Glassware Buying Guide
You’ve got friends coming over to your new flat in Atlantic Seaboard, but at the last minute you’ve realized the only think to drink out of are plastic cups. Your alcohol cabinet is ready to go – filled to the brim with the best wine, whiskey and vodka.
But now the glassware needs to match the drink. We’ve provided a breakdown of the most common used glassware, a basic summary of what type of glassware to use, for the everyday to the special occasion.
Standard Wine Glass
Well, wine glasses are not just wine glasses. There are several variations available depending on the type of wine you’re going to drink. But your standard wine glass has a stem. This allows you to hold it by the stem, transferring less heat to the wine.
A large opening is also an important element of a wine glass, as it allows you to smell the aromas. For reds, you want a broader opening, whilst for whites you can keep it narrow. Wines can trigger a number of smells in the brain including elderflower, rose, violet, berry, citrus, tropical, almondy, caramel, honey and woody.
A tumbler glass is an essential piece of glassware for any kitchen. They can serve a variety of liquids, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Available in a variety of sizes, tumblers generally feature a flat, circular base with a conical wall that rises up to the rim. Some people even have various sets of tumblers depending on the occasion – with plastic or glass tumblers for everyday use, or more elegant tumblers made from crystal or silver.
Sometimes called the Old Fashioned glass, the Rocks Glass is a short variation of the Tumbler for drinking whiskeys and gin served over ice (on the rocks).
The Rocks Glass can also be used for a variety of cocktails, as it allows the drinker to chuck in plenty of ice and keep stirring throughout the drink.
If you’re a gin or cocktail lover you’ll know all about this glass. The martini glass features an elegant design, with a triangular shaped bowl, long stem and a wide base. Just like a wine glass, a martini glass allows the drinker to hold the glass by the stem, without affecting the temperature of the drink.
You never want your martini warm, as ice is only used only in preparation of the drink. Martini glasses are also great for a variety of cocktails, including cosmopolitans, manhattans and margaritas.
The flute is particularly used for champagne, sparkling wines and other delicious bubble-filled alcohol. South Africa produces a number of great champagnes (well, actually Methode Cap Classique as the word champagne is only really produced in France) like Graham Beck, Pongracz and Villiera / Karusa.
The flute shape allows the bubbles in your alcohol to last as long as possible. In most cases, a flute will feature a bead etched in the bottom in an attempt to provide the bubbles a single point of nucleation. Champagne doesn’t have the aroma like wine, so it’s opening is smaller, minimizing its exposure to air.
Small, because this is a high alcohol content drink.
Stemware once again to keep it cool and a bulb shape at the bottom because spheres are very good at maintaining temperature.
From there it flares upward to give you a little bit of that grappa aroma.
The shot glass holds much less liquid than other glassware, as it’s expected to drink the whole thing in one go (or ‘shot‘).
If you want to raise the chest on your hair, double shot glasses are also available.
A shot glass is also used in the process of making cocktails, as it’s an accurate measuring tool for alcohol content.
These are just a few varieties of glassware available. At the end of the day, you can still use your plastic cups, but it’s probably better to purchase some quality glassware that will last you a long time.
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