The common pint is not every expert’s top pick for tall glassware. Other options, like the highball or Collins, are skinnier and more elegant looking, which is fine if you’re sticking to cocktails. But a sturdy 16-ounce pint can more than handle those same mixed drinks. You can even use it to mix those drinks. Some pros actually prefer a tempered pint glass and metal tin (the so-called “Boston shaker”) instead of a three-piece all-metal shaker.
The pint is also useful for serving something else your party guests need: water. “Maybe it’s because I drink too much wine, but I’m always trying to drink more water,” says Walsh, who prefers a pint over smaller glasses for the added hydration.
Then, of course, there’s the pint’s most obvious use: beer. Many popular craft breweries now package their brews in 16-ounce cans, which a smaller glass can’t accommodate. “It’s so nice to have a frosty pint glass in the freezer and then pour that big can of beer into it,” Walsh says. Think like a pub owner and always pay a little extra for the more durable, reinforced kind.
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