Here’s Why Different Drinks Are Served In Different Kinds Of Glasses


If you’ve been a frequent club-hopper and can boast that you’ve tried all kinds of cocktails and drinks, and if you now have a favourite go-to drink, then you must have probably wondered about this just as much as I and many others have. Why don’t bartenders just serve all our drinks in one multipurpose glass?

If you have gotten dizzy by the sheer size and number of glassware on the shelves of bars, then you’ve come to the right place.

We debug the mystery behind it all. (Hint: It’s all about the experience)

1. The beer tumbler.

Beer is the favourite drink for majority people in a lot of countries. Locally brewed beer by many bars are served in tumblers for no other reason but to hold a large quantity, because beer contains less alcohol content than other drinks and hence, can be, and should be, drunk in a good amount.


2. The shot glass.

There is not much to preserve here, nor is there a lot to hold. A shot is typically anywhere between 30 to 90 ml, preferably Vodka or Tequila, and the opening is just wide enough for your mouth to fit so that the job is done quickly

3. The martini glass.

You’ve probably seen the martini glass held famously by James Bond. It has a stem so that you don’t hold the glass and transfer heat. It has a conical shape to maintain the chill because these drinks are shaken/stirred with ice and served without ice. The bottom helps keep different ingredients together.

4. The wine glass.

For a wine drinker, aroma is 90% of the taste. Hence the wine glass has an opening that will fit around your nose, so you can take a nice good whiff before drinking it. Stemware, again, for temperature control. There are different glasses for different wines, but we don’t want to come across as TOO classy.

5. The rocks glass.

Ah, the old fashioned whisky/bourbon glass. It has a wide and uniform circumference throughout to hold ice, either in large quantities or large pieces. The wideness is present in the opening as well so that you get a nice aroma as you drink it, enhancing the overall drinking experience.

6. The flute.

Mostly used for serving champagne. You probably know by now why the stem is present. It has a narrow bottom and a long make to make the bubbles last as long as possible. Also used for sparkling wines, most flutes have a bead at the bottom, so that the bubbles come out evenly from the bottom.

7. The collins glass.

Basically the taller pubescent cousin of the rocks glass. This glass is long to preserve bubbles, because most drinks in this have soda added to them. But it also is wide enough to accommodate ice, so the most ideal drink in here would be a Mojito.

8. The dessert wine glass.

The petite sister of a wine glass. It’s used for specifically dessert wine because it’s sweet and a lot of it should not be consumed, hence the small size. The opening is smaller because the aroma won’t matter, because sweetness is felt more by the tongue than by the nose.

9. The grappa glass.

It’s basically a cross between a wine glass and a rocks glass. It has a stem to control the temperature, and it’s small because the good strong stuff is served in this. The bulb at the bottom helps regulate the temperature along with the stem, and the ample opening is for that nice aromatic excellence.

10. The snifter.

It has a short stem which you wedged in between your fingers as you cradle your drink and warm it. The sphere is large enough for you to swirl your drink in, and as the fragrances come flowing out, a narrower mouth to trap them together, so that you can get a good whiff before or while you drink it. Mostly used for brandy.

So now that you go, you have the permission to show off and take a page out of the Great Gatsby’s uber-classy lifestyle!

Drink responsibly!


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