Whether you like entertaining guests, or just like keeping a well stocked home bar, it's important to have proper essential drinkware on hand (as well as essential bar tools). There's a saying that "we eat with our eyes first," and the same can be said about alcohol. Presentation is important! It effects our enjoyment of the drinks, and in some cases it even has an impact on the taste of the alcohol. Let's look at some of the essentials.
The term "essential" is always subjective. If you're more of a wine connoisseur, you might not want to concern yourself with craft beer glasses, and instead might want to further explore the wide range of stemware and wine accessories on the market. Consider these essentials to be more of a guideline.
Wine glasses, both stemmed and stemless, are great to have at home for yourself and your guests. Wider-bowl glasses allow red wine to breathe, while white wine glasses are typically narrower, helping to keep the wine chilled.
Highball Glasses and Rocks Glasses
Highball glasses are typically tall and slender. They’re generally in the 10 to 12 ounce range, and great for cocktails, especially ones with straws and stir-sticks.
Rocks or Old Fashioned glasses are incredibly versatile. They generally hold anywhere from 6 to 10 ounces, and are perfect for any drink you want "on the rocks."
Celebrations often call for a champagne flute. These are taller and thinner than wine glasses, and also work well for sparkling cocktails (mimosa, anyone?). The narrow opening helps to capture the drink’s aroma of the beverage and maintain those bubbles.
Martini Glasses, Cordial Glasses, Cognac Glass
If you or your guests enjoy martinis, a martini glass is a must. It's the best way to display a shaken or stirred cocktail.
Cordial glasses typically hold anywhere from 1 to 4 ounces, and are used for aperitifs, digestifs, and dessert liqueurs.
A cognac glass, also known as a brandy snifter, is mostly used to serve aged brown liquors such as whisky, bourbon and brandy.
Shot glasses aren't just a cheap souvenir! Keep some fancy ones around for measuring out cocktails. They can also be used for fun concoctions, such as these Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters.
Craft Beer Glasses
If you're a fan of craft beers, it's worth investing in some quality craft beer glassware to showcase various brews. In addition to presentation, the shape of the glass will impact the formation of the head and the aromas.