How To Choose Beer and Wine Drink Glasses

Many wine connoisseurs believe that a wine's flavor and aroma can be significantly enhanced with the right glass. Whether you are serving a fine cocktail, premium wine or a microbrew, the right glass can enhance it's appeal, aroma, flavor, texture and other distinctive characteristics.

Of course, getting the right glass for your drinks does not necessarily have to be cost you an arm and a leg. You just have to select what type of drinks you enjoy serving the most and the glass styles that best match your taste and lifestyle. There are lot of affordable glasses available in the market today, which cost about $10 each or below. These glasses cannot easily break as well. However, fine crystal, which costs about $20 and up apiece requires extra care.

When choosing the right drink glass, here are some important things that you need to keep in mind. For cocktails and mixed drinks, you can go for colored glasses with funky designs or clear glasses in classic vein styles. Cocktail drink glasses come in a variety of sizes and styles, but the basic cocktail glass remains consistent.

Cocktail glass may often be referred to as martini glass, a classic, long-stemmed, triangular bowl style that are not only for martinis but are also used for many straight up cocktail drinks such as gimlets, manhattan and metropolitan.

Highball is a drink glass with a straight side and is used for liquor drinks with a mixer such as gin and tonic or whiskey and soda.

 An old-fashioned drink glass is also known as the rocks glass, which is short and round and used for straight liquor served with ice or some mixed drinks.

The Margarita glass is especially intended for the famous tequila and lime concoction, but can also be used for fruit drinks such as daiquiri. This coupe- style glass is generously sized and has a wide rim for holding salt.

A Collins glass is similar in shape with a highball, but only taller holding between 12 to 16 ounces and is used for collins drinks.

The shot glass is excellent for premium liquors such as vodkas and whiskeys. It is usually around 2 inches tall and holds about 2 ounces as well. The brandy snifter is shaped like a globe with tapered sides that are meant for cupping, so that the heat from your hand warms the drink and releases the aroma. This glass can be used for some after-dinner wines.

On the other hand, beer glasses come in a variety of huge and sturdy types such as mugs, pints and pilsner glasses. Mugs and pint glasses have straps and are excellent for thick and dark beer. The pilsner glass is a tall, clear and smooth glass shaped like a flute. It brings off the beer's golden color and allows foam to form on the top.

Moreover, red wine glasses are basically made of clear, thin and stemmed glass with an oval or round bowl tapering inside at the rim. Glasses that hold about 6 ounces when half full give enough room to bring out the wine's aroma and color. Many wine connoisseurs prefer larger glasses holding upward between 16 and 20 inches. White wine glasses have the same construction with the red wine glasses, but only different in bowl shape and smaller in size.

 In addition, the champagne glass is shaped either a tall tulip or stemmed flute, both of which allow the champagne's bubbles to rise up whilst bringing out its color and aroma. The traditional champagne glass, which has a wide rim and a shallow bowl is actually not a good choice since the bubbles and aroma quickly dissipate and the wine easily spills as well. Specialty wine glasses are usually small, stemmed glasses used for wines like Port, Riesling, Sauternes and Sherry.

 With the right beer and wine glass, you can drink up more pleasurably!


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