Highball Glass - 8 or
Although it's called a highball glass, highball
glasses are often used to make more than just
highballs.. A highball is any drink that mixes
alcohol and a mixer. Scotch and soda, bourbon
and water, gin and tonic - you get the idea. There
are several shots that are served in highball
glasses, as are some sours, collinses, juleps,
and many other varieties of cocktails. Highball
glasses are clear, simple, and will probably be
the glasses that you use the most.
Lowball Glass (rocks
glass) - 4 to 9 ounces
The lowball glass is also known as the rocks glass
because it is used to serve many drinks with ice
in them. The lowball glass is appropriate for
serving any stirred cocktail on the rocks, and
is clear to display the hues of your chilled concoction.
It has also lately become popular to serve
many traditional highball drinks in lowball glasses.
Cocktail glass - 4 ounces
Since cocktails aren't served with ice, the shape
of the cocktail glass is as functional as it is
classic. By using the stem to hold your cocktail,
you are able to hold the glass without warming
its contents with your hands.
Shot Glass - 1 1/2 ounces
These tiny glasses are also called jiggers, and
were once used primarily to measure the amount
of alcohol to pour into a drink. Although
it has probably always been the custom for the
occassional imbiber to have only a shot of alcohol,
it wasn't until the 1970's that people started
creating complex drinks in these tiny glasses.
Collins Glass - 10 to
Perfect for a Tom Collins, the Collins glass is
also used for various fizzes and tropical drinks.
The Collins glass is often frosted or pebbled
with a smooth rim.
Old-fashioned glass -
4 or 7 ounces
Old-fashioned glasses are similar to lowball glasses,
except for a bump at the base of the glass. Also
available is the double old-fashioned, which also
doubles as a shot glass for elephants.
The frugal bartender could easily substitute
the old-fashioned glass for a lowball glass or
Martini glass - 4 ounces
Slightly different from the Cocktail Glass, the
Martini Glass has a slightly less tapered bowl. Some martini drinkers prefer the martini glass, stating that it better displays and cradles the olives.
Sour glasses - 5 ounces
Similar to champagne flutes, sour glasses have
a rounded cup and stem to make foamy sour drinks
more appealing while also keeping your cold drink
from the warmth of your hands.
Margarita glasses - 6
Margarita glasses have a unique double bowl. The
wide upper rim allows for the drink to have copious
amounts of salt on the rim, while the smaller
inner bowl increases the impact of a dash of grenadine
or other liqueur added for color.
Sherry glasses - 3 ounces
Used for many dessert concoctions, Sherry glasses
are the preferred glass for the presentation of
aperitifs, ports, and sherry. The best sherry
glass is the copita which features a narrow taper
to enhance the wine's aroma. Alternatively, you
may prefer smaller pony or cordial glasses.
Brandy snifter - 5 to
Despite the copious size of the brandy snifter,
don't pour more than a couple of ounces of brandy
into one. The bulbous cup is designed to allow
you to use your hand to warm the brandy, while
the cup shape wafts the aroma into your nose while
drinking. The size of the snifter will greatly
influence the strength of the aroma, and unless
you warm your brandy you will likely prefer to
have a snifter smaller than 16 ounces.
Beer Mug - 12 ounces
Almost invincible, beer mugs can suffer an incredible
amount of abuse and remain sturdy.
Pilsner - 10 ounces
The tall Pilsner provides an excellent and popular
mechanism to elevate the social status of beer.
If serving beer at a cocktail party, pilsners
Pousse café glass
- 4 ounces
This is a handy glass to
have for Pousse cafés and other layered
dessert drinks. The glass is very narrow
to increase the surface tension and make it easier
to pour a layered drink.