If you talk to any bartender or cocktail aficionado, they’ll tell you certain drinks can only be served in specific glasses. Champagne in a pint glass or a martini in a lowball glass is just not right. It’s not about aesthetics, the shape and size of your glassware has an impact on the flavor of the drink, how long it stays cool, and the carbonation level. Red wine needs more breathing room than white, and champagne needs very little surface area to maintain its bubbles.
If you’re working on cultivating a home bar of your own, we’ve highlighted the basic glassware you will need to make every party a success.
Champagne Flute: The less surface area, the longer it will take for the drink to go flat, which is why champagne flutes are long and narrow.
Beer Glass: This glasses narrow shape helps maintain carbonation, while opening up aromas and maintaing large heads.
Coupe/Up Glass: The original champagne glass, coupes are now synonymous with classic, short cocktails that need to be kept cool – hence the long stem. (Sidecar, Manhattan…)
Snifter: Used for mostly dark liquors, this glass is meant to be held in hand to warm the alcohol and it’s short body traps the aroma making for fuller flavor. (Brandy, Whiskey…)
White Wine Glass: A small mouth area prevents the wine from aerating and becoming oxidized.
Red Wine Glass: Characterized by a large, round shape to help with swirling and aeration.
Hiball Glass: Best for mixed drinks with a large proportion on non-alcoholic mixer, generally poured over ice. (Mojito, Dark and Stormy…)
Lowball (Old Fashioned) Glass: Used for ‘neat’ and on-the-rocks drinks, or cocktails with muddled ingredients. (Old Fashioned, Negroni…)
At Miami Cocktail Co. our Tropical Sangria and Blood Orange Mimosa taste delicious no matter what you’re drinking them it out of, but we suggest serving our mimosa in a flute glass and sangria in a wine glass.