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A glass for every cocktail: Why it’s essential to sniff out the right glassware for your bar

June 01, 2018

A glass for every cocktail: Why it’s essential to sniff out the right glassware for your bar

Fancy that cool refreshing beer in a hefty wooden tankard? No, perhaps not...

We've come a long way in serving a nice, refreshing beverage in the right vessel! And as our drinking habits have evolved, we’ve settled on a set of glassware that fits perfectly with each drink.

For example, there’s the martini glass - the length and shape of the martini glass perfectly fits a pick for your olive, and that is no coincidence.

Meanwhile, wine glasses are designed specifically with a rim that comes inwards towards the rim to focus aromas to the nose.

According to a Forbes article, George Riedel of the world-renowned Riedel glassware, says; “his family company considers the glass a tool to balance flavor contributions in a wine, including fruitiness and acidity. This is based on three physical parameters of a glass – size, shape and opening.”  

And so, each Riedel glass adheres to these 3 main parameters.

Size Does Matter When it Comes to Taste

But did you know that the tilt of your head will influence where and how quickly the drink hits your tongue? Drinking from a wide rimmed glass your head is lower than when you drink from a narrow-rimmed glass.

“The size [of the glass] controls how much air is in contact with the wine, the shape determines how the liquid flows to the opening, and the rim's diameter influences how fast the wine flows, and then, how it lands on the palate," says CNN Style writer Stephy Chung.

Riedel performance glassware

And while people primarily associate the aroma factor with wine, smell affects taste regardless of what you are consuming. So, the same science must be applied when drinking cocktails too. 

Which is one reason glass design is as important for cocktail glasses as wine glasses. Using a rocks glass for a Martini or a martini glass for a Mint Julep would not only be strange, it could also change the cocktail flavour.

The Better the Glass, the Better the Experience

Cocktails need fit-for-purpose glassware because the appropriate glass enhances the experience. So investing in quality glassware also justifies that premium price tag that comes with a top-notch drinking experience.

What's more, if bartenders are using quality, durable and specifically-designed glassware, then their job becomes a lot easier.

Spiegelau glassware

Spiegelau have been making high-end glassware for centuries and they base their design on the premise of having “No spilled drinks when working quickly, no more incorrect filling volumes, and dimensions that are perfectly tailored to any standard frosters.”  

Choosing the Right Glass for the Job

Uberbartools glasses have similar attention to the essential aspects of accuracy, speed and durability, whilst also appealing to the need to wow, and create that high-end experience the customer expects.

Our Urai and Uibi rocks glasses are made in the beautiful Japanese style with thick, high quality glass to keep drinks cold - sturdy and durable, they are perfect for the Old-Fashioned or a Caipirinha.

Uberbartools Urai rocks glass

Meanwhile our Tulip glass is a stylish large-volume glass with pouring spout and solid base. You can mix up to five cocktails – making it the perfect shape for mixing, stirring, creating and sharing your amazing cocktails.

Uberbartools Tulip glass

We may have started with wood, but we're ending with metal. Designed to look cool, and keep your drink cold, our Julep Cup and authentic Mule Mug are all about the ritual in the serve.

Uberbartools julep cup and moscow mule mug

Visit our website to see our full range of glassware and accessories for the perfect drinking experience.

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