Head Bartender at Doctor Inks Curiosities in Exeter, Benjamin Smith, has outlined some classic pieces of glassware that no home bar should be without.
Choosing the right vessel to serve drinks in is an often overlooked part of drink service which requires just as much skill as crafting cocktails in the first place. Serveware can have a dramatic effect on the drinks in terms of their flavour, size, dilution and, crucially, their appearance.
Cocktails need to look as good as they taste and, in this day and age, bartenders are constantly looking at new ways to serve drinks in order to make them more exciting and interesting for their guests.
To help you brush up on your bartending skills at home, Head Bartender at Doctor Inks Curiosities in Exeter, Benjamin Smith, has outlined some classic pieces of glassware that no home bar should be without and how to source the more unusual glassware options.
Perfect Fit Drinks: Martini, Manhattan, Cosmopolitan
Nothing says 'cocktail' quite like a crystal clear Martini glass. One of the few types of glass that shares its name with the drink that is most often served in. Martini glasses should be chilled before use, ideally in a freezer, but you can fill the glass with crushed ice and water to achieve the same effect.
Perfect Fit Drinks: Daiquiri, Clover Club, French Martini
Originally used to serve sparkling wine, legend has it these curvaceous glasses were modelled on the left breast of French queen Marie Antoinette. They were, however, designed in England in 1663, 90 years before the French monarch was born. Whatever their origins, coupes remain a simple and elegant and very versatile glass. Any drink served in a Martini glass will look just as delicious in a coupe.
Perfect Fit Drinks: Old Fashioned, Negroni, Sazerac
Typically, an Old Fashioned glass is large with a thick and heavy base which is perfect if you make your Old Fashioned with a sugar cube. They usually have a capacity to the brim of around 32cl. This is another extremely versatile glass, being thick and durable means you can build cocktails straight in the glass without the need of additional mixing glasses.
Nick and Nora
Perfect Fit Drinks: Gimlet, El Presidente, Boulevardier
Named after the protagonists of Dashiell Hammett's novel The Thin Man. Nick is an alcoholic private investigator and his wife, Nora, is a wealthy heiress. Together they enjoy the speakeasies and cocktail culture of 1930’s America. These glasses are small, delicate and very much in vogue at the moment. With a capacity to the brim of around 18cl, use these for your slightly stronger drinks.