December 12, 2011 in Wine and Stemware
There are different types of glasses for every type of drink and liquor. They vary in size and shape and are designed to enhance the flavor and aroma of a given beverage. In addition, the cultural implications of a specific type of glass cannot be ignored. (i.e. would an expensive vintage taste the same in a plastic cup as it would in a high quality crystal glass?) In short, choosing the right glass can actually make your drink taste better.
Here are the 7 broad types of glasses that will prepare you for parties, special events, and day-to-day enjoyment of your favorite drinks.
1. White Wine Glass
A glass for white wine is usually tall and thin. It has a long bowl which gets thinner toward the rim. This helps the white wine to preserve its flavor, lighter aroma, and crispness by allowing just the right amount of air in. Also, the narrower bowl keep the wine cooler.
2. Red Wine Glass
A red wine glass is larger than a white wine glass.
It is rounder and has a wider bowl that gets smaller toward the rim of the glass. Red wine is sort of the opposite of white wine. It needs more air to smoothen the complex flavors, so that this wider bowl enhances its taste.
3. Champagne Flute Glasses
Champagne flute glasses have a long stem and a long narrow bowl, and are used to serve sparkling wine and champagne.
The design helps keep the bubbles from escaping, preserving both the taste and the cheerful look.
4. Martini Glasses
A martini glass has a wide cone-shaped bowl and a long stem.
They are used to serve cocktail drinks. The cone shaped bowl spreads the aroma of the beverage and simultaneously stimulates the taste. The long stem keeps the beverage cool because it keeps the hand away from the bottom of the bowl.
5. Brandy Glasses
Brandy glasses usually have a shorter stem compared to wine glasses. They have a balloon shape that gets narrower to the rim of the glass.
The narrow rim of the glass keeps the aroma of the brandy inside the glass, while the short stem keeps the bottom of the bowl near the hand to make the beverage warmer, enriching the flavor and aroma.
6. Highball Glasses
Highball glasses are straight from the bottom up to the rim.
They are intended for serving mixed drinks either with ice or no ice, but they are also one of those glasses that can be used for many types of drinks, because of their simple shape.
A regular highball glass can contain a minimum of 8 oz to a maximum of 14oz.
7. (Double) Old Fashioned, or Lowball Glass
Old Fashioned glasses are shorter than Highball glasses.
They are used to serve a variety of cocktails and whiskey. The typical old fashioned glass can contain at least 6oz and a maximum of 10oz, while the double old fashioned glass can contain at least 12oz to a maximum of 16oz.
The seven different types of glasses, as mentioned above, are the most common glasses used for beverages and liquor. Have them ready for a special party, and you will look even more fabulous as the host!