What glass should I serve cocktails in?
Should a Strawberry Daiquiri be served in a Martini glass or Margarita glass? Can you serve a Tequila Sunrise in a hurricane glass? With such a variety of cocktail glasses on offer, you may feel like you need a degree in bartending just to choose the perfect glass for your cocktail, which is why this cocktail glassware guide is here to help.
Whether you're throwing a party for friends or opening your own cocktail bar, choosing the right cocktail glass is not only about the presentation, but the taste also. Wide rim glasses are perfect for sipping strong cocktails and can be accessorised with cocktail decorations and fruit slices, while taller glasses are ideal for layered cocktails and also leave plenty of extra room for ice. This guide will ensure you're not serving guests a Margarita in a Pina Colada glass.
A classic cocktail glass, made even more popular by James Bond’s famous quote 'shaken not stirred', the Martini glass is also commonly called a 'cocktail glass'. This type of stemmed glass usually holds between 5 and 10oz. As well as a serving up a variety of Martini cocktails (classic, dry, dirty), the fluted design makes it ideal for strong, small cocktails such as a Cosmopolitan, Manhattan or Sidecar.
A classic Martini cocktail contains 3 measures of gin and ½ measure of vermouth, which can be stirred in mixing glass with ice before being strained into a Martini glass and served with an olive or lemon twist.
Specially designed for that tequila based cocktail, the Margarita glass is slightly larger than a Martini glass, usually holding between 10 and 15oz. A Margarita glass is recognisable by its tall stem and narrow to wide rim bowl, which is often coated with lime and salt and also makes it ideal for placing cocktail decorations and garnishes. You can also use a Margarita glass for a variety of frozen cocktails, such as a Daiquiri, or even as a chilled dessert glass.
A Margarita cocktail contains 2 measures of silver tequila, 1 measure of lime juice and 1 measure of Cointreau, which are shaken with ice, before pouring into a ready prepared lime and salt coated rimmed Margarita glass filled with crushed ice.
Pina Colada Glasses
This goblet shaped glass is perfectly suited to serving up a Pina Colada cocktail as its large enough to accommodate plenty of coconut cream and pineapple juice. The Pina Colada glass has a longer stem than a hurricane glass, which is ideal as it keeps your hands from warming the drink.
A Pina Colada cocktail contains 2 measures white rum, 2 measures pineapple juice and 2 measures coconut cream which are shaken with ice and strained into the Pina Colada glass and garnished with a pineapple spear and cherry.
Named after the New Orleans cocktail by Pat O’Brien, the Hurricane glass features a short stem and tall, curved bowl to resemble a hurricane lamp. This glass usually holds between 16 and 20oz and is ideal for serving frozen and tropical drinks.
A Hurricane cocktail contains 2 measures of dark rum, 1 measure of white rum, 1 measure of passion fruit juice, 2 measures of orange juice, 1 measure of lime juice, 1 measure of pineapple juice and a dash of Angostura bitters, which are shaken together with ice, then served with a garnish of lime and pineapple wedges.
Tom Collins Glasses
Tall and narrow, a Tom Collins glass can be easily interchanged with a hiball glass and usually has a capacity of 10 to 14 oz. With plenty of room for ice, a Collins glass is ideal for a variety of long cocktails including a Mojito, Long Island Iced Tea, Sea Breeze and of course a Collins cocktail.
A Tom Collins cocktail contains 2 measures of gin, 1 measure of lemon juice and ½ measure of simple syrup, which are poured into an ice filled glass, topped with 4 measures of chilled club soda, then mixed and garnished with a lemon slice and cherry.
Cocktail Punch Bowls
Cocktail punch bowls come in all shapes and sizes, making them ideal for parties, whether you want to serve up something unique or create a cocktail punch for sharing. From traditional punchbowls with ladles to novelty fish bowls and oversized stemware they make the ideal party centrepiece.
Not just limited to tequila slammers, shot glasses provide the perfect basis for a unique cocktail or layered cocktail. Traditionally holding between 1 to 3oz, shot glasses now come in a variety of unique designs including tall shot glasses for layered shots, jagerbomb shot glasses for a shot and chaser and twisted shot glasses for a mixed shot.
Champagne glasses come in two distinctive styles; tulip shaped champagne flutes and wide bowl champagne saucers. Both are ideal for serving champagne cocktails, such as a Kir Royale or a Jacuzzi.
Irish Coffee Glasses
Perfect for a winter warmer, adding a dash of whisky to your coffee will transform it into an Irish coffee, or a combination of brandy, bitters, honey and lemon will make you a hot toddy. Irish coffee glasses and hot toddy glasses come in a variety of shape and sizes, usually defined by a handle, double walled or toughened design.
Although not used for serving cocktails, the Boston glass plays a very important role in the world of cocktails. A bar essential, a typical Boston cocktail glass is a 16oz conical shape tumbler and can be used simply for mixing but is most commonly combined with a 28oz Boston tin to form a Boston cocktail shaker.
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