The best cocktails mixologists don’t just focus on the ingredients. We talk to London’s finest to find out how the glass is just as important as what goes into it.
17th Century England
The origin of the cocktail is one of constant dispute, however, hard liquors began to appear in England from the 17th century, and by the mid-nineteenth, the first cocktail recipe book had been printed, by one Jerry Thomas in the United States. Safe to say, since then, the mixing of spirits to create delicious drinks has been incredibly popular, with ever newer and more outrageous creations invented behind bars across the world.
Drinking Habits and Seasons
While everyone has their favourite, our general tastes shift as the seasons turn. According to Rachel Crozier-Clucas, Bar Manager of Hawksmoor Seven Dials, as the weather gets colder.
Tastes leans towards more ‘comforting’ drinks. The flip makes a reappearance, with the eggy, creamy drinks lending itself to scarf and hat weather. Hot cocktails become popular, especially as an arrival drink. Buttered rum is a firm favourite, although a few years ago I tried a buttered gin that was also astoundingly good.
Presentation is Vital
And the presentation is important. According to Rachel, we don’t just eat with our eyes, we drink with them too.
People do make assumptions about a drink based on the way it is presented. A Martini served in a chilled cocktail glass, not overly filled and with an attractive garnish is a recognisable and attractive serve. A Tiki mug definitely gives some indication that the cocktail it contains is more than likely rum based and exotic.
Form Follows Function
And it isn’t just aesthetic.
Choosing the right glass for a cocktail can seem like a difficult decision, especially considering the number of options available. It all comes down to what will be going into it. A cold straight up drink, such as a Daiquiri, will benefit from a cocktail or coupette glass as the stem will stop the liquid becoming warm when the glass is held. A delicate, fragrant cocktail will be presented best in a sherry glass, the fluted sides will act as a funnel for the aromas while drinking, enhancing the overall experience. A drink such as an Old Fashioned, containing ice, will work best in a rocks glass as there is enough space for the liquid to move around and release aromas.
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