The girlfriend’s guide to drinking: Stemware, part 1
Today we’re sharing five types of glasses for those looking to properly stock a home bar along with suggestions for drinks to serve in each.
Whether it’s a highball glass for your gin fizz, or a flute for your champagne, get ready for an elegant and easy upgrade to your merrymaking.
There are many different types of alcohol beverage glasses out on the market. And the truth is, having the proper glass for your drink of choice does make a difference. Each is designed according to the beverages it’s intended for and is shaped to trigger the senses with every sip.
For those just starting their stemware collection, a quality wine glass that’s suitable for reds and for whites is a great place to begin.
The Red Wine Glass
We recommend illustrious glass makers Riedel, a stemware company that have been the essential choice for wine and champagne connoisseurs for over three centuries. The Riedel Superleggero Grand Cru glass allows the wine’s bouquet to develop fully and it has a slightly flared top lip which maximizes fruity flavors. This is a glass that produces a superbly three-dimensional ‘taste picture’, designed for tasting Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot wines. Riedel Superleggero Grand Cru Glass £135.00 each
The White Wine Glass
For whites you should enjoy an exquisite tasting experience with this wine glass by Zalto. Made from carefully selected raw materials, they are mouth-blown by highly skilled glass blowers to enhance the taste of fruity white wines such as Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay. The curves of each bowl are tilted in accordance with the angles of the earth; Zalto believes these cosmic parallels allow the wine to reach its utmost potential. Pair these white wine glasses with more high-quality glasses from Zalto to host a stylish dinner party. Zalto white Wine Glass – Set of 6 £168.00
The Martini Glass
This classic V-shaped glass is an ideal vessel for a variety of martini’s and cocktails served sans ice. (They’ll stay cool, though, thanks to their stems.) This Lillian tall Martini glass is part of the American Bar collection by William Yeoward. Completely handmade this stunning glass evokes the style and glamour of the 1920s & 1930s. A very special extra tall glass, it’s perfect for showing off your cocktail skills such as a strained, Perfect Martini with 2 olives… American Bar collection by William Yeoward Martini glass, £34.00 each
The Highball Glass
Use a highball glass to serve cocktails that are more mixer than spirit. Tall and slim, they’re also a good choice for carbonated beverages to retain long-lasting snap — or for any sort of mixed drink meant to be served over ice. Pour in a gin fizz, vodka soda, or any alcohol-with-soda blend. The LSA International Bar Long Drink Glasses are handmade & mouth blown contemporary glasses that are clean, simple and stylish. Perfect for a cool refreshing drink, these long drink glasses come packaged in a stylish box making an attractive gift for any occasion. The LSA International Bar Long Drink Glasses – Set of 4 £35.00
The Champagne Flute
A proper set of flutes which are shaped to enhance the flavor of Champagne is a must. The flute shape helps to maintain champagnes carbonated fizz. You can use champagne flutes for any sort of sparkling wine, including Prosecco, or Cava, or for sparkling wine cocktails. Think: Bellinis, mimosas, and French 75s. Waterford Champagne Classic Flutes – Set of 2 £50.00