What's in a glass?
The only way to enjoy a beverage is when it's served in its appropriate glass. Only then the taste, smell, and appearance of a drink is maximized to the highest level.
While setting the table, do you ever wonder whether or not you're using the right glassware? Even with elegant place settings, the incorrect glassware can ruin its appeal. Glassware come in a huge variety, and knowing exactly which glasses to use for particular drinks can be tricky. Which is why, we've put together a short guide to help you understand the basics of serving beverages.
Types of Glassware
Take a look at some of the most commonly used glasses for a home bar.
If you've ever been to a pub, bar, or a tavern, you must have witnessed each of these places using different types of glasses to serve beer in. But why is that? Beer is beer, no matter where you go, right? Well, not technically. The pilsner glass is used to serve light beer, the Weizen glass for traditional Bavarian Weizen beer, and the mug and pint glass are for most beers and ciders. Apart from the beer glasses we've mentioned above, you can also use Maßkrug, Stangen, Thistle glass, Bierstiefel, Stemmed Pokal, or Tankard for a fancier approach.
Yum, yum ... cocktails! Although there are many types of glassware used for serving cocktails, the stemmed glasses are the most popular. These glasses have a cone-shaped bowl with either round or flat base. Many people generalize them as martini glasses, which clearly isn't the case (as you can see in the image above).
Mixed Drinks Glasses
Apart from the cocktail glasses, you can use tumbler glasses to serve your mixed drinks in. Sip on some martini, Brandy Alexander, cosmopolitan, or any other mixed drinks in either one of these cocktail glasses. The drinks are filled all the way up to the brim, and since there is a long base, you can easily slurp away without having to worry about the temperature of the drink.
Call them rocks glasses or old-fashioned glasses, these are usually low tumbler glasses that have a thick base and a wide top. As the name suggests, the drinks are served "on the rocks" to the guests. White or Black Russian anyone?
Not much of a brain teaser here, right?! For when you and your friends wish to celebrate an occasion, use shot glasses to pour either hard liquor or any mixed drinks. These glasses hold 1-3 ounces of liquor at a time, depending on their size. You can find different types of shot glasses in unique shapes, sizes, and designs at many departmental stores and websites.
Tea and Coffee Glasses
When you have company over, and you wish to serve iced tea during lunch or Irish coffee after dinner, these are the glasses you need to choose. A perfect complement to the drinks, these glasses can be purchased in bulk at very low prices. All you need to do is find a good deal at either your favorite store, or do some research over the Internet.
Slightly bigger and wider than the shot glasses, a whiskey glass is designed to serve, (surprise, surprise) whiskey. Similar to the shot glasses, the whiskey glasses have a thicker base that keeps the glass intact when placed on the table.
Depending on the type of wine being served, you need to choose the appropriate wine glass for the occasion. Red, white, and sparkling wines taste and look excellent when they are served in the right glassware.
Glassware Buying Guide
Before you start stocking the bar, there are a few buying tips that you should be aware of. Read the following points for clarification.
- Invest in the number of glassware you know will be used for the next few years. Depending on the family size and guests you entertain over the year, select a specific amount.
- Prepare a budget before you go out shopping. As there are various brands that sell a variety of glasses in a different price range, you need to establish an estimate.
- If you're looking to purchase glassware that can be used every day, don't be tempted to purchase the fancier kinds like the etched crystal glassware.
- Once you select a particular brand of glassware, be sure to check the box to see whether or not the glasses are dishwasher-safe. You don't want to wash the glasses by hand after every use.
- Apart from the clear glasses, many departmental stores have colorful and patterned glassware; it certainly gives a contemporary outlook to glassware.
So, that was the skinny on the most commonly used beverage glasses, and how you should go about purchasing them. If you're looking to stock your bar with more of these glasses, make sure that you search for good deals. Don't be overwhelmed with the choices, and stick to the guidelines mentioned in this article.