While red solo cups work well for backyard barbecues or certain country music acts, we prefer to have our adult beverages in more elegant vessels when hosting dinner parties. As if being a badass with a martini wasn’t enough, science gives us reason to choose carefully what we drink.
David “Rev”, Ciancio, owner, states that the container in which you pour your drink can enhance the flavor and aromas.Idle Hands barDirector of MarketingSchweid & Sons. Research suggests that the shape and speed of your drink can be affected by how big or small your glass is. Glass shape influences the consumption rate of alcoholic beverages.
Science aside, some glassware exists today because that’s the way people have always enjoyed those drinks, explain Geza Horvath, a sommelier for New York City’s Artisanal Bistro. And of course, the elegance of certain glasses (despite their impracticality) can give individuals a perception of a finer drinking experience, adds Matt Gorecki, a beer expert, and consultant.
Are you ready to get the most out of your drink and look classy while doing so? Find out which drink you prefer and how to get the best from each sip.
The American pint, also known as a shaker or shaker, holds 16 ounces. Ciancio says that the pint is cylindrical in shape and can be used for brown ales or lagers. He says that although the wide, thick glass is easy to make and cheap to drink, it doesn’t help you bring out the flavors and aromas in many craft beers. You can try one of these options instead.
The basic characteristics of imperial and American pints are the same (they can hold beer, they are cheap and easy to drink from), but the British version is 20 ounces and has a slight ridge at the top which makes it easier to stack by a barback. This glassware is recommended by Ciancio for English ales.
Ciancio says that this glass is a good choice for classic pilsners, but other German beers such as bock and Kolsch can also be enjoyed from it. Its tall, tapered shape allows for carbonation and color to be captured while still allowing the foam to form.
A snifter can also be known as a cognac glass, balloon, brandy snifter, or balloon. It is a short-stemmed glass that has a narrow top and a wide bottom. Because the base is wider, swirling can be done to release aromas. These aromas then become trapped at the narrower top. The rounded bottom allows you to easily hold the liquor in your hands while warming it. Ciancio recommends this glassware when intense beers have strong aromas such as quads, barley wines, strong ales, and wee heavys. If you are a brandy drinker, this glass will be very useful.
Glass for Wheat Beer
Ciancio says that wheat beer and Weizen glasses look similar to pilsner glasses. They are thinner which allows for more heads (Unique shot glasses) on the beer. Tall and slim glassware is ideal for their namesake beer, as they amplify aromas.
Mugs and Steins
Ciancio warns against large tubs. However, moderately sized mugs or steins work well for red ales, porters, porters, stouts, and other robust beverages with deep flavors. It is cylindrical in shape and has thick glass walls that insulate your beer. The large handle makes it easy for you to transport without accidentally warming your drink.
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Look out for lace. Ciancio states that if your glass is covered in lace (leftover foam rings), it means the person who served you cares about you and has been properly cleaned. Avoid frosty mugs. The taste of your brew can be affected if the glass is too cold. He says that some beers, such as cask ales are best served at room temperature. Foam is your friend. Foam is not a problem. Ciancio says that while you don’t want your beer to be full of bubbles in your keg-beer days, a nice head-on beer can help bring out the aromas and keep the beer from getting too hot too quickly.
Although it can be difficult to keep your first sip from spilling, the martini glasses’ cone shape is beneficial. It prevents your ingredients from separating, according to Betsy Fischman (co-founder of BoozeMenus.com). You can also rest assured that your hands will not affect the drink’s temperature thanks to the long stem. Fischman adds that the martini glass is “sexy regardless of who holds it!”
Fischman says that the coupe was once the Champagne flute of our grandparents. But today, it is the preferred glass for many cocktails. Sidecars, Manhattans, and daiquiris are all possible with the coupe. The stem also keeps your drink cool and looks elegant and inviting.
Fischman says the highball glass is perfect for carbonated cocktails. She says that it is best to limit the amount of liquid surface to air. “The more liquid is exposed to air, the faster the carbonation will evaporate. You’ll end up with a flat beverage.” Try a gin-and-tonic, scotch-and-soda, or any other combination and you’ll find yourself holding a highball.
Fischman states that drinking a cocktail should be enjoyable and that presentation and pleasure are essential. Because they are two to four ounces in weight, lowball glasses work well for spirits and boozier cocktails (think brandy or scotch on the rocks). It’s a nice touch since a 2-ounce cocktail in a 10-ounce highball might feel awkward.
White or Tulip Wine Glass
White and rose wine is usually served in thin, tulip-shaped glasses. This is not because they’re traditional. Horvath says that smaller glasses slow down the temperature rise of chilled beverages. The stem of the glass also allows you to hold the drink without heating it up.
Red Wine Glass
Horvath states that red wines should be served in large, bowl-shaped glasses. This will increase the surface area and allow for greater aroma release. Don’t be alarmed if you have smaller glasses. A white wine served in a red wine glass will not adversely affect its taste. However, Fischman states that white wine stored in a small glass will keep it colder. Fischman warns against Champagne being served in red wine glasses: Champagne with a large surface area will lose carbonation faster, which can lead to a flat drink.
The flute’s narrow shape is familiar at weddings, and other occasions where you can enjoy your celebratory bubbly. Horvath states that the main reason for the shape is due to carbonation. The glass retains Champagne’s signature carbonation and the bowl helps to highlight rising bubbles.
They are becoming a standard in modern kitchens due to their simple design and easy-cleaning shape. Because your hands can heat up roses and whites, stemless glasses are ideal for red wines.
The bottom line
Are red solo cups time to be thrown out of your cupboard? If you ask Ciancio, they will tell you that there is no time like the present to drink from a plastic cup. But, it doesn’t matter what you’re drinking, but where you are drinking. Fischman states that while champagne should be served in crystal for weddings, a stroll down Bourbon Street should be accompanied by a plastic cup with a lampshade shape. We say “Cheers!”