Classes of Glasses
It may come as a surprise to some college students today that not all alcohol is served in a Styrofoam cup. In this edition’s Take Five, we set out to educate our readers on the five most popular types of spirit glassware as we broaden their options for enjoying their favorite drinks.
Using the right glass shows you have class.
1. High Ball
Named for the drink that made it famous, the High Ball glass is a straight-sided glass. It is an elegant way to serve the simplest of drinks. Typically, a portion of liquor and a larger portion of mixer are combined. The High Ball glass finds its origin in railroad terminology, but we can promise it’s not a loco(motive) way to enjoy your spirits.
2. Old Fashioned
An unassuming drinker will find their fancy in the Old Fashioned glass. Most famous for “on the rocks” drinking, a splash of liquor served over ice is the typical drink served in Old Fashioned glasses. But don’t be fooled by its size; its short stature certainly packs a punch for any sipper.
3. Red vs. White
Any wine aficionado is certain to own both red and white stemware. All the self-proclaimed win-os out there can trick their guests by owning separate sets as well. Red glasses are typically more robust, allowing more of the aroma to emerge. The more elongated, oval shape of the white wine glass provides an entirely different experience.
4. Cocktail Just as James Bond liked his, martinis are often served shaken, not stirred, in this iconic glass. In recent pop culture, the cocktail glass has continued to gain fame through posh New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw’s famed Cosmo. This glass is any high-class drinker’s go-to.
5. Copper Mug
Made famous in the 1950s, the copper mug may be the serving vessel most closely associated with the drink it holds. After brainstorming, three friends cleared their excess stock of vodka, ginger beer, and copper mugs to create the Moscow Mule. Since then, these cups have become an icon of the mixed drink industry.