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What Kind Glassware Different

James Smith
• Thursday, 22 October, 2020
• 18 min read

While I never became a full-scale bartender, I did learn about the different types of glassware for cocktails, liquor, wine service and beer. Here is our ultimate buying guide for choosing the right glassware to suit your needs.

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The term, glassware, refers to any kind of vessel or container that you’ll use for consuming liquids. The word, glass, comes from the Old English term, GLS, with its usage going back before 900 A.D. Today, the line between the material and its use is blurred.

When choosing from the types of glassware, it’s helpful to begin your intended use. Everyday Usage These are the glasses you’ll use for any meal or snack.

They are the low-end of the price range simply because of the risk of breaking and cost of replacement. Less expensive techniques such as etching can make a cheap one look like something for special occasions.

And they don’t have to match if you're dining room is in an eclectic style. Remember that your flatware, glasses, and dishes are accessories to echo the room’s theme.

They include items such as short or tall tumblers you might use to pour a glass of juice or milk. They come in a variety of volumes from a few ounces to ones that’ll hold an entire can of soda or more.

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A short, wide one can rival the volume which a taller, thinner one might contain. Unlike the other types we’ll discuss, these glasses fall under the category of all-purpose or casual.

Stemware Just as the name implies, these pieces have a stem between the foot and the bowl of the glass. They can also be more expensive or decorative glassware that you’ll use occasionally.

You may be surprised to learn that stemware plays a more important role in drinking than you may realize. They can range the gamut of formal, elegant pieces to silly ones to add some fun to an occasion.

A close relationship exists between the typical beverage and the glass that is used. Generally, the higher the amount of alcohol, the smaller the glass.

The materials used are one factor that determines the price you’ll pay for glassware. All of these factors will affect the user experience which we’ll discuss in detail with the different types of beverage glasses.

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While it’s cheap, it can’t handle sudden changes in temperature which is why you should use only Pyrex or other heat-resistant products in your microwave. An alternative is borosilicate glass which overcomes some issues of durability and heat resistance that plague the former.

That trait is important because you can get thinner glasses which translates into beautiful pieces. You can think of a discussion about stemware as a launching off point into aficionado territory.

Dessert beverages and liquors also have tapped into this specialty field. Characterizing a wine as either red or white is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to choosing glassware to match the beverage.

A red wine glass often has a larger bowl which fits in with the way it is savored and enjoyed. Often, it’s desirable to decant red wine to allow for more oxygen exchange.

The red wine glass reflects similar traits with a larger surface area and opening at the top. It’s essential to remember that wine is a complex beverage with many layers of aromas and other traits that will affect the experience.

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The design of the wine glass enhances it by minimizing other factors. You’ll find ones specially made for pilot noir, Bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon along with a standard, all-purpose version.

The differences rest with the varying amounts of tannins, acidity, and alcohol. You need to experience the aromas and flavors fully to enjoy a glass of wine.

That means being able to swirl it to get air to it to open it up to release volatile components. The bottom of the bowl of a red wine glass is larger than the top to direct all those wonderful smells so you can detect them better.

White wine glasses vary in their shape and size too for similar reasons. They have a smaller bowl than a red wine glass because of their varying styles and temperature requirements.

The former tastes best with a smaller version of the all-purpose red where the shape tapers to a narrower opening. They include the classic coupe shape which resembles a small bowl on a stem.

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There is the long and tall flute that directs the bubbles to the top slowly. One of the most populars is the tulip glass which refines the shape of the former to enhance the tasting experience.

A wine glass with straight sides and a wider opening at the top will allow you to fully experience them. If you prefer a certain varietal, this guide from Raided will help you choose the best one for the wine.

You’ll find specialty glasses for other beverages including: Second, the industry itself has grown and become more refined with new styles and techniques that are attracting another segment.

Finally, a more knowledgeable consumer base has driven the demand. On the plus side, a stemless glass is not top heavy and less likely to fall over and break.

Our advice is to choose what works best for you and the type of wine drinking you do. However, the other factors of design and shape still apply even if there isn’t a stem on the glass.

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Barware tends to toe the all-purpose line simply because of the plethora of choices. You can refer back to factors such as materials to help you decide on the practical matters of aesthetics and usage.

That said, you’ll still see some specialization that has been market driven in some segments which are worth some discussion beginning with beer. The beer industry has seen a tremendous amount of change in recent years.

The market as a whole hasn’t moved upward a lot in recent years with growth hovering around 1 to 2 percent. The craft beer segment is the polar opposite, posting annual rates of over 13 percent.

There has been a surge of microbreweries, brewpubs, and regional craft breweries that are causing an incredible shift in the industry. It has given rise to a myriad of styles such as IPA's, ales, porters along with artisan variations.

It involves things that you’ll see with wine glasses but also the varying alcohol levels. Many craft beers far exceed the alcohol by volume (ABV) of under 5 percent that you find with everyday lagers.

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A pint glass or a mug will cover a lot of bases. It’s worth noting the change in serving size that has occurred with them over the years.

About 20 years ago, the average serving of soda was around 6.5 ounces. You’ll see the same thing in apéritif, wine glasses, and everyday glassware.

Specialty The discussion up to now has only scratched the surface about the wide variety of glassware types available. You’ll often find pieces that seem to suit just one type of beverage such as choke that you might use for sake or a snifter for cognac.

Think of warming brandy by holding your glass in your hand by the fireplace. You’ll find glasses that are as iconic as the drink for which they are meant.

Think of a hurricane glass for Planter’s punch or other tropical drinks. Care is an important factor because it can tie directly with the amount of use you’ll get from a particular type.

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While it may not break them, bouncing around during the cycle could cause a chip which on the lip of glass, making them pretty much useless. When you’re handwashing glasses, you can take those extra moments to make sure your glassware is spotless.

Your dishwasher toes a fine line here between sanitizing and damaging your glassware. Don’t assume that just because a piece is made of glass or crystal that it can handle anything.

Your choice of glasses can go beyond just something that holds your favorite beverage. Taste If our discussion about stemware and barware revealed anything, it’s that the choice of glass makes a difference.

It’s well established that the color of your plate can affect your appetite. Research has shown that if you give people bigger portion sizes, they’ll consume more.

If you watch an old black and white movie, you may see the actors swilling martinis in glasses that would only hold a swallow or two. We wanted to add a quick note about vintage pieces that you may find in antique stores or flea markets.

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It’s perfectly safe to use lead crystal glasses for drinking. However, you shouldn’t store any beverages in decanters for long periods of time so that the lead won’t leach into the liquid.

You’ll find types of glassware in a wide range of price points. If you go with specialty glasses such as those from Raided, expect to pay $50 or more, depending on the set.

Crystal glasses are at the high-end of the spectrum, especially for the more ornate pieces from a manufacturer like Waterford. From tumblers to champagne flutes, glassware is used to serve water, cocktails, beer, liquor, wine, coffee, tea and other beverages.

Alcoholic drinks are often served in specific types of glassware. Dance highball glass : A blue glass used to serve a variety of mixed drinks, like the screwdriver, piña colada and Long Island iced tea.

Earline highball glass : Available in azure light blue, amethyst purple, dark ruby red, cobalt blue and emerald green hand-cut glasses. Marsala Collins glass excelsior : Available in six colors and used to serve alcoholic drinks.

Stemware is a type of glassware that sits on a base and is typically used for formal family gatherings and holidays; the most well-known is the wine glass. Red wine is typically served in stemware that has a wide, open bowl, and white wine is served in stemware with a narrower bowl.

The list of glassware includes drinking vessels (drink ware) and tableware used to set a table for eating a meal, general glass items such as vases, and glasses used in the catering industry. Drink ware, beverage ware (in other words, cups) is a general term for a vessel intended to contain beverages or liquid foods for drinking or consumption.

The word cup comes from Middle English cupped, from Old English, from Late Latin cuppa, drinking vessel, perhaps variant of Latin cup, tub, cask. Tumblers are flat-bottomed drinking glasses.

Collins glass, for a tall mixed drink Dizzy Cocktail glass, a glass with a wide, shallow bowl, comparable to a normal Cocktail glass but without the stem Highball glass, for mixed drinks Iced tea glass Juice glass, for fruit juices and vegetable juices. Old Fashioned glass, traditionally, for a simple cocktail or liquor on the rocks “.

Absinthe glass, a short, thick-stemmed glass with a tall, wide bowl and some feature (like a ridge, bead, or bulge) indicating a correct serving of absinthe Chalice (goblet), an ornate stem glass, especially one for ceremonial purposes Champagne coupe, a stem glass with a wide, shallow bowl, for champagne (similar to a cocktail glass) Champagne flute, a stem glass with a tall, narrow bowl, for champagne Cocktail glass, a stem glass with a wide, shallow bowl, for cocktails Fountain glass, a tall fluted stem glass common in soda fountains, family restaurants and 24-hour diner-style restaurants for milkshakes and ice cream sodas Glen cairn whiskey glass, a wide bowl with a narrow mouth, similar to a snifter's, but with a shorter, sturdier base, designed for whiskey Hurricane glass (Polo Grande glass) Margarita glass (variant of Champagne coupe) Sherbet, a stem glass for ice cream or sorbet Sherry glass Snifter, a liquor glass with a short stem and a wide bowl that narrows at the top, for brandy and liquor Wine glass, a stem glass A variety of drinking glasses Art glass, glassware that is modern art Glass container, container made from glass Laboratory glassware, a variety of equipment, traditionally made of glass, used for scientific experiments Pitcher, a container, usually with a spout for pouring its contents Punch bowl, a bowl that punch is put in, generally used in parties Vase, an open container often used to hold flowers Bong, a smoking device often made from glass Peking glass, a Chinese form of Overlay glass, often in the form of snuff boxes or vases.

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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Drinking glasses and Glassware. The Wiki book Bartending/Drink ware has a page on the topic of: Glassware Wiki source has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Drinking Vessels. If you want to relish your enjoyment to the fullest, the right types of drinking glasses can make all the difference.

Some glasses have a narrow mouth to retain the aroma; some have a long stem to prevent the drink from warming up by body temperature. Check Price on Amazon You may have seen the flute glass often in movies with champagne pops and exuberant party themes.

It's used for drinks that don't have to be aerated so much; a narrow mouth and slim bowl prevents the frizz from dying down too soon. Check Price on Amazon Red wines must be aerated well to enhance the flavor of the drink.

As a result, the red wine glass has a full bowl and a wide mouth. These features help you show off your wine swirling skills to the best without worrying about spills and stains.

The thick base creates a wide surface area and this helps with mixed drinks remaining that way. A highball glass is used to serve exceedingly popular drinks like Bloody Mary or a Mojito.

Check Price on Amazon A cocktail glass is shaped like an inverted cone. Check Price on Amazon An Irish coffee glass is designed especially for hot drinks.

Check Price on Amazon The snifter glass is primarily used for amber liquors like whiskey or brandy. The snifter glass also has a short stem, so the hand holding it can warm the liquid.

Even though the bowl is extensive, it tapers towards the end to form a comparatively narrow mouth. Check Price on Amazon A goblet glass is also sometimes called a chalice, though this isn't entirely accurate.

A goblet glass is thick in order to retain the temperature of the drink poured in it. Check Price on Amazon This glass was invented by Pat O’Brien, a tavern owner in New Orleans in 1940.

The tulip glass is also a pint but has a more bulbous body and a very slight outward curve at the lip. These types of drinking glasses serve three main purposes: they're clear so you can see your beverage, they're broad at the top so you can maintain a foamy head, and they hold exactly one pint of liquid.

Check Price on Amazon These are very similar to whiskey glasses in that they're short and not very voluminous. The benefit is that they don't risk tipping over, they hold plenty of liquid for whiskey, and can accommodate ice as well.

They're about medium height (no more than 5 inches) and not incredibly wide in terms of diameter, which keeps your sugar intake down. Some restaurants or bars will use these interchangeably with low-ball or rocks glasses, depending on the style they want to project to their customers.

Check Price on Amazon These were originally designed to serve a special drink called the Zombie. They aren't always frosted, and even when clear their sleek 7 inches of height shows the beauty of the 13.5 ounces of beverage within it.

They're taller than most other types of drinking glasses, giving off a special air of uniqueness. Check Price on Amazon Similar to the Zombie, the Sling is also tall and thin but more tapered at the bottom, terminating in food that is almost equal in diameter to the mouth of the glass.

Check Price on Amazon The Polo Grande glass is almost identical to the Hurricane at first glance, but if you sat them next to each other you'd notice that the stem is taller and the bowl has less depth but more width. The stems provide insulation from the drinker's hands so the beverage stays colder for longer.

They're beautiful for display in a china cabinet or as set pieces when you stage your dining room table. Check Price on Amazon Imagine taking the Flute glass meant for champagne and squashing the cup portion down vertically.

If you can't find these, a smaller set of Flute glasses are a perfect alternative. Check Price on Amazon Nothing brings back fond memories, even if you didn't experience them, of the friendly and colorful diners of the 1950s and 60s than the Milkshake glass.

These retro glasses are tall with very deep bowls that accommodate all types of spoons. The curves are gentle starting about halfway down the glass, terminating in a big and broad foot that has enough weight to help lower the center of gravity.

That's needed because milkshakes can be fairly heavy once you add whipped cream and a cherry on top. Check Price on Amazon If you've ever ordered a Side Car, Aviation, or Martinez, you were likely served it in a Coupe glass.

They tend to have very tall and ornate stems on a wide base, with an even wider cup on top. They're top heavy with a high center of gravity, so even with the wide foot there is a risk in tipping them over causing a spill.

It's designed to concentrate the delicious aroma of the drink and waft it into your nose as you take a sip. It's a favorite of whiskey drinkers who want a classier feel than glasses without a stem provide.

The base of bowl flares out right above the stem, providing a low center of gravity. It's seated upon a wide foot and a short stem, meaning there's very little risk of them being knocked over.

They're designed for high diesel drinks, typically layered ones that shine through the clear glass. The top flares out slightly at the mouth, making for a comfortable drink and easy pour.

The middle portion of the glass squeezes in, making a smaller surface area to concentrate the fragrance. Check Price on Amazon This glass is similar to the Grappa, but have an even longer stem, shorter bowl, and wider foot.

They're designed to serve a sweet liquor and to hold less liquid to encourage the drinker to take their time. Due to the height and flare of the mouth, if these are tipped over you can pretty much guarantee that they will shatter, so take extra care.

They're designed to serve double shots or even triples or smaller amounts of mixed drinks meant to be taken in one swallow. The mouth is often wider than the base, so they can be stacked beneath or above a bar, though some are straight cylinders instead of slightly tapered cones.

People have display cupboards just for this purpose, though my mom prefers collector's spoons and charm bracelets. It features a prominent handle to lift the large amount of drink.

The walls are extra thick to serve as insulation to keep the drink ice-cold. There is also a stein, which is basically an ornate tankard that has a lid you can flip up with your thumb as you hold it by the handle.

Check Price on Amazon Looking at the Thistle, you may wonder how it's any different from a Tulip, but these are designed to drink beers instead of wine. These are meant for drinks like Scottish ales rather than a beer like a porter, lager, or pilaster.

The Pokey can be used to serve any kind of drink but you'd be surprised to find they're used for high-gravity beer. The wider bottom of the bowl and thinner mouth gives off a masculine feel even though it sits on a stem with a dainty foot.

The more conical shape of the pilaster over the pint allows for easier gripping and helps keep your drink's carbonation intact for longer. Usually a sliced orange or lime will be placed on the lip, where the liquid and the head will absorb some flavor of the fruit.

Check Price on Amazon A chalice is similar to a goblet glass but shorter and broader at the most extreme width. The glass is typically thin and clear so you can see the dark beer it's meant for, like a stout or porter.

Though it's not easy to tip over, be careful because they're likely to break if they're made of glass due to the thin sides. While dishwashers are a lifesaver when it comes to cleaning a tall pile of plates, they are not helpful with glassware.

Drinking glasses should always be gently washed by hand and rinsed thoroughly to remove any soap residues and cloudy substances. Remember, picking the wrong glass can really mar the drinking experience (or your reputation), so choose correctly.

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