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Glassware is one of the most important aspects of the bar environment.
It is a direct point of contact between the customer and the establishment as well as being expensive and easy to break.
As such, it needs to be carefully managed.

 

• Certain drinks need to go in certain glasses to make them look and taste better. Make sure you know which drinks go in which glasses.
• Never hold a glass by the rim. Touch only the base or stem.
• Never use a glass to scoop ice.
• Never serve a drink in a glass that is still warm from washing.
• Make sure your glasses are always:
– Spotlessly clean with no lipstick or watermarks.
– Free of chips or cracks

TYPES OF GLASSES:



Long Drink:
• A Long Drink is a drink served with a mixer such as soda or fruit juice, usually served with ice and often mixed with a spirit.
• There are many types and styles of Long Drink glass.
• Common types include High Balls, Zombies and Collins Glasses.
• Make sure you know which glass your bar serves Long Drinks in and always use the same type of glass.

 


Short Drink:
• A Short Drink is usually a spirit served neat (without a mixer) and with or without ice.
• Some cocktails are also served Short.
• Usually called a Whisky Glass but also sometimes referred to as a Rock Glass, Old Fashioned Glass or Tumbler.
• Make sure you know which glass your bar serves Short Drinks in and always use the same type of glass.

 


Pilsner (Beer):
• A Pilsner glass is usually used for beers and sometimes tall cocktails. Some bars might use them as a long drink glass as well although this is not advised.
• There are several other types and styles of beer glass.
• Make sure you know which glass your bar serves Beers and Cocktails in and always use the same type of glass.

 


Cervoise (Beer):
• A Cervoise glass is usually used for beers and sometimes tall cocktails. Some bars might use them as a long drink glass as well although this is not advised.
• There are several other types and styles of beer glass.
• Make sure you know which glass your bar serves Beers and Cocktails in and always use the same type of glass.

 


Wine Glass (Red):

• A red wine glass is usually slightly larger than a white wine glass.
• A standard wine serving is around 150ml – 180ml. This usually means filling a Red Wine glass to about half-way.
• Some bars may only use one type of glass for red and white wines.
• Make sure you know which glass your bar serves red wine in always use the same type of glass.

 


Wine Glass (White):
• A white wine glass is usually slightly smaller than a red wine glass.
• A standard wine serving is around 150ml – 180ml. This usually means filling a White Wine glass to about three-quarters.
• Some bars may only use one type of glass for red and white wines.
• Make sure you know which glass your bar serves red wine in always use the same type of glass.

 


Champagne Glass:
• A Champagne glass, also known as a Champagne Flute is specifically used for serving Champagne and other Sparkling Wines.
• The long stem of the glass is designed to keep the wine cool by keeping the warmth of your hand away from the wine.
• Only fill a Champagne flute to about ¾. Do not over-fill

 


Sherry Glass:
• A sherry glass is specifically used for serving Sherry, Port and other fortified wines.
• Often shaped like a miniature wine glass.
• There are several different styles of Sherry Glass make sure you know which style your bar uses.
• Sherry is usually served as a double shot (50ml)

 

 


Martini Glass:
• A Martini glass is specifically used for serving cocktails served without ice (or straight up).
• Size will vary from very small to quite large.
• In general smaller glasses are better for very strong, spirit forward cocktails eg. Martini while the larger glasses are better suited to more fruity drinks eg. Cosmopolitan.

 

 


Hurricane Glass:
• A Hurricane glass takes its name from the resemblance to an old fashioned Hurricane Lamp.
• They are mostly used for tall, fruity or blended cocktails. Eg Pina Colada,
• Usually quite large (+/-440ml)

 


Cognac Glass:
• A Cognac glass is used for serving Cognac, premium brandy and other high quality spirits neat.
• Also known as a balloon or snifter
• The glass is designed to maximise your enjoyment of the spirit by focussing aroma towards the nose.
• Some guests might ask for this glass to be warmed as serving brandy or cognac in a warm glass will further enhance the aromatic qualities. This is not standard practice however so don’t do it unless asked.

 


Shot Glass:
• A shot or shooter glass is a small glass used for drinking neat “shots” of spirits or liqueurs – drunk in one go or at most a few sips.
• Single and Double Shot Glasses – 25ml and 50ml