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Raise your glasses: the right glass for every drink

“Tell me what you are drinking and I will tell you where to serve it.” This could be the perfect line to surprise your guests: every drink should need the right glass to be properly appreciated.

The types of glasses are numerous, but lets try to make some order. Although we’re used to see colored glasses, they should generally be all transparent, except the ones for water.

The most common shape is the tumbler, a cylindrical glass without a steam and ideal for water and cocktails. On the other hand, the most appropriate glass for wine is the stem glass: holding it by its long stem avoids that the hand warms up the wine, altering the taste. There are many types of stem glasses, each one recommended for different types of wine. It is said in fact that each wine has his own glass. There’s one rule however which is common to all: never fill up the glass!

For brandy, cognac and some particular dark beers it should be used a special chalice that narrows towards the top and with a very short stem, which is called snifter glass. Another popular is the classic Martini glass, with a reversed-cone shape, which is perfect for many fresh cocktails.

Beer is served in tankards, wide and tall glasses, sometimes with a handle, which can hold a lot of beer and the foam that covers it. For soft-drinks and big-format cocktails, highball glasses are used, which are bigger than the tumbler and are able to contain a volume of liquid close to a small bottle of fruit juice. The highball is the most used glass in the summer when abounding in ice cubes! Finally we have the shot, a very small and solid glass, which is drank in one shot by the most intrepid ones with liquors or spirits in it.

Never drink on an empty stomach: whether we’re in front of fanciful snacks, alongside traditional first courses or second courses’ creative recipes, toasting is important!

(Matteo Barboni)

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