Do you have a challenging time trying to figure out which glass to use when enjoying your favourite gin and tonic? Look no further, we’ve put together a gin glass bible just for you!
Can we let you in on a secret? When it comes to GIN, there are no rules! So, whether you prefer enjoying your favourite cocktail out of a flute, a coupe, a tumbler or a martini glass, none of it’s wrong! However, we strongly believe that each occasion calls for a different glass and we’ll tell you exactly where to purchase it.
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The Highball Glass
A highball glass can contain 240 to 350 ml. This glass is generally used for highball cocktails and other mixed drinks. We call it the “cheers to the day” glass because let’s face it, after a long day, coming home to a ginny tipple in one of these beauties is just what the doctor ordered!
The Martini Glass
The martini glass was first introduced to the world in 1925 at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts. It was a modernist interpretation of the Champagne coupe. The widened brim allows the drink more exposure to oxygen, making it easier to enjoy the fragrant botanicals of the gin before sipping. The steeply sloping sides of the glass prevents ingredients separating and the long stem is meant to be held, to prevent body heat from warming up an ice-cold martini. Everything about the martini glass screams sophistication, style, flair and finesse!
The Flute Glass
The narrowness of the flute minimises the oxygen-to-liquid ratio, concentrating the aroma and flavour of your gin. The flute perfectly shows off the colour and helps gather the aroma of your drink for the nose. When you think of a Champagne glass, you think “celebration”, which is basically always the case when you think “GIN”!
The Old Fashioned Glass
The Old Fashioned glass (or more commonly known as a tumbler or whiskey glass is a flat-bottomed thick base glass), is used to serve drinks on ice or as we affectionately know it, “on the rocks”. This is the ideal glass for those with an advanced palate who prefer to enjoy their drink neat. There’s no better way to indulge in a short, strong gin!
The Coupe Glass
The Champagne coupe holds around 120 to 140 ml of liquid in a shallow, broad-lipped bowl. Some suggest that drinking from the coupe allows the gin’s flavour to be better expressed due to the liquid moving across your whole tongue, from the front, over the middle and to the back, as you sip. This glass oozes sophistication, which makes it an obvious choice!
The Copa Glass
Gin connoisseurs all over the world are now trading their traditional highball glasses for the Copa de Balon which is said to be THE perfect glass for drinking a gin and tonic. The glass is bulbous in shape, like a balloon, and sits on a stem like a red wine glass. The Copa (pronounced Koh-pa) is designed to trap the aromas of the gin and tonic to give a better taste to the drink. Not only is it a stylish glass to sip from, but its design encourages you to grip the stem instead of the bowl, thereby ensuring your body heat doesn’t warm up the cocktail.