Did you know that drinking glasses are shaped in a particular way to help impart the flavours of drinks? Stock up on your barware for a home bar that is ready for friends and family to pop over – but don’t forget the coasters! If you’re entertaining guests around your dining table, wheel out the drinks trolley and let’s get started.
The Champagne flute has a long U-shaped bowl and a long stem. It is shaped this way to capture the bubbles and quickly releases them, keeping your drink fizzy. There are variations of this type of glass, including the vintage looking Champagne saucer, which has a wide, flatter bowl and the Champagne Tulip, with a V shaped bowl.
Choosing your wine glasses is as important as the wine itself. The stem of a wine glass is important for the temperature of the wine. Holding the glass by the stem, stops the wine from heating up and losing flavour. A wider rim will let you swirl the wine around and swirling the wine will release the aromas. Even if you’re no wine connoisseur, you can still look the part! The general rule is, white wines go in a smaller bowl and red wines in a wider bowl.
Whiskey on the rocks is a classic tipple. Served in a short tumbler glass or a ‘lowboy’, this glass has a wide rim and a heavy bottom, which means it’s also great for muddling cocktails too. Speaking of cocktails, the taller version is the Highball glass. This taller glass allows more room for ice and mixer, perfect for all those Long Island Ice Teas. For the more exclusive, oak-aged spirits you will want a Glencairn whiskey glass - a wider bowl and a narrower rim will help funnel the aroma straight to your nose. Swirl your whiskey like you would a wine to really appreciate the oak-aged smell.
Gin has had a resurgence in the last five years, but it’s a spirit that has been around for hundreds of years. Gin is a grain alcohol distilled with aromatic botanicals like Juniper and Coriander. Gin is primarily served in balloon glasses, referring to their wide bowl and long stems. These glasses are best for serving gin mixed with a tonic or into a cocktail, as the wide rim allows for more ice in the glass and an accompanying garnish.
Of course, not everyone will have an alcoholic beverage! Traditional looking soda glasses are perfect if you are hosting a get together in your house. Having a coffee morning and a catch up? Latte glasses and a cafetiere will bring some coffee shop luxury to your home. Release your inner barista and present edible yummies on a beautiful serving platter. Cutlery sets with cake forks will help to finish up every last crumb.