Are you curious about what glassware you should be drinking your gin out of? After all, what cocktail glass you use isn’t merely a matter of style, but a clever way to elevate scents, tastes and textures. Well, ponder no more... because the ultimate gin glassware guide is here! No matter what your budget or your preferred gin cocktail is, there is a perfect glass for you.
The Copa de Balon (Balloon Glass)
Perfect for: Gin & Tonic
Originating from the Basque region of Northern Spain, Copas allow G&Ts to shine! The bulbous bowl has plenty of space for ice, which means the drink stays cooler for longer, and with less dilution. There’s also more room for garnishes and the extra flavour they impart. Plus, as with the Martini glass, the long stem prevents your hand from warming the tipple and the wide brim lifts the fragrance of your G&T, allowing you to enjoy the full aroma of the drink as you sip! A large wine glass will also perform a similar function.
These iconic glasses are designed to keep your tipple the right temperature, as the long stem of a martini glass prevents the drinker’s hand from warming the cool liquid. This makes them perfect for cocktails that are served straight up, that is, without ice. Meanwhile, their wide brim helps lift the tipple’s aromas to the drinker’s nose.
The Rocks Glass
While myth would have you believe coupes were moulded in the shape of Marie Antoinette’s left breast, they were actually invented in England in the 1600s, long before she was born. Since then, they’ve dethroned the Martini glass as the best way to enjoy strained cocktails. Because of their long stem and wide rim, they share the advantages of the Martini glass, but aren’t so easy to spill.
As their name suggests, champagne flutes are perfect for sparkling wines. The reduced surface area of the rim keeps your fizz fizzy for longer. However, if you’re enjoying an exceptionally aromatic sparkling wine, swap out your flute for a champagne tulip. The slightly wider bowl allows for aeration, opening up the liquid’s flavours.