Saturday April 27 2013

The right glass for the purpose

 The right glass for the purpose


By Pauline Bangirana

Table glass
This glass is usually made from heavy, thick glass with a faceted design that ends below the lip of the glass. It can be used for any type of drink, including water, alcohol or even iced tea.

Juice glass: Usually small straight-sided:
There are many shapes for juice glasses, including V-shaped or flask-shaped small glasses. Every home should definitely have juice glasses.

Highball glass:
This is a straight-sided tall glass used for mixed drinks that have a higher percentage of the other content of the drink than alcohol, such as gin and tonic, scotch and soda or water.

Collin glass: is tall and has no stem
It is almost similar to the highball glass but slightly taller and thinner. The Collin glass is used for serving long cool drinks, fizzes and fresh fruit juices like fruit punch or fruit cocktails.

Beer mug: Made from heavy glass and are usually thick with a handle.
This is the typical glass for serving beer.

Champagne flute: With a long stem and a narrow shape rising up to a slightly narrowed lip.
The tulip shape of the glass allows the bubbles of the wine to dance against the side of the glass making it attractive to look at. There are also new shapes of the champagne flutes, away from the old traditional tulip shape.

Champagne coupe: Shallow broad champagne glass with a long stem used for dry types of champagne mainly.
Cordial glass: These usually look like small wine glasses.
They are used for serving small portions of your favourite expensive liquor or wine, usually after a meal or dinner.

Wine glass: Stemmed glasses.
Red wine glasses are slightly fatter and rounder than white glasses. White wine glasses are, however, stemmed with an elongated oval bowl that tapers inwards at the rim.

Red wine glass /White wine glass
Cocktail glass/ Martini glass:
They have a triangle-bowl design with a long stem and are used for a mixed range of straight-up (without ice) cocktails and martinis.

Old-fashioned glass/ Rock glass: Flat short glasses and typically round
These are usually, they are used for cocktails or liquor served on the rocks.

Whiskey tumbler: Small short glass with no stem.
Used for whiskey or other hard liquor, it is often mistaken with the rock glass, but it is shorter, smaller and most of them have curved sides rising up to a narrow opening.

Shot glass: Small straight-sided glasses.
They are for serving small drinks of hard liquor, such as whisky or vodka. Your home bar could use a couple of these ones.
You only need a few types of glasses for your everyday use and your home bar if you own one. For those who enjoy entertaining guests with a full bar or a wide range of mixed drinks, you will want to have the appropriate specialty glasses on hands as well.