Have you ever wondered what is the perfect vessel for your favourite tipple and why?
Put simply, we use different types of glassware for each drink to ensure it tastes as awesome as possible. How does this happen? The size of the mouth can help release aromas affecting the taste of your creation. It can also improve the longevity of your drink, by keeping it cooler, warmer or making sure those bubbles don’t escape! Enhanced aromas and correct temperatures are two key factors to improving your overall drinking experience, nice!
To help you out, we have created a simple guide on what vessel is the appropriate choice for your favourite drink;
Red Wine Glass: A red wine glass should have a larger rounder bowl to help do the fancy swirling which assists in aeration. Both Red and White wine glasses also have a long stem to prevent your hand from warming up the drink. e.g. Pinot Noir, Shiraz
White Wine Glass: White wine has a smaller mouth which helps reduce the amount of oxidation that occurs for the lighter and more delicate notes a white wine usually contains. E.G. Sauvignon, Chardonnay
Champagne Flute: Champagne IS bubbles! Which is why the appropriate vessel is tall and thin with a small mouth, to prevent those precious bubbles from escaping E.G. Champagne, Prosecco, Bellini
Martini Glass: This popular cocktail glass, usually comes in two sizes and suits cocktails without ice or served straight up. These drinks usually have interesting aromas, so the large mouth allows the cocktail drinker to get right up close to fully appreciate the smell and taste E.g. Cosmopolitan, Espresso Martini, Japanese Slipper
Highball: These are used for “tall” cocktails that contact a high proportion of non-alcoholic mixer and are served over ice. E.G Moscow Mule, Mojito, Long Island Iced Tea
Lowball: Used for drinks either served on the rocks or with less mixer that are usually built in the glass, meaning you are mixing it into the same glass you are serving. The large solid base allows the drinks to be muddled and mixed well E.g Old Fashioned, Caprioska and Amaretto Sour.
Hurricane: Time to get festive! This glass was created in New Orleans and named after the Hurricane Lamp due to the similar shape. It’s wider and taller than the highball and used for popular cocktails such as the Pina Colada and Sex on The Beach.
Margarita: The double bowl is a fun and distinctive shape used mainly for Margarita’s but also popular for other frozen cocktails. The wide rim makes it easy to add salt or sugar to the rim, and we all know you cant forget the salt on a Margarita.
Just remember, quality drinks deserve quality vessels so be good to your cocktails!
At Cruisen Cocktails we can help you with all your glassware needs!
Source: Bottleneck Management
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