Serv­ing Serv­ing drinks? drinks? Find the right glass

Don’t know your high­ball from your hur­ri­cane? We’ve got you cov­ered with this guide to drink­ing glasses



You must have seen James Bond loung­ing by the bar with a glass like this in hand – the spy’s favourite drink is served in this long­stemmed beauty. These days sev­eral other cock­tails are served in it too – à la the Sex and the City girls with their pink cos­mopoli­tans.

The long stem pre­vents your hands from warm­ing your drink.


Know your red from your white. A red wine glass has a wider brim and larger bowl, which en­hances aroma and flavour. A white wine glass is more U-shaped, help­ing your drink stay cooler for longer as well as al­low­ing the aroma to be re­leased.


Short and with a thick base, the tum­bler is tra­di­tion­ally used to serve whisky. The wide brim makes it easy to add ice cubes and whisky stones or to mix in­gre­di­ents if you’re mak­ing a cock­tail on the rocks.


Cham­pagne glasses come in var­i­ous shapes and sizes.

Tulip Shaped like the flower it’s named af­ter, this glass is wider on top and nar­rower to­wards the stem.

Flute This shape pre­vents the drink from go­ing flat too quickly. Saucer or coupe This old-school glass aer­ates the cham­pagne or sparkling wine, re­duc­ing the bub­bles. .


If you love piña co­lada, get a set of hur­ri­cane glasses. The name comes from the hur­ri­cane cock­tail, which is made from rum, fruit juice and syrup. The glass is taller than a high­ball glass and shaped like a vase. The big­ger size makes it per­fect for hold­ing large frozen drinks.


Any­thing goes with the high­ball. These ver­sa­tile glasses can be used to serve a va­ri­ety of drinks – from fizzy so­das to gins and tonic and mo­ji­tos. They’re taller and skin­nier than a tum­bler, which keeps your drink from go­ing flat too fast.

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