Different Types of Glassware to Match your Drink

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Drinking has always been a past time for most people in the Philippines. The liquor in the Philippines of different kinds is sold almost everywhere you go. Because of this, you’ll almost always see people drinking almost any time of the day anywhere you go, usually just straight from the bottle. This may be a habit for people who drink for convenience, but for those people who enjoy drinking as a social event, there are some things that just take the grandeur out of drinking from a bottle.

When it comes to social drinking, particularly for those who take it seriously, your drink is only as good as the glass you drink it from. Those who are knowledgeable about this take their glassware seriously. And with that in mind, here are some of the different types of glassware to match your drinks.

Rocks Glass

Also known as the old-fashioned glass, the rocks glass is a short tumbler and a relatively essential glassware for any bar or restaurant. It is typically used for short mixed drinks that are served neat or over ice, hence the term “on the rocks”. It usually holds around 6 to 8 ounces. It has a thick base that is ideal for muddling non-liquid ingredients in cocktails.

Cocktail / Martini Glass

This conical shape of the glass is what makes it known to most people. Its design makes most of us think of a martini. It is the most popular drink that is served in this style of glass. It usually holds 3 to 6 ounces of liquor and is most often served up without ice.

In most cases, cocktail glasses are known to be stemmed glasses, however, recently, stemless cocktail glasses have become common. The margarita glass also comes in a variety of sizes, some even reaching 10 ounces.

Highball and Collins Glasses

Typically for fizzes or Collins drinks, these glasses are still big enough to accommodate ice so most of the time, you’ll see drinks served in these are a little bit sweeter but the aroma isn’t that important. These glasses can hold between 8 to 16 ounces. The difference between highball and Collins glasses is that Collins is taller, narrower, and has a chimney shape while highball glasses are stouter and usually tops at 10 ounces.

Shot Glass

One of the most recognizable and essential glasses in any bar, the shot glass comes in many styles, shapes, and sizes. Because of its variety in kind, it is very fun to collect. The average one could hold only 1 ½ ounces, literally just enough for one shot.

Shot glasses are usually dense at the bottom to prevent itself from breaking when a drinker slams it on a table.

There are a lot more kinds of glasses that are used to serve different types of liquor. These glasses are used to control factors that make drinking enjoyable, such as the temperature of the liquor and the aroma that comes from them.

Key Takeaway

One sign of a social drinker would be the uncanny knowledge of what glass matches what drink. If you have one friend or so, try to surprise them with a little bit of knowledge about the different types of glassware for different liquor!

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