So far in The Cocktail Creative series, we’ve covered the must have ingredients for a Beginner’s Home Bar and the Equipment you need to get set up like a pro. Today we’re going to look at glassware so you can be sure you’re serving up your cocktails in all their glory!
While it isn’t absolutely essential for you to use a special glass for your favourite spirit, liqueur or cocktail, it can make a big difference to the overall experience by enhancing the wonderful flavours and aromas present, as well as keeping your drink at the perfect temperature.
So, what are the different types of glasses and what should they be used for?
Rocks/Old Fashioned Glass
A low tumbler with a thick base. Commonly used for (you guessed it!) liquor served on the rocks, or muddled drinks.
Neat or “on the rocks” spirits
A tall, narrow glass with straight sides. Commonly used for mixed drinks and highball cocktails (soda mixer + spirit). A highball glass is interchangeable with a Collins glass which is taller and narrower than a highball glass.
Gin & Tonic
Rum & Coke
Long Island Iced Tea
The large balloon shaped bottom of a snifter allows the glass to be cupped by the hand, warming the liquor inside which also helps with evaporation and concentration of the aromas. The tapered rim helps trap the vapours of the spirit, allowing for full appreciation of the taste and aroma.
A long stem, preventing your hands from warming the drink. Conical in shape, showcasing the aroma of the drink.
A long stem, like a martini glass, to prevent your hands from thawing the drink. A wide rim for salt.
Margarita on the rocks
A heavy based pears shaped glass with a flared top. A hurricane glass is the glass of vacations! Perfect for serving tropical, beachy drinks.
Commonly used to serve champagne, the coupe glass is perfect for strained cocktails with a touch of acidity.
Dark & Stormy
The term 'Cordial' is used to describe sweet, dessert-like liqueurs. Fittingly, these small, stemmed glasses are designed for sipping on liqueurs.
So there you have it, the perfect glass for your handcrafted cocktail! If you’re looking for some recipe inspiration, we’ve got you covered – view our recipes here.