Do you love making cocktails at home? There's so much more to cocktail presentation than that one tumbler you also use for water! So what are the different types of cocktail glasses, and how do they help elevate your cocktails?
From Aromatics to Effervescence
There's a reason why you'd never see a sophisticated bar serving every drink in the same glass. It's partly about flair and presentation, but there is also a range of technical reasons behind their decision to stock a varied collection of bar glasses. Just as a Margarita differs from a Manhattan, the glass you use should consider the ingredients, the method, the state and structure of your finished cocktail, whether it's shaken or stirred, and whether it includes ice.
Enter the RIEDEL Drink Specific Glassware range: six glasses based on the traditional serves for classic cocktails. The collection debuted in 2019, in collaboration with North American spirits specialist Zane Harris whose vision was to design a simple set of glasses perfected to cater for thousands of cocktails. Take a look at the innovative collection below.
This glass is for neat serves or spirit-focused cocktails like a Sazerac, which combines rye whisky, absinthe, bitters and sugar for a sweet and spicy cocktail with a strong kick.
Your Neat glass should be small enough that it doesn't look empty when holding only a single pour of spirit like a great single malt whisky, but not so little that it doesn't allow you any aromatic expression.
This glass is for cocktails with a high ratio of a carbonated mixer such as a gin and tonic or mojito, which combines white rum, fresh lime juice, sugar, mint and soda water.
Another excellent staple, the Highball can also be called a "Long Drink" glass and is intentionally tall to help maintain effervescence. RIEDEL's Highball glass is also sized to hold large format ice cubes elegantly stacked on top of each other.
This glass is for mixed cocktails that are classified as "sours", served without ice and including whisky sours, sidecars, and daiquiris among others.
This glass features an old-fashioned style rarely seen in modern collections, which is a shame as its elegant form incorporates an outward flared lip essential for the traditional sour. This lip helps to deliver the silky, smooth texture of these cocktails to your entire palate, presenting a balance between the sweet and sour elements.
The Mixing Glass is for making more than one cocktail that should be stirred down with ice, including the martini, manhattan, negroni, or old fashioned.
The Mixing Glass is the ultimate accompaniment to your favorite cocktail glasses. When paired with a bar spoon, this product is a home bar must-have for composing any cocktail that needs to be simply stirred with ice, rather than actively shaken for higher water dilution.
Like with the original Sour Glass, we made the RIEDEL Sour Optic Glass to flawlessly deliver the silky smoothness of a traditional sour to your palate with its outward flared lip.
Where this glass differs from the original is in its distinctive optical element included in its design. This design feature gives a visually pleasing aspect to your cocktails, while the expanded surface area it creates allows your beverages' aromas to develop and fully express themselves.