While you may think that having a variety of glasses is just for fancy serving purposes, it’s actually not true. Appropriate glasses bring out the best flavours in cocktails and let you get the full experience, as opposed to when you just throw in your liquor into whatever glass you can find. Here are some essential glasses you’ll need for your dream home bar –
Rocks/Old Fashioned glass: This glass is perfect for drinks that are ordered, as the name suggests, ‘on the rocks’. Cocktails such as an Old Fashioned (which the glass is also called), Negroni or a Mint Julep are best served in a rocks glass. In fact, any drinks that can be made in the glass and don’t require a shaker, or straight-up liquor are served in these.
Highball glass: There are different types of highball glasses including a Collins glass, named after the wonderful Tom Collins cocktail but for home use, sticking to a common highball glass works just as well. They are best used when it comes to cold, refreshing drinks served in ice – mostly fizzy drinks topped with soda.
Coupe: A coupe is one of the multi-purpose glasses that needs to be part of your home bar if you take your bartending flair seriously. It was once used for champagne (and still can), but now it stands in when you don’t want to invest in a separate cocktail glass. They’re ideal for sidecars, daiquiris, Manhattans – you name it!
Cocktail glass: A wide mouth allows for the drinker to take a good whiff of the cocktail served in these standard glasses, enjoying its scent to the fullest. Perfect for anything served without ice, a cocktail glass does the job of several other specialty glasses. Cosmos, Kamikazes and Martinis can be served in these.
Irish coffee glass: This may be specialty glassware but trust us, it’ll become one of your favourites soon enough. When whipping up an Irish coffee or other similar hot drinks like a Hot Toddy, this glass’s handle and its heat resist glass allows you to hold the drink comfortably. You can opt for a glass with a foot or without, one is just fancier looking than the other.