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How To Choose The Right Glass For Booze

Always keep in mind that a flask, a Dixie cup, and cupped hands will also put liquor in your body. But glassware rules do exist.

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A good drink is best enjoyed in a glass that maximizes its taste, smell, and appearance. A food critic in Atlanta slammed cocktails served in Mason jars recently, saying enough with that trend. For those who have forgotten how to drink out of anything else — totally understandable — here's a quick guide.

Also called an old-fashioned glass, the rocks glass is a low tumbler with a thick bottom and a wide top to release aroma.

WHEN TO USE IT

It is commonly used for muddled drinks (because of the thick bottom) and anything on the rocks.

For example:

Old Fashioned

White and Black Russians

Drinking straight booze on the rocks

The highball glass is tall with straight or slightly angled sides.

WHEN TO USE IT

This glass is used for various mixed drinks and highball cocktails (highballs are traditionally just club soda + any spirit, but over the years the definition has loosened. There's usually more mixer than the alcohol).

For example

Bloody Mary

Gin and Tonic

Screwdriver

Fuzzy Navel

The Collins glass is narrower and taller than a highball glass. It should come with a straw.

WHEN TO USE IT

The highball and the Collins glasses are interchangeable.

For example:

Tom Collins

Long Island Iced Tea

Cape Codder

Also called a cocktail glass, the martini glass is used basically as a matter of style or preference. It has a long base so your hand doesn't affect the temperature of the drink, and it has a wide brim to release aroma.

WHEN TO USE IT

For any cocktail or martini.

For example:

Gin Martini

Cosmopolitan

Brandy Alexander

Heavy on the bottom with curves toward the middle, the hurricane glass flares up top to show off a drink that's often lavishly garnished.

WHEN TO USE IT

Your fancy lava flow or colorful frozen tropical drink is served in this glass.

For example:

Pina Colada

Hurricane

Lava Flow

This is basically a shorter version of a typical white wine glass.

WHEN TO USE IT

For a sour, which is any drink that includes a base spirit, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener (and traditionally, egg white).

For example:

Pisco Sour

Kamikaze

Sidecar

Whiskey Sour

Big rim = more salt. Duh. The margarita glass is a variation of the champagne coupe.

WHEN TO USE IT

For frozen drinks like the margarita and also margaritas on the rocks.

For example:

Frozen Lime Margarita

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

The Moscow Mule mug is a copper mug that keeps its namesake cocktail nice and cold. Find the recipe on Bon Appétit.

An absinthe glass has a thick stem and includes a change or etching in the glass to indicate when you should stop pouring.

A snifter is generally used for brandy or whiskey. The large bottom allows for someone to warm the glass with their hand and also for faster evaporation. The tapered top traps the aroma. You should fill the glass just enough so that if you were to tip it on its side no liquid would spill out.

Also called a tulip glass. Champagne flutes are designed so that you don't affect the temperature of the champagne while you hold the glass. The glass is narrow to perserve carbonation.

You might recognize these glasses from the awesomeness that is a champagne tower, wherein bubbly is poured into the top glass until it trickles down into all the others. Unfortunately, the broad lip of a coupe glass allows the champagne to lose carbonation more quickly than a flute glass — so they are more often used for cocktails. Martini glasses and coupes are interchangeable for cocktails; it's all about style.

This is basically a shot glass on a pedestal — but the after-dinner drinks or liqueurs served in it are meant for sipping.

The sherry glass, or "copita," has a narrow brim to enhance the aroma of sherry. You can also drink liqueur or port out of it.

Bordeaux glasses have a broad bowl and long stem. They are typically used for full-bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Burgundy glasses are broader than Bordeaux glasses in order to better assemble the aroma. This glass is used for more delicate wines, including Pinot Noir.

Chardonnay glasses have a larger bowl compared to other white wine glasses. The glass has a tapered top and a long stem to keep the wine cool.

The Riesling glass is taller and narrower than the Chardonnay glass. The glasses are made to concentrate the fruity aromas at the top of the glass.

For ceremonial purposes and also for being a badass.

When it comes to warm drinks or dipping in a punch bowl, a handle is a good thing.

For example:

Spiced Rum Punch

Hot Toddy

Champagne Punch

Grog

The weizen glass is roughly a little larger than a pint. The glass starts out skinny and grows wider to the top in order to trap yeast at the bottom while leaving room for a thick head of foam at the top.

WHEN TO USE IT

For any wheat beers.

For example:

Hefewizen

Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat

Unlike the weizen glass, which it is often confused for, the pilsner glass is evenly tapered. The glass showcases carbonation and color.

WHEN TO USE IT

For light beers like pilsner or pale lagers.

For example:

Kirin Ichiban

Pilsner Urquell

Yuengling Premium Beer

Also called the imperial pint. The glass flares out toward the top and can hold 20 fluid ounces.

WHEN TO USE IT

For Irish or English ales.

For example:

Manns Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale

Also called the "nonic" glass. The glass has a curved lip two inches from the top and holds 20 fluid ounces.

WHEN TO USE IT

For a wide range of beers, including English and American ales, lagers, stouts, and IPAs.

For example:

Sierra Nevada IPA

Brooklyn Brown Ale

Also known as a shaker glass or a conical glass. It holds between 16 and 20 fluid ounces.

WHEN TO USE IT

For American lagers and pilsners.

For example:

PBR

Miller High Life

Busch

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