Ever been so confused about what glass to use for a drink that you just don't have a drink? Yeah, neither have I. Maybe someone has been though . . .
There are bunches of different types of glasses for alcohol. It isn't so much important that you know them all or that you even care, but it's fun information to have. This is a brief (here's hoping) glance at many different types of alcohol glassware. I need to admit up front that I don't own a brandy snifter or a Nick & Nora glass or a hurricane glass . . . you know what? I think I will just stop right there on that list and focus on what I do have.
Cocktail glasses seem to be a bit of a thing with me. When I am feeling fancy and really taking the time to make a cocktail, I enjoy using the glass for which the drink is intended. The coupe glass (far left) is my absolute favorite. I don't use my martini glass much: first - because it's huge, and second - it's wobbly. Wobbly cocktails are no bueno. I would prefer a Nick & Nora glass but am waiting for a holiday to request it from an unsuspecting family member.
I do like to make my mules in the copper mug. It's gorgeously patinaed and makes me feel more sophisticated as I sip my beverage while sitting on the couch wearing my yoga pants and watching Netflix. I don't know that the copper mug necessarily makes it taste better, but it looks better than my Solo cups. I have about 40 shot glasses because I love them. No other reason. I don't even do many shots, but I do use them to measure out booze if I can't find the jigger.
These are my various beer glasses. I have no idea why I have so many, or why my beer mug looks like a gallon jar and a mug had a baby. Geez, it is enormous. Some of these are shameless plugs, but I had to use what I have. When I am not drinking beer straight from the can/bottle as I am wont to do, I usually use a pint glass. My favorite is my mistaken song lyrics cup I bought for PB from Meriwether. It's the perfect size for a 12 oz. bottle of liquid bread. I do enjoy using my beer glasses, especially for beers that are better in chilled glassware. I can put the correct beers in the correct glasses and sometimes I do, but all I want to do is drink the beer. Beer is yummy.
Ah, the cream of the crop: wine glasses. I do adore me some wine. For some reason, I am more willing to use the correct glass for wines, especially red ones. There's more surface and space to allow the red to breathe and to let those gorgeous notes come through. Many people don't like stemless glasses because holding it can warm the wine. I am not picky about whether or not my glass has a stem, but I have a tendency to not hold it all the time. It's just a matter of preference. I usually drink my white wines out of the insulated glasses or my favorite glass which is handmade from South America (not shown); it is heavy and keeps the wine at the perfect temperature longer. I sometimes use my antique champagne glass as a coupe, but it's a tad wider and not as stable. Still gorgeous though.
These beverage vessels are fun to collect. They are visually appealing and can increase the enjoyment of a drinking experience. Since this is supposed to be all about the experience, it is an easy one to do. I find great glasses at antique marts and flea markets for very little cash. You really only need one or two of each for a quality escapade. I am in the market for a Nick & Nora glass if anyone wants to indulge me.
We have been friends for more years than we haven't. Perhaps because of that or simply because we both have jobs/family that seem to encourage escape, we often bond over an ounce or so of liquid magic. Through these experiences, we have discovered the joys that can come with a well-crafted cocktail, quality beer, and excellent wine. It's about quality for us, and we want to share that with you.