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Friday 28th January 2000

COCKTAIL GLASSES : A SIMPLE GUIDE

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So to help you impress guests or know what you’re about to receive from the bartender here’s a quick reference guide to the most popular cocktail glasses.

With a well-crafted cocktail presentation is everything, well almost taste comes first!

So to help you impress guests or know what you’re about to receive from the bartender here’s a quick reference guide to the most popular cocktail glasses.

Collins Glass
This is a tumbler with a heavy base which is used to serve spirits and mixers and is cylindrical in shape. Quite similar to a highball glass but slightly narrower (to the discerning eye!).
Ideal for a G&T

Frosted Glass
Chill out! The temperature at which a drink is served can really influence its flavour and some drinks are at their best when served chilled. To ensure the favoured liquid maintains its chill serve in a frosted glass …..one that has been kept in a freezer. Not only will it enhance the flavour but the frost on the glass screams sophistication.
Ideal for a Vodka Tonic.

Highball Glass
This is one of the most used cocktail glasses in which mixer drinks are served. Very similar to the Collins glass, the Highball is a tall glass and the rim is the same diameter as the base.
Ideal for a Bloody Mary.

Margarita Glass
The infamous Mexican cocktail lends its name to this glass that is a variant of the classic champagne coupe – which also doubles up as a great serving dish for prawn cocktails!
It was originally called the Coupette but is now more commonly known as the Margarita Glass given that this is the cocktail it is usually used for.

Martini Glass
A firm favourite. The voluptuous v shape top that leads to runs down an elegant long stem is one that we’re all familiar with. They tend to be quite large v shapes to hold greater volumes of liquid. There are lots of variations on this design and are extremely similar to the traditional cocktail glass which is slightly smaller in terms of the capacity it can hold.
Ideal for, yes you guessed it a Martini (shaken or stirred!!)

Rocks Glass
This is known by a few different names including the lowball and old fashioned glass. A sturdy little tumbler which is short and stout as it is not required to hold large volumes of liquid.
Usually used to serve an alcoholic beverage ‘on the rocks’ (over ice) and is perfect for any drink that used ingredients which are muddled.
Ideal for a Mojito.

Shot Glass
Although this method of drinking may not be one that is entirely associated with a discerning drinker these tiny little glasses have a heavy base and are designed to hold small volumes of strong alcohol. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Ideal for ‘bartender’s choice’.

Why not try out some of our suggested cocktails; South Side Cocktail, The Humble Pie or the Classic Cosmopolitan.

Bottoms up!!