Sunday, September 2, 2012

Glassware, the basics

School is starting up this week, so I thought I would hand out another history lesson. I've always wanted to know the differences of the glasses that I am served and we all know what a pint glass is, but what about the others?

A collins glass is a tumbler which typically will contain 10 to 14 fluid ounces (300 to 410 ml). It is cylindrical in shape and narrower than a highball glass.

A dizzy cocktail glass is a tumbler with a shallow bowl. It is comparable to a martini glass but it has no stem.

A highball glass is tumbler that contains 8 to 12 fluid ounces (240 to 350 ml). A highball is taller than an old fashioned glass, and shorter and wider than a collins glass.

The old fashioned glass, lowball glass or rocks glass is a short tumbler. Old fashioned glasses typically have a wide brim, thus releasing the flavours of the drink. They also typically have a thick base, so that the non-liquid ingredients of a cocktail can be 'muddled' (pressed together using a muddling stick) before the main liquid ingredients are added. Old fashioned glasses will usually contain 6–10 US fl oz (180–300 ml).

Thanks to Wikipedia for the little school lesson.

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