Ever wonder why there are so many types of glassware? From wine glasses to cocktail glasses, there seems to be an endless array of vessels for sipping your favorite drinks. Before you host your next event, make sure you know which glass goes with which drink with our handy guide.

Why Use Different Types of Glassware?

Glassware is designed to enhance the taste and aroma of the drinks it holds. The size of the mouth determines how much of a drink’s surface area is exposed to oxygen and how much aroma is released, while the size and shape of the glass can help keep a drink the right temperature.

Which Glass for Which Drink?

Red wine glass.  Red wine should be served in a glass with a wider, rounder bowl to allow for better aeration. These glasses allow the drinker to swirl the wine and creates a greater surface area for the wine to breathe. A long stem should keep the drinker’s hand away from the bowl to keep it from getting too warm.

White wine glass. White wine is best served in a glass with a smaller mouth. This keeps the wine’s exposed surface area at a minimum, keeping it from oxidizing too fast. Again, a stem keeps the drinker’s hands from warming up the (usually chilled) white wine too quickly.

Champagne flute. A token of most celebratory events, champagne and other sparkling wines and champagne cocktails are best served in a champagne flute. Thanks to its tall, thin bowl and small mouth, the champagne flute helps to preserve the bubbles.

Highball glass. The highball glass is intended to serve drinks with a high ratio of non-alcoholic mixer and served over ice. Some examples of this kind of drink include gin and tonic, Bloody Mary, and Mojito.

Low Ball glass. The lowball glass is a short tumbler with a solid base. Ideal for drinks that use freshly muddled ingredients (like mint, herbs, and fruit), the solid base makes pressing these ingredients easy. Low ball glasses are also often used for a ‘neat’ pour of liquor.

Cocktail glass. Ideal for a number of cocktails, including martinis, cosmopolitans, and kamikazes, the cocktail glass appears like an inverted cone. The cocktail glass is intended for drinks without ice, and the exceptionally-wide mouth allows the drinker to experience the aroma of the drink. Check out a few of our favorite specialty cocktails here!

Beer mug. The beer mug is designed with thick glass to keep beer insulated and chilled, while a handle keeps your warm hands off the mug. Generally a tall, cylindrical shape, the beer mug minimizes the beer’s exposed surface area, both to help keep it cool and preserve its carbonation.

Browse our selection of Glassware here, and the PartySavvy team is always ready to answer your questions and help you plan the perfect event.

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