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A guide to gin glasses ideal for you

A guide to gin glasses ideal for you

16/11/2017 05:43 AM |

Gin is the "in" drink right now, with flavoured versions becoming more and more popular. So whether you prefer a modern, fruity drink or you want to keep it traditional with a G & T, it's important to find the right glass. Let's take a look at which glasses bring out the best in some of the most popular gin based cocktails.

Martini glass

Now this should be quite obvious. A traditional martini consists of one part vermouth to six parts gin and is often garnished with an olive. It's one of the most popular cocktails, which doesn't need to come with bells and whistles. It's a classy cocktail that appeals to most, especially when served in the right glass.

Balloon glasses

Although served in tall glasses for years, it is only recently that we have taken note of the Spanish creators of the Gin and Tonic who use wide, over-sized glasses to serve them in. The balloon style glasses are perfect for this drink due to the ability to smell the aroma much easier; after all, smell accounts for 80 percent of what we taste.

Highball glass

This is one of the most commonly used glasses for cocktails, mainly due to its versatility. If your drink consists of a mixer, it's likely that it will be served in a highball glass. Whether you want a plain, smooth glass, or one which is full of intricate detail, a highball is an essential part of cocktail glassware. A Tom Collins is a great example of a cocktail to be served in this type of glass, with this refreshing drink perfectly served with a straw. Made up of gin, soda water, caster sugar and ice, this cocktail is usually served with a lemon wedge although some swear by adding a whisked egg white to it to make it a smoother drink.

Old-Fashioned glass

Also known as a Rocks glass, this small, weighted glass is perfect for the shorter drinks which are often stronger tasting. One of the best cocktails to serve in this type of glass is the Negroni. Made from gin, Campari and Vermouth and with an orange twist to finish it off, this classic cocktail works best when served with ice.

Of course, how you choose to serve your drinks is up to you. Sometimes, any glass is enough after a hard day at work when you just want to relax and unwind. However, for entertaining, getting your glassware right can add a finishing touch that you didn't even know you needed. It can make a huge difference if you are serving an elegant, classy drink and can add a touch of fun to a fruity cocktail. Whether you're a fan of the old classics, or want to try a more modern drink which may just include the various new flavours on the market at the moment, the right gin glasses can turn a simple drink into something extra special.