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Shaken, Not Stirred: Understanding Cocktail Glass Types

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Shaken, Not Stirred: Understanding Cocktail Glass Types

Shaken, Not Stirred: Understanding Cocktail Glass Types

It’s understandable to feel a little lost with regards to which type of cocktail glass to use for which drink. After all, this isn’t a matter of etiquette. It’s not the same as having the best types of dinnerware for those special occasions where it’s more of aesthetic quality. The type of cocktail glass that you use has an effect on the kind of drink that you’ll be serving - making the cocktail glass more of a necessity than an afterthought.

Fortunately, these glasses are normally named after the drink they’re best used for, making it a little easier to spot the difference. If you want to get your cocktail experience down pat, here are the different cocktail glass types and where to use them.

The Margarita Glass

Named after the drink that it was meant to hold, the margarita glass sports typically a tall stem as well as a full bowl. The reason it’s made this way is so that you can effectively apply garnishes, and is perfect for holding salt as well as lime.

The Martini Glass

The title says it all - the martini glass was made famous by James Bond, whose favored drink is a vodka martini. Just as the name suggests, it’s built specifically for different types of martinis. The rule of thumb, however, is that the design of the martini glass is best used for smaller, stronger cocktails.

The Shot Glass

Did you think that the shot glass was just used to down shot after shot of tequila? Think again! The shot glass is a special mention in this list due to it being the favored choice for unique cocktails - such as layered drinks.

The Champagne Glass

I have to give the champagne glass a bit more credit as I’m quite biased toward champagne cocktails. There’s just something about a Kir Royale that really hits the spot. The champagne glass generally comes in two types - the flute and the saucer.

The Cocktail Punch Bowl

The punch bowl is another exciting cocktail glass type because it comes in all shapes and sizes. Due to its varied nature, it’s often best used at parties, and it can hold a wide variety of drinks. Of course, they’re best used for the cocktail punch.

The Pina Colada Glass

I like to call this the vacation glass, as it’s the kind of cocktail glass you would imagine drinking from as you relax next to a pool in a resort. This cocktail glass has a goblet shape that is perfect for serving the pina colada, alongside different types of juices.

To conclude, it can be a little daunting at first to consider cocktail glass types when serving drinks. However, it’ll quickly become second nature, and you’ll be choosing your cocktail glasses like a pro in no time. After all, these cocktail glasses tend to be named after the iconic drink they’re meant to hold. You’ll get the hang of choosing the right type of cocktail glass soon enough!


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