When you have friends visiting and you want to impress them, or if you simply have a passion for fine drinks, you will find useful some information about the types of glasses on the market and how they should be used.
Disposable glasses are useful when you are grilling or in other informal situations, in the company of friends, but it is essential to know how and with what the various types of commercial drinks are served. Have you ever wondered why some wine containers have a rounder cup and others a taller one, or why some have a long tail and others lack it? Here are some facts about the most popular types.
The glass of wine
It has a standard shape, with a round leg and cup, there are many variations of the design. And when drinking bahica liqueur, it is important to know what kind of glass to serve it to ensure that the wine reaches its maximum potential. Almost all wine glasses are made of leg and cup, the differences between them being in terms of size.
For white wine, shorter glasses are used, with a slightly narrow mouth and a small aeration surface, so that the liqueur, usually Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling, does not oxidize and keeps its delicate and light notes.
For burgundy wines (Bordeaux) a longer leg is used with a smaller cup, which helps to maximize the taste of Merlot or Cabernet red wine.
Burgundy glasses are shorter than Bordeaux glasses, but have a larger cup, improving the aroma of light red wines such as Pinot Noir.
The flute type ones are the thinnest, having a leg of medium length and a very elongated and narrow cup, helping the sparkling wine and champagne to maintain their acidity.
The tailless glass becomes, little by little, a central element of the personal kitchen, having the shape of a simple glass of wine. In it you can best serve red wines at room temperature, because your hand can overheat white or rose wine, which are drunk colder.
In short, you will choose a cup with a larger opening for red wines and a narrower one for white wines.
Almost any design can be used for the right mix.
The martini glass is well-known, with a long leg, which keeps your hands away from the cup and which should avoid changing the temperature of the liquid, and a conical cup, meant to avoid the separation of ingredients. It is also used for other classic cocktails, served without ice.
In the past, the classic cup was the one in which champagne was served, having an elegant shape with a medium leg and a domed allure, in it being served various cocktails, from Daiquiri to Sidecar or Manhattan.
The Highball glass is cylindrical, slightly high, and has no leg, being ideal for carbonated and ice mixes. It serves cocktails made on the spot or that are developed directly in the glass, such as mojito, gin fizz, gin and tonic, scotch and juice.
The lowball glass is the classic container in which ice scotch is served or small strong cocktails in alcohol (White Russian, Sazerac, Old Fashioned), but low in terms of quantity.
The shot glass has multiple dimensions but, in general, it can hold up to 40 ml of liquid, with thick walls resistant to breakage. From it you can drink classic shots or small mixtures and combinations made on the spot.
A variation of the shot glass is the Grappa , tasting for the drink of the same name, which can have up to 60% alcohol, so it is very strong. The container has a leg to keep the liquid cool and enjoys a bulb or bulb shape at the bottom, to keep the temperature constant, to the mouth rising a little to allow admiration of the aroma.
The brandy cup or Snifter has a foot that the user will hold between his toes and turn it slightly to heat the drink, and a large round cup with a relatively narrow mouth, which gives a strong smell to the baking liquid. It serves simple brown drinks, such as brandy, whiskey or brandy.
The sour glass is similar to the flute, but slightly smaller and with a wider mouth, serving small cocktails such as whiskey sour or sour vodka.
Cordial glasses for liqueur and other alcoholic beverages served after meals are small and can have a leg.
The daisy glass can have a different shape, according to the type of recipe used. The classic one has a high leg, with a double cup and a large opening, with salt or sugar on the edge of the lip.
And the Irish coffee glass may have a tail or it may be completely missing, its specific element (but not only) is the handle. This avoids burns, as the drink is served hot.
Among the most beautiful mixing glasses is the Hurricane model which has a short leg and a tall, tulip-shaped cup, being created especially for the cocktail of the same name (Hurricane), generally used for sweet mixes, on rum base and fruit juices.
The Collins glass serves the cocktail of the same name, being cylindrical and thin, but roomy enough for ice, as in the case of mojito.
Beer lovers know that there are many designs that are used when you enjoy the taste of a good beer. They are designed to hold the foam or to highlight the color and flavor of the drink.
The pint glass is classic, often used in serving beer or cider, characterized by a slight widening to the lip. The shape is cylindrical. It is easy to clean and easy to stack, which is why it is in the arsenal of any bar.
The Pilsner glass has a thin and long shape, which allows you to admire the color and acidity of the liquid, with a large opening at the lip, to retain foam, being used especially for light beer (blonde, pilsner).
The mug is a classic but informal option, with the help of the handle you can easily hold the container without heating the fluid inside. Such items are ideal for red beers, lager, stout, porter or other robust and strong varieties, with intense taste. The shape is simple and wide cylindrical, with thick walls, to maintain the temperature.