How to choose glasses and glasses for a home bar

Dec 01, 2019
What is included in the minimum and maximum set

Birthday, New Year, a party about buying a new car or any other celebration can not do without alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Beautiful dishes will help to create a holiday atmosphere. Such a quantity of bar glass is sold in stores that it can be quite difficult to navigate in all this abundance.

I’ll tell you what types of dishes for drinks exist, by what criteria to choose them, how to assemble your own home bar set, what dishes for drinks should be in every house, and how to replace these or those glasses and glasses.

Understanding Basic Concepts

A glass is a vessel with a volume of 150-800 ml with thin walls on an elongated leg. Designed for water and low alcohol drinks.

A glass is a vessel with a volume of 130–500 ml with thin or thickened walls and a flat bottom. Designed for soft and low alcohol drinks.

Shot glass - a vessel with a volume of 80-150 ml with thin walls on a short or elongated leg. Designed for drinks stronger than 18 degrees.

A stack , or shot, is a vessel with a volume of 30–50 ml with thin or thickened walls and a flat bottom. Designed for strong drinks.

Know the criteria by which the quality of bar glass is determined

Drinkware is made of glass, lead-free crystal, which is also called crystal glass, and much less often - of traditional crystal.

Lead, which is contained in traditional crystal, gives products a bright sparkling shine, however, such dishes are not easy to care for. Over time, the crystal turns yellow, and it needs to be cleaned, and in everyday care it can be washed exclusively by hand.

Glass is an inexpensive, beautiful and easy-to-care material, but the quality of glass on the market varies greatly. When buying glassware, I recommend that you pay attention to the products are thin, transparent and smooth, without rough seams.

Crystal glass is the most popular material from which glasses and glasses are made. It is distinguished by a bright crystal shine, durability and ease of care - it can be washed in a dishwasher. Famous world bar glass manufacturers such as Riedel, Spiegelau, Nachtmann, Schott Zwiesel, Zalto and others work with crystal.

To collect the minimum set of what is impossible to do without

The minimum set includes tall glasses for sparkling wines, Bordeaux type glasses, glasses with a volume of 200–285 ml, tulip-shaped glasses with a volume of 160 ml and stacks of 50 ml.

Tall glasses for sparkling wines are called “flutes”. In them, the wines do not dry out so quickly, and the elongated shape emphasizes the beauty of the game of bubbles.

Bordeaux type glasses are suitable for red, pink and white wines with short and medium aging periods, which are more than 90% on the market.

Experienced tasters use larger glasses for red and less for white wines. This is because in a bowl with a large volume, the aroma of red wines opens faster and tannins soften. A small volume of a cup of glasses for white wines is needed to finish the drink before it warms up, since white wines are drunk chilled. Such subtleties can be neglected, so choose glasses with a conical bowl with a volume of 350-400 ml.

Glasses with a volume of 200–285 ml are universal dishes for serving soft and low alcohol drinks and cocktails.

160 ml tulip -shaped glasses are the universal form of a glass for strong drinks. Cognac, brandy, whiskey, liqueurs, fortified wines are poured into such.

A 50 ml stack is a universal form of glassware for serving vodka, tequila and strong cocktail shots.

Collect a standard set for all occasions

This set includes: tall glasses for sparkling wines, Bordeaux type glasses with a volume of 280-350 ml for white, pink and sweet dessert wines, Bordeaux type glasses with a volume of 400-800 ml for red wines.

The more mature and rich the wine, the greater the volume of the bowl needed for it. If you like light young wines, choose a bowl with a volume of up to 500 ml, and if you prefer rich wines such as Bordeaux, Rioja, Tuscany, choose a bowl from 500 to 800 ml.

The standard set also includes tulip-shaped glasses with a volume of 160 ml for cognac, single malt whiskey, liquors, “tumblers” glasses with a volume of 250–280 ml for blended whiskey, bourbon and cocktails based on them, glasses with a volume of 280–450 ml for water, non-alcoholic and low-alcohol drinks and cocktails and a stack of 50 ml for vodka and some other strong drinks.

Collect the maximum set that is suitable for aesthetes and gourmets

This set includes the most glasses and glasses, because each item will be used for its drink and its case.

Aesthetes use tall glasses for all dry sparkling wines, except champagne, Bordeaux type glasses with a volume of 400-800 ml for red wines, tulip-shaped glasses with a volume of 160 ml for cognac, single malt whiskey, liqueurs and brandy, tumbler-glasses with a volume of 250–280 ml for blended whiskey and cocktails, glasses with a volume of 280–450 ml for water, soft drinks and low alcohol drinks and cocktails, as well as glasses for young white wines - the same Bordeaux type glasses with a volume of up to 350 ml.

Special champagne glasses with a volume of 300-450 ml of a tulip-shaped elongated shape will help the noble wine to show its sophisticated aroma.

Glasses for aged Chardonnay white wines in oak have a more rounded shape and an increased volume of the bowl with a wide bottom. A complex bouquet of wine is better revealed in them.

Burgundy glasses for red wines, rounded with a wide bottom and a cup volume of 400-800 ml, are best suited for low tannic wines with low acidity.

Glasses for sweet wines with a volume of 90-120 ml - a small volume allows you to direct the drink on the back of the tongue with a sip, bypassing the receptors responsible for the perception of sweetness. In such glasses, “Porto”, “Sherry”, “Icevine”, “Vermouth” and other dessert wines will seem less sweet and more aromatic.

50 ml piles for vodka and some other strong drinks. Sometimes vodka is served in glasses with a volume of 30-50 ml on a short leg, it looks stylish and vintage.

A set of glasses and glasses for cocktails will help create a vibrant cocktail party. Such a set may include: a Highball glass of 300–500 ml, a Long Drink cocktail glass of 230–250 ml, a Margarita cocktail glass of 240–320 ml, a Martini glass of 130–200 ml, glasses or glasses for beer with a volume of 240 –500 ml and so on. Some manufacturers, such as Riedel and LSA International, offer ready-made sets of dishes for cocktails, which is very convenient.

Of course, this is not a complete list of barware - there are many special glasses: for grappa, absinthe, mulled wine, punch, irish coffee and others. I recommend that when choosing dishes, be guided by what drinks are most often guests at your table. You can try drinks from different glasses, so that in the end you can choose the one that best reveals their taste and aroma.

How to choose the right glasses for a feast

  1. The most popular material for bar dishes is crystal glass. It is used by most well-known manufacturers. The material shines no worse than crystal. It is durable and durable, dishwasher safe.
  2. Pay attention to wall thickness and smooth surface. Glasses and glasses should be thin and transparent, without coarse seams and internal cavities.
  3. It is not necessary to keep different glasses for red and white wine at home, it is enough to choose the optimal shape and volume of the bowl.
  4. Glasses for sparkling wines should be elongated, thanks to which the wine will retain the game of bubbles longer and not run out.
  5. For most spirits that are not gulped, tulip-shaped glasses up to 160 ml are suitable. This form better reveals the taste and aroma of aged alcohols. For vodka, tequila and cocktail shots, elongated stacks of up to 50 ml are intended.
  6. Classic elongated glasses with a volume of 200 to 400 ml are ideal for serving soft drinks and can replace beer glasses or glasses.