With a festive season gaining the biggest attention over the next two weeks, the lead up can be almost as fun as the big day itself.
Amid choosing the presents and planning the food, selecting the drinks is a particularly exciting task, often started months or weeks in advance. As our cocktail glasses are almost selling out, it must be true that a sip of something special at Christmas means a lot to us.
With my recent post on my favourite G&T drink, I have to make sure that there is a bottle (or two) in the cocktail cabinet. I will also ensure that the rest of my family is satisfied too and a bottle of fizz and a Scotch will be in the fridge waiting to be consumed.
As festive drinks take time and energy to create – they deserve a beautiful glass!
I decided to compose a perfect cocktail glass guide to explain and clear any confusion you might have regarding different types of cocktail glasses for different cocktails.
In order to create a show stopping cocktail you will need to play a professional barista. You will need to prepare the cocktail in the “right” glass. So a martini will be served in a martini glass, or so-called “cocktail glass”, “margarita glass” and a Bloody Mary in a highball glass.
TIP: Unless you always serve particular drinks, it makes sense to collect a whole array of glasses from shot glasses to coupes and a variety of tumblers. They don’t have to match – they will draw the attention to the fact that every drink is unique.
A general rule of thumb is, the stronger the drink, the smaller the glass. But, this is also just a guideline.
Let’s investigate various types of glasses available:
Highball (long drink) glass; volume of 320 to 400 ml
General uses: Bloody Mary, Mojito or G&T
Double Old Fashioned or Tumbler (short version of the highball) ; volume: 250 to 350 ml
Typical use: drinks with a high proportion of mixer to alcohol. Often, cocktails with whiskey, whiskey on ice or Scotch.
Cocktail inspiration – Ginger Whisky
Fill tumbler with ice. Squeeze in the juice from an orange wedge. Add 25ml blended whisky. Top up with ginger ale ale stir.
Cocktail glass (aka martini glass, martini saucer); volume: 250 ml
This is my favourite glass, as any cocktail looks fabulous in Birds of Paradise glasses. Although, It’s very easy to spill your cocktail due to the glass’ shape, so be careful – this is not the type of glass you want to take onto the dance floor.
TIP: Always handle a glass by its stem (if it has one). This prevents your hand from warming the drink. It also prevents finger-marks on the glass.
Typical use: Martini, of course. Also used for margaritas. . A slight draw back is its small volume content which makes it less suitable for large cocktails with many ingredients. Cocktail inspiration: Espresso Martini. Add a shot of vodka and Kahlua, 10ml of sugar syrup and 25ml espresso to an ice filled cocktails shaker. Strain into chilled martini glasses and garnish with three coffee beans.
Champagne flute ; volume: 170 ml – 200 ml
Typical uses: anything with champagne and bubbles. The tall shape of the glass helps prevent the drink going flat too fast. It also let bubbles rise slower, giving the best visual effect of the bubbles.
Cocktail inspiration : the classic champagne cocktail
Champagne , Angustura bitters – soaked sugar cube.
This is my favourite cocktail based on champagne. Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add two dashes of angostura bitters and fill the glass with champagne. Garnish with a lemon peel for a greater impact.
Shot glass ; volume: 25 ml – 50 ml
Typical use: shooters, designed to be hit back and swallowed in a single gulp.
Cocktail inspiration: Mince Pie vodka
It will require time for vodka to infuse aroma for 7-10 days but the results will be delicious.
Just add golden sultanas, caster sugar, cinnamon stick , cloves and zest of orange and lemon. Mix all ingredients together and pour to a jar to infuse for up to 10 days. Strain and decant into a pretty bottle.
Champagne coupe – volume: 300ml
Often seen at weddings, this is now a widely used glass for cocktails. In fact, it is totally unsuitable for champagne and drinks with bubbles as it shape results in the bubbles dissipating quickly and the drink going flat. Regardless of it, it is a beautiful glass that is suitable for any mixes drinks including vintage classics such as The Bradshaw or eggnog.
Cocktail inspiration: Eggnog
So retro and homely, is as chic as anything if served in a coupe glass. I favour bourbon or rum over whisky as I believe that whisky’s taste is so significant that adding spices should spoil it. I like adding grated nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate or orange zest.
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Have a Happy Christmas!