrow-stemmed vessels have a modified hourglass figure, making it easier to create layered drinks in them. The art of any layered drink is pouring the heaviest liqueur first and progressively layering lighter spirits.

The Wine Glass


White wine glasses tend to be smaller then red wine glasses, so use your judgment as to which will best accommodate the particular cocktail you are making.

The Irish Coffee Glass


The key feature or an Irish coffee glass is that it’s made of heatproof glass, which makes it suitable for hot cocktails such as toddies.

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  • O-D-C said:

    Well now Im thirsty

  • BigEvil said:

    Forgetting the pint glass. The perfect all-around glass, it's great for mixed drinks, beer, and is necessary for some of your more elaborate shots. I've yet to work in a bar that didn't have an abundance of these glasses.

  • Adam Major (author) said:

    Good point Big evil ! A pint glass is a drinking vessel made to hold either a British pint of 20 fluid ounces or an American pint of 16 fluid ounces. These glasses are used predominately to serve beer. BEER 🙂

  • Network Switch : said:

    Corning made wine glasses seem to be the best! they are tough and have great designs “

  • Flatware Sets said:

    those thick and heavy borosilicate wine glasses are the best but they are very expensive *-‘ *’,

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