This month we have been helping our members to pick the right glass for their G&Ts and gin cocktails. After all, this is not simply a matter of style - with the right glass you can elevate the scents, tastes and textures of your tipple to the next level! Here is our guide to glassware…
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.
While myth would have you believe coupes were moulded in the shape of Marie Antoinette’s left breast, they were 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. Careful with the bubbly! While they’re also called champagne saucers, coupes have broad bowls which dissipate fizz very rapidly – so be careful with the bubbly!
Serves: Gin Rickey, Red Snapper
These tall, straight glasses are designed to serve up tipples containing lots of ice and mixer. Because they’re tall and narrow with a limited surface area, they keep your tipple cool and carbonated! The Collins Glass is a thinner, taller version of its sister the highball, and suits – you guessed it! – the Tom Collins. However, most bartenders consider Highballs and Collins practically interchangeable.
Champagne Flutes and Tulip Glasses
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.
Also known as tumblers, old fashioned glasses or lowballs, rocks glasses are perfect for strong, short drinks. Their wide mouth and thick base - which is great for muddling ingredients – makes them ideal for cocktails you ‘build’ straight in the serving glass.
Copa de Balon
Originating from the Basque region of Northern Spain, Copas allow G&Ts to shine! The bulbous bowl has plenty of space for ice and garnishes. Like the martini glass, the long stem prevents the hand from warming the tipple and the wide brim lifts the fragrance of the drink.